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Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2020

Posted October 1, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 3 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2020

  The 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. Woof, five books. I know September is always hard for me because of my birthday, anniversary, and start of football. Reading just takes a back burner. I ended up reading a good amount early in the month and then tapered off in the second half. It got to be the 22nd and I was like, good lord, I need to at least finish one more. I ended up counting a cookbook again! And a novella! SIGH.      5 books read in September 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1384 •   Average rating: 3.8 stars Sources: 2 purchased, 3 review Formats:  [Review] 1 egalley and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 1 paperback, 2 ebooks, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 4 contemporary, 1 nonfiction Age Target: 3 adult, 2 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 3/40 read total Challenges: Picked because title caught attention Monthly Key Word Challenge None this month Calendar of Crime Challenge None this month Romanceopoly 0 read this […]

October TBR

Posted September 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
October TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. ARCs I had WELL PLAYED and THE BLACK KIDS on here last month but good lord, my reading is so terrible. I have so many egalleys I’m behind on that I really need to get my shit together. I’m also adding TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW because I’ve been in the mood to finally pick it up. For the sake of variety, I’m adding SNAPPED, LOVE YOUR LIFE, and SORRY NOT SORRY as more ARC options for the month of October. All of these are adult contemporary or rom-coms so hopefully they’ll keep me going. Recent Releases – Owned I spoke about KISS MY CUPCAKE and SEX AND VANITY last month but didn’t get to them. I wasn’t sure if I would purchase MAJESTY, but I ended up snagging the ebook. Add it to the list of books I now own and need to read! Woof. Get a grip, Lauren! Recent Releases – To Buy/Borrow I know I want to read DEAR JUSTYCE as soon as possible because I loved DEAR MARTIN. I’m sure it’ll be quick and powerful at the same time. As for other somewhat recent releases that I hope to buy […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2020

Posted September 3, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2020

  The 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’m still behind on my challenge, but I read 6 books in August! That feels so significant to me at this point haha. I really started to feel like reading again. I just kept putting pressure on myself (before) to start my workday earlier while the puppy was sleeping before 9am, but I’ve realized that I need more balance than that. He’s getting into a better schedule, more toys/chews occupy him, and I’m able to get more work done while he’s awake now. The two-ish hours I read in the morning have been really helpful and necessary.      6 books read in August 6 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF   Pages read: 2308 •   Average rating: 3.75 stars Sources: 4 purchased, 1 review, 1 owned Formats:  [Review] 2 egalleys and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 1 paperback, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 3 mystery/thriller, 1 contemporary, 1 paranormal, 1 hist/retelling Age Target: 6 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 31/40 […]

September TBR

Posted September 2, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
September TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. ARCs I have a handful of egalleys I should read, but I think these are the ones I’m most likely to target. WELL PLAYED comes out soonish so it’d be good to be more on top of things lol. YOU HAVE A MATCH comes out next year, whoops, but I can’t wait much longer to read a new Emma Lord. And finally, THE BLACK KIDS came out last month and I want to get to it. Recent Releases – Owned I bought a lot of books over the last few months, which is different for me, but I hope to read them soon. KISS MY CUPCAKE is by a favorite author and I can’t wait to dive in! SEX AND VANITY is the latest from Kevin Kwan – I’ve been curious to read more since his first series. SUMMER AT LAKE HAVEN obviously continues the Haven Point series that I love so much. And lastly, I’m currently reading THE INHERITANCE GAMES. I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes and a friend helped me borrow an ARC of this one, so I’m reading it now. It just came out yesterday. Recent Releases – To Buy/Borrow […]

2020 Midyear Book Stats

Posted August 3, 2020 / Features, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
2020 Midyear Book Stats

Usually I do a whole big fancy post about my book stats and challenge progress, but I’m not currently in the mood to go down the “wow my reading is terrible so my challenges are abysmal” path right now. Even though I’m kind of about to. My current reading spreadsheet automatically makes graphs for me (!!!) so I thought it would at least be fun to share those and look at some breakdowns…. More on the percentages and less about the numbers themselves 😉 Also, these stats are just from January through June and reflect the actual half of a year. Books Read I always say that my goal is to read 50% or LESS of contemporary fiction, and it looks like I’m doing alright this year! I’m pretty surprised by this, not gonna lie. I like the somewhat equal breakdown between other genres. Mystery/thriller being around a quarter of my reads is really nice to see. I’ve been loving those books lately! Nonfiction is only bumped because ya girl has counted cookbooks in her abysmal reading challenge! This one isn’t super surprising, as I’ve been heading more toward adult fiction lately, but it’s still kind of crazy to see that I’m almost at a 50/50 split! I hope to get as close to that as possible as the year goes on. Book Status is a weird title for the chart but it’s basically asking where the book came from or how I acquired it when I read it. This […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2020

