Category: Wrap-Ups

Lauren Lately | November 2017

Posted November 15, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 2 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, […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 2017

Posted November 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 3 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 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! Weeee finally! I had an odd reading month but it definitely worked out in the end. I would do a lot of binge reading (seriously, there are at least 3-5 books that I sat down and read from cover to cover in one day), and then not pick anything up for a couple of days. I had 2 books from last month hanging around that I finished quickly at the beginning of this month. It was nice to get ahead on my challenge again. I’m 2 books ahead on Goodreads, I believe. It’s hard to read when I’m home in CT because I get so booked up, but I’m finding the time right now to get through one library book before I leave. Average rating for books read in Octber: 3.92 stars Highlights & Lowlights This month’s books:   Year-Long Contemporary Romance Challenge 3 this month | 55 read total | 550% complete Flights of Fantasy Challenge 4 this month | 26 read total | 87% complete   Rock My TBR Challenge 0 this month | 15 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2017

Posted September 1, 2017 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 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! FINALLY! 🙌🏼 I finished a good amount of books this month, which was my goal. The A-LIST series reread really pushed me over the edge. I wanted to read over 10 books this month (aiming for 15+) and binge-reading that series definitely got me there. I was always in the mood to read, sometimes reading one book in a day or two. My mojo is back and I’m further ahead on my reading challenge. My goal is to find some more outdoor spots to read before the weather gets too cold for that. Average rating for books read in August: 3.71 stars Highlights & Lowlights This month’s books:   Year-Long Summer Bingo Challenge Book Reviews Discussions, Memes, and More Breakdown:  8 bought  |  0 borrowed  |  1 gifted  |  5 for review  From the publisher: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer, When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas    From the publisher via Edelweiss: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee From the publisher via Netgalley: A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester From the author: The Key to […]

Lauren Lately | August 2017

Posted August 16, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
Lauren Lately | August 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 ✨ Cape Elizabeth / Portland Head Lighthouse | We weren’t sure what to do the day before Jen came to visit (a Saturday) so we decided to take a little trip down to Cape Elizabeth, which is around 20 minutes away from us. There’s a huuuuge land preserve with the Portland Head Lighthouse. Apparently it’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. It was gorgeous, so I can see why. We walked around there a little bit, took pictures, and got a fantastic lobster roll with local Maine sodas. Jen’s visit and first trip home | Chris’s sister was coming to Maine for a few days to take her nursing exam (she passed!) and stay with us. We didn’t do anything too crazy while she was there, since she lived in Portland for two years (literally in the apartment next to ours…) and didn’t need to sightsee. We hung out and watched movies (you’ll see […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2017

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 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! My goal was to at least make it to ten books this month and I really didn’t care how I did it. I started reading two books toward the end of the month that didn’t fully grab my attention and/or were too long, so I kept picking up quick and short contemporaries in between to meet my goal. Oh well! I’m hoping for some more reading soon because I want to hit the beach and parks and such. Hope you guys had a nice month of reading! Mine was so weird haha. Also, worth mentioning that I read five 4-star books in a row and it made me uncomfortable 🙃 Average rating for books read in June: 3.75 stars Highlights & Lowlights This month’s books: Year-Long Contemporary Romance Challenge 7 this month | 51 read total | 510% complete Books read from the pre-planned TBR: 0 this month | 2 total Series Enders Challenge 3 this month | 12 read total | 120% complete Spring Bingo Challenge Book Reviews Discussions, Memes, and More Breakdown:  25 bought  |  1 borrowed  | […]

Lauren Lately | July 2017

Posted July 13, 2017 / Features, Lauren Lately, Wrap-Ups / 7 Comments
Lauren Lately | July 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 ✨ End of Connecticut | Since I last wrote one of these, we packed up our apartment and moved everything into Chris’s parents’ house (basement). We lived with them from July 18th through July 2nd before coming up here. It was a nice period of time and pretty relaxing, once we had everything organized. The biggest issues are animal-related noises, since they have two bark-y dogs and lots of squawking chickens. Exploring Portland! | This is a large category because we’ve been here for almost two weeks now. It’s so weird to think about! I felt like the day was never going to come, and now we’ve been at it for half a month already.  We spent the first two days doing a lot of apartment shopping, since we got rid of a lot of stuff before we moved. We’ve been biking into the downtown area and trying to figure out our favorite route. There are gorgeous […]

2017 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Statistics

Posted July 5, 2017 / Book Challenges, Features, Wrap-Ups / 9 Comments
2017 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Statistics

I love tracking my TBR and trying to see what else there is to accomplish by halfway through the year. I always hope it shocks me into saying HOLY SHIT get going on those challenges… but this year, I’m in pretty good shape for all of them! It looks like I’ll definitely meet my goals. Check out last year’s post if you’re curious! As you see in my monthly wrap-ups, I keep my stats updated each time. The spreadsheet I use is definitely the reason for my organization. I use this time of year (in addition to the end of the year) to REALLY go all-out with my stats. It also helps me create new goals or update existing ones. I may decide I really should read more fantasy or more books from my own shelves. I’ll highlight all of the books I’ve read so far in general too. All of the Books Read So Far Random Fun Smallest book read: Mischief & Magnolias (70 pages) Largest book read: The Sweet Far Thing (819 pages) Most read author: Beth Kendrick (4) Books read 300 pages or under: 24% Books read over 300 pages: 76% Most pages / books in a month: 5,869 pages in February / 16 books in January Least pages / books in a month: 3,406 pages in June / 8 books in May As you know, I love challenges and tend to participate in them quite a bit. I always sum them up in my wrap-ups, but this time of year is great to kick my ass […]