Category: Features

June TBR

Posted June 3, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
June 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. June TBR Just as I caught up on my Goodreads challenge, I fell back in the hole again. At the time of writing this I’m FIVE behind, which is worse than before lol. I know it’s because I’m still reading RULE OF WOLVES after too long of a time period, and just didn’t read much overall in May. I have to catch up on review copies too. Woof. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Again, just moving INSTANT KARMA, SEX AND VANITY, and MAJESTY from month to month. I am currently reading RULE OF WOLVES but it’s taking me forever and I’m not far into it. Hopefully I’ll get some traction in June and finish it by the end of the month. Like I did with ACOSF, I will probably plan for a chapter or two per day until it’s done (I have about 40 chapters left and 30 days in June, so it will work if I get cruising at the end!). Review Copies Already published:     June pub date:   I decided to break this down by overdue review copies (ugh) and ones that come out in June. OF PRINCES AND […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2021

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2021

  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 actually was able to get on track in April by finishing 9 books but May was rough. I just didn’t sit down and read very much. I tended to pick up a book I knew I could blaze through and just read it in a few good sittings. Kind of sad that I only have five books as a result! It doesn’t help that I’m slowly working through RULE OF WOLVES and ended up DNFing SUNKISSED.      5 books read in May 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  1 DNF   Pages read: 2089 •   Average rating:  3.33 stars Sources: 5 review, 1 purchased Formats: 4 egalley, 1 ebook, 1 paperback Genres: 4 contemporary, 2 mystery/thriller Age Target: 3 adult, 3 young adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 21/40 read total Everyone has read but you A-Z Reading Challenge 1 read this month: N, E Calendar of Crime Challenge 1 read this month: Pub month, month prompt for May Breakdown: 5 bought  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | April 2021

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | April 2021

  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 actually was able to get on track in April by finishing 9 books, but then I was lazy in the last week of the month. I started a new book and just didn’t get around to finishing it. I’m behind again. But it should be easy to catch up, I hope. Lots of good ones in April!      9 books read in April 9 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 3521 •   Average rating:  4.28 stars Sources: 4 review, 1 purchased, 1 library Formats: 3 hardcover, 3 audio, 2 egalley, 1 mixed Genres: 3 contemporary, 2 fantasy, 2 mystery/thriller, 2 nonfiction Age Target: 6 adult, 2 young adult, 1 new adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 6 read this month | 20/40 read total Heart on the cover, MC works at dream job, genre hybrid, set mostly outdoors, dark academia, book from TBR that reminds you of favorite person A-Z Reading Challenge 1 read this month: L Calendar of Crime Challenge 1 read this month: word with month’s […]

May TBR

Posted April 30, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
May 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. May TBR I finally caught up on my Goodreads challenge, thanks to an audiobook addiction for a few books AND my new cookbooks that came in. As a result, I did pretty okay with my TBR. The audiobooks I listened two were technically books I HAD on my library hold list, so they’re kind of from my April TBR too. I didn’t do well with review copies because I mostly tried to read my cookbooks and a couple of physical books, but I managed to finish a couple egalleys up by the end of the month too. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yep, these three guys are still here. I do hope to read them sometime in 2021 haha. MAJSETY, SEX AND VANITY, and INSTANT KARMA are all available to me by hard copy and audiobook. I’m keeping this here again and just saying I managed to finally finish ACOSF… only to now add RULE OF WOLVES. I’m going to see if Scribd adds the audio in May, because they’re renewing its predecessor’s audiobook. If not, I’ll just buy it from Libro.fm. Review Copies    I didn’t do that well with review copies […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | March 2021

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | March 2021

  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 was hoping to get back on track or ahead in March but I just could not be bothered to read most of the time. A lot of these books I was like “shit I should finish this ASAP” and I just sat there and did it in one or two sittings. I have two April cookbooks coming so I know I’ll get back on track next month.      7 books read in March 7 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2272 •   Average rating:  4.43 stars Sources: 4 review, 1 purchased, 1 library Formats: 3 hardcover, 3 egalley, 1 mixed format Genres: 4 contemporary, 1 mystery/thriller, 1 sci-fi Age Target: 3 adult, 2 young adult, 2 new adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge   5 read this month | 14/40 read total Same title as a song, about a subject you’re passionate about, Muslim American author, set in multiple countries, fewer than 1,000 Goodreads reviews A-Z Reading Challenge 5 read this month: A, F, G, I, T Calendar […]

