Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2019

Posted July 1, 2019 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 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 I start every post like “woah what a weird reading month!” but I have to say… June genuinely was a bizarre reading month. I had one book leftover from mid-May that I FINALLY finished in mid-June, plus another book that took me around three weeks to read throughout the month. I finished a bunch of books in a row after not finishing any for like a week. I finished books every day between 6/16 though 6/19 (even finishing two books on the 19th). So yeah, I was either reading nothing, slogging through something forever, or finishing a million books in rapid succession. I ALSO signed up for Summerathon on a whim this past week so it motivated me to polish off a handful of summery books in a row as well.

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this month in books

13 books read in June

13 new reads   •   0 reread   •   0 DNF
4,511 pages read including 44:03 of audio

Source:   8 owned books {6 review copies}
5 borrowed books {0 review copy}

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

Average rating this month3.9 stars


Quickest Read

Shippy AF


All of the books from this month:


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

Popsugar Reading Challenge

2 read this month | 31 read total | 78% complete

TitheThe Summer House

L-R: Reread of a favorite, book that shares same title

Monthly Motif Challenge

3 read this month | 16 read total
This month: Diversify your reading

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and FortuneRed, White & Royal BlueWhat If It's Us

Retellings Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 3 read total | 30% complete

None this month

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: Preordered but haven’t read yet

The Rest of the Story


Seasonal Bingo

Read this month: Pink cover, graphic novel, romance, beach/island, reread, orange cover,
illustrated cover, LGBT, WOC author, blue cover, white cover

Red, White & Royal BlueThe Tea Dragon SocietyThe Friend ZoneThe Summer HouseThe UnhoneymoonersTithe
Screen QueensAurora RisingWhat If It's UsNatalie Tan's Book of Luck and FortuneThe Life Lucy KnewPassion on Park Avenue

Breakdown: 1 bought  | 1 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 6 for review
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

For Review

Faker You Were There Too Truly Madly Royally

From Berkley via Netgalley: Faker by Smith, You Were There Too by Oakley
From Point via Edelweiss: Truly Madly Royally by Rigaud

How to Hack a Heartbreak She's the Worst The Tea Dragon Festival

From Graydon House via Netgalley: How to Hack a Heartbreak by Rockaway
From Simon & Schuster via Netgalley: She’s the Worst by Spieller
From Oni Press via Netgalley: The Tea Dragon Festival by O’Neill

Physical Copies – Preordered / Library

Preordered: The Modern Faerie Tales by Black
Checked out from the library: The Tea Dragon Society by O’Neill

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

June: Finish the month with a 72% NG ratio ❌
July: Finish the month with 78 books read instead of 70

Okay so I came REALLY close to this – I ended June with a 71% Netgalley ratio. Yes, that’s technically only up 1% from the previous month/the reason I set the goal, but that’s progress. I have a lot of books on my TBR next month that will only improve that ratio further.

For July, I’m hoping to continue to get ahead or BE ahead on my Goodreads goal. With my goal of reading 120 books this year, it works out to 10 books a month. I always know how many books I need to be done with by the end of the month, which is super helpful. I should be at 70 books read at the end of July if I were just meeting my goal, but I’m currently (at the time of writing this/end of June), like 7 books ahead of my goal. June turned into a really good reading month so being at 70 at the end of July would mean I only read three books. I figure I can get myself to 78 books by the end of July and be nicely ahead going into August.

Mid-2019 Wrap-ups and Check-ins | I always post some analysis for my reading progress in the middle of the year. I like being able to see what’s left on my plate in terms of meeting goals and finishing challenges! It gives me a good boost of productivity and shapes my TBR plans. I usually do two posts: one with general stats and goal progress, and the other about challenges (what I’ve done and what I need to finish).

Bi-Monthly Bujo | I post my bullet journal layouts every other month so you can see the previous two months’ worth of spreads! There will be a lot more in this one compared to the previous.

Summerathon Reviews | I put all of my books read during Summerathon in one review post so you’ll see three different summertime books reviewed all in one spot.

Christmas in July | After seeing some new holiday titles on Netgalley, I decided to do a roundup of some holiday books, in honor of the whole ~Christmas in July~ concept that exists for some reason. Most of them, as usual, are publishing in October.

Reviews Made Me Reconsider | I’ve been half-working on this one for a while because I wasn’t sure I even wanted to do it, but there are a lot of books I’ve thought about reading… and then reviews from friends and bloggers changed my mind.

Check out my July TBR post! ?

How was your reading in June?
What do you have up next in July?

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