Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2023

Posted August 2, 2023 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 2 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 had most of my good luck in June because July was mostly just okay for reading. Not a lot of major standouts, with one or two exceptions. I did manage to read 12 books, which is always my secret goal in the back of my mind! (Usually monthly recaps on Instagram have either 9 or 12 book slots on them so I aim for one of those numbers lol.) I had a few disappointments and books I expected would go better for me as well.

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12 books in June

12 read    0 reread    0 DNF

Pages read: 3,932 •   Average rating: 3.83 stars

Genres: 5 mystery/thriller, 3 contemporary, 2 fantasy, 1 nonfiction, 1 graphic novel

Formats: 4 mixed, 4 ebooks, 2 paperbacks, 1 hardcover, 1 egalley

Sources: 53 purchased, 3 review, 3 library, 1 owned, 1 borrowed, 1 BOTM

Age Target: 9 adult, 1 young adult, 1 middle grade, 1 new adult

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



Fun Cozy Mystery


Best Goodman Yet


Slightly Confusing?


Great Cozy Start


Fun Companion




Amazing Surprise


Pretentious & Repetitive




Fun Installment


Pleasant Surprise



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Popsugar Reading Challenge: 72%

52 Book Club: 67%

Must Read in 2023: 58%

Romanceopoly: 18%

Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge: 81%

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Breakdown: 19 purchased  | 0 free/gifted | 4 review copies
All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review.

(Numbers are off because I accidentally included a few books in June’s wrap-up that were technically bough tin July, so just keeping the numbers accurate to when they were purchased, not pictured!)

For Review

From Simon & Schuster: The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Hallett

From Penguin: Through the Snow Globe by Rains,
Three Holidays and a Wedding by Jalauddin and Stapley

Digital Books

Kindle Sales: Paris by Paris Hilton, The Tourist Attraction by Morgenthaler,
A Merry Little Meet Cute by Murphy and Simone, Who is Maud Dixon? by Andrews

Physical Books & BOTM

Used Books Online: Seaside Cafe Mystery Series #2-5 and #7

BOTM: Dark Corners by Goldin, The Only One Left by Sager

Preordered: All That’s Left to Say by Lord
(not pictured – preordered but got damaged in shipping so grabbing it from B&N this week)


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


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