Lauren Lately | January 2017

Posted January 16, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 3 Comments
Lauren Lately | January 2017

I always get annoyed with myself that my Bookmark Lit Bulletin wrap-ups are too long and that no one wants to read that much. I get carried away on all sides – the bookish and the personal. So! My solution was to create Lauren Lately to highlight all of the personal happenings in my life: events, activities, shows I’m addicted to, things I’m obsessing over, and goals for the next month. I decided to space them out so this wrap-up happens around the mid-point and the bookish one happens at the end of the month. (After all, I base all of my book stats around the month ending anyways and my personal life is more flexible ūüėČ ) ‚ú®¬†Check out my most recent bookish and bloggy wrap-up HERE¬†‚ú® ¬† Christmas Days Off |¬†Because Chris had Christmas Eve Eve off from work, I took the day off too! We went for a nice wintery hike and really enjoyed that particular trail. Later that same day, we went to my mom’s house to watch¬†The Family Man. I used to love watching it every year with them, but it has been a while since we’ve all seen it. It’s sort of Christmassy, because […]

Cover Love for 2017 Releases

Posted January 13, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 13 Comments
Cover Love for 2017 Releases

Part three of my incredibly-random-usually-once-a-year feature is here! (Check out parts one and two if you’re so inclined.) I wanted to focus on some of my favorite covers of upcoming releases for 2017. I’ve shared bits and pieces of them throughout the year in other situations, but here’s a roundup in my usual format. No links because there’s too many, but enjoy regardless! ūüėČ Check the link below to see them on my GR shelf. From my Cover Love shelf on Goodreads ¬†Which are your favorites? I can’t resist¬†Jupiter Lemon’s and seriously can’t stop talking about that book for some reason. I hope it lives up to my lofty expectations at this point!

ARC Review: Caraval

Posted January 12, 2017 / Book Reviews / 7 Comments
ARC Review: Caraval

This book was insanely cool. Completely lived up to the hype for me. I went in expecting an atmospheric, magical story, and that’s exactly what I got! I absolutely loved it. There were a few things that bugged me a little that prevent it from getting a full five stars, but I would still count this among my favorites. The plot, in a few words: Scarlett, our main character, had been writing to the creator of Caraval, an insane traveling circus (to put it mildly), for years, in order to try to get him to come perform. Her grandma had gone years ago and told her and her sister, Donatella, all about it. The girls finally receive invitations, plus one for her fiance, and decide to sneak away from her father before her wedding. A sailor named Julian comes along with them for the final ticket because Scarlett hasn’t actually met her fiance. Her sister essentially gets kidnapped when they arrive and the mission of this year’s game is to find her. Loved It Magical Setting and¬†Atmosphere The¬†setting was easily the best part of this story. I loved learning about Caraval and trying to understand how it all worked. They […]

The Impact of Audio

Posted January 11, 2017 / Discussions, Features / 23 Comments
The Impact of Audio

This post is one of three in the Impact of Book Format series I’m starting on the blog. You’ll see how I feel about ebooks, physical books, and audiobooks over the course of three Wednesdays. As someone who almost always has an audiobook going for the commute, getting ready in the morning, and driving anywhere, I’ve become pretty well-versed in them. I know what I like and don’t like from narrators. I know the best genres to listen to via audio… and the ones that will quickly confuse me or lose my attention.¬†I’ve been perfecting my audiobook listening over the past year or so, after getting off to a rougher start. I shared my experience in a guest post at one point and have wanted to give somewhat of an update with this post too. Reading ALL the time The thing I love most about audiobooks is the fact that you can literally listen whenever you want, as long as the task isn’t too distracting. If I lived alone (aka if my boyfriend wasn’t talking to me all the time) I would definitely listen to them 100% of the time I was doing chores around the house. You can listen […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #123: Didn’t Get To

Posted January 10, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 25 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #123: Didn’t Get To

Top 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists¬†of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Last year I yelled at myself for not getting to SO many books and I have to say… I totally did not succeed in even reading those 2015 releases¬†in 2016. I read¬†two out of those ten. Good lord, someone punch me. I need to get going on actually reading the books I get all jazzed up about. Hopefully I can manage that for 2017! Once Upon a Kiss by Robin Palmer |¬†The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry Chasing Spring by RS Grey |¬†The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan |¬†The Nest by¬†Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven |¬†The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian Love & Gelato¬†by Jenna Evans Welch |¬†The Society by Jodie Andrefski The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone […]

ARC Review: History Is All You Left Me

Posted January 9, 2017 / Book Reviews / 7 Comments
ARC Review: History Is All You Left Me

