Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2019

Posted October 2, 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 was sure keep up the general butt-ness of my reading life in September. I do *know* that this happens in September because I typically spend more time out and about, with friends and family, and taking trips to celebrate all the good things September brings for me. Not mad about it! Because of Contemporary-a-thon though, I WAS able to make a good push right at the end of the month to ensure I didn’t totally blow it. I technically only finished one book during the readathon, but I started two others and actually finished them both the day after the readathon, aka the last day of the month!

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this month in books

7 books read in September

6 new reads   •   1 reread   •   1 DNF
2,562 pages read including up to 2,200 minutes of audio

Source:   6 owned books {3 review copies}
1 borrowed books {0 review copy}

Formats:   0 hardcovers | 1 paperback | 1 ebook
0 audio | 3 read/listen combinations | 2 egalleys | 0 ARCs

Average rating this month3.6 stars


Quickest Read

Hit Hard


All of the books from this month:
Maybe This TimeLove on Lexington AvenuePast Perfect LifeGlow of the Fireflies
The Darkest Part of the ForestGirls' Night OutLair of Dreams


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

Popsugar Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 35 read total | 88% complete

None this month

Monthly Motif Challenge

2 read this month | 22 read total
This month:
Animal, number, color, name

Love on Lexington AvenueGlow of the Fireflies

Retellings Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 5 read total | 50% 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: Maybe This Time by West (bought for topic)
Lair of Dreams by Bray (bought on sale)


Seasonal Bingo

Read this month: Paranormal, under 300 pages, trees on cover, reread,
non-linear narrative, fire on cover, cold setting

Lair of DreamsLove on Lexington AvenueMaybe This TimeThe Darkest Part of the ForestGirls' Night OutGlow of the FirefliesPast Perfect Life

Breakdown: 0 bought  | 1 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 12 for review
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

For Review

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1) The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You, #2) Blitzed (Playbook, #3)

Egalley from the author: Of Curses and Kisses by Menon

Egalley from Bloomsbury: The Map From Here to There by Lord

Egalley from Berkley: Blitzed by Martin

Been There, Married That Christmas at Silver Falls The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission (Boots and Bouquets, #0.5)

Egalley from St. Martins: Been There Married That by Levangie

Egalley from Bookouture: Christmas at Silver Falls by Hale

Egalley from InterMix: The Matchmarker’s Mistletoe Mission by Burton

From Grand Central Publishing: Imaginary Friend by Chbosky

From Inkyard Press: Crown of Coral and Pearl by Rutherford

From Forever Romance: Snowfall on Cedar Trail by Rains,
A Cowboy for Christmas by Richardson, Lethal Redemption by Hunt



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

Also, ICYMI on Twitter, I’ll be doing biweekly Lauren Lately posts now because I really enjoy writing about my life. I also feel like writing one big post per month gets a little crazy for me and I’m always pushed for time, so writing two smaller posts will break it up really nicely I think.

September: Read whatever the hell I want ✔
October: Read seasonal books / focus on challenges

I did a decent job of reading whichever books I wanted during my birthday/anniversary/engagement (!!) month, but not as MANY books as I wanted. I really didn’t beat myself up over it too much because it was a month filled with friends, family, fun, etc. So, successful overall. For October, I plan to focus on my challenge progress and read some good seasonal stories. For me, there will be a couple spookier books (not many!) but more retellings and fantasy-ish books than usual.

Summer Bucket List Update | Yes, I didn’t post this last month because I finished my lobster rolls list on 9/30. Whoops. Still kinda counts right??

Lauren Lately / Five on Friday | I spoke a bit this a little bit in a few spots, but I’m going to start adding more personal posts (consistently) on the blog. It’ll probably be 2-3 bookish posts per week and 1-2 personal posts. Each Friday, I’ll be alternating between a Five on Friday or Lauren Lately post. If there’s nothing new to report, I’ll skip it for the week. NBD!

Final Push for Challenges | As usual, I am now realizing how little time there is to finish off my challenges for the year. There will be a “TBR” and challenge push post coming in October so I can reference it when I need to get my shit together.

Check out my October TBR post! ?

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

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