Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 2019

Posted November 1, 2019 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 3 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.

Back on track, baby! I talked about my weird reading schedule (basically structured every book like a readalong where I had a set start date and end date with page goals) for October and that really helped me. I don’t think I’ll do it all the time but just for a few months when I’m feeling like I need the motivation. This will probably be true for November, TBH. Anyways, I did a good job reading in October (including my focus on “heavier” fall books, aka non-contemporaries).

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this month in books

10 books read in October

8 new reads   •   1 reread   •   1 DNF
4,075 pages read including up to 72:25 of audio

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

Formats:   0 hardcovers | 0 paperback | 0 ebook
0 audio | 5 read/listen combinations | 4 egalleys | 0 ARCs

Average rating this month4.1 stars





All of the books from this month:
FinaleThe Map from Here to ThereThe Cruel PrinceThe Good WidowHis Hideous Heart
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleTwice in a Blue MoonOf Curses and KissesBefore the Devil Breaks You


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

Popsugar Reading Challenge

2 read this month | 37 read total | 93% complete

His Hideous HeartThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Monthly Motif Challenge

2 read this month | 24 read total
This month:
Tricks and trades

FinaleBefore the Devil Breaks You

Retellings Reading Challenge

2 read this month | 7 read total | 70% complete

His Hideous HeartOf Curses and Kisses

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: Before the Devil Breaks You (bought in different format)


Seasonal Bingo

Read this month: Retelling, series finale, author of color, set at a school,
fall release, mystery, villains

His Hideous HeartFinaleOf Curses and KissesThe Map from Here to ThereTwice in a Blue MoonThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleThe Cruel Prince

Breakdown: 3 bought  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 4 for review
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

For Review

The Little Bookshop on the Seine A Wedding in December

Harlequin via Netgalley: The Little Bookshop on the Siene by Raisin
A Wedding in December by Morgan

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact, #3) The Pretenders (The Similars, #2)

Gallery Books via Netgalley: Marriage on Madison Avenue by Layne
Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley: The Pretenders by Hanover


The Play (Briar U, #3)

Preordered ebook: The Play by Kennedy
Purchased paperbacks:
Mooncakes by Walker, Then There Was You by Liasson

October: Read seasonal books / focus on challenges ✔
November: Finish challenges (90%-ish)

I made my plan to finish up my challenges between October/November and I’ve done a good job so far! Everything is mostly going according to plan lol. November will be super challenge-heavy as I plan to read all of my Christmas books in December, almost exclusively. There will probably be a book for the Popsugar challenge and a Retelling for December, to break things up.

Guide to Holiday Movies Releasing in 2019 | My first holiday-ish post of the year will be here in the first full week of November! Not sorry bout it. I’m talking about ALL of the holiday movies coming up and keying in on the ones I’m super eager for.

Bimonthly Bujo and other features | I’ve been bad so far alternating between Lauren Lately and Five on Friday, but oh well. I plan to get both in for November easily. I also have my bimonthly bullet journal post coming at the beginning of the month, focusing on September and October layouts.

Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul | I’m combining ideas from a couple of bloggers to make my own personal “owned TBR” challenge for 2020. I’ll be assigning one color to each month of the year, pulling three books in that color scheme, and trying a chapter in each. If it grabs me, I read it. If it doesn’t, it gets unhauled.

Three Things | I haven’t done one of these in a while and it seemed fun to pull out again! I updated it with different questions and have started filling it out, but still need to add pictures and gifs probably.

Queen of Nothing Release | I’ll be attending Holly Black’s release day event in MA and immediately spending the next day off from work reading the book. I plan to recap the event and review the book before the end of the month.

Check out my November TBR post! ?

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

3 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 2019

  1. You had a pretty good October 🙂 And I need to read more Libba Bray – I haven’t continued her series. And I’m glad you had such a good average star rating for the books you read, too. That always helps.
    Good luck finishing up your challenges in November – I’m sure you can do it.
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.

    Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms recently posted: Weekend Wrap-up #294 – Only Two Months Left of the Decade!
  2. Love what you’ve been doing to read the books on your October TBR! That’s such a good way to look at what you need to do to get books read! Congrats on making progress on all your reading goals! I need to update mine and see where I’m at because I haven’t been paying as much attention to that recently lol. Your rainbow unhaul challenge seems really interesting, I can’t wait to read those posts, and I’m so jealous that you’ll be at Holly Black’s release day event!

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