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Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2021

Posted September 16, 2021 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 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 read a number of cookbooks this month to get ahead and it sort of worked… but I still ended up reducing my reading challenge from 100 to 75. I don’t see myself succeeding this year and have no motivation to catch up from being 12 behind. Here’s a late ass recap of August since I’ve been lazy and busy.      7 books read in August 7 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2200 •   Average rating: 3.57 stars Sources: 4 purchased, 2 review, 1 preordered Formats: 4 egalley, 1 mixed Genres: 4 nonfiction, 2 contemporary, 1 mystery/thriller Age Target: 5 adult, 2 young adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 24/40 read total Seen on someone else’s bookshelf A-Z Reading Challenge 1 read this month (D) Calendar of Crime Challenge 1 read this month Summer “holiday” for August Breakdown: 0 purchased  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 6 for review All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest review. […]

September TBR

Posted September 1, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
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. September TBR August, again, was terrible. I was somewhat busy but honestly it’s mostly just that I don’t prioritize reading. I got super into some new podcasts and listened to very little on audio. I only managed to read 7 books in August because THREE were cookbooks. Currently Reading    I am somehow still reading RULE OF WOLVES although I’m pretty sure “reading” is a strong word, since I’ve only read 2-3 chapters since the last time I wrote about this here. I do genuinely need to make a commitment to reading a chapter a day (or listening to an audio chapter) until it’s done. I’m also still working through THE INTUITIVE EATING WORKBOOK because it’s a little repetitive after reading the full book and working in my group coaching. It’ll get done eventually and be a quick boost to my reading numbers when it happens. Physical/Owned Books These are holdovers too, whoops. I got ARSENIC AND ADOBO in my recent BOTM package and it’s been sitting there! I’m excited to read it but I’ve been Kindle-addicted lately. I also got DONUTS AND OTHER PROCLAMATIONS OF LOVE from Laura (the author’s agent) […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2021

Posted August 5, 2021 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 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 don’t even know why I bother blogging or acting like I’ll be getting back on track any time soon lol. I am STILLLL reading RULE OF WOLVES and a couple of other nonfiction books I was hoping to get through faster. However, I do anticipate finishing a couple of those this week and hopefully a quick rom-com to start the month off in August. I usually can blitz out one more book or try to finish two I’m currently reading in the final weekend of the month but my best friend got married and I was super busy the whole last week of July. SIGH.      5 books read in July 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1692 •   Average rating: 3.7 stars Sources: 5 review, 1 purchased Formats: 4 egalley, 1 mixed Genres: 2 contemporary, 2 mystery/thriller, 1 fantasy Age Target: 3 young adult, 2 adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge None read this month | 23/40 read total A-Z Reading Challenge None read this […]

August TBR

Posted August 4, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 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. August TBR July was another rough month. I did manage to check some books off my list but when I would have usually finished 1-2 books in the final weekend of the month, I was at my friend’s wedding and didn’t have any time to read for quite a few days. There are at least two books I’ll be able to finish off ASAP this month at least. Currently Reading and Just Finished    Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here for the millionth time. Really hoping I can actually finally follow through on my plan to listen to one chapter or read one chapter per day until it’s done this month. I’m just sick of having it on here and really hope once I get rolling and things start happening in the book a little more, I’ll be itching to just finish it off. I’m almost done with INTUITIVE EATING and plan to finish off the INTUITIVE EATING WORKBOOK soon as well. Physical/Owned Books I got ARSENIC AND ADOBO in my recent BOTM package and it’s been sitting there! I’m excited to read it but I’ve been Kindle-addicted lately. I also got […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2021

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 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’m still slogging through RULE OF WOLVES (by that I mean letting it hang around on my currently reading shelf and not actually read it ever) so that will be a nice boost when it’s finally done. I’m hoping to blaze through some books this month because I’m in the mood. June wasn’t the best but it was the first month that felt somewhat normal around here and had a lot of plans.      6 books read in June 6 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2233 •   Average rating: 4.17 stars Sources: 5 review, 1 purchased Formats: 4 egalley, 2 mixed format Genres: 5 contemporary, 1 fantasy Age Target: 5 adult, 1 young adult Check out my 2021 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 23/40 read total About art/artist A-Z Reading Challenge 1 read this month: V Calendar of Crime Challenge None this month Breakdown: 1 purchased  | 0 borrowed  | 1 free/gifted | 10 for review All review copies were provided for free in exchange for an honest […]

July TBR

Posted July 5, 2021 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
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. July TBR I’m in terrible shape here y’all. I’m even further behind. I hope to read a few graphic novels this month to get slightly back on track. This TBR post is also late so I will cheat and include the book or two I’ve already read. I’m also ready to admit defeat on some of the books I keep carrying from month to month on my TBR, like INSTANT KARMA and MAJESTY. I want to focus on review copies for the next month or two because I somehow went wild on Netgalley and ended up with 10 more last month. Currently Reading and Just Finished   Yes, RULE OF WOLVES is here. I put it on hold for a few weeks while I read another fantasy book because I don’t like reading two of the same genre at once. I do hope to do my “chapter a day until I finish” plan for this one beginning ASAP because I want it off my shelf. I started COMING HOME TO SEASHELL HARBOR right after finishing THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING because I needed something contemporary right afterwards. That was a tough (but […]

Christmas in July: Upcoming 2021 Holiday Books

Posted July 1, 2021 / Book Lists, Features / 4 Comments
Christmas in July: Upcoming 2021 Holiday Books

I always have the idea to do a “Christmas in July” feature on my blog because it’s riiiight around this time of year when I notice all of the holiday books coming out in September/October. I browsed Nick’s amazing list of romances coming out in the second half of 2021 and many of them were excellent-sounding holiday books! I thought now would be a great time to dive into back into this kind of post (last/first done in 2019). Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday // I’ve adored every single Jenny Holiday book I’ve read so far and have plenty more to dive into still. She wrote a lovely royal holiday romance last year and this one will probably be just as excellent. Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne // It’s not a holiday season without a book from RaeAnne Thayne! I’ve read a ton of her companion series books and usually there are some holiday stories sprinkled in. They’re always a touch cheesy and more wholesome, but usually have a cute small town holiday vibe that I love. A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Bayliss // I really enjoyed her debut last year and was so excited to see another holiday book from her for this year. British Christmas books in charming country towns? Sign me up, always. Also, her covers are super cute and wintry.   The Christmas Village by Annie Rains // I feel like a broken record because all of these books so far have been from tried-and-true authors I […]

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 […]