Hauls Monthlies Wrap Ups

December Recap & Haul Time!

January 9, 2023

It’s time for a look at my December reading life!

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post — and some fun stats!

The month at a glance:

  • books completed: 33
  • books DNFed: 2
  • average rating: 4.5
  • best book: Mysteries of Thorn Manor; Lost in the Moment and Found
  • worst book: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

What I read:

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

emoji key:
✨ review copy → 💞 buddy/group read → 🔁 re-read → 🎧 audiobook → 🍰 graphic novel/manga
🫙 TBR jar → 🗓️ 2022 TBR → 🌻 seasonal TBR → 😻 Devour Your TBR

5 stars

4 & 4.5 stars

3 & 3.5 stars

2 & 2.5 stars

1 & 1.5 stars
  • Nothing this month!

And now, for some of my favorite recent hauls:


review copies:


And finally, a little life update:

December was one hell of a reading month, thanks to Graphicsathon! It was also a really nice month for family time. This was the first year since 2019 that we’ve gone and done a lot of holiday stuff as a family, like looking at lights and a holiday event at the zoo, which was awesome! We don’t travel or see extended family for the holidays, and my parents live next door to us, which means our holidays include zero traveling (I know, some of you are jealous, lol). I worked a lot of overtime to make up for going overboard on the kiddo’s gifts, but otherwise, it was just a really nice, low-key month full of bonding time and reading. ♥ 

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?



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  • Reply thewolfandherbooks January 9, 2023 at 9:58 am

    I’m so happy to hear you had such a good holiday. I don’t like traveling for the holidays either. Too much traffic or airport crowds. And you inevitably get sick. There are no children in our immediate family. We’re all 30+ so we just don’t feel the need to do gifts anymore. I really don’t need anything, but I can’t wait to spoil my kids if I ever have any.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 13, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you! Oh gosh, you’re so right about the travel and getting sick – noooo thank you! I hope you had a good holiday season ♥ Spoiling kids is honestly one of the most fun parts of having them, I swear! 😂 There’s nothing like seeing my kiddo’s face super dramatic happy reactions, lol.

  • Reply My Week In Books 1/2 – 1/8 – Misty's Book Space January 9, 2023 at 10:26 am

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  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat January 10, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Looks like you had a great reading month ❤️ I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Mysteries of Thorn Manor, I put in a preorder and cannot wait to finally read this book 🥰

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 13, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      It was so good! Oh my gosh, I’m so ready for your pre-order to come in, I can’t WAIT to hear your thoughts on it!!!

  • Reply Emma January 12, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Wow that’s a great reading month! Hope you enjoy the Mark Manson book – I listened to it in audiobook a while back and found it genuinely useful

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 13, 2023 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you, Emma! I’ve seen it around so many times that when I saw the ebook was a kindle daily deal, I felt like I HAD to give it a try. Very excited about it!!

  • Reply Nicole Evans January 12, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    Happy New Year, Destiny! I am so excited to hear what you think about HALF A SOUL. I *adored* that book more than I ever expected and really hope you love it just as much!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 13, 2023 at 4:23 pm

      Ooooh, yay, so happy to hear it! 😀 I’m so looking forward to it. Thank you and Happy New Year, friend! ♥

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