Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new discussion post and today I’m talking about book hauls! In 2018 I stopped posting monthly book hauls and this year I’ve started them again because I wanted to see how I felt about the two experiences and today that’s what I’m chatting to you guys about!
Last year I decided to forego monthly book hauls and instead I posted a book haul in December showing every book I had received and bought all in one post which you can find here. But, in 2019 I decided to change it up and catalogue my hauls monthly – showing the books I buy and receive, as well as the movies, library books & merch I get in a month, like my January/February Haul you can find here.
I really enjoy reading book hauls and being able to actually catalogue my books. I love being able to look back on past months and see exactly how long I have owned a book and how long it took me to actually read the book.
You get to talk about all the book you’ve bought/borrowed/received recently and you get to be excited about them and maybe you can talk abt them in the comments and chat with other bloggers about the books
I stopped doing monthly hauls at some point in 2017 and ended up just doing a big haul at the end of 2018. I stopped making hauls on my blog mainly because I felt guilty. Hauls are a great way to show people just how privileged you are, and honestly, they just make me feel guilty. Hey, guys welcome back look at how many books I got this month! Aren’t I great?!! But, at the same time I also can go months at a time without purchasing a single book/movie/graphic novel etc. so from an aesthetic, organised pov that annoys me.
Content-wise, book hauls are a relatively easy blog post to write. There’s very minimal writing required so I can listen to an audiobook or watch videos in the background. I also do my book hauls only every two months and can add to them throughout that time, so they’re not something I do all at once. They’re also wayy easier to write because you don’t necessarily have to have read the books in order to add them to the blog post.
I sometimes feel like book hauls or hauls, in general, come off as “flexing my muscles”. I don’t ever want people to think I’m showing off or flaunting my privilege. But, at the same time, I love reading book hauls and seeing people’s fresh excitement for a book, especially when they haul one of my favourites!
So, is it flexing or excitement? Why do we post book hauls? I post them because I enjoy categorizing my books and I love reading them. Do you like book hauls?