Bookmark Lit Bulletin – December 2015, Year-End, and Countdown Survey

Posted January 2, 2016 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 9 Comments

bl header

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.

Special things in this month’s bulletin:

(Links will jump to their section on this long-ass post!)

 


2015For some more 2015 wrap-up posts, you can see my End of Year Survey and Statistics Survey

1books

180 books completed in 2015
including 11 rereads
plus 4 marked did-not-finish
3.99 average book rating

60,283 pages read in 2015
Average of 167 pages read per day
Average of 15 books read per month
Average of 5,024 pages read per month


by rating

ratings

5 stars – 26 books – 14.4%
4.5 stars – 41 books – 22.8%
4 stars – 53 books – 29.4%
3.5 stars – 31 books – 17.2%
3 stars – 15 books – 8.3%
2.5 stars – 8 books – 4.4%
2 stars – 4 books – 2.2%
No books rated under 2 stars!

by audience

audience

Young Adult – 151 books – 83.9%
Adult – 18 books – 10%
New Adult – 12 books – 6.7%
Middle Grade – 2 books – 1.1%

by genre

genre

Contemporary – 93 books – 51.7%
Mystery/Thriller – 21 books – 11.7%
Fantasy
 – 18 books – 10%
New Adult – 10 books – 5.6%
Retelling – 9 books – 5%
General/Misc. – 7 books – 3.9%
Paranormal 
– 6 books – 3.3%
Nonfiction/Memoir – 6 books – 3.3%
Graphic Novel – 6 books – 3.3%
Dystopia – 3 books – 1.7%
Science Fiction – 2 books – 1.1%
Literary Fiction
– 1 book – 0.6%
Women’s Studies – 1 book – 06%

by format

format

Paperback – 33 books – 18.3%
Hardcover – 27 books – 15%
eBook – 26 books – 14.4%
ARC – 26 books – 14.4%
Mixed Formats – 22 books – 12.2%
Audiobooks – 18 books – 10%
eARC – 17 books – 9.4%
Novella – 9 books – 5%
Graphic Novel – 5 books – 2.8%

by series

series

Standalone – 94 books – 52.2%
Series-Starter 
– 36 books – 20%
Middle of Series – 30 books – 16.3%
Series-Ender – 16 books – 8.9%
Novella/Prequel – 7 books – 3.8%

by gender

gender

Female – 169 books – 93.9%
Male – 13 books – 7.2%
Both – 1 book – 0.6%

1challengesFor a full list of challenges and more specific goals, check here!

105 Challenge – Completed

Goal: Read 105 books based on the prompts I selected ahead of time.

I can’t believe I finished this one. Honestly, I expected to bail on it… but when I started analyzing the kinds of books I had left, it motivated me to finish up!

14 new releases

  1. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black
  2. Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel
  3. Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway
  4. Even When You Lie to Me – Jessica Alcott
  5. When – Victoria Laurie
  6. Play On – Michelle Smith
  7. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  8. The Pretty App – Katie Sise
  9. Kissing in America – Margo Rabb
  10. All We Have Is Now – Lisa Schroeder
  11. Jesse’s Girl – Miranda Kenneally
  12. Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
  13. The Revenge Playbook – Rachael Allen
  14. Signs Point to Yes – Sandy Hall

13 YA contemporary

  1. Meant to Be – Lauren Morrill
  2. This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
  3. The Boyfriend App – Katie Sise
  4. The Disenchantments – Nina LaCour
  5. Second Helpings – Megan McCafferty
  6. Charmed Thirds – Megan McCafferty
  7. Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
  8. Fourth Comings – Megan McCafferty
  9. Perfect Fifths – Megan McCafferty
  10. PS I Still Love You – Jenny Han
  11. Cut Both Ways – Carrie Mesrobian
  12. Stealing Parker – Miranda Kenneally
  13. Racing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally

12 debuts

  1. My Last Kiss – Bethany Neal
  2. Tease – Amanda Maciel
  3. The Falconer – Elizabeth May
  4. The One Thing – Marci Lyn Curtis
  5. The One That Got Away – Bethany Chase
  6. Even in Paradise – Chelsey Philpot
  7. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  8. Rules for 50/50 Chances – Kate McGovern
  9. The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi
  10. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  11. My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  12. Nantucket Blue – Leila Howland

