Christmas 2021 Book Haul

Christmas is the time of year when I get the most books, without a doubt. It turns out I’m very hard to shop for, because the three things on my list are just books, chocolate and money. Not a very comprehensive list. But because of this, I end up getting a LOT of books. It’s been several weeks since Christmas actually happened (and I’ve read all but one of the books), but here I am with my book haul (hey, at least I didn’t get it out in March).

This Christmas I ended up getting 12 books! Here are all of the books together:

featuring little trees made from corks and knit tops

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

I actually don’t know much about Once Upon a Broken Heart. It looks like the Prince of Hearts is in here, and he showed up in the Caraval series, but I don’t remember particularly liking him much. I read the Caraval series long enough ago that I don’t exactly remember what happened, so we’ll see what I think when I finally start this one!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

Now, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one that I’ve been after for a while. I actually first asked for this one last Christmas, but I’ve finally got it! Not only will I be reading this extremely hyped book for the first time, but this will be my first time reading any book by VE Schwab (now that I think of it, I’ve read one of her middle grade books, though she goes by Victoria Schwab when she writes those)

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

I put The Space Between Worlds on my list because it seemed like people enjoyed it, and it sounded interesting to me. I’m not a super big fan of sci fi anymore, so we’ll see what I end up thinking of it, but it still does sound very interesting. Hoping it’s good!!!

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

I reread These Violent Delights a few weeks before Christmas just so I could read the sequel with a fresh memory of book one and so I’m very happy I got Our Violent Ends for Christmas (especially because I forgot to put it on my list–oops). Anyone who’s read TVD, or who knows the story of Romeo and Juliet knows that this book is terrifying and will probably hurt.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

I loved Margaret Owen’s other series, the Merciful Crow series (severely underhyped. Go read it now.), so I’m super excited for Little Thieves! It’s a retelling of The Goose Girl, which I know nothing about, and I don’t usually pick up retellings of stories I don’t know much about, but I’m so excited for this one that I’m pushing aside that rule for now!

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Speaking of retellings I don’t know much about. I can tell you the basic plot of the story that Six Crimson Cranes is based off of, but really nothing concrete. Still, I’ve heard a lot about this one and I’m eager to get into it!

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

I read Darcie Little Badger’s first book, Elatsoe, a little while ago and thought it to be a really interesting book, so I’m excited to read A Snake Falls to Earth! I’ve read reviews that say that ASFTE is a very different type of book than Elatsoe (different structure/type of story) so I’m curious to see what goes on here!

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

I feel like there was a lot of hype for Black Sun a while ago, and maybe it’s died down or I’m just not looking in the right places, but this one still seems super interesting! I’ve heard there’s a lot of diversity and people seem to love it in general. Though–help, I read that it ends on a cliffhanger and book 2 doesn’t come out until April.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Okay a lot of the books I got have cool covers but I really think that Black Water Sister tops them all here. That being said, I’m very interested in this book, it has a very unique idea (at least that’s what I think from the summary), and I’m excited to learn more, especially because it’s set in Malaysia and deals with spirits and gods!

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

I actually know…nothing about Into the Crooked Place. Like, I’m pretty sure the first time I read the summary was Christmas morning when I got it. I did read and enjoy another of the author’s books, so I’m hopeful for this one! Also, the summary is kinda giving me Six of Crows vibes?
(and am I the only one who just finds it a little hard to read that title?)

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Girl Made of Stars sounds amazing and devastating and most of all very important. I’ve read one other book by this author, but it was a middle grade book, so I’m kind of on new ground, here! And reading through a few of my goodreads friends’ reviews, they seem to like it a lot!

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

The Weight of Our Sky is another book that I really do not know much about. I’ve seen it once or twice, but I never stopped to look at it or anything. Still, it sounds really interesting and it’s also about a period of history that I know nothing about – I’ve literally never heard of the 1969 race riots in Malaysia – so I’m excited!

Have you read any of these books? Do you celebrate Christmas? If so, what books did you get?

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24 thoughts on “Christmas 2021 Book Haul

    1. Haha thank you! It was kinda my first try editing a photo, and I do NOT usually take book pictures and such, so I’m glad that it looks nice! Aah, I’ve actually read all but one of them (I wrote this post a few weeks ago, so when I wrote it I hadn’t read any of them) but I’ve really enjoyed all of them! My favorites have probably been Little Thieves and A Snake Falls to Earth if you want any recommendations haha! Thanks for checking out my post!

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    1. Aah ok so not gonna lie, into the crooked place honestly felt like a less well written version of six of crows. Like there were four main characters, not six, but at least two of them I could easily compare to SoC characters and also it was kinda sorta a heist book.
      A Snake Falls To Earth however was awesome! I really enjoyed it. It’s more character driven and there’s not much plot for the first like 200 pages (it’s like a 370 page book) so if that bothers you then you might not like it as much, but then again, usually not having plot bothers me but I still loved this one!

