Category: Features

Capsule Library

Capsule Library

Alexa from Alexa Loves Books | Kelly from Belle of the Literati | Hannah from So Obsessed With | Rachel from Hello, Chelly When I saw the Capsule Library posts by some of my favorite bloggers AND they turned it into a “tag” of sorts, I knew I had to hop in on it. It’s even better that Alexa tagged me to participate 😉 Header image is credited to them and their post links are up there too. You’re allowed to have 10 total pieces in your library, just like a capsule wardrobe. (You can also choose an actual clothing item and accessory for each of the items below too!) Here’s what you get: The Clothes: 5-7 authors (any/all of their books would be in library) The Accessories: 3-5 individual books (and series couldn’t be grouped into one) The Clothes Favorite authors and clothing pieces Old Navy Darker Wash Rockstar Skinny Jeans | Taylor Jenkins Reid My favorite jeans are sort of a mid-dark wash from Old Navy and I pretty much only wear skinny jeans. I know they’re going to be tight when I put them on, but I look great. TJR’s books are often really hard to read because she brings up so many uncomfortable realities about life and love. They make me cry every time… just like my skinny jeans when I’ve eaten too much 😉 But they’re too much of a staple to ever NOT have in my wardrobe… or library. Black Cotton/Jersey Swing Dress | Kasie West One of my favorite things to do […]

Lauren Lately | October 2017

Posted October 16, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
Lauren Lately | October 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 ✨ September week home | We ended up coming home for a little over a week in September. We wanted to help Jen out around the house while Chris’s parents were in Vietnam. We also had a wedding that corresponded well with the trip, so we decided to make a week of it. It was a very stressful but productive week home. I saw a lot of people and really kind of wore myself out. I think it’s partly because Chris and I really don’t see anyone but each other when we’re up in Maine. When we’re home, we see EVERYONE. I won’t bore you with the millions of errands I ran, but there are a few photos above – Abby on her throne, some delicious pho and Vietnamese iced coffee, and a wedding selfie of us. Chris’s surgery and laziness | So I honestly don’t have much to report since our week home. Chris got […]

Flights of Fantasy Challenge

Posted October 13, 2017 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
Flights of Fantasy Challenge

As you saw in my recent “get your shit together by the end of the year” post, I have completed all of my year-long reading challenges except for Flights of Fantasy. I’ve participated in this challenge each year because I do love fantasy books, but legitimately need a kick in the pants to read them sometimes. I could read contemporary romance (mixed in with a couple of mysteries maybe) allllll year and not know the difference. I struggle with fantasy a lot of the time because I get sidetracked and have a short attention span. It took me over a month to read THE CRUEL PRINCE, even though I was obsessed with it, just because I couldn’t SIT and READ it (I mean, until the night I sat and read over half of it in one sitting). But that’s just how I am with fantasy! The first half is struggle-city as I get used to the world-building or pacing, and then the action picks up in the second half and I fly through. I love the actual content within fantasy books and think they’re fascinating, but I don’t feel compelled to read them as often as I should. That being said, I now have only five books to go to complete the 2017 FoF Challenge. I decided to choose a goal of 30 books this year because I knew it would involve some effort to get that done. I’ve done 20-25 in the past and it was mostly a breeze. Below you’ll […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2017

Posted October 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 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! Sigh. Not as many books as I hoped, but whatever. I was really hoping to finish some more during the last week of the month but Chris’s surgery sort of derailed that. He had to be lazy and watch TV, so that’s what I did most of the time too. Not a huge deal, but hopefully I can get back to being ahead on the reading challenge for next month. I’m currently reading 2 books so finishing them soon will help! Average rating for books read in September: 4.05 stars Highlights & Lowlights This month’s books:             Year-Long Contemporary Romance Challenge 0 this month | 51 read total | 510% complete None! (Woah) Flights of Fantasy Challenge 1 this month | 21 read total | 73% complete Rock My TBR Challenge 0 this month | 15 read total | 100% complete None Series Enders Challenge 1 this month | 13 read total | 130% complete Fall Bingo Challenge Book Reviews Discussions, Memes, and More Breakdown:  3 bought  |  0 borrowed  |  1 gifted  |  2 for review  Meet Cute edited by Jennifer […]

October TBR

Posted September 28, 2017 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
October 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… September Progress Not too bad… Kinda. I mean, my goal was to read a few library books and a few physical books and I totally failed at that. But! I did manage to finish off a series and bring all 10 books home to CT. My shelf is freeeee! And, to be fair, I’m still reading THE CRUEL PRINCE, but it’s worth mentioning here that I’m at least working on it. I got totally distracted by the MARA DYER trilogy for my book club and binged those three in a row. Whoops? On Deck for October Read ALL Library Books Ash & Bramble and Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable I’m so annoyed with myself because I had a lot of great books checked out and let them fall by the wayside. I ended up having to return just about everything. I’m determined to read this fairytale retelling duo, plus one more summery book! Let’s see if I can pull it off before […]

Bad Bookish Memory

Posted September 21, 2017 / Discussions, Features / 5 Comments
Bad Bookish Memory

I know what you may be thinking… how can there be any pros to having a bad bookish memory?! Well, for me, there are surprisingly quite a few. It’s definitely annoying to forget details about your favorite books, especially when you’re trying to be a Harry Potter showoff to your friends (been there 🙋🏼) It’s not a fun situation most of the time, but I’m going to try to be a little positive here. Because I know my memory is terrible, I have to write my reviews right away. This may sound like a con because I have to force myself to write reviews when I may not be in the mood, but it actually has way more benefits than drawbacks! I know that if I don’t write a review within the first 12 hours of finishing a book, so many of the details will shoot right out of my head. I always sit down to review the book soonafter finishing to I can ensure that my thoughts make it on paper pixels? Many of my blogger friends talk about hating reviews, not writing them early enough, and developing a backlog of read-not-reviewed books. This is just absolutely never an issue for me and I love it. Rereads are WAY better. I used to not bother rereading books because I figured I didn’t have time to read something that I already read. What’s the point when there are new books out there I can read instead?! Well, I definitely realized […]

A New Bookmark Lit?