11 from authors previously read

  1. The DUFF – Kody Keplinger
  2. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
  3. HP Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  4. HP Chamber Secrets – JK Rowling
  5. Landline – Rainbow Rowell
  6. Complete Nothing – Kieran Scott
  7. HP Prisoner Azkaban – JK Rowling
  8. Just One Year – Gayle Forman
  9. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
  10. HP Order Phoenix – JK Rowling
  11. HP Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling

10 new adult

  1. All Lined Up – Cora Carmack
  2. All Broke Down -Cora Carmack
  3. Losing It – Cora Carmack
  4. All Played Out – Cora Carmack
  5. The Deal – Elle Kennedy
  6. Last Will and Testament – Dahlia Adler
  7. Call Me, Maybe – Ellie Cahill
  8. The Mistake – Elle Kennedy
  9. Faking It – Cora Carmack
  10. Snowed Over – Angie Stanton

9 ARCs

  1. Perfect Couple – Jennifer Echols
  2. All Fall Down – Ally Carter
  3. The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord
  4. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  5. Promposal – Rhonda Helms
  6. When Joss Met Matt – Ellie Cahill
  7. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  8. Things We Know by Heart – Jessi Kirby
  9. 99 Days – Katie Cotungo

8 already owned on Kindle

  1. On the Fence – Kasie West
  2. Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult
  3. Behind the Scenes – Dahlia Adler
  4. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  5. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  6. I Am Princess X – Cherie Priest
  7. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith

7 series-starters

  1. Get Even – Gretchen McNeil
  2. Just One Day – Gayle Forman
  3. Sloppy Firsts – Megan McCafferty
  4. These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
  5. The Program – Suzanne Young
  6. Only Everything – Kieran Scott
  7. The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz

6 nonfiction (memoir, humor, etc.)

  1. Yes Please – Amy Poehler
  2. Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti
  3. The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero
  4. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
  5. The Internet is a Playground – David Thorne
  6. Bossypants – Tina Fey

5 time-bending/parallel universe

  1. Pivot Point – Kasie West
  2. Split Second – Kasie West
  3. Maybe in Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Resonance – Erica O’Rourke
  5. Parallel – Lauren Miller

4 rereads (not done exclusively via audio)

  1. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  2. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  3. Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky

3 books owned before college

  1. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  2. Stuff White People Like – Christian Lander
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling

2 books with pink covers

  1. Something True – Kieran Scott
  2. The Good Girls – Sara Shepard

1 book out of my “comfort zone”

  1. Nowhere But Home – Liza Palmer
Reread Challenge – Not Completed

Goal: Reread the 17 books I selected ahead of time.
(Harry Potter series, John Green’s books, a few by Sarah Dessen, etc.)

I was able to finish over half of the AMOUNT of books needed, but didn’t focus on the books I selected themselves. It’s alright. This was the ONEEE challenge I didn’t finish!

  1. HP Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  2. HP Chamber Secrets – JK Rowling
  3. HP Prisoner Azkaban – JK Rowling
  4. HP Goblet Fire – JK Rowling
  5. HP Order Phoenix – JK Rowling
  6. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  7. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  8. Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  9. HP Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
  10. HP Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky
Library Challenge – Completed

Goal: Read 28 or more books checked out from the library.

I met this goal exactly, with being able to read 28 library books. I almost squeezed in another one to “exceed” my goal, but decided to hold off until 2016.

  1. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Secrets of Lily Graves – Sarah S
  3. My Last Kiss – Bethany Neal
  4. This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
  5. Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel
  6. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
  7. The Falconer – Elizabeth May
  8. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  9. The Disenchantments – Nina LaCour
  10. Sloppy Firsts – Megan McCafferty
  11. Second Helpings – Megan McCafferty
  12. Charmed Thirds – Megan McCafferty
  13. Fourth Comings – Megan McCafferty
  14. Perfect Fifths – Megan McCafferty
  15. Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
  16. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
  17. Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller
  18. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  19. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  20. The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi
  21. Resonance – Erica O’Rourke
  22. The Remedy – Suzanne Young
  23. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes
  24. Magnolia – Kristi Cook
  25. A Madness so Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  26. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  27. Fairest – Marissa Meyer
  28. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
TBR Pile Challenge – Exceeded

Goal: Read one “backlist” book per month, totalling 12 books.

