Category: Features

Lauren Lately | December 2017

Posted December 14, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
Lauren Lately | December 2017

Because my Bookmark Lit Bulletin wrap-ups got out of hand, I wanted to break up my monthly wrap-ups into two posts: one personal and one bookish/bloggy. I created Lauren Lately here to highlight all of the personal happenings in my life: events, activities, shows I’m addicted to, things I’m obsessing over, recipes I’ve loved, and goals for the next month. I decided to space them out so this wrap-up happens around the mid-point of the month and the bookish one happens at the end of the month. ✨ Check out my most recent bookish and bloggy wrap-up HERE ✨   Home for Thanksgiving {Lego meeting, hotel stay} | Even though the last recap was basically right after we came home at the end of October / early November, we had to come home again a few weeks later for Thanksgiving. We really didn’t do anything in between the two trips home, honestly. So! We we were able to come home a few days before Thanksgiving to go to our Lego club’s holiday meeting, which was a blast. We got sooo much free Lego. That night, we actually got a hotel room in a little CT town that we’re considering living in after we leave Maine. We enjoyed a nice dinner out and walking around in the rain, then ended our night in the hotel by the fire with drinks. We did some exploring the next day before heading to my dad’s house for football. I worked in the office in the days leading […]

Unreleased Book Cover Love

Posted December 11, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 3 Comments
Unreleased Book Cover Love

It’s no secret that one of my favorite features is Cover Snark at A Reader of Fictions. I usually add 90% of my unreleased books to my TBR from these posts. I don’t want to take a page out of her book here (weird sort-of pun?) but I did want to share some recent book covers I’ve seen that I added to my “cover love” shelf. You’ve seen this post on my blog in one way or another for years, because you know how I feel about covers, but here are some unreleased books with covers I am looovin. Covers I Already Love See all the books here. Covers I Can’t Wait to See I always keep some books on my “jazzed up for this” shelf so I can remember which synopses really grabbed me. There are quite a few books on this shelf in any given moment, so I wanted to check out which books I can’t WAIT to see covers for! Here are a few… Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett Synopsis: Simon Pulse has bought a YA title by Jenn Bennett. In Serious Moonlight, a mystery aficionado spends the summer before college knee-deep in both intrigue and a romance with her charismatic co-worker while working the night shift in a Seattle hotel. The book is scheduled for 2019. Why I’m excited: I love Jenn Bennet in general and this book sounds so good! I’ve enjoyed her other covers for the most part and think they usually fit the book pretty […]

Holiday Movie Roundup: Reviews/Recs

Posted December 8, 2017 / Features / 1 Comment
Holiday Movie Roundup: Reviews/Recs

I wanted to include some movie reviews, recommendations, and general thoughts this year, since these are usually the biggest piece of my holiday cheer! I do love the holiday books, of course, but the movies are what REALLY gets me in the mood. I watch many of the same ones each year but always try to mix in some new favorites. In this little roundups, I’ll be sharing “reviews” of both new-to-me movies and repeat watch feels. They’ll be going in chronological order based on when I watched it this season! Coming Home for Christmas  Number of watches: First time Source: Hallmark original movie Rating: Worth the watch, especially if you read the book I loved the book by Jenny Hale, so I HAD to watch this one! It ended up being my first Christmas movie of the season and it was enjoyable. Hale’s holiday books are my favorite because she has the most Christmassy feels of ALL the holiday books I read. They’re atmospheric and super cozy, which is exactly what I want. The movie did a pretty good job of capturing those feels, as all Hallmark movies should/do! I don’t remember as much of the book as I’d like, so I can say that in general… it definitely lined up with the overall plot of the book. It seemed like a pretty true adaptation. I wish the movie was a little longer or something; the romance didn’t develop as nicely as I remember in the book. It felt kind of […]

Recent Read-Bait: Wishes and Travel Meet Cutes

Posted December 7, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 1 Comment
Recent Read-Bait: Wishes and Travel Meet Cutes

