Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2019

Posted March 1, 2019 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 5 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.

February was a bit of a whirlwind in my personal life and my reading life was somewhat weirdly affected. I did still manage to get a lot of reading done despite that (and also despite reading one book for the entire month basically). I have to count this as a success! I also read mostly books I had laid out on my TBR for the month, which always pleases me too.

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this month in books

10 books read in February

10 new reads   •   0 reread   •   0 DNF
3567 pages read including about 40:13 of audio

Source:   9 owned books {6 review copies}
1 borrowed book {0 review copies}

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

Average rating this month4.0 stars





All of the books read this month:
Field Notes on LoveKing of ScarsThe Vanishing StairSmall Town HeartsTwo Can Keep a SecretThe Bride Test
The Spies That BindI Owe You OneThe Au PairCrooked Kingdom


Check out my 2019 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.!

Popsugar Reading Challenge

8 read this month | 8 read total | 23% complete

The Spies That BindSmall Town HeartsThe Au PairThe Bride TestCrooked KingdomTwo Can Keep a SecretThe Vanishing Stair

Prompts (L-R): Makes you nostalgic, debut novel, about a family, author with the same
letter for first and last names, two-word title, favorite prompt from past challenge
(twin characters from 2018), revolving around a puzzle or game

Monthly Motif Challenge

3 read this month | 6 read total | This month: Cover love

King of ScarsSmall Town HeartsI Owe You One

Retellings Reading Challenge

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


Picky Pledge

My goal is to work on Alexa and Hannah’s Picky Pledge, reading one book from my shelves per month that fits a category on this TBR idea list. (I may read more each month but I’ll just highlight one book and category.)

This month: Bought because of the author – Crooked Kingdom by Bardugo

Seasonal Bingo

The Vanishing StairCrooked KingdomGirls with Sharp SticksTwo Can Keep a SecretThe Bride TestKing of ScarsSmall Town Hearts
This month: historical, disabled MC, start a series, male MC, author of color, spin-off 2019 debut
(I thought I was going to read GIRLS this month but messed up the bingo card /
put it off until March so just ignore that ok thanks bye)

Breakdown: 5 bought  |  5 borrowed  | 1 free/gifted | 13 for review
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review Copies – Physical

From Forever Romance | Meet Cute by Hunting
From Skyscape | The Fever King by Lee
Giveaway from Jennifer E. Smith | Field Notes on Love by Smith
From Penguin | Night Music by Thorne [not pictured]

Review Copies – Egalleys

Trophy LifeSpringtime at Hope Cottage (Sweetwater Springs, #2)One Night at the Lake

From Lake Union | Trophy Life by Geller
From Forever Romance | Springtime at Hope Cottage by Rains
From Ballantine Books | One Night at the Lake by Chase

Again, but BetterThe Perfect Date

From St. Martins | Again, but Better by Riccio, The Perfect Date by Lozada

Waiting for Tom HanksThe Wedding PartyNatalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

From Berkley | Waiting for Tom Hanks by Winfrey, The Wedding Party by Guillory,
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Lim

Husband MaterialThere's Something About Sweetie

From Graydon House via Netgalley | Husband Material by Belden
From Simon Pulse via Netgalley | There’s Something About Sweetie by Menon


From AndiHer Royal Highness by Hawkins, Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Moreno


From the library | Here and Then and Now by Chen,
The Family Next door by Hepworth, The Winter Sister by Collins

Purchased Ebooks

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)A Wedding on Lavender Hill: A Sweetwater Springs Short StoryThe Cottingley SecretGirls' Night OutThe Risk (Briar U, #2)

Kindle ebooks/sales | One and Only by Holiday, A Wedding on Lavender Hill by Rains,
The Cottingley Secret by Gaynor, Girls Night Out by Fenton/Steinke

Preordered | The Risk by Kennedy

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

February: Read at least 5-6 review copies ✔️
March: Read 50% digital/audio books and 50% physical books

For February, my goal was to catch up on some review copies of all forms. I wanted to read 5-6 books for review (already published ones or upcoming ones, doesn’t matter), and I managed to do that! I finished 6 review copies of all types, backlist and upcoming, and started a 7th one to continue into early March.

March’s goal is to read a 50/50 mix of digital books (including audibooks) and physical books. I have books from the library, borrowed ARCs from friends, egalleys, audiobooks, and so much more to read during the month. I usually end up reading mostly ebooks/egalleys because they’re the easiest to read at bedtime (when I get the most reading done), but I have too many physical copies this month! I have to find a good mix of both to keep on track with my goals, so I think a 50/50 mix will be helpful.

Blog Tours and Seasonal Bingo TBR | have two blog tours next month – SMALL TOWN HEARTS and NIGHT MUSIC. They’ll both feature book reviews and Cover Colors! Also, as usual, a new season means a new bingo card, and a new bingo card means a new TBR post full of ideas for it!

Scribd Update and Tips | I’ve been back on the Scribd grind and they’re back to having unlimited books AGAIN. I share my overall experience with the service, as a general update, and some of my best tips for how to make it work for you.

How I Use Google Keep | …yes this is like the 10th month that this is listed. I keep bumping this post for various reasons but I do hope, because March looks light, that this will finally get published. It’s really not even that exciting to read hahaha.

Reader Survey Results / Plans | I’m still on the fence about whether or not I care about posting the results because honestly, most of my thoughts were confirmed. I’m going to peel through the results again and see what I may want to share and if it warrants a post.

Authors I Need Books From | I have two posts similar to this worked up – one where I talk about authors I’ve read one book from and need to read more, and one where I talk about authors who I generally need new books from (if they don’t have any announced books). We’ll see which happens! lol.

Reviews Made Me Reconsider | There are a lot of books I was excited about where the reviews made me second-guess myself. I might share this post to talk about some of them and see if you think I should read them. It’ll be similar to this one but about already published books.

Current Makeup Routine / New Products | I usually include some beauty things in my Lauren Lately, but like my food posts, I’m thinking of making some separation whenever there’s a lot to discuss. I have some new things I’m obsessed with and want to share my review/thoughts on the Tatcha starter kit I bought.

2019 Reading Bullet Journal | After mentioning this in my last Lauren Lately, I thought I’d share my current bujo setup and page layouts. Is this something you’d want to see each month? Would you want it as a separate post or included here? Basically I would take photos of my month-specific (or new seasonal/challenge) layouts since the last post/month, so you can see my reading wrap-ups and layout ideas. Take the poll below!

Would you like to see bujo layout wrap-ups at the end of each month? (Probably will be less than 5 pages)

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Check out my March TBR post! ?

How was your reading in February?
What do you have up next in March?

5 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2019

  1. I just got Crooked Kingdom from the library and I’m so pumped to start it (hopefully this weekend)! It has the red sprayed edges and is just GORGEOUS. I read Six of Crows in January and I cannot believe I waited this long to give in to the hype but I am completely obsessed now. Anyway, I hope you have a great reading month in March, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  2. It looks like February was good to you reading-wise! I love how you go about setting your goals. It’s pretty inspiring. We’re very slowly getting our lives back to a relative normal and you’ve really helped by showing your readers how you set your goals AND go about meeting them!

    I hope March slows down a bit for you! Happy reading!

    Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter recently posted: Stephanie’s February 2019 Wrap Up

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