Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2019

Posted January 2, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 6 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.

December involved just enough reading to satisfy my Goodreads Challenge, as well as my Christmas-loving heart. I managed to finish 8 Christmas books (I started 2 more but DNFed them, unfortunately)! It was so nice to just get lost in the holiday feels over the month and not worry about the challenges I decided not to finish for the year.

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this month in books

10 books read in December

10 new reads   •   0 reread   •   2 DNF
4,009 pages read including up to 23:57 of audio

Source:   10 owned books {8 review copies}
2 borrowed books {0 review copies}

Formats:   1 hardcover | 2 paperbacks | 0 ARCs
5 egalleys | 0 ebook | 0 audio | 3 read/listen combinations

Average rating this month3.9 stars


Most Festive



All of the books from this month:
A Wedding in DecemberChristmas at Silver FallsSnowfall on Cedar TrailComing Home for ChristmasSupernova
The White Christmas InnAll I Want for Christmas Is You10 Blind DatesThen There Was YouThe Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission


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

Popsugar Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 38 read total | 95% complete

Monthly Motif Challenge

2 read this month | 28 read total
This month: 
Last chance

Then There Was YouAll I Want for Christmas Is You

Retellings Reading Challenge

0 read this month | 7 read total | 70% 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: None


Breakdown: 1 bought  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 4 for review
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

For Review via Netgalley

The Honey-Don't List Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #2) To Have and to Hoax: A Novel

From Gallery Books: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
From Berkley: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
From Atria Books: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

For Review via Pub Mail

From Katherine Tegan Books: The Hand on the Wall by Johnson


Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Purchased for Kindle sale: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Hardstark/Kilgariff

December: Enjoy Christmas books ✔
January: End the month ahead of schedule for GR Challenge

I definitely succeeded in reading a lot of holiday books in December! I cranked through most of them throughout the month, but especially in the days leading up to Christmas. There were only TWO books I read that didn’t have to do with the holiday season!

For January, as usual, I hope to end the month ahead on my Goodreads Challenge. I don’t care if that means I read some short books to get ahead or what, but I always like to end the first month of the year AHEAD. I’m setting my goal at 120 books again because 10 per month is pretty feasible/easy for me most of the time. I hope to get to maybe 12+ in January.

ARC Reviews: I read a couple of books last year that are publishing in early 2020, so you can expect to see some quick reviews for those!

Five Star Predictions: I always try to put these together in January because it’s fun to see if I was correct by the end of the year! I didn’t read a lot of five-star books in 2019 but hopefully these come through for 2020.

Anatomy of a TBR Post: I wrote one version of this post a little while back but I’ve since updated my TBR planning for 2020. You already saw hints of it in my January TBR post from last month! I hope it keeps me on track and focused on specific reading goals, while allowing enough wiggle room and options!

PopSugar Reading Challenge Ideas: I posted another one of these for last year’s challenge and honestly 2020 looks great for this one so far! I honestly may read more than 40/50 prompts. I hope this list helps others and keeps me in line too!

Check out my January TBR post! ?

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

6 responses to “Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2019

    • I know, I really need to get NG to 80% this year lol. I’m hoping to do better in 2020 because I think a lot of the time I hem and haw too much about five stars. If I loved the book, I should go with my gut!

  1. I had an overall lower average rating this last year too which was odd! Here’s to better this year! You got so many Christmas books read! I didn’t get nearly as many as I wanted to but am still sort of carrying the holiday books over into the new year, ha!

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