April TBR

Posted March 31, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
April 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. April TBR I was horrible with reading yet again in March, but I did largely stick to my TBR! Still a ton of owned books to read and now the library holds keep rolling in too. I feel good about my April reading life because I have two cookbooks coming that will catch me up on my currently-behind Goodreads challenge. Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yep, these three guys are still here. I do hope to read them sometime in 2021 haha. MAJSETY, SEX AND VANITY, and INSTANT KARMA are all available to me by hard copy and audiobook, so hopefully I can at least read ONE in April?! I’m also moving ACOSF up here because I am still freaking reading it. It’s huge! And other books keep calling my name! Hopefully I can crank through and finish soon. Review Copies   I read four of the six review copies I featured here last month, and focused on the three publishing within the month! *pats self on back* I’m leaving THE SUMMER COTTAGE (May pub) and OF PRINCES AND PROMISES (June pub) because I hope to keep getting ahead on review copies as […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2021

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2021

  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. February is a short month so I didn’t harp on the fact that I finished 7 books instead of 8 this month. I’m partly through a book I started this month so I will be able to finish it and keep reading in March without issue. Hopefully we see 9 books here for March 😉      7 books read in February 5 new books  •  2 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2521 •   Average rating:  4.07 stars Sources: 3 review, 2 purchased, 2 borrowed Formats: 3 mixed, 1 audio, 1 egalley, 1 paperback, 1 hardcover Genres: 2 contemporary, 2 fantasy, 2 nonfiction, 1 mystery/thriller Age Target: 3 adult, 2 young adult, 2 new adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 2 read this month | 8/40 read total Different format than usually read (review audiobook), set in a restaurant A-Z Reading Challenge 6 read this month: None Calendar of Crime Challenge None Breakdown: 2 bought  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 9 for review All review copies were provided for free in exchange […]

March TBR

Posted February 26, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
March 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. March TBR I finally got a TBR post up and running in time! There are a ton of books on here, including holdovers from last month and a bunch of review copies, so we’ll see how I fare. I did a good job of reading most of the review copies I promised last time… Owned Books/Audiobooks to Read Yet again: repeats from previous months. Good lord, Lauren. Please read one of these books. INSTANT KARMA, SEX AND VANITY, and MAJESTY are all physical copies I have, plus the first and third are audiobooks I could listen to either on Scribd or Libro.fm. Review Copies I posted an egalley reading plan the other day to inspire me to read my review copies within a reasonable amount of time. FLOAT PLAN, ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED, AND IT’S KIND OF A CHEESY LOVE STORY are all books publishing in March. THE SUMMER COTTAGE and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT publish in May and OF PRINCES AND PROMISES comes out in June, but I know I’ll want to read it as soon as possible. Library Books I posted a Library Love post the other day that outlines all of […]

10 May Releases for Review

Posted February 22, 2021 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
10 May Releases for Review

I finally updated my review copy spreadsheet with some of the books I’ve acquired and never put in from 2020. I’ve been great about updating as things happen in 2021 too. This is my process: when I get a book approval from Netgalley, I immediately send it to my Kindle and update Goodreads shelves (“ARC Kindle” and “owned Kindle” – I know it’s not the same to have a review copy as owning the book, but the “owned” shelf represents ALL of the books I have on my Kindle, so when I need a Kindle book to read I can just select the one shelf). I then go to my 2021 Books spreadsheet and add it in the Acquired tab. And finally, go to my Database of Review Copies spreadsheet and add it in there according to the pub date. I did this the other day when I got four approvals within two days (woof) and realized I currently have TEN review copies to read that are May releases. I share my acquired books and review copies each month, but thought it would be fun to do a round-up of these books, why I’m excited, and when I think I’ll read them! Yes, part of the reason I’m posting this is to hold myself accountable to some kind of schedule to be on time with all of these. I have four publishing on the 4th, three on the 11th, one on the 18th, and two on the 25th, and technically […]

Library Love | February 2021

Posted February 18, 2021 / Features, Library Love, Weekly Memes / 1 Comment
Library Love | February 2021

I created this Library Love series on my blog so I could share current checkouts from the library as well as some of the books I have on hold, hopefully coming into my greedy hands as soon as possible. I thought it would be fun to bring it back around since it’s been so long! I currently have THE COUSINS and VANESSA YU’S MAGICAL TEA SHOP checked out. I read the first one already and haven’t returned it yet lol but the latter is still on my TBR! I’m hoping to get to it very soon. I have a super small town library so the VAST majority of these books are requested through interlibrary loan. That’s why so many are a certain position out of a large number of books. Even when I’m hold #3 on 6 books, for example, I still usually have a while to wait for whatever reason. Here are the books in my queue! A VOW SO BOLD AND DEADLY by Brigid Kemmerer January 2021 – Hold #3 on 6 copies The first two books here have been on hold the longest. I’ve really enjoyed the Cursebreakers series so far and am really excited to read the final book. I’m annoying in that I prefer to own all the books or none of the books (sometimes I’ll buy an ebook depending on price), so I’ve decided to just get this installment from the library. ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS by Seanan McGuire January 2021 – Hold #1 on […]