Yeah…so I exceeded this. Why did I think 12 would be difficult? I probably should have only included books I technically owned already, but I ended up going with TBR backlist titles in general.

  1. The DUFF – Kody Keplinger
  2. Meant to Be – Lauren Morrill
  3. Just One Day – Gayle Forman
  4. Nowhere But Home – Liza Palmer
  5. The Boyfriend App – Katie Sise
  6. The Disenchantments – Nina LaCour
  7. Sloppy Firsts – Megan McCafferty
  8. Second Helpings – Megan McCafferty
  9. These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
  10. Charmed Thirds – Megan McCafferty
  11. Fourth Comings – Megan McCafferty
  12. Perfect Fifths – Megan McCafferty
  13. Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult
  14. The Program – Suzanne Young
  15. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  16. Stealing Parker – Miranda Kenneally
  17. Things I Can’t Forget – Miranda Kenneally
  18. Racing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally
  19. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  20. Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti
  21. Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller
  22. The Lying Game – Sara Shepard
  23. Never Have I Ever – Sara Shepard
  24. Two Truths and Lie – Sara Shepard
  25. Hide and Seek – Sara Shepard
  26. Cross My Heart, Hope to Die – Sara Shepard
  27. Seven Minutes in Heaven – Sara Shepard
  28. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  29. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  30. Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  31. Nantucket Blue – Leila Howland
  32. How to be Bad – 3 authors
  33. Two-Way Street – Lauren Barnholdt
  34. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
  35. The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero
  36. Hollywood is like High School with Money – Zoey Dean
  37. Out of Sight, Out of Time – Ally Carter
  38. United We Spy – Ally Carter
  39. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  40. Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
  41. Icing on the Lake – Catherine Clark
  42. The Internet is a Playground – David Thorne
  43. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  44. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
  45. Stuff White People Like – Christian Lander
  46. Faking It – Cora Carmack
  47. Decked with Holly – Marni Bates
  48. Snowed Over – Angie Stanton
Audiobook Challenge – Exceeded

Goal: Reach the “my precious” level of audiobook listening (35 or more books).

WOO. This was a close one. I definitely hit a snag during November when I got addicted to podcasts for a few weeks, but I finished strong.

  1. HP Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  2. HP Chamber Secrets – JK Rowling
  3. Yes Please – Amy Poehler
  4. Get Even – Gretchen McNeil
  5. Losing It – Cora Carmack
  6. Landline – Rainbow Rowell
  7. Tease – Amanda Maciel
  8. HP Prisoner Azkaban – JK Rowling
  9. HP Goblet Fire – JK Rowling
  10. When – Victoria Laurie
  11. HP Order Phoenix – JK Rowling
  12. Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
  13. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  14. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  15. Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
  16. Get Dirty – Gretchen McNeil
  17. The Lying Game – Sara Shepard
  18. Never Have I Ever – Sara Shepard
  19. Two Truths and Lie – Sara Shepard
  20. Hide and Seek – Sara Shepard
  21. Cross My Heart, Hope to Die – Sara Shepard
  22. Seven Minutes in Heaven – Sara Shepard
  23. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  24. Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  25. Two-Way Street – Lauren Barnholdt
  26. The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick
  27. HP Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
  28. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  29. A Madness so Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
  30. The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero
  31. The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz
  32. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
  33. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  34. Fairest – Marissa Meyer
  35. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  36. Faking It – Cora Carmack
(Fairytale) Retelling Challenge – Completed

Goal: Reach the “big bad wolf” level by reading 10-15 retellings and/or fairy tales.

I knew that this goal would be manageable because I planned to read all of the Lunar Chronicles books this year, but it was still a bit close. Happy to finish though!

