Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2017

Posted September 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 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 lifeFINALLY! ?? I finished a good amount of books this month, which was my goal. The A-LIST series reread really pushed me over the edge. I wanted to read over 10 books this month (aiming for 15+) and binge-reading that series definitely got me there. I was always in the mood to read, sometimes reading one book in a day or two. My mojo is back and I’m further ahead on my reading challenge. My goal is to find some more outdoor spots to read before the weather gets too cold for that.

this month in books

14 books read in August

7 new reads   •   7 reread   •   0 DNF
4,377 pages read including 465 minutes of audio

Read by source:
9 owned {1 review copies}
5 borrowed {1 review copy}

Read by format:
0 hardcover | 7 paperback | 3 ebooks
1 novellas, short stories, graphic novels
0 audiobooks | 1 read/listen combos
1 egalleys | 1 physical ARCs

103 books read in 2017

91 new reads   •   12 rereads   •   5 DNF
35,834 pages read including 12,248 minutes of audio

Read by format:
16 hardcover | 20 audios or mixes
40 digital books or egalleys
37 paperbacks or physical ARCs

Other reading stats:
59 owned books | 54 borrowed books
54 in a series | 59 standalones
56 backlist books | 57 published in 2017

books so far this year

books read

Average rating for books read in August: 3.71 stars

Highlights & Lowlights



1st Was Better



This month’s books:


challenge progress


Contemporary Romance Challenge

7 this month | 51 read total | 510% complete

AlwaysThe Lucky Dog Matchmaking ServiceIn Some Other Life 

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

2 this month | 20 read total | 67% complete

Gilded AshesThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 

Rock My TBR Challenge

1 this month | 15 read total | 100% complete

None this month

Series Enders Challenge

3 this month | 12 read total | 120% complete

None this month

Summer Bingo Challenge

on the blog

Book Reviews

Discussions, Memes, and More

book haul

Breakdown:  8 bought  |  0 borrowed  |  1 gifted  |  5 for review 

From the publisher: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer, When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

 The Key to Everything A Dangerous Year (The Riley Collins, #1)

From the publisher via Edelweiss: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
From the publisher via Netgalley: A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester
From the author: The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge The Summer House Wish You Were Here Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1) Neverwhere It's Not Me, It's You What Waits in the Water

Purchased ebooks/sales: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger, The Summer House by Hannah McKinnon, Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino, Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, It’s Not Me It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm, What Waits in the Water by Kieran Scott

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)

Purchased physical copies: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I won a copy of MOXIE from the publisher, but it hasn’t come in yet! I’ll share pics next month.

life update

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

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

month in pictures

Delicious lobster roll and Maine soda / Portland Head Lighthouse / Mackworth Island / Poolside reading

Smackdown Live / Old Orchard Beach day trip (1 and 2) / Boothbay Harbor

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (1 and 2) / Bean boot at the LL Bean flagship store / Reading by the skatepark

looking ahead

Top Blog Posts Coming Up

The Nostalgia Project: The A-List Series | Cristina and I will finally be sharing our thoughts on rereading the A-List series… about 10 years after reading it for the first time! I’m happy to say that most of the books held up for me and were incredibly addicting.

All About My Shows Tag | I’ve been enjoying book/show tags lately because I’m not feeling overly creative on the blog. I like tags because they give me the topic and I can run with it. This helps because I still want to blog but just don’t have the brainpower to actually make up my own shit right now.

Reviews and Round-Ups | I’m starting to compile some more reviews (finally) so you’ll see those soon.

Bad Bookish Memory | I made this draft a long time ago and was finally inspired to flesh out the post. In this one, I talk about the general pros and cons of having a horrible bookish memory. Yes, I think there are surprisingly a few good things about it!

Some kind of personal birthday post perhaps? | My birthday is the 9th and I feel like writing up a little something for it maybe? I’m not 100% sure what this will look like or even why I’m doing it, but clearly my creativity well is running dry.

Top Books on the TBR

Check out my September TBR post! ?

How was your August?
Anything good planned for September?

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