Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2017

Posted August 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 4 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 lifeMy goal was to at least make it to ten books this month and I really didn’t care how I did it. I started reading two books toward the end of the month that didn’t fully grab my attention and/or were too long, so I kept picking up quick and short contemporaries in between to meet my goal. Oh well! I’m hoping for some more reading soon because I want to hit the beach and parks and such. Hope you guys had a nice month of reading! Mine was so weird haha. Also, worth mentioning that I read five 4-star books in a row and it made me uncomfortable ?

this month in books

12 books read in June

11 new reads   •   1 reread   •   0 DNF
3,877 pages read including 480 minutes of audio

Read by source:
5 owned {4 review copies}
8 borrowed {0 review copy}

Read by format:
2 hardcover | 0 paperback | 4 ebooks
1 novellas, short stories, graphic novels
1 audiobook | 0 read/listen combos
4 egalleys | 0 physical ARCs

89 books read in 2017

83 new reads   •   5 rereads   •   5 DNF
31,457 pages read including 11,783 minutes of audio

Read by format:
16 hardcover | 19 audios or mixes
36 digital books or egalleys
24 paperbacks or physical ARCs

Other reading stats:
46 owned books | 49 borrowed books
41 in a series |  5 standalones
42 backlist books | 52 5 published in 2017

books so far this year

books read

Average rating for books read in June: 3.75 stars

Highlights & Lowlights



Pleasant Surprise

Super Twisty

Nostalgic Reread

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

This month’s books:


challenge progress


Contemporary Romance Challenge

7 this month | 51 read total | 510% complete
Books read from the pre-planned TBR: 0 this month | 2 total

Finding ItSame Beach, Next Year: A NovelHello, SunshineAnything for YouIn Your DreamsA Short History of the Girl Next Door36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You

Rock My TBR Challenge

1 this month | 15 read total | 100% complete

Here Lies Daniel Tate

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

2 this month | 20 read total | 67% complete

Just DreamingFables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers

Series Enders Challenge

3 this month | 12 read total | 120% complete

Just DreamingFinding ItAnything for You

Spring Bingo Challenge

on the blog

Book Reviews

Discussions, Memes, and More

book haul

Breakdown:  25 bought  |  1 borrowed  |  0 gifted  |  3 for review 

The Nowhere Girls     The Future She Left Behind     Image result for dirty book club lisi harrison

Publishers via Netgalley: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, The Future She Left
Behind by Marin Thomas, The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison



Purchased: Love & Gelato by Janna Evans Welch, By Your Side by Kasie West;
Borrowed: If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak, The Knowing by Shannon Cameron (not pictured),
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (not pictured)

Series binge purchases: Gossip Girl series (some books) by Cecily von Ziegesar,
The A-List (complete series) by Zoey Dean, Lucky Harbor books by Jill Shalvis

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Purchased ebooks: The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid, It Started with Goodbye by Christina June,
Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


life update

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

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

month in pictures

Biking the trail | Chris | One of many lobster rolls | Ice cream!


Tacos | Indie bookstore | Portland Head Light (both)


Watching Power Rangers | Reading in bed | Reading at our Kittery hotel | My favorite sandwich

looking ahead

Top Blog Posts Coming Up

Best Covers for Books I Didn’t Like | I feel like this post has been sitting in my drafts for awhile, and clearly August will be the month where I post all of those. I hate when books with gorgeous covers end up disappointing me. This post is basically an appreciation post for the cute covers with not-the-best books inside.

Wedding & Event Planning Books | I love books involving event/wedding planning, so I pulled some together! I used to want to be an event planner with a friend from high school, so I always gravitate toward those storylines. I highlight some I recently read plus some on my TBR.

Book Tags | I often save book tags to drafts in order to fill them out on a rainy day. I did that twice last month! So, I have a few more in there I plan to pull out at some point. I don’t have a lot planned for August yet, so I’ll probably also add in some memes and other features.

Weird Reading Habits: Author Binges | I talk about how my reading habits tend to be weird with my favorite authors. I often save their books for a rainy day so I don’t run out. I also don’t binge read a bunch of books by one author unless they’re in the same series.

Cozy Small Town Companion Series | I loveeee companion series. Sometimes I prefer them to actual series, I think. I’ve been reallllly into the cozy small town companion series though, especially adult fiction. I’m sharing some of my favorites and why I love them, as well as the books on my TBR.

Top Books on the TBR

Check out my August TBR post! ?

How was your July?
Anything good planned for August?

4 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2017

  1. Another great wrap up. 12 books in a month is great progress. I usually read 5 or 6. I think I only read 3 in July just because I finished Clockwork Princess and that was a long book, but it was good.

  2. A few thoughts here:
    -Are you planning on rereading Gossip Girl too? I am hoping to get around to the It Girl sometime after the A List.
    -You would make a PHENOMENAL event planner!!
    – I am SO READY for your cozy small town companions series. Honestly I have been in this weird mood lately where all I want to do is reread books and so I’m looking for some new additions to freshen up my TBR!

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