  1. Princess of Thorns – Stacey Jay
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  3. Between the Lines – Jodi Picoult
  4. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  5. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  6. Mirrored – Alex Flinn
  7. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  8. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
  9. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  10. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  11. The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz
  12. Penny Dora 1 – Michael Stock
  13. Fairest – Marissa Meyer
Flights of Fantasy Challenge – Exceeded

Goal: Read 20 fantasy books in 2015.

I included the Lunar Chronicles books because they have fantasy elements, but they are really sci-fi retellings at their core. Even if I didn’t include them, I would have met my goal! Fantasy was kind of subjective for me with this one.

  1. Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo
  2. HP Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  3. HP Chamber Secrets – JK Rowling
  4. Princess of Thorns – Stacey Jay
  5. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black
  6. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  7. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  8. HP Prisoner Azkaban – JK Rowling
  9. HP Goblet Fire – JK Rowling
  10. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
  11. The Falconer – Elizabeth May
  12. HP Order Phoenix – JK Rowling
  13. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  14. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  15. Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
  16. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  17. HP Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
  18. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
  19. Truthwitch – Susan Dennard
  20. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  21. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  22. Winter – Marissa Meyer
  23. The Isle of the Lost – Melissa de la Cruz
  24. Penny Dora 1 – Michael Stock
  25. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  26. Fairest – Marissa Meyer

1goalsFor more details on my goals and resolutions from the beginning of 2015, you can find that here! I also updated my progress here and here throughout the year. I mostly passed all of my goals! I wouldn’t consider any of them to be a total fail.

Find a reading/blogging organizational method that works and doesn’t pressure me | MOSTLY PASS

Complete my Goodreads Challenge (again), except this time with many more books | PASS

Expand my horizons and follow my mood reading tendencies | SEMI-PASS

Only request review books that I’ve been desperate for | MOSTLY PASS

Participate in memes and monthly wrap-ups whenever I want | PASS

Write more top 10 lists and recommendation lists | SEMI-PASS

Utilize the library like nobody’s business | SEMI-PASS

Interact more with other bloggers | MOSTLY PASS

Write more original discussion posts | PASS

DNF more books | PASS



last month

stat

15 books read this month
Physical: 3 | eBook: 7
eARC: 2 | ARC: 0
Audio: 2 | Mixed: 1

180 books read this year
out of my 175 goal
103% completed
7 books ahead of schedule

26 blog posts this month
13
 books reviewed
13 other blog posts
1 challenge participation

1Great month! I was really motivated to finish up my challenges (which you can see results of at the top!) so that helped. I also read a few quick Christmas books in the middle there. Solid end of 2015!

readsAverage rating for books read in December: 3.91 stars
Highlights of the best and worst…
Best of the Best  Pleasantly Surprised  |  Disappointed 

parallel faking it stat prob of lafs

All of the books read this month:
The Perks of Being a WallflowerParalleldecked with hollyFaking ItStuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of MillionsChristmas at Lilac CottageBossypantsThe Statistical Probability of Love at First SightChristmas Wishes and Mistletoe KissesThe MistakeThe Internet is a PlaygroundFairestCall Me, Maybe

floralreviewsAverage rating for books reviewed in December: 3.73 stars

haul

Secret Sister Project

dec ssAs usual, my Secret Sister killed it. This was a super cute Christmassy package! That gingerbread-patterned fabric across the bottom is an apron that she made herself! (HOW DO YOU DO IT?!) She included a souvenir bookmark from Ireland, which was just too cool. I got a Christmas countdown mug with my favorite hot chocolate mix. She also included candy and a cookie cutter shaped like a stocking. I’m really excited for the books she sent; they’ve been on my wishlist for a long time: Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Being Sloane Jacobs. There was also nail polish, washi tape, washi tape bookmarks (!!!), and excellent socks! Amazing as always.

Broke & Bookish Secret Santa

santa decOh man this was such a great package! My Secret Santa was KATIE from The Book Sphere and she did such a great job. I got a Panthers mug and SO many hot chocolate supplies, including peppermint stir sticks  and marshmallow bits to shake in. She also gave socks (excellent and comfy AF) and chocolate. Three books from my wishlist were also included: The Mediator, Unremembered, and Daughter of Smoke and BoneSo generous and awesome!

