Christmas 2021 Book Haul

Hi everyone! I can’t believe Christmas is already over; I hope everyone had a great time. I was lucky enough to receive lots of great new reads for Christmas and so I thought I would share them with you. I hope you find some interesting reads to add to your tbr!

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: I really want to get into reading a bit more fantasy in 2022 and this seems like the perfect place to start! I love that this is a Little Mermaid retelling, but what I love even more is that this is an enemies to lovers! I definitely think this will be one of my first reads of the year and I can’t wait for it.

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Genre: Romance, contemporary, fantasy

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been waiting to read this since it came out in November so I’m so thankful I finally got my hands on it! I fully expect my heart to be broken by this book but I’ve pretty much accepted that by now and I can’t wait to get into it… It sounds like a really beautiful read!

The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Genre: Mystery, thriller

Initial Thoughts: If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know how much I love a good mystery, and I have high hopes for this one! I love that it’s set in such a hypercompetitive environment with super high stakes – I think it’ll be perfect for raising the tension!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: Beauty And The Beast is my favourite Disney film but for some reason I had never read a retelling, so I knew I had to ask for this! The idea of Belle trying to hunt the Beast is a really interesting concept and I can’t wait to get into this.

The Last Girl by Goldy Moldavsky

Genre: Horror, thriller, mystery

Initial Thoughts: This honestly sounds like it’s going to be absolutely terrifying and I’m so here for it! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that’s actually scared me but I have a feeling this might be the one, so I’m super stoked for it.

Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter

Genre: Romance, contemporary

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to read this one for so long so I’m so grateful I have a copy now! It sounds like such a cute read and perfect for balancing out some of the darker books on this list. I can’t wait to have some fun reading this!

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle

Genre: Mystery, thriller

Initial Thoughts: This is such an interesting concept and I already love it! The idea of the protagonist trying to clear his best friend’s name isn’t exactly a new one but it sounds like Doyle has a really fresh take on it, which I really appreciate.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: I know you shouldn’t judge a book on its’ cover but this is genuinely beautiful! I love books about rebellion so this should be right up my street, and I also love all the different representation this book has (particularly with mental health). I definitely think this’ll be a great read!

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Genre: Fantasy, adventure

Initial Thoughts: After reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer I was desperate to get my hands on more Alice In Wonderland retellings, so I’m really happy with this! This sounds like it could be a really modern retelling with lots of relatable issues too so I’m super excited for when I get to reading this.

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: The concept for this is such an original one! I love the idea of a young girl getting caught up in something bigger than she could’ve imagined and turning into a human sacrifice… I honestly think this will be different to anything else I’ve read!

Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: I don’t think I’ve ever read a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, but this one sounds brilliant! I love the guardian and shapeshifter aspect and I definitely think this will be a really interesting read… I can’t wait to get to it!

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

Genre: Fantasy

Initial Thoughts: Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love cats (and, of course, reading) so this is the perfect book for me! I really love the idea of this (I mean, who wouldn’t want a talking cat?!) and I can’t wait to delve into it!

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

Genre: Fantasy

Initial Thoughts: I’m getting really strong dark academia vibes from this, and I’m so here for it! I love the competition behind this and that, combined with the magic, has me sold. I’m definitely really excited for this one!

So… There you have it! The thirteen amazing books I received for Christmas! I can’t wait to read all of these and more in 2022, I’m really hoping it will be a great reading year for everyone.

Have you read any of these? Did you get any books for Christmas?

I hope you enjoyed this haul!

Ceri

30 thoughts on “Christmas 2021 Book Haul

  1. What a great haul! I can’t wait to read your review for You’ve Reached Sam, The Ivies, The Last Girl, and The Murder Game. You’ve got so many great thrillers here! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays and I wish you a Happy New Year!

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  2. Your friends and family obviously know you well based off your book haul! I love seeing some enchanting fairytale retellings here, as well as a couple of books I have read good reviews about. The Ivies is one of said books, so I will be curious to read your thoughts on it!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Yeah they truly do, I really appreciate them all! I love a good retelling, they’re always so interesting. Ooh I’m glad to hear you’ve read some of them – we’ll have to discuss it once I’m up to speed! Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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  3. Enjoyed reading this book haul! The book You’ve Reached Sam sounds very interesting. I’m really into contemporary novels, so I think I’m gonna check this out! Thank you for sharing this!

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  4. So much variety in these books! I really look forward to reading your reviews once you’ve read them. I love the artwork on A Blade So Black, it’s beautiful!

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    1. I feel like this year has definitely been the best in terms of different genres and variety! It truly is, it’s wonderful. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I hope you enjoy the reviews when they’re out!

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  5. That is such a great mix and haul of books! I didn’t get too many books for Christmas but I am looking at some of the boxing day offers and I might pick a few of these up! Enjoy reading them, I can’t wait to see your thoughts on some of them later on in the year! Em x

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