Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2018

Posted September 1, 2018 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments

BL headerThe Bookmark Lit Bulletin wraps up the last month in reading and what was on the blog, as well as what’s coming up next. You can check out my book haul, books read, posts shared, challenge updates, etc. You can read past bulletins here. If you’re looking for more personal updates, you can check out my Lauren Lately feature; it highlights my life events and non-bookish fun from the previous 30 days.

I feel like my wheels are constantly spinning, trying to get my Goodreads goal back on track. I honestly think my ARC August participation was bad for my overall reading numbers, but great for catching up on the intended purpose – reading books for review. The issue was that I wanted to read 75% ARCs, which meant I would NOT read other non-ARCs (aka audiobooks) even when I was in the mood for them. In hindsight, I should have just said I wanted to read 5-7 ARCs and called it a day. There were times I was in the mood for an audiobook and just decided not to listen to it because it would mess up my challenge, which is so not the point.1

this month in books

11 books read in August

10 new reads   •   1 reread   •   1 DNF
3770 pages read including 1314 minutes of audio

Source:    7 owned books {7 review copies}
5 borrowed books {1 review copy}

Formats:    0 hardcovers | 0 paperbacks | 0 ebooks
3 audio | 1 read/listen combinations | 5 egalleys | 2 ARCs
0 novellas, short stories, or graphic novels

Average rating this month:   3.7 stars

Favorite (Light)

Favorite (Heavy)

Fun & Quick

Pleasant Surprise

All of the books read this month:
Beneath the Sugar SkyOne Was LostStrange New WorldA Date with DarcyThe Dinner List
The Last Wish of Sasha CadeLittle White LiesUnclaimed BaggageSadieThe Summer I Turned PrettyAfter Nightfall


Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge

7 read this month | 33 read total | 74% NG ratio

One Was LostA Date with DarcyThe Dinner ListThe Last Wish of Sasha CadeLittle White LiesSadieAfter Nightfall

Popsugar Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 28 read total | 70% complete

None this month

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 7 read total | 58% complete

None this month

Seasonal Bingo

Full list of books read for Summer Bingo:
LGBT+ Sam & Isla’s Last Hurrah – Cohn/Levithan June
Asian author The Kiss Quotient – Hoang July
Illustrations The Wicked King – Black July
Reread The Summer I Turned Pretty – Han August
Set during wartime
Realistic fiction The Year of Living Awkwardly – Chastain July
June/July/August release Your Destination/Left – Spieller June
Yellow cover The Dinner List – Serle August
Travel Kiss Me in Paris – Rider July
Religion Maine – Sullivan June
Water on cover The Cottages/Silver Beach – Thayne June
Magic Beneath a Sugar Sky – McGuire August
Someone else picks for you Listen to Your Heart – West July
Metallic lettering
2018 debut Unclaimed Baggage – Doll August
Blue cover The Summer List – Doan June
Over 5 years old
Summer thriller After Nightfall – Banner August
Sequel Strange New World – Vincent August
A book you’ve been putting off To Catch a Killer – Scarborough June
Adventure The Last Wish of Sasha Cade – Young August
Red cover The Dire King – Ritter August
Science fiction The Similars – Hanover June

Breakdown:  3 bought  |  0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 6 for review 

Review Copies

 Fight or Flight The Proposal Intercepted

Egalley: The Dinner List by Serle, Fight or Flight by Young,
Intercepted by Martin, The Proposal by Guillory

 Imprison the Sky (The Elementae, #2)

Physical ARCs: Imprison the Sky by Gaughen, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Kemmerer

Kindle Books

Roomies The Chase (Briar U, #1) Impossible Saints Spy Girl: Books 1-2

Roomies by Lauren | The Chase by Kennedy | Impossible Saints by Harwood
FREE: Spy Girl series (books 1-2) by Dodd

My recent personal / life update found in the last Lauren Lately HERE.

August’s goal: Get Goodreads on track
September’s goal: Finish a series

Alright so it was a tough one, getting back on schedule. I wrote about it at the very beginning of the post but ARC August was good and bad for my productivity. I read a LOT of publisher copies I needed to read, both upcoming and backlist, so it felt nice to get my Netgalley to the 75% area this month. However, I kind of screwed myself by using a percentage goal instead of a number goal. I prohibited myself from getting easy audiobooks read because I didn’t want to ruin the ARC to backlist ratio. It’s my fault, but it is what it is.

For September, I am hoping to finish a series! I have a couple of options here, so we’ll see if any or all of these pan out. I have the next two CRAZY RICH ASIANS books overdue at the library so I’m hoping to binge-read them (probably already in progress when this posts) and finish it up. I also plan to do the next two audiobooks in the SUMMER series by Jenny Han. I am rereading but still will count this as finishing a series!

My Go-To Trader Joe’s Shopping List | In honor of the new TJ’s opening up where I work at the beginning of the month, I’ll be sharing my favorite Trader Joe’s products! I used to shop there weekly when we lived in Maine, so I’m pumped to be reunited with my favorite things again.

Finally Mastering My Oily Skin | I feel like there have been quite a few beauty-related posts lately but sorrynotsorry I love writing them. I finally found a routine that keeps my oiliness at bay for around 8 hours until I blot my skin. I have never gone that long without seeing legit oil poke through!

Birthday & Charlotte | We’re going down to Charlotte for my birthday this year, where the Panthers play the Cowboys (mom’s team) in the season opener… on my actual birthday!!! I AM SO EXCITED. There will be some kind of trip wrap-up when we return home after the 10th.

How I Plan my TBR | I was inspired by Nick’s post about her “organized mood reading” and did a little spin on it for my post. I’m talking about how I pull together my monthly TBR posts and try to fit mood reading in.

Bookish Things I’ve Learned About Myself | I had a random idea come to me for this post when I started thinking about how, as a general rule, I need to stop letting myself request fantasy books on NG. I never read them by the pub date and must STOP myself nowadays. This random bookish thing/fact about me is new, so I started thinking of other bookish things I’ve learned recently.

Check out my September TBR post! ?

How was your reading in August?
What do you have up next in September?

2 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2018

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month!

    I read 10 books in August. Some of them were really long, so I’m looking for an easier read next!

    I hope to read the rest of The Mortal Instruments, Wildcard, Addicted to Outrage, and the next two books in the Throne of Glass series this month. And we’ll see from there.

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