A New Bookmark Lit?

My blog has gone through a lot of changes, appearance-wise, since I started back in 2014. My graphics were very… juvenile?… for a long time. I still have an addiction to using too many fonts in them, but I think I’ve cleaned things up a little bit 🙂 I’ve always focused this blog on books. I’ve done a few more personal posts within the last year or so, but the majority has been book-related: reviews, discussions, memes, wrap-ups… all about the books. I still plan on being bookish, obviously, so don’t worry. I talked about this a little bit in my “coming up for Bookmark Lit in 2017” post but hope to expand on it even more right now. I planned to… ✔️ Consolidate backlist reviews into round-up posts ✔️ Give ARC reviews solo treatment, for the most part ✖️ Post 4 times per week (sometimes more or less is okay) ✔️ Revamp memes and other features (add, delete, or continue) ✔️ More personal posts and ~lifestyle things~ I’ve done a decent job of these things but still feel burnt out when it comes to talking about book-related things all the time. I love reading and it’ll always be a huge priority for me – and the main focus of this blog – but I don’t have as many discussions as I’d like anymore. Instead of spending 90% of my posts on bookish things, you can expect to see more like 75%-80% starting soon. As you can tell, the vast majority of things will still be bookish. I toyed […]

Lauren Lately | September 2017

Posted September 15, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 5 Comments
Lauren Lately | September 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 ✨   August’s visit home and Smackdown Live | I left off my last Lauren Lately with my sister’s visit to Portland and that we were headed home the following day. We had Jen’s (Chris’s sister) grad party at his parents house, which was FULL of delicious food and his family members. We got to relax by the pool that weekend and then I worked in my office for a few days. On our last night home, we went to Smackdown Live in Providence with two of my friends. It was awesome because it was the last show before Summerslam. We watch Baron Corbin make an idiot of himself and it was insane. Old Orchard Beach | My goal was to soak up the coastal Maine towns/beaches while we still had summertime to enjoy. We made our way down to OOB for a day and LOVED it. I wish we stayed longer or explored into the […]

Challenge Round-Up: Fall Bingo TBR Ideas and ContRom Monthly Topic

Posted September 7, 2017 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Challenge Round-Up: Fall Bingo TBR Ideas and ContRom Monthly Topic

Today’s post has a dual purpose, much like the personal post coming this Saturday. This is sort of a challenge round-up to take care of some business. First up is the bookish bingo card for this fall. I wanted to try to outline some TBR ideas, which I have occasionally done in the past. I always forget the books that first come to mind when I see the new card, so here we go for that. Second, I want to do the Contemporary Romance Challenge monthly topic – this time it’s about rereading. Fall Bingo TBR Ideas I’m loving the squares on this bingo card! I hope this is another season where I’m able to finish the whole thing off. Again, these are just book ideas down below because you know my mood reading will take me in so many different directions instead.     Mental health: All Things New by Lauren Miller Set in another country: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch Ensemble cast: Heart of Glass by Zoey Dean Fall release: The Knowing by Sharon Cameron     Yellow cover: Beautiful Stranger by Zoey Dean Different culture: The Education of Margot Sanchez Person on cover: California Dreaming by Zoey Dean 2017 debut: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman     Horror: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Required reading: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Illustrations: Fables Vol. 5 by Bill Willingham Magic in the real world: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti     Asian American author: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo Set at a school: A Dangerous Year […]

The Reading Quest Tracking (Week 3)

Posted September 2, 2017 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments
The Reading Quest Tracking (Week 3)

The reading quest is hosted by Read at Midnight (information here!) and runs from August 13th through September 10th. My sign-up is here. I’ll be doing weekly tracking and wrap-up posts each Friday or Saturday throughout the readathon so you can see my progress and goals as they develop. This Week’s Thoughts I started THE KNOWING and ALWAYS when we went away for the weekend and there was some decent progress! I ended up just binge-finishing ALWAYS when we got home because it was too short to let hang around. Since I like having an ebook around while reading a physical copy, I decided to also work on TEN for the movie adaptation square in my Knight’s path. The adaptation is coming on Lifetime later this month so this was the perfect motivation to read it too. It took me a little longer to finish THE KNOWING because it’s a non-contemporary, which always takes me a while. I’m going to take this weekend to catch up on THE A-LIST and finish it for my reread, so no new reads for the Quest until maybe Monday/Tuesday. I won’t have another post about this until the wrap-up — eek! Week 3 Progress & Tracking The dates you see below are the dates I start and finish books, so you won’t see every date there. It’ll be running totals and information about each book and how it applies to the quest itself. Social media: Twitter poll for next read, Instagram post (2 HP […]