Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2017 + End of Year

Posted January 1, 2018 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 14 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 lifeAs usual I wish I could go back in time to the holiday season again! ? I read so many cute holiday books and novellas in December that I would have loved to continue into January. They’re so easy and cozy to read. Anyways, I easily met my goal with plenty of time to spare and stopped myself when I hit exactly 150 books for my goal. I don’t like going over unless it’s to a rounder number, like 155 or 160. I feel weird about reading like 151 or 152 books, which are numbers I was likely to hit. So, it was nice to have some wiggle room to fill out the end of year surveys early!1

this month in books

12 books read in December

12 new reads   •   0 reread   •   0 DNF
3,660 pages read including 2,002 minutes of audio

Read by source:
3 owned {1 review copy}
9 borrowed {0 review copies}

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

150 books read in 2017

134 new reads   •   16 rereads   •   7 DNF
52,388 pages read including 15,939 minutes of audio

Read by format:
23 hardcover | 21 audios or mixes
72 digital books or egalleys
41 paperbacks or physical ARCs

Other reading stats:
79 owned books | 78 borrowed books
81 in a series | 76 standalones
73 backlist books | 82 published in 2017

books so far this year

Yearly Wrap-Up of Statistics

I wanted to keep these graphs in a scroll box because they get a little intense and fill so much space. If you’re curious about my bookish breakdown for 2017, take a look below!

books read

Average rating for books read in December: 3.75 stars

Highlights & Lowlights


Holiday Love

Great series


Great Series

Sugar Pine Trail

This month’s books:


challenge progress


Contemporary Romance Challenge

6 this month | 67 read total | 670% complete

They Both Die at the EndWe'll Always Have ChristmasSugar Pine TrailSerenity HarborMy New Crush Gave to MeSnowfall on Haven Point

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

4 this month | 30 read total | 100% complete

Myths and MistletoeWar of the CardsEvery Heart a DoorwayThe Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Rock My TBR Challenge

1 this month | 16 read total | 107% complete

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Series Enders Challenge

2 this month | 18 read total | 180% complete

Winter SolsticeWar of the Cards

Winter Bingo Challenge

on the blog

Book Reviews

Discussions, Memes, and More

book haul

Breakdown:  5 bought  |  0 borrowed  | 4 free/gifted |  6 for review 

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)Pretty Dead GirlsNo FilterChemistry LessonsSurprise MeThe Upside of Falling Down

Physical ARC from publisher: Reign the Earth by Gaughen

From pub via Netgalley: No Filter by Collins, Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy,
Chemistry Lessons by Goldstein, Surprise Me by Kinsella, The Upside of Falling Down by Crane

My New Crush Gave to MeMean Girls: A Novel

Kindle books: My New Crush Gave to Me by Petroff, Mean Girls by Ostow

Foolish HeartsTrust Me, I'm Trouble (Trust Me, #2)Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Physical books: Foolish Hearts by Mills, Trust Me I’m Trouble by Summer, Caraval by Garber

My TBTB Secret Santa package was AWESOME. Joli sent a package to me, which is so good because I previously sent HER a package. You can clearly see all of my fave candies and fandom items, but there are definitely some great books too: The Bakersville Dozen by McBride, The Hate U Give by Thomas, The Extraordinary Secrets of April May & June by Benway, and Sex Object by Valenti

life update

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

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

month in pictures

The Disaster Artists | Downtown Christmas | Dog Training | Christmas cookies

Dinner with my bests | Chris’s family tree | Panthers in the playoffs | Exploring kitty

looking ahead

Top Blog Posts Coming Up

101 in 1001 | I’m doing the Day Zero Project, which includes coming up with 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. I’ll be sharing my list on the blog and updating yearly throughout the project.

Failures and Lessons of 2017 | Reflecting on the previous year continues! I wanted to think about some of the issues (and successes) I had while reading and blogging this past year.

2018 Planners | I’ve talked about it quite a bit so far, but I’ll be doing a deeper dive into my new planner life for this year. I am super excited to get going on both of them!

If We Were Having Coffee | I always enjoy when other bloggers post these, so I’ll be taking part for one of my sadder months of the year (I miss Christmas!!).

Seasonal Book Club | I did a post a long time ago about some books I’d pick if I had a “seasonal” book club, where the members pick books to match each month or season. I drew up another one of these with some updated selections!

Low-Rated Books I Loved | I saw this post in a few places (you can check the post when it comes for the credit because I don’t remember!) and decided to do the same roundup. Low-rated books on Goodreads that I actually really liked!

Top Books on the TBR

Check out my January TBR post! ?

How was your December?
Anything good planned for January?

14 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2017 + End of Year

  1. Look forward to all your posts in the new year. You rocked your challenges and read so many Christmas books. I return to regular reading on January 1st because Christmas books don’t usually count for challenges, but I’m always ready to come back to them come November, December time. They are just so light and fluffy. They are easy reads and really let you escape from life.

  2. I love looking at bookish grafts. I also love seeing 50 of your books were from the library. 🙂 hehe I will have to check out Crazy Little Things Called Love. I love reading “If We Were Having Coffee” posts so I look forward to yours and your planner post! I am trying Bullet Journaling this year. I like it and enjoy that really you can do whatever you want. Happy New Year!

  3. You had such a balanced reading year, I love it! and wow, so much contemporary romance!! I beat that challenge and flights of fantasy as well but I read almost equally between the two genres. Good for you for Rock My TBR!! I didn’t come close haha. What a fun TBTBSanta package!! Love that card. I miss Christmas and the holidays tooooo. I’m going to keep my tree for a little while longer 😉

    Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle recently posted: 2017 End of Year Survey
  4. Foolish Heart was one of my favorite books last year so I hope you love it. Im jealousof all the books you read. I didnt even read 100 last year but Im hoping this year is different. That is a fucking cool graphic!
    Happy 2018!

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