Books acquired

earc decE-ARCS ///  For blog tours: Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan | For review: Linny’s Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild, Elementals by Michelle Madowphys dec

Purchased ///  From Strand in NYC: Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Loop by Karen Akins, Nantucket Red by Leila Howland | From Barnes & Noble on sale: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty | From Amazon with Christmas gift card: Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane

Borrowed /// From the library: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, See How They Run by Ally Carter

Gifted ///  From Christmas: Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman, The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Received from publisher ///  For a blog tour: The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

e books audiobdec

posts

Top Ten Tuesdays

2016 Debuts I’m Looking Forward to

New-to-Me Authors from This Year

Best Books I Read in 2015

Books for Santa to Bring Me

Anticipated 2016 Releases

Inside & Out

Alexa from Alexa Loves Books

Krystianna from Downright Dystopian

Discussions and Tags

Books with Unique Storytelling Styles

Cover Love Part II

Help Me Deal with HYPE!

Christmas Songs Book Tag

Wrap-Ups and Sign-Ups

Reading Recap & December TBR

2016 Challenge Sign-Ups

End of Year Book Survey

real life

2015-12-04 23.18.09December was another busy month for us. We finishing putting up Christmas decorations and went out to get our Christmas tree. The second week of the month featured a very sad funeral for a close family friend. He was only a few years older than me 2015-12-07 20.56.32and it just hit me harder than expected. Amidst all of that, my dad had a company Christmas party to attend with my stepmom. I “watched” my sister that night for them because she doesn’t like being home alone at night, even though she’s 14 years old. Chris and I took my sister to the Lego store and out for dinner that night, then her and I watched The Descendents. She made me read the book so obviously I had to watch the movie, which technically comes after the book chronologically. We had our company holiday lunch the following week, which was fairly fun. The food was decent and it was nice to leave the office for a few hours. We headed to Providence for my friend’s birthday on the 19th, and that was so much fun. We all have kind of reached the point where we would rather spend time together playing games and sleeping over, than going out to the bar to celebrate. THEN THERE WAS2015-12-19 22.21.07 CHRISTMAS WEEK! My boss decided to take my coworker and I out for lunch because we literally had no work to do in the few days before Christmas. Christmas Eve involved going to Chris’s parents’ house for a few hours, then my aunt’s house. It was fun to see our families, exchange gifts, and eat food. Chris’s sister had to work on Christmas day so w2015-12-25 13.03.13-1e got lucky and only had two houses to visit that day. We ended up sleeping late, being lazy, exchanging gifts with each other, and then going to my Nana’s house for Christmas. We had some food and opened presents with my mom’s side of the family. Afterwards, we went to my  Dad’s house for presents. We really got spoiled this year! The week following Christmas was pretty busy too. We decided to2015-12-28 15.09.16 take a day off and go to New York City for the day, but we regretted that choice! It was crowded, we did almost NOTHING we wanted to do, and we got home late. Overall, it was a lame day that we wish we didn’t do. The next night, we went to a Harlem Globetrotters game! It was so fun; Chris had never seen them before. For New Years, we went to my friend’s house to hang out, eat food, and watch the ball drop. We kept it simple again!

pics2015-12-02 19.24.452015-12-03 17.57.002015-12-06 09.49.38-12015-12-19 09.30.582015-12-08 21.57.142015-12-10 22.17.572015-12-13 09.19.452015-12-13 21.26.44
media

THIS SHOW MAN. Chris has been on a major Marvel kick lately (and that’s trickled down to me, of course). We decided to start Jessica Jones after seeing sooo many people talk about it. It’s SO GOOD. We binged quite a few episodes in a row because we really wanted something that was genuinely binge-worthy. We’ve been trying to pace ourselves but it’s hard.

aziz ansari master of none myposts i hope aziz wins an emmy for this role

I love Aziz Ansari and heard even more wonderful things about Master of None. We’ve only watched the first couple of episodes because we really want to savor this one. It’s so funny, as expected. I can’t wait to keep going.

christmas s1 elf santa claus the santa clause

We didn’t watch as many holiday movies as I expected this year, but we did hit all of the basics. My favorite of all is The Santa Clause. It was fantastic as always. I also watched A Christmas Story for the first time in my life (!!!) this year and it was way better than I thought. Some other holiday movies we watched: The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Elf, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.chall

Year-Long

Full update of my year-long challenges is above!