You may remember my read-bait series from a long time ago, where I talked about certain keywords, phrases, and tropes that call my name. I planned to keep going with these posts because there are many, many topics that suck me right in. My recent posts discussed reunions, memory loss, and boarding school, then fake dating, bucket lists, and family drama, then carnivals, disappearances, and rich people/winning the lottery. Here I am today to talk about recent words that have grabbed me… This post is just about two read-bait topics for once, primarily because I was eager to post another one of these. The first topic is about “wishes” in some way, shape, or form. I love books involving wishes being granted or people being able to grant wishes for other people. I read Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it. This book involved magical moonshine that grants wishes for the people who drink it, so the main character had to track everyone down to reverse them. The concept was an incredibly unique take on the wish topic and led me to add so many others to my TBR. Next, one of my favorite tropes in books is when people meet while traveling (especially internationally, since ya girl doesn’t even have a passport yet…). Books like Wanderlost by Jen Malone and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson got me thinking about characters encountering “travel-related meet cutes” with the love interest. […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 4 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2017

The Bookmark Lit Bulletin was created to wrap up each month and prepare for the next. I share my book haul, books I read and reviewed, posts I shared, challenge updates, and more from the previous month. I also let you know what may be coming up on the blog in the coming month. You can read past bulletins here. I recently split out my personal posts into the Lauren Lately feature, so this is a bit shorter! Not a great reading month for me, unfortunately. I was really pushing myself to finish a few more books within the last week of the month. It helped that I started to get into the Christmas books because those tend to be addicting for me. There were two books that bugged me all month that I was never in the mood to read, which definitely added some stress. The week we were home for Thanksgiving involved almost zero reading too. Oh well. It’ll be a big push to finish the reading year strong and luckily that means a lot of Christmas books. 🎄  Average rating for books read in Octber: 3.9 stars Highlights & Lowlights This month’s books: Year-Long Contemporary Romance Challenge 6 this month | 61 read total | 610% complete Flights of Fantasy Challenge 4 this month | 26 read total | 87% complete NONE Rock My TBR Challenge 0 this month | 15 read total | 100% complete NONE Series Enders Challenge 1 this month | 16 read total | 160% complete Fall Bingo Challenge Book […]

December TBR

Posted November 30, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 3 Comments
December TBR

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month… November Progress LOL AT NETGALLEY NOVEMBER, LAUREN. I didn’t read any of my review copies and only managed to read one physical copy. I’m not overly surprised because I didn’t read much during November anyways. Let’s move on to finish off the year strong… On Deck for December Holiday Reads      The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand | We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand | Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey I’ve posted my holiday TBR before but wanted to highlight the books I can almost guarantee I’ll get to this month. I recently bought one, got one out from the library, and have two others from Netgalley. Because I’m in the middle of my Haven Point binge, I wanted to include the next in the series because it’s Christmassy. This companion series alternates between summer books and winter books, so this fits in here. I may be able to get another […]

End of the Year Push

Posted November 29, 2017 / Discussions, Features / 4 Comments
End of the Year Push

In a normal year… I usually do a good job of staying on top of my Goodreads challenge throughout the year. I don’t fall behind on it or lower my goal; I’m able to stay a few books ahead or at the “you’re on track!” level. I read a few books to get ahead early (novellas) and maintained it throughout the first half of the year. This is primarily due to audiobooks being in regular rotation, where I’d finish anywhere from 1 to 3 audiobooks each month. That’s a big addition to my total on the year and a good way of always staying ahead, even when my physical reading pace slowed down. Last year I also binge-listened to the Series of Unfortunate Events, so I was like… 13 books ahead at all times lol. …but not this year. The second half of the year made for a big change in my reading habits. I don’t have time to listen to audiobooks anymore since I don’t have a commute. I do try to listen to one when we come home each month and I have a commute for a few days, but I haven’t been overly successful. My audio reading time would usually be the first hour or 1.5 hours of the day, plus again for a few minutes during lunch and then the commute home (15-20 minutes). All in all, I’d probably get an hour or hour and a half done each day. Now? I barely drive my car […]

