Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2017

Posted June 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 10 Comments

BL headerThe Bookmark Lit Bulletin was created to wrap up each month and prepare for the next. I share my 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. I recently split out my personal posts into the Lauren Lately feature, so this is a bit shorter!

looking backreading lifeI have to say, reading two books that were over 600 and 800 pages apiece AND getting other reading done was a nice accomplishment. It took me a while to read both due to life obligations (during ACOWAR) and the audio/ebook combo I was doing with THE SWEET FAR THING. I did a good job of reading a few more books in addition, but I wish I got to a few more! I ended the month with a perfect, powerful story (a little book called THE HATE U GIVE — maybe you’ve heard of it? ?) and didn’t read anything else for two days.

this month in books

10 books read in May

8 new reads   •   2 reread   •   1 DNF
4,844 pages read including 1,630 minutes of audio

Read by source:
4 owned {1 review copy}
7 borrowed {1 review copy}

Read by format:
5 hardcover | 0 paperback | 1 ebook
0 novellas, short stories, graphic novels
1 audiobooks | 2 read/listen combos
1 egalleys | 1 physical ARC

67 books read in 2017

63 new reads   •   4 rereads   •   5 DNF
24,174 pages read including 10,805 minutes of audio

Read by format:
12 hardcover | 17 audios or mixes
22 digital books or egalleys
21 paperbacks or physical ARCs

Other reading stats:
33 owned books | 39 borrowed books
31 in a series | 41 standalones
34 backlist books | 38 published in 2017

books so far this year

books read

Average rating for books read in March: 3.83 stars

Highlights & Lowlights


The Hate U Give


Pleasant Surprise


Fluffy Favorite

This month’s books:


challenge progress


Contemporary Romance Challenge

5 this month | 37 read total | 176% complete
Books read from the pre-planned TBR: 0 this month | 2 total

Someone Like YouWaiting On YouChanges in LatitudesThe UnlikeliesAlways and Forever, Lara Jean

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

3 this month | 15 read total | 60% complete

Blood of WonderlandThe Sweet Far ThingA Court of Wings and Ruin

Rock My TBR Challenge

2 this month | 10 read total
67% complete

Always and Forever, Lara JeanA Court of Wings and Ruin

Series Enders Challenge

2 this month | 8 read total
80% complete

The Sweet Far ThingA Court of Wings and Ruin

Spring Bingo Challenge

All the books:

Magic Zenn Diagram – Brant
Thriller Blacklist – Noel
PoC on cover Always and Forever, LJ – Han
2017 debut What I Lost – Ballard
Green cover What to Say Next – Buxbaum
Multi-POV A Little Something Different – Hall
Historical A Great and Terrible Beauty – Bray
Paranormal The Best Kind of Magic – Cestari
Spring release Done Dirt Cheap – Lemon
Retelling ACOWAR – SJM
Just words on cover Secrets of a Reluctant Princess – Griffin
Purple cover Someone Like You – Dessen
Sisters The Best Man – Higgins
Series finale Bounce – August
Over 500 pages Rebel Angels – Bray
Witches Roar – Carmack
Blue cover Wires and Nerve – Meyer

on the blog

Book Reviews

Discussions, Memes, and More

book haul

Breakdown:  9 bought  |  0 borrowed  |  5 gifted  |  3 for review 

When I Am Through with YouExtraordinary AdventuresHello, Sunshine

ARCs from publishers: When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn, Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace; ARC from publisher via Netgalley: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave


Preordered: ACOWAR by SJM; Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Purchased books: Summer trilogy (new editions) by Jenny Han

Alterations The Bookshop on the Corner Forever is the Worst Long Time The Mermaid's Sister

Purchased ebooks: Alterations by Stephanie Scott, The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan, The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

  Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

Won from CristinaMy Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows | Gifted from Chris: Shrimp by Rachel Cohn, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | From my OTSP Secret Sister: Crazy Is My Superpower by AJ Mendez Brooks

life update

✨ Check out my most recent personal life wrap-up HERE ✨

Life Happenings | Media Addictions | Goals | Favorites | Life Ahead

month in pictures

Brick Fair New England (1, 2) | Margs with my best | Walking at sunset

Porch reading | LOADED baked potato | My BFF graduated! | More outdoor reads

Lunch break views | Chris skateboarding | Lunch on the water | Reading at the skate park

looking ahead

Top Blog Posts Coming Up

Summer Dessen feature | Cristina and I have been plotting a summery Sarah Dessen feature for a while now and it will finally debut through the month of June! My first post will be on the 7th and hers will be on the 8th, so keep your eyes peeled for some fun 🙂

Reviews | I think June will be a review-heavy month for me. I read a lot of books super early AND have some review round-ups to post as well. I don’t have a lot of creativity at the moment because I’m focusing on moving and packing right now. My heart isn’t currently ~in it~ but I’m sure that’ll change.

On My List | I’m debuting a new feature where I talk about the new things on my list – books to read, shows and movies to watch, music and podcasts to listen to, etc. I know I talk about what I’m currently doing but I think these posts are fun! More casual than a TBR post too.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag | I love this one because it involves my favorite topic: book covers! Of course. Morgan pointed it out to me recently, then did it herself. I’ve had this one stewing in my drafts for a while, so it’s time to push it through.

Hit or Miss Authors and Series | I don’t remember what inspired this post, but I got thinking about certain authors who I don’t 100% love or dislike. I’ve read GREAT and… not-so-great books by them, mostly in equal parts. A lot of my favorite authors are stellar all the time, but I do enjoy a few authors sometimes and not others. I’m excited to browse my TBR for those hit or miss authors/series for me.

Top Books on the TBR

Check out my June TBR post! ?

How was your May?
Anything good planned for June?

10 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2017

  1. I love how you set up this post. I also was fairly disappointed by ACOWAR, still mulling over my thoughts before I write my review. I picked up The Hate U Give from the library today and I was super anxious to start reading it. Awesome post 🙂

  2. The new Jenny Han covers are so beautiful together *heart eyes* I almost picked up a set last night at the Books of Wonder event but I already had 6 books with me for Jenny to sign and I didn’t want to be that girl! It just means that I’ll need to meet her again 🙂 Also! I am loving this Dessen feature you and Cristina teamed up for! I just read your first post and I’m looking forward to the rest of them. I still have only read one of her books and I’m ready to binge the rest!

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