Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2023

Posted June 2, 2023 / 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.

I learned that I’m totally annoying anal about my reading wrap-ups. I either want to finish 9 books or 12 books because of the Instagram story template options. If I read 10 or 11 books, there are blank boxes on the template and I don’t like it! This led me to completely overachieve in May because I decided to bang out two books in the last two and a half days of the month to get to 12!

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12 books in May

11 read    1 reread    0 DNF

Pages read: 4951 •   Average rating: 3.96 stars

Genres: 5 fantasy, 3 contemporary, 1 literary fiction

Formats: 6 mixed, 3 egalley, 1 hardcover, 1 ebook, 1 audio

Sources: 4 review, 3 purchased, 2 library, 2 owned, 1 borrowed

Age Target: 7 adult, 4 young adult, 1 new adult

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Here are all the books I read this month with ratings and one-line thoughts!

Favorite & Cozy


A Bit Disappointed


Needed More Oomph


Excellent Reread


Cute Fake Dating


Overhyped & Cheesy AF


Tandem Read – Good


Tandem Read – OK


Breezy Vineyard Mystery




Charming Murder (?!)


Slow-Burn Second Chance



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Popsugar Reading Challenge: 62%

52 Book Club: 60%

Buzzword Reading Challenge: 8%

Must Read in 2023: 50%

Romanceopoly: 8%

Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge: 73%

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Breakdown: 25 purchased  | 0 free/gifted | 8 review copies
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

For Review

From Macmillan: Maybe Once, Maybe Twice by Greenberg, Dark Corners by Goldin


From Penguin Random House: Summer Reading by McKinley, The Deja Glitch by James,
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Fawcett


From Hachette: Skip to the End by James

From Simon & Schuster: The Reunion by Frick

Purchased – Digital

Kindle: Defy the Night by Kemmerer, What’s for Dessert by Saffitz, Jade City by Lee

Physical Books & BOTM

Pango Books: Hell Bent by Bardugo, Babel by Kuang, Miracle Creek by Kim,
The Silent Patient by Michaelides, The Thursday Murder Club by Osman, 11/22/63 by King

Preordered (new covers): The Naturals Series by JLB

BOTM: The Half Moon by Keane and Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? by Paul

Library Sale: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by TJR,
Ninth House by Bardugo, The Unhoneymooners by Lauren

From An Unlikely Story: Death of a Bookseller by Slater, The Violin Conspiracy by Slocumb

Purchased for Events: Yours Truly by Jimenez (not pictured), The True Love Experiment by Lauren

From Instagram: The Plot by Korelitz and Chloe Cates is Missing by McHugh

Preordered / B&N: Yellowface by RF Kuang, The Chateau by Goldis (not pictured)


How was your reading month?
What do you have up next?


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