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2020

  The 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 decided to reduce my Goodreads challenge to 100 books instead of 120. Now I’m still behind, but it’s much more reasonable! I just know with all of the life changes (a puppy) and lack of interest in reading during these horrible garbage times… I’m never going to catch up with 15 books behind, but I can handle being behind by a few. I’ll probably catch up later when the dog requires a little less attention and is older. We’re going camping in a few weeks and I’m hoping to get some reading in then too.      5 books read in July 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1903 •   Average rating: 4 stars Sources: 2 purchased, 2 review, 1 borrowed Formats:  [Review] 2 egalleys and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 0 paperbacks, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 2 contemporary, 1 mystery/thriller, 1 nonfiction, 1 sci-fi Age Target: 2 young adult and 3 adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 4 read this month […]

August TBR

Posted July 30, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 4 Comments
August TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. ARC August As always, I’m participating in ARC August! It’s been hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat for many years at this point and I’m pretty sure I’ve participated every year? As you may have guessed, it’s a month-long challenge to focus on reading review copies. I thought it would be easier to highlight some books here using my new Netgalley Shelf app. I did already read COBBLE HILL, so ignore that one, but these are some that I hope to read in time lol. I’ve been decent about reading review copies, even though I’m not reading much. Here are some of the top books on my TBR: The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald Simmer Down by Sarah Smith You Have a Match by Emma Lord Float Plan by Trish Doller The Black Kids by Christine Reed Recommended for You by Laura Silverman Well Played by Jen DeLuca My goal is to try to read 6 review copies during August. My reading has been so minimal that I’m barely even reading 6 a month, but I would rather have all of my reads be egalleys than have overdue books […]

Reducing My Goodreads Goal

Posted July 23, 2020 / Discussions, Features / 3 Comments
Reducing My Goodreads Goal

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time. I’ve debated it a few times on the blog within the last month or so, asked people their opinions on Twitter and Instagram, and just haven’t stopped thinking about it. The world has so many bigger issues right now and this has been taking up unnecessary headspace. I usually am *personally* against the idea of reducing my challenge. Once I’ve committed to it, I want to meet it. I won’t change it or “cheat” to meet the goal by making the goal smaller halfway through the year. Again, people can do anything they want, but I always thought this idea wasn’t for me. Why did that change for 2020? Why I Reduced My Challenge 1. 2020 is garbage for everyone I don’t think a single person expected 2020 to go quite like this. Honestly, most people (Chris and I included) expected this year to be kind of great. We thought we would accomplish a lot, spend more time with friends and family, enjoy our yard and local attractions, casually plan our wedding for next year… basically zero things on our list have been done (or even allowed!). I was really hoping that quarantine would make me read more, but I think my brain was always too focused on the garbage fire of a president, the pandemic, etc. – you know it all. Books can be a great escape, but I found that they weren’t the escape I wanted. I […]

July TBR

Posted July 10, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 1 Comment
July TBR

My monthly TBR feature here shows my progress based on last month’s TBR, my plans for this month, and anything else I might be thinking about from a reading perspective. Sometimes I feature a little poll at the bottom so you guys can help me figure out a certain title I should read from a group of books. Update from June, Moving Forward to July: June was another horrible reading month – the worst in quite a few years… since I started blogging maybe? Five books! I read some good ones though, so I can’t complain about most of the quality… I decided to pull my leftovers from June that I want to read and a few books I hope to get to in July. No categories of any kind, just books. Must Read My only must-read book, technically, is for book club. We selected THE FELL OF DARK. It comes out next week so I’ll probably try to read it right away. I haven’t preordered it yet because I want to see if it ends up on Scribd or through the library, but I’ll buy it if needed! Leftovers from June to Read I didn’t even glance at my TBR page for June when picking out my next read, so the category method didn’t fully work for me. The books I did read came from it, for the most part, so whatever works! Here are some leftovers I didn’t get to that I really hope to read in July: […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #295: Most-Read Authors

Top Ten Tuesdays #295: Most-Read Authors

Most-Read Authors (Recently/Overall) Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I’m always interested in revisiting this stat when the prompt comes around! I feel like I used to read so many long-running series like Gossip Girl and The A-List with millions of books, so those super random authors would be in my top list. Goodreads removed the most read authors feature so I decided to look at some of the books I’ve read in recent years and think about my go-to authors. This isn’t a technical list where I sorted and counted, but a general idea! Sara Shepard I have to include Shepard as my most-read author, even just because of the endless Pretty Little Liars series. I’ve continued to read all of her releases (yes I’m two behind right now) too, so there’s about a million books read by Shepard. Cecily von Ziegesar After reading Gossip Girl and the many spin-offs, I was wondering what she’d write in the future! She finally has a release coming out this October and I’m reading an egalley as we speak. I love the cover and it’s awesome to see her stick to the rich-ish NYC themes I loved so much (and hated because good lord), but it’s definitely more adult. […]