Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 7 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 lifeNot a great reading month for me, unfortunately. I was really pushing myself to finish a few more books within the last week of the month. It helped that I started to get into the Christmas books because those tend to be addicting for me. There were two books that bugged me all month that I was never in the mood to read, which definitely added some stress. The week we were home for Thanksgiving involved almost zero reading too. Oh well. It’ll be a big push to finish the reading year strong and luckily that means a lot of Christmas books. ? 1

this month in books

11 books read in November

11 new reads   •   0 reread   •   0 DNF
3,748 pages read including 1,689 minutes of audio

Read by source:
6 owned {0 review copies}
5 borrowed {0 review copies}

Read by format:
0 hardcover | 0 paperback | 8 ebooks
0 novellas, short stories, graphic novels
1 audiobooks | 2 read/listen combos
0 egalleys | 0 physical ARCs

137 books read in 2017

122 new reads   •   15 rereads   •   7 DNF
48,400 pages read including 13,937 minutes of audio

Read by format:
20 hardcover | 21 audios or mixes
66 digital books or egalleys
38 paperbacks or physical ARCs

Other reading stats:
75 owned books | 70 borrowed books
76 in a series | 69 standalones
71 backlist books | 73 published in 2017

books so far this year

books read

Average rating for books read in Octber: 3.9 stars

Highlights & Lowlights


Solid spin-off

Great series



This month’s books:
Riverbend RoadEvergreen SpringsRedemption BayBittersweetSnow Angel CoveThe Becoming of Noah Shaw
Perfect ScoundrelsCrazy Little Thing Called LoveFollow MeUncommon CriminalsHeist Society


challenge progress


Contemporary Romance Challenge

6 this month | 61 read total | 610% complete

Riverbend RoadEvergreen SpringsRedemption BayBittersweetSnow Angel CoveCrazy Little Thing Called Love

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

4 this month | 26 read total | 87% complete


Rock My TBR Challenge

0 this month | 15 read total | 100% complete


Series Enders Challenge

1 this month | 16 read total | 160% complete

Perfect Scoundrels

Fall Bingo Challenge

on the blog

Book Reviews

Discussions, Memes, and More

book haul

Breakdown:  20 bought  |  0 borrowed  | 2 free/gifted |  0 for review 



Preordered: Renegades by Meyer, The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Hand | Books-a-Million haul: Lair of Dreams by Bray, Once Upon a Kiss by Palmer, and The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by [Wiking, Meik]Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by [Remini, Leah, Paley, Rebecca]Crazy Little Thing Called Love: The perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy you won't be able to put down by [Butterfield, Charlotte]The Nest by [Sweeney, Cynthia D'Aprix]Me, You and Tiramisu by [Butterfield, Charlotte]In This Moment: A Novel by [Brown, Karma]738 Days: A Novel by [Kade, Stacey]The Weekenders: A Novel by [Andrews, Mary Kay]The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel by [Ritter, William]Hunted by [Spooner, Meagan]I See London, I See France by [Mlynowski, Sarah]

Kindle sales (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc.): In This Moment by Brown, Hunted by Spooner, The Weekenders by Andrews, The Dire King by Ritter, and I See London I See France by Mlynowski, 738 Days by Kade, Me You and Tiramisu and Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Butterfield, The Nest by Sweeney, Troublemaker by Remini, The Little Book of Hygge by Wiking

Redemption Bay (Haven Point, #2) Evergreen Springs (Haven Point, #3) Riverbend Road (Haven Point, #4)

Haven Point Kindle binge: Redemption Bay, Evergreen Springs, and Riverbend Road by Thayne

Audible book sales/credits: My Lady Jane by Hand/Meadows/Ashton, Empire of Storms by Maas,
Caraval by Garber, The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Hodkin


life update

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

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

month in pictures

Korean BBQ | Sushi dinner | Cozy Friday afternoon | Fancy favorite latte

Simsbury hangs | Drinks by the fire | Christmas pics in Kennebunkport | Maid of honor duties!!

looking ahead

Top Blog Posts Coming Up

Lots of holiday posts! | This is a no-brainer, of course. I always post some holiday reviews and other festive things like tags or movie round-ups. I hope to really fill the calendar with those things during the month, so some of the posts below could get bumped to January.

Seasonal Book Club | I posted a long time ago for TTT about some books I would choose if I had a “seasonal” book club, aka where we read certain books each month based on the season or holiday. I decided to do an update on that post where I do all 12 months and only feature books I haven’t read yet.

Recent Read-Bait | This posts are really fun when I finally think of a few! I’ve enjoyed them in the past for sure. This month will only feature two topics and I’ll give you a spoiler: wishes and travel-related meet cutes! That second topic also leads into…

Degrees of Separation and Connections | I started to think more on the topic of specifically travel-related meet cutes and how I LOVE random connections people make. Think of those movies like Valentines Day or New Years Eve, where you get to know characters throughout and find out how they’re all connected by the end of the movie. There are people who meet by chance in interesting circumstances all the time in books, which is one of my favorite obscure, extremely huge, categories to read. I’m exploring that topic in this post as a branch-off of the Read-Bait post.

Top Books on the TBR

Check out my December TBR post! ?

How was your November?
Anything good planned for December?

7 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2017

  1. It may not have been a great reading month for you but you’re doing a lot better than I am! It seems like audio books may be the way to get more reading into my day. I’ve always been kind of wary of them because I’ve heard a bad narrator casting can ruin a good book. I think it’s probably time that I give at least one a go, though. I hope you have a lovely December, Lauren! I’m looking forward to your seasonal posts!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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