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      1. Aah, well I’m glad that you liked it! Honestly I don’t remember his name, I read it like two weeks ago and my mind is already blank. It was definitely something like that, maybe it was Weston? Who knows.
        Ooh, I really hope that you get to A Snake Falls to Earth! Just fyi, it’s VERY different from Elatsoe, like different vibes and just story in general, but I enjoyed it more than Elatsoe, so hopefully you will too! (and btw I’m definitely up for a reread if you ever want to do a buddy read haha)

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  1. I haven’t read Darcie Little Badger’s books. My sister enjoyed elatsoe very much though, I’m excited to hear your thoughts about A snake falls to earth!! Happy reading!

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    1. Ooh I hope that you end up reading them! Elatsoe’s definitely good, btw if you are interested in reading it, it does read kinda like a middle grade book but with a seventeen year old protagonist but the story is good. A Snake Falls To Earth is a very different book from Elatsoe but I enjoyed it even more than elatsoe and would DEFINITELY recommend. Plus, all of Darcie Little Badger’s main characters are ace (and maybe aro….It’s never mentioned but it seems like Elatsoe is aro at least)

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  2. Phoenix all those look so pretty, you cannot make us jealous like that haha! my own christmas book haul became my new year book haul because all my orders got delayed 😂 but anyway.
    And coincidence, my copy of OVE arrived just yesterday and i absolutely cannot wait to read it!! little thieves has been on my tbr, i hope to read it soon!

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    1. Haha i mean i have to show off all my new pretty books, don’t I? There’s not many places I can talk about them i mean it’s not like I know people at school I can talk about books with. Aww Im sorry your orders got delayed but I’m happy that they came in eventually!
      Yessss i hope that you enjoy OVE because it has been getting mixed reviews! I really enjoyed it, though it kinda has an open ending which I’m not a huge fan of. And Little Thieves is!!! So!!! Good!!! I’m gonna get a review of it out eventually though by eventually I probably mean like mid February haha.

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  3. You got so many fantastic books!! I hope that you love Our Violent Ends; it’s an incredible sequel!! And I’ve heard so many great things about The Weight of Our Sky. I hope you love all of these 💕💕

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    1. Yess thank you!!! Aah I already read Our Violent Ends, it was great! Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge fan of open endings but it was still a great book! And The Weight of Our Sky was a really cool book (historical fiction too!) that taught me a lot about a period of history in Malaysia that I definitely did not know anything about.

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  4. this is such a fantastic haul! i adored like half of the ones you mentioned here (and especially girl made of stars) so i hope you love them as much as i did ❤ and i feel like the space between worlds is a perfect book to get reintroduced to sci-fi, it definitely has a lot of sci-fi elements but they weren't that difficult to comprehend!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve actually read all these books as of today, and Girl Made of Stars was such a good book! I really enjoyed almost all of them (once upon a broken heart) was slightly less good lol). The Space Between Worlds was cool as well, not gonna lie, I’m always finding loopholes in multiverse books but it was still enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. AHHHH I know I’m like EXTREMELY late to all the amazingness and fun, but THESE BOOKS ALL LOOK GORGEOUS AND I’M JEALOUS HERE! (but I shall be getting some new books soon so I think I might be able to control myself from coming over and stealing all of yours 😂) AND THAT PHOTO 😍😍 NEW BOOKS ARE SO PRETTY AND JUST BOOKS IN GENERAL.

    Umm okay so I’ve only read The Weight of our stars from your haul and that too in the webtoon format AND OMG IT WAS SOOO GOOD, a 3.5 star read for me, but like you, I had no idea about that particular event in history either so it was really informative! What did you think of it?? ALSO ADDIE LARUE! I cannot wait to get started with all the V. E. Schwab books! Hope you loved it!!

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    1. Haha it’s ok, and THANK YOU. Ooh, can’t wait to see the new books you get when you get them! And yes it would probably be in your best interest not to rob me of my books…I’ll stop at nothing to protect them…😈. Thank youuuu I so rarely take photos of books but sometimes I do and take the time to organize them and it always looks so satisfying.

      Yeah, I found The Weight Of Stars interesting as well!!! I mean it’s always just fascinating to learn about a new historical event and in a great story as well; I think it was probably around a 3.5 star read for me, too!!! Yesss, addie larue was my first book by Schwab as well, I guess we’re both late to the hype train! I found that Addie Larue was a good book, but I don’t think it totally deserved the hype that it got. I hope that you enjoy it and all the other books by VE Schwab as well!!!

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