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Me: no more buying books. Also me: BOOK HAUL TIME!! 🥳

Guess who’s back (with a book haul). Back again!

I know I said I wasn’t buying any more books until I read a decent amount of my already owned TBR and that’s still true! Besides from one minor slip up, which I’ve already forgiven myself for, these were all purchased, requested or gifted to me before Christmas.


*I didn’t realise quite how many ARCs I’d requested until I got accepted for them all in the same short span of time 😬*

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

I got the email that I was approved for an ARC of Good Girl Complex this morning and I freaked. I’ve wanted to read this since I saw it last it.

And even before that I was in desperate need for more books by Elle Kennedy.

I read Off Campus last year, the entire series in almost on week. It was addictive and I’m hoping this book has that same quality,

I don’t know much about this book besides there being a bad-boy/good-girl dynamic. I’m thinking of reading it in my 3 weeks off uni!


*these are the two ARCs I don’t really know much about so bare with me*

Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney – I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I have a good vibe about this book. I don’t know much about it besides the fact that it follows a preacher’s daughter and her relationship with sex. I am not religious in the slightest but I’m always open to reading about other people’s belief system, I kind of find it fascinating.

Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester – This is about a girl with a disability who wants to work as a professional mermaid. That’s all I need to know. Think I might save this one til spring or summer, when it’s warmer and I can live out my own dreams of being a mermaid.


Only a Monster by Vanessa Len – Here we have another recent ARC acquisition. I requested this as I was doing research for my first “most anticipated books of 2022” post and miraculously was accepted!

This book is all about a girl who moves in with her eccentric extended family, starts crushing on a guy she works with … only to find out her entire family are monsters with creepy powers and the guy she likes is a monster slayer who wants to kill them all.

So I’m expecting a super cute romance between these too!! Kidding. Totally kidding. I am looking forward to whatever this book has in store though.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – And the final ARC of this haul!! I’m really excited about this one too. This one is set at a all girls boarding school which is said to have a long history of witchcraft. It follows two girls, one of them being a writing prodigy who enrolled at the school to research the The Dolloway Five for her next book; five girls who died one after another.

I’m getting sapphic, dark academia, and mysterious witchy vibes with this one and I cannot wait!!


Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth

So this is the book that kind of made me break my own rule. This was one of the books I was planning on buying later on in the year but when I saw it at Waterstones for half price I just couldn’t help myself!!

I keep telling myself that buying it earlier on but for half price was actually the smarter choice. Its saving me money in the long run!

This book is about a girl whose brothers get turned into cranes and one of them dies every time she speaks. If that was me, I’d just start mourning because I really don’t like birds, and I like to talk! Sorry to my brothers.


In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens

I am not so patiently waiting for the release of F.T Lukens 2022 release which is Carry On meets Arthurian Legends. In the mean time, I’m going to be reading his 2021 release as soon as I can.

I was gifted this for Christmas. My mum sent me photos of her debit card and said “treat your self”. I felt very weird doing this, but I didn’t miss the opportunity for new books.

I’ve never read a book about pirates which is a crime I plan on making up for by reading this as soon as!!


XOXO by Axie Oh

There’s a fair few K-Pop books on my TBR but this is the only one I own. This was a 99p impulse buy after seeing it all over twitter.

This is about a cello prodigy who meets a cute boy at her uncle’s kareoke bar. After a night of being spontaneos he disappears.

Three months later she’s shocked to realise that this boy is enrolled a her elite school for gifted musicians, and that he’s a member of the biggest K-Pop band in the world.


Erin Hahn is my favourite author and so, while I have read these already because I received ARCs for them both, I still asked for them for Christmas. The only problem is that I feel spending my own money on books I’ve already read … so I got these when my mum sent over her card details 🙂


The Nature of Witches

The girl that plays Sheldon’s sister in Young Sheldon read this for a bookclub. That’s how I found this book. I don’t follow this girl on Instagram or watch that show so I don’t know how I stumbled across her post.

This book looks interesting though. I’m never not in the mood for a witchy read.

I’m pretty sure this about a girl who is so powerful that she’s scared to use her magic. I feel like I might be getting that confused with another. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m finally jumping on this bandwagon! I was gifted this book for Christmas by my aunt … and also by my friend from uni. I feel bad about them both gifting me copies even though it’s not my fault, it’s not like I knew.

In the end I took one copy home to Spain and the other one I kept at Uni.

Everyone and their mother knows about this this book so I won’t go into detail on the synopsis. Just know I will be reading this book this year.


The Fine Print by Lauren Asher – Billionaires are bad. They shouldn’t exist and I stand by that. But Rowan Kane …. he’s fictional, he literally doesn’t exist so I feel no shame in loving this. I already read it but never got around to doing a December Wrap Up so I haven’t talked about it.

This is set in the fictional equivalent of Disney World and follows the grandsons of this Walt Disney like man. I kept seeing it on Tik-Tok, probably because I follow the author, and decided to give it a try when I needed a romance fix. I really liked this, definitely recommend it and am looking forward to the sequel.

Kingdom of the Curse by Kerri Maniscalco – After Christmas a lot of ebooks were only like 99p, this being one of them. I enjoyed the first book and am cautiously looking forward to reading this despite hearing mixed reviews. I might have to read the first one again though.


You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

My favourite thing about being back in the UK is my favourite foods being cheap again, and the cheap books!

This cost me less then £5. I couldn’t pass that up.

This is another I’ve already read. I did a whole post reviewing the McManus books that I haven’t gotten around to.

I wasn’t a huge fan of this one which was a shame but I suppose even the best authors need to have a dud book or two.


Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence

My current read!!

Again this was one of the books I bought in the 99p e-book sale. I’m kinda bummed I have an e-book version and not the hardcover, just because that hardcover is pretty, and I’d like to see the illustrations up close and personal.

With that being said, I really wanted to read this and would rather sacrifice the physical copy so I can read it quicker. This is a self help book so it’s quite apt I’m reading it at the start of the year.

And there we have my book haul. Hopefully this will be my last book haul for a while. I plan on making a big dent in my physical TBR before buying any more … at least that’s the plan.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, as well as what you new books you’ve acquired recently. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

6 thoughts on “Me: no more buying books. Also me: BOOK HAUL TIME!! 🥳”

  1. 99p ebooks are so hard to resist!! And I’ve noticed in the past that sometimes when I do I kick myself later for not getting them 😅 omg the waterstones sale was amazing and you were definitely right to get the book then. I so wanted to get some books but didn’t get a chance to go 😓 but anyway if you haven’t already you should check the cover beneath the dust jacket for Six Crimson Cranes.
    Hope you get to read all these soon.

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