I’m not totally sure where to begin with this review, but let me just say – Adam Silvera is now on my list. (That sounds bad, but I obviously mean must-read-all-this-author’s-books list.) HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME is the first book I’ve read by him, but I’ll definitely be going back and reading his debut sometime soon. Do yourself a favor and do the same, if you haven’t read him yet. I’m already predicting I’m going to love that one too. The synopsis honestly wasn’t super appealing to me, compared to the books I usually read, but I decided to try it out for some reason. I’m obviously glad I did. Griffin has OCD (something I was kind of nervous to read about) and recovering from the sudden death of his ex-boyfriend/best friend (something I also don’t do as well with). I like reading books where characters are moving on from grief, but those books generally take place months later when the person has had to some time to cope. This book completely exceeded my expectations. Literally within the first paragraph, I loved his writing style. I don’t know why but there’s just something about it that clicked with […]

Coming Up for Bookmark Lit in 2017

Posted January 6, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 18 Comments
Coming Up for Bookmark Lit in 2017

I feel like this title implies something ominous. Every time I see a blog post title that says “the future of this blog” my head immediately goes to “they’re quitting!” instead of just “they’re revamping!” So, yes, never fear – I’m not going anywhere. I promise.¬†I don’t even really think this post talks about a ~new direction~ in the traditional sense, so don’t worry about that either. It’ll still be 90% books and 10% me, like it always has been. I hadn’t really hit a blogging slump in my 2+ years. I did recently hit a reading slump that derailed me a little bit, but I was still working on the blog and discussion posts. Lately I just haven’t had the same motivation to post five days a week and write an individual review post for each book I read.¬†I’m reading less and posting less reviews, so I’m posting more “creative” posts or discussions, which has me running out of ideas. I invented a few new features and split up my monthly wrap-up posts, so there are less brand new things each week and more meme-style things. I’m totally okay with this, but it’s just different for me. Spurred by […]

Reviews: Monstrous Beauty and Snow Like Ashes

Posted January 5, 2017 / Book Reviews / 6 Comments
Reviews: Monstrous Beauty and Snow Like Ashes

This book was a very spur-of-the-moment choice! I needed a book to fit the “sea creatures” square on my fall bingo card, and Carrie recommended this one to me. I found it on Hoopla and started right away before Thanksgiving. I found myself drawn to it, turning the audio back on in the office while I worked (since I was alone that week). I rarely read blind recs like this because I’m more likely to add them to my TBR and maybe read them eventually, but I’m SO glad I listened to Carrie and went for it. The story was very interesting, as it alternated back and forth across time. I’ve read maybe one book about mermaids and am definitely thinking I should get going on a few more now. The audiobook narrator was SUPERB with all of her accents and the ability to sound like both time periods she was narrating. She was seriously a difference-maker for this book. I predicted a few elements throughout, but was overall very impressed with how the author wove together the story and both timelines. There were mermaids and ghosts and all sorts of things I didn’t see coming! I don’t want to […]

Books to Reread in 2017

Posted January 4, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 26 Comments
Books to Reread in 2017

I always have grand plans to reread ALL THE BOOKS but it almost never happens. The only reason I had a decent amount in 2016 is because I binge-listened to A Series of Unfortunate Events, reread the first two books in the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series (each book in one day, because they’re so short and easy!), finished my Harry Potter reread with book seven, and reread Before I Fall for book club. So, in other words, there were a lot of easy audios and quick 200-page books! I mentioned in my 2017 Resolutions post that I plan to restart my Nostalgia Project by rereading and finishing off old series, as well as rereading more in general. I’m not sure what I’ll complete for that project but I know I’d like to reread some of these old favorites in 2017. Here’s my reread TBR! I’ll always fondly remember reading Anna and the French Kiss – and the two companions, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After – because it was a part of the first blogging event I actually participated in, and brought me to some of my FAVORITE people. These books […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #122: 2017 Debuts

Posted January 3, 2017 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 20 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #122: 2017 Debuts

Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists¬†of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I have to be honest and say I do a terrible job about keeping up with debut authors vs. the authors putting out their sophomore novel vs. the people who have a million books out. I can only keep track of my favorite authors in my brain apparently. Because of this, I joined in with the 2016 Debut Author Challenge last year. It was fun to keep track of how many debuts I read… especially because I almost never intentionally read them because they were debuts!¬†Jana¬†creates a¬†Google spreadsheet¬†to keep track of the debuts for the challenge participants, so I decided to take a peek at her list to form the TTT. You’ll see that some of these books have definitely been featured on my blog before, while the majority of them haven’t been talked about yet. I’m trying to include less contemporary fiction than usual […]