The Bookmark Lit Bulletin was created to wrap up each month and prepare for the next. I share my life happenings, book haul, books I read and reviewed, posts I shared, challenge updates, and more from the previous month. I also let you know what may be coming up on the blog in the coming month. You can read past bulletins here and learn more about the feature here.
The Bookmark Lit Bulletin is a bit early this month! Why? Because I have so much shit already planned this week! AND, I have a special wrap-up post coming on July 1st because that’ll be the official halfway-through-the-year point. I have a Mid-Year Blogging Update planned, so the BL Bulletin will be missing some info this time around 😉June was just as crazy as May, folks. We had friends come visit one weekend, went to the drive-in movies, and went swimming at Chris’s parents house. This past weekend was more relaxing because we finally didn’t have ANY plans… BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY this month, we went to Chicago! (We actually went to Schaumberg, to be precise.) We went to Brickworld, which is one of the biggest Lego conventions in the world. We attended some panel discussions, presentations, set drafts, and a charity auction. We also displayed one of Chris’s creations amongst a huuuuge room of exhibitors. We spent a lot of time walking around and viewing all of the pieces, as well as a lot of money on Lego merch! We didn’t actually make it into Chicago because we had so much to do at Brickworld. After all, that was the reason we went! (Think of going to BEA but just ignoring the NYC sights because you really went for the books and friends!) Our hotel was walking distance from the convention, and right through a cute little park. I definitely got my steps in on my Fitbit that weekend! We also took a few trips to the mall, shopping areas, and restaurants nearby. There was a free trolly as well as a shuttle from our hotel, so we usually had some transportation options. It was so weird being “adults” and traveling on our own without a car! We’ve been on plenty of vacations together, but this one was different since we flew in and had to figure out transportation. I was so glad we went, and it was really motivating for us! We have so many ideas brewing for what to build next, so we can come back next year and display something bigger! (Photos – Top: us next to the Lego Brickumentary poster, Chris’s robot creation, the best popcorn EVER from Garrett’s, and us on the trolley. Bottom: two panoramic views of the convention!)
It’s a pretty close tie between The Revenge Playbook and Jesse’s Girl for my favorite of June! It was somewhat of a mediocre reading book for me otherwise. I really enjoyed All We Have Is Now (review coming closer to release date), but the other two definitely stand alone at the tippity top. (As of 6/27, these are my book totals. I’ll probably have one or two more by 7/1!)
- [3 Jun] P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ★★★★★
- [4 Jun] Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott ★★½
- [6 Jun] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling ★★★★★
- [10 Jun] The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour ★★★
- [12 Jun] Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer ★★★½
- [15 Jun] Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway ★★★★★
- [16 Jun] Just Listen by Sarah Dessen ★★★★
- [17 Jun] Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally ★★★★½
- [19 Jun] The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen ★★★★½
- [22 Jun] Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot ★★★
- [25 Jun] Stardust by Neil Gaiman ★★★★
- [26 Jun] All Played Out by Cora Carmack ★★★★
- [29 Jun] Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally ★★★★
Keep up with my full list of 2015 challenges here!
My full list of challenge updates will be coming 7/1, on my Mid-Year Blogging/Goal update post!
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- [1 Jun] Book Expo America 2015
- [2 Jun] Top Ten Tuesdays #42: Movies & TV
- [5 Jun] Five on Fridays #15
- [8 Jun] Inside & Out #8: Erin from The Hardcover Lover
- [9 Jun] Top Ten Tuesdays #43: Anticipated
- [11 Jun] Burn, Rewrite, or Reread
- [16 Jun] Top Ten Tuesdays #44: Summer TBR
- [22 Jun] Inside & Out #9: Lindsey from Bring My Books
- [23 Jun] Top Ten Tuesdays #45: Best of TTT
- [24 Jun] The FRIENDS Book Tag
- [28 Jun] Bookmark Lit Bulletin – June 2015
- [30 Jun] Top Ten Tuesdays #46: Best of 2015 So Far
“The past did affect the present and the future, in ways you could see and a million ones you couldn’t. Time wasn’t a thing you could divide easily; there was no defined middle or beginning or end. I could pretend to leave the past behind, but it would not leave me.” ― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen| Review
As usual I have some of my typical posts: Top Ten Tuesdays, Inside & Out, and Bookmark Lit Bulletin. The July calender is a little crazy, now that I’m actually staring at the whole thing. My mid-year challenge and goal updates post will be coming on the first. I thought it would be a good way to evaluate how far I’ve come since setting my goals in January and planning my bloggy resolutions. I’m also going to be posting the burrito bowl tag that Cristina tagged me in a while back (which was so fun, by the way!). Perhaps the biggest deal of all possible posts for July: my one year blogging anniversary! (Blogiversary? Blogaversary? I don’t know how people spell it!) There will be a celebratory post as well as, obviously, an excellent giveaway! My Book Buddies review with Kaitlin will be the next book in the The Program series. I also recently took some shelfie pictures for Instagram, so maybe I’ll do a bookshelf tour next month?
I cannot believe I actually read ALL THREE BOOKS that I put here in my TBR for last month! Holy moly. Someone call the record books. Of course, I had to read them (two for blog tour reviews and one for Book Buddies)… but whatever! This month, my reading list includes:
…and hopefully these!
I’m so happy to not have any blog tours this month. My ARC tour books keep on coming though. I’m wondering if I’ll learn to stop requesting so many…? Probably not. I’m just glad I don’t have nearly as many commitments as usual. This month will be all about reading my SUMMERY BOOKS that I love so much during this time of year. Hopefully I’ll get to spend some more time lounging around Chris’s parents’ pool too. *sunglasses emoji* I’m also hoping to finish some of the drafts I have sitting around on here. I’ve been getting random discussion post inspirations but haven’t actually fleshed them out at all. I’ve noticed that they’ve been kind of sparse on here lately, so I’d like to change that soon!
Another crazy month ahead for July! We honestly don’t have any Fourth of July plans yet. I may be going to Maine for 2 days while my family is up there, but I haven’t decided yet. On the actual holiday, though, we may just hang out at one of our parents houses or a friends house. We’ll see! I kind of like not having set plans, because they tend to stress us out a little. I don’t know why. My friend is moving to Austin, TX for grad school, so I’ll be off to visit her in Providence one more time before she goes. We also have another birthday party on Chris’s side of the family that same weekend. I feel like we have more things scheduled for the rest of the month but I honestly can’t remember them right now! I left my planner in the car so OH WELL.