 Seasonal

Lose Time RRReading | I completed this challenge! Woooo.| More info/books
Back to School Bingo | December, January, February | More info/books

dec holiday


next month in my lifeI’m not a huge fan of resolutions because time is made-up. Days and years and minutes help us keep track of things, but I think they’re too arbitrary to base things on. The “new year” doesn’t signify much for me. I will usually make goals for the year and use it as a general idea of timing, but I don’t subscribe to a lot of the same thoughts on it all. Anyways, I plan to R-E-L-A-X in January. I’m guessing we’ll get plenty of snow, which usually sucks. As of right now, we have literally zero plans this month. Thank you world.on the blogYou’ll see the usual Top Ten Tuesdays on here, as well as two new faces for Inside & Out. I kicked off the month with my Statistics Survey and obviously this lovely BL Bulletin is happening right now, including year-end wrapping up. I have TWO wonderful posts in my Organization Series coming up – Planners (how I use them now) and Reading Notebook(s). I’m on a blog tour for The Imposter Queen and will be featuring a Cover Colors post for it! I’m honestly thrilled with how it came out, so I hope you all enjoy it! The month has a lot of reviews because I wanted to TRY to start fairly fresh for the year… didn’t really happen though. I may have a Five on Friday, but it depends on how fun my life is for the first half of the month 😉 If not, it’ll be a Currently post or Reading Recap.


countdown

Hosted by Novel Ink! | “We are going to countdown from 10 – 1 with topics listed for each number. Whatever the number is, that’s how many things you have to list for that topic. Example: 10 – Books on your wishlist, so I would name ten books that’s on my wishlist…see?? SIMPLE.”

10- 2016 Books You’re Excited About

The Unexpected EverythingSummer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesWhen We CollidedP.S. I Like YouRunLiars and Losers Like UsNo Love AllowedTell Me Three ThingsStars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)The Epidemic (The Program, #0.6)

9- Favorite Covers of 2015

First & ThenThe Wrong Side of RightSteering the StarsWe All Looked UpThe One That Got AwayThe Start of Me and YouThings We Know by HeartLola Carlyle's 12-Step RomanceEmmy & Oliver

8- Books That Surprised You (either in a good or bad way)

A Madness So DiscreetMagnoliaI'll Meet You ThereDumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
Nowhere But HomeThe Boy Most Likely ToParallelCome Away with Me

7- Books You Didn’t Get To in 2015

Before I GoAfter I DoThings I Can't Explain (Clarissa)The Fill-In Boyfriend
This Is Your AfterlifeIt’s Not Me, It’s YouGirl Before a Mirror

6- Books That Gave You All the Feels/Made You Cry

All the Bright PlacesCome Away with MeMaybe in Another Life
My Life Next DoorP.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)Saint Anything

5- Golden Finds (Unpopular/Underrated Books You Loved)

The One ThingThe Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever MadeThe Internet is a PlaygroundChristmas Wishes and Mistletoe KissesPenny Dora The Wishing Box 
4- Books You Wish Were Movies/TV Shows

United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)MagnoliaTwo-Way StreetCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) 
3 – Series You Started

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
2 – Books Everyone Loved But You Didn’t

Jellicoe RoadFangirl
1 – Best Book of 2015

Maybe in Another Life

9 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin – December 2015, Year-End, and Countdown Survey

  1. WOW!! What a year you’ve had, lady!! So much awesomeness!! I’m really impressed with how well you did on your challenges. Some day I’ll learn how to do charts like that to show statistics. I stare at them adoringly every year when other bloggers use them, but I’m just totally clueless on how to (1) make the charts, and (2) find the criteria to enter into it. 🙁 Have a wonderful weekend! ♥

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature recently posted: Lisa’s Weekly Recap: 1/2/16 + Super Exciting News!!!!!!

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)