Looking Back at Our Bookhauls | January 2023

Besides starting our new reading year, we are also starting a new year of looking back at our bookhauls. It’s still our goal to read what we add to our shelves, so we look back at the year before every month. Today we’re taking a look at our January 2023 bookhaul. Did we actually read what we got? Keep on reading to find out!


These posts are always scary, because I like to hope I’m getting better at reading what I buy. In January 2023, I added 7 books to my shelves. Let’s see how many of them I’ve read.

Kingdom of the Wicked – Kerri Maniscalco
So I started off last year adding a physical book to my shelf that I had read a few years before that as an eARC. I’m glad I did get this one and did a reread, because I would’ve been lost reading the sequel. This trilogy was really good.
Nine Liars – Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series is one of my favorite YA mystery series. Like I said in my haul post it was great being back in the world. While I didn’t love this one as much as the previous books, it still kept me curious and wanting to know more. I’m happy the author announced we’re getting another book in this series.
Five Survive – Holly Jackson
Five Survive is a book I only read a couple of months ago, but I’m glad I did. The fact that the author kept me intrigued while this book takes place only on the RV our characters are driving is amazing. She had me second guessing all of them and gave me a twist I wasn’t expecting. I flew through this one.
Cruel Illusions – Margie Fuston
I’m honestly really surprised I haven’t read this one yet. Cruel Illusions was described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Caraval. That had my attention and I still think it’ll be one I love.
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty – Akwaeke Emezi
This is honestly a book I should’ve DNF’d. It just wasn’t for me and that’s mostly because of a trope that we get in here. I’m sad I didn’t love this, because Pet was so good.
Priest – Sierra Simone
Like I said in the haul post, I had heard a lot about Priest in booktube videos and on other social media. I was really curious and it was one that didn’t really work for me. I’m all for a steamy book, but the amount and how it took over the plot at times had me frustrated. I’m glad I only bought the first book.
How to Sell a Haunted House – Grady Hendrix
I’m not much of a horror reader, but this one had me curious. How to Sell a Haunted House wasn’t my favorite read, but it was entertaining.
End Result
Read: 6/7 – 85.7%
TBR: 1/7 – 14.3%
I usually don’t get that many new books in January so I’m not as scared looking back at a January bookhaul as I am with other bookhauls haha. Last year I got 2 new physical books and 1 audiobook. Did I read all of them? Let’s take a look.
Saga vol. 10 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
After a long hiatus Saga was finally back! I loved being back with these characters (even though I still hadn’t accepted the ending of volume 9) and back in this universe. While it wasn’t my favorite volume, I did enjoy it a lot and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next volume.
Fence vol. 5 – C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad
This is still my favorite graphic novel series! I was afraid there wouldn’t be any more volumes as there was hardly any talk about it. So I was incredibly happy to get volume 5 and I loved the volume a lot. Volume 6 was just released and I plan on getting it very soon.
The Dragon Republic – R.F. Kuang
I loved the Poppy War and I am so happy I decided to get the audiobook for the second book in the series and get back to it. The Dragon Republic was a great read and the audiobook was really well done. I will always remember walking around in New York listening to the audiobooks for this series.
End Result:
Read: 3/3 – 100%
TBR: 0/3 – 0%
So that’s our first looking back at our bookhauls of 2024! Have you read any of these? What did you think if you did? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

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