Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2018

Posted December 1, 2018 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment

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 was DETERMINED to finish my reading challenges for the year in November, with the exception of the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge (I just didn’t see it working, especially when I kept requesting books and making my percentage go down instead of up, even though I have been reading for it!). Because of this, I read a lot of books “out of my comfort zone” that were in line with my two challenges. It was a weird month but I’m glad I pulled through and did it all! I’m officially caught up because I read 11 books this month, meaning I just need the final 10 to finish off the year.

this month in books

11 books read in November

11 new reads   •   0 reread   •   0 DNF
3579 pages read including about 1747 minutes of audio

Source:   7 owned books {5 review copies}
5 borrowed books {0 review copies}

Formats:    0 hardcover | 0 paperbacks | 2 ebooks
3 audio | 1 read/listen combinations | 4 egalleys | 1 ARC
0 novellas, short stories, or graphic novels

Average rating this month:   3.8 stars


Great Finale

A Bit Disappointing

Pleasant Surprise

All of the books read this month:
The Accidental Beauty QueenLast SeenThe ChaseIn Dog We TrustThe Next Person You Meet in HeavenSapphire Blue
Love à la ModeI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State KillerDaisy Jones & the SixThe Reckoning of Noah ShawThe Last Black Unicorn


Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge

5 read this month | 42 read total | 72% NG ratio

The Accidental Beauty QueenIn Dog We TrustLove à la ModeDaisy Jones & the SixThe Reckoning of Noah Shaw

Popsugar Reading Challenge

4 read this month | 40 read total | 100% complete

The Next Person You Meet in HeavenIn Dog We TrustSapphire BlueI'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge

2 read this month | 12 read total | 100% complete

Sapphire BlueThe Last Black Unicorn

Seasonal Bingo

Made into a movie You – Kepnes September
History with a twist My Lady’s Choosing – Curran/Zageris September
Space or stars Saga vol. 4 – Vaughn October
Copper, bronze, or gold cover Daisy Jones and the Six – TJR November
Pretty spine Royals – Hawkins October
Middle grade
Set in school Sapphire Blue – Geir November
Fall release Geography of Letting Go – Brody September
Found family In Other Lands – Brennan September
Killers Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans – Swank October
One word title Intercepted – Martin September
Witches Toil & Trouble – Spotswood October
Scares you The Witch of Willow Hall – Fox October
Less than 300 pages Evidence of the Affair – TJR September
Fire in title or on cover The Reckoning of Noah Shaw – Hodkin November
2018 debut So Close to Being the Shit – Retta September
Purple cover Thirty and a Half Excuses – Swank September
Legend or myth
Fearless animals Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons – Swank September
Mystery Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes – Swank September
Black cover I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – McNamara November
Dual POV Love a la Mode – Strohm November
Set in another country China Rich Girlfriend – Kwan September
LGBT+ The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats/Piracy – Lee October

Breakdown:  2 bought  |  0 borrowed  | 2 free/gifted | 11 for review 

Review Copies – Physical

Blog tour review copy (thank you, Simon!):  The Accidental Beauty Queen by Wilson
Little White Lies package (thank you, Disney!): Little White Lies by Barnes

Paperbacks for #AllHaleXmasWishes holiday readalong (thank you, Forever Romance!):
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Hale

Christmas stories (finished copies) for review (thank you, Harper360!) | Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Johnson, The Christmas Chronicles by Slater

Review Copies – Digital

I Owe You One  Just For Clicks
Fumbled (Playbook, #2) The Last Resort We Came Here to Forget: A Novel

From Netgalley: I Owe You One by Kinsella, The Truth About Leaving by Blitt, Just for Clicks by McDowell, Fumbled by Martin, The Last Resort by Stapley, We Came Here to Forget by Dunlop

Kindle – Free or Purchased

Miss Kane's Christmas The Naturals (The Naturals, #1) Puddin'

Free download: Miss Kane’s Christmas by Mickelson
Purchased with gift card: The Naturals by Barnes
Purchased on sale: Puddin by Julie Murphy

Purchased Physical Copies

Preordered: Archenemies by Meyer

My recent personal / life update found in the last Lauren Lately HERE.
You can also see my latest What’s Up Wednesday post HERE for a recap!

November’s goal: Work on challenges to finish the year strong ✔️
December’s goals: Meet my Goodreads goal and read 5+ Christmas books

I didn’t finish ALL of my challenges, but I finished the two most “regimented” challenges that I wanted to finish. I read books to complete the Popsugar challenge and the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge, but will likely come close to finishing the Netgalley/EW Challenge next month. I read four books for Popsugar and had a bit of overlap with MMD, but had two to finish there. My goal was to work on challenges to finish the year strong and I definitely did succeed in that!

December has two goals – one of them is quite obvious. I want to meet my Goodreads challenge. Secondly, I want to read at least five holiday books. I have a LENGTHY TBR for December’s holiday reading, so I don’t think this will be a challenge. I’ll need to read 10 books to finish off my challenge and half of them being Christmassy sounds perfect and easy.

EOY Surveys and Wrap-up Posts | My favorite months of the blogging year are upon us! I’m a huge fan of yearly surveys, wrap-ups, and statistics. I go crazy with all of them throughout December (and enjoy the “new 2019 planning” posts that happen through January too).

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses Read-a-long | I’m working with Forever Romance to have a read-a-long for one of my favorite Jenny Hale Christmas books! The kick-off post is December 3rd and you’ve probably seen me hype it up all of the last week on social media too. Keep an eye out and join in!

Truly Devious Paperback Celebration | The release of TRULY DEVIOUS in paperback is coming and I was asked to drum up some interest in the book! You’ll see this post on Tuesday, in time for the release.

New Cover Love | I did a quick round-up of some recent books added to my Cover Love shelf, as well as a brief discussion about some cover trends I’ve been loving lately.

Five Star Predictions | Like I did for this year, I’ll be sharing a round-up of books I predict I’ll rate five stars. I had pretty decent luck with this based on my favorite authors so we’ll see how I fare this year.

Christmas Reviews and Holiday Posts | SO MANY HOLIDAY THINGS! Book reviews, movie reviews, holiday decorations and highlights from my home, and more. The usual festive December over here!

2019 Resolutions and Challenges | I think this will happen next month, but could get bumped to early January. I like to pick out my bookish, blog-related, and personal resolutions each year and combine them in a post with challenge sign-ups for the year.

Check out my December TBR post! ?

How was your reading in November?
What do you have up next in December?

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