Five Star Predictions

Posted November 20, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 6 Comments
Five Star Predictions

Post found on Pretty Deadly Reviews | Inspired by Mercy’s Bookish Musings I loved this post by Bekka recently where she predicted books that she thought she may rate five stars. I definitely have this scenario happen ahead of reading certain books. It’s usually because (a) the premise sounds RIGHT up my alley, like a super Lauren-book, (b) it’s from a favorite author, and/or (c) the book already has mostly five star reviews from friends with similar tastes. Here are some books I haven’t read yet that I’m predicting I’ll rate five stars (or maybe 4.5 because I’ve been picky lately!).    Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills // I love this author so much. Her covers are always intricate and/or gorgeous, and this one is no exception. Of course, the insides match the outsides too! I LOVE her stories. The characters are always interesting and have adorable or unique situations unfold. This book definitely seems up my alley and it helps that her other books got 4.5 stars from me. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett // I love this author toooooo. Her first two books have been fantastic, earning 4.5 stars from me as well! Clearly there’s a trend here. I just expect to be blown away by Bennett at this point. Her stories are swoony and always have some kind of unique circumstances or settings involved. I hope this book is just as good as the other two! The Complication by Suzanne Young // I don’t think I’ve ever read a book […]

Gimme the Books (2)

Posted November 16, 2017 / Features, Gimme the Books / 8 Comments
Gimme the Books (2)

I’ve written a few posts to talk about books I’m super excited about that haven’t been released yet, but I felt like adding to that title repeatedly like I had been doing was a bit much. See early posts here: 1, 2, and 3. I decided to make this into a realistic regular feature where I do kind of a Waiting on Wednesday wrap-up post for when I add books to my TBR and “jazzed up for this” Goodreads shelf.    If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales {May 2018} Synopsis: This provocative and relevant young adult novel is about Winter, a one-time National Spelling Bee Champ with a bright future ahead of her. That all changes after she haphazardly writes a racially offensive tweet that she thought was a harmless joke. What unfolds is a barrage of Internet shaming and rejection from her community and closest friends. Winter seeks to redeem herself, but first must come to terms with what she wrote and understand why there was so much backlash. Excitement: This is definitely a timely book. I have a feeling it will make me uncomfortable and get some second-hand embarrassment. I think that the book blogging universe is sensitive to these issues more than my other “personal” Twitter is, so I’m curious to see what the masses think of this topic instead of just us bloggers. Do you give the person another chance? Do you write them off? My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris {April 2018} […]

Lauren Lately | November 2017

Posted November 15, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 4 Comments
Lauren Lately | November 2017

Because my Bookmark Lit Bulletin wrap-ups got out of hand, I wanted to break up my monthly wrap-ups into two posts: one personal and one bookish/bloggy. I created Lauren Lately here to highlight all of the personal happenings in my life: events, activities, shows I’m addicted to, things I’m obsessing over, recipes I’ve loved, and goals for the next month. I decided to space them out so this wrap-up happens around the mid-point of the month and the bookish one happens at the end of the month. ✨ Check out my most recent bookish and bloggy wrap-up HERE ✨    Apple and pumpkin picking day | We decided to hit up three different orchards last month, just to get out and about. Like I’ve said before, Chris’s foot surgery definitely has led to major laziness… so this was a great way to get out of the house. We had some long, scenic drives and then checked out pumpkins, apples, ice cream, and cider donuts at each stop. It was a really great day to be outside.   Chris’s birthday | We weren’t sure what we were doing to do on his birthday because of the boot situation (last year we went for an intense hike…), but we made the most of it for sure! We started out by attempting to go to this restaurant downtown, but it was utterly packed. We decided to regroup on the Eastern Prom and check out the boats. We ended up choosing a nice waterfront restaurant north of Portland, […]