Category: Wrap-Ups

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2020

Posted January 2, 2021 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 2 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | December 2020

  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 pulled it off! I managed to read enough books to meet my (lowered) reading challenge of 100 books. I definitely read some short books, novellas, and cookbooks to make it happen, but I’m proud of myself. I read all of the Christmas books I was hoping to get to except for one!      17 books read in December 17 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 5270 •   Average rating:  3.8 stars Sources: 9 purchased, 5 review, 1 gifted, 1 borrowed, 1 BOTM Formats: 6 mixed format, 5 hardcover, 3 egalley, 2 paperback, 1 ebook Genres: 9 contemporary, 5 nonfiction, 2 mystery/thriller, 1 fantasy Age Target: 14 adult, 3 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 0 read this month | 35/40 read total None this month Monthly Key Word Challenge 1 this month: crown Calendar of Crime Challenge Primary action takes place in the month Romanceopoly 0 read this month | 2 read total  Rolls: N/A Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul This month’s color: Red Yeah, what are reading challenges anymore? […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2020

Posted December 2, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | November 2020

  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 knew I had to read 15 books in November and 15 in December to stay on target for reading 100 books, but I came up a littttle short. Luckily December has some days off, slowdown at work, and holiday reads to keep me going! I’m still a little behind of the goal but I’m feeling good. Many shoutouts to the novellas and graphic novels below 😉      12 books read in November 12 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2858 •   Average rating: 4.0 stars Sources: 4 review, 2 borrowed Formats: 4 hardcovers, 4 ebooks, 2 egalley, 1 mixed, 1 audio Genres: 7 contemporary, 4 graphic novels, 1 mystery/thriller Age Target: 7 young adult, 3 adult, 2 middle grade Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 0 read this month | 35/40 read total Prompts: On a subject you know nothing about, main character in their 20s Monthly Key Word Challenge None this month Calendar of Crime Challenge Month letter in the title Romanceopoly 0 read this month […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 2020

Posted November 5, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | October 2020

  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 had a rough time in September as I always do, but October was only a little bit better… meaning I read ONE more book. I’ll take it though, because now I have an even thirty to read to finish the year. Yikes. Fifteen a month. Luckily the holiday season means a lot of reading for me usually!      6 books read in October 6 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2211 •   Average rating: 3.92 stars Sources: 4 review, 2 borrowed Formats:  [Review] 4 egalley and 0 physical ARCs 0 hardcover, 0 paperback, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 4 contemporary, 2 mystery/thriller Age Target: 5 adult, 1 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 0 read this month | 33/40 read total None this month Monthly Key Word Challenge None this month Calendar of Crime Challenge None this month Romanceopoly 0 read this month | 2 read total  Rolls: N/A Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul This month’s color: Black Yeah, what are reading challenges anymore? […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2020

Posted October 1, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 3 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | September 2020

  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. Woof, five books. I know September is always hard for me because of my birthday, anniversary, and start of football. Reading just takes a back burner. I ended up reading a good amount early in the month and then tapered off in the second half. It got to be the 22nd and I was like, good lord, I need to at least finish one more. I ended up counting a cookbook again! And a novella! SIGH.      5 books read in September 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1384 •   Average rating: 3.8 stars Sources: 2 purchased, 3 review Formats:  [Review] 1 egalley and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 1 paperback, 2 ebooks, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 4 contemporary, 1 nonfiction Age Target: 3 adult, 2 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 3/40 read total Challenges: Picked because title caught attention Monthly Key Word Challenge None this month Calendar of Crime Challenge None this month Romanceopoly 0 read this […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2020

Posted September 3, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | August 2020

  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 behind on my challenge, but I read 6 books in August! That feels so significant to me at this point haha. I really started to feel like reading again. I just kept putting pressure on myself (before) to start my workday earlier while the puppy was sleeping before 9am, but I’ve realized that I need more balance than that. He’s getting into a better schedule, more toys/chews occupy him, and I’m able to get more work done while he’s awake now. The two-ish hours I read in the morning have been really helpful and necessary.      6 books read in August 6 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF   Pages read: 2308 •   Average rating: 3.75 stars Sources: 4 purchased, 1 review, 1 owned Formats:  [Review] 2 egalleys and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 1 paperback, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 3 mystery/thriller, 1 contemporary, 1 paranormal, 1 hist/retelling Age Target: 6 young adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 1 read this month | 31/40 […]

2020 Midyear Book Stats

Posted August 3, 2020 / Features, Wrap-Ups / 4 Comments
2020 Midyear Book Stats

Usually I do a whole big fancy post about my book stats and challenge progress, but I’m not currently in the mood to go down the “wow my reading is terrible so my challenges are abysmal” path right now. Even though I’m kind of about to. My current reading spreadsheet automatically makes graphs for me (!!!) so I thought it would at least be fun to share those and look at some breakdowns…. More on the percentages and less about the numbers themselves 😉 Also, these stats are just from January through June and reflect the actual half of a year. Books Read I always say that my goal is to read 50% or LESS of contemporary fiction, and it looks like I’m doing alright this year! I’m pretty surprised by this, not gonna lie. I like the somewhat equal breakdown between other genres. Mystery/thriller being around a quarter of my reads is really nice to see. I’ve been loving those books lately! Nonfiction is only bumped because ya girl has counted cookbooks in her abysmal reading challenge! This one isn’t super surprising, as I’ve been heading more toward adult fiction lately, but it’s still kind of crazy to see that I’m almost at a 50/50 split! I hope to get as close to that as possible as the year goes on. Book Status is a weird title for the chart but it’s basically asking where the book came from or how I acquired it when I read it. This […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2020

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | July 2020

  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 decided to reduce my Goodreads challenge to 100 books instead of 120. Now I’m still behind, but it’s much more reasonable! I just know with all of the life changes (a puppy) and lack of interest in reading during these horrible garbage times… I’m never going to catch up with 15 books behind, but I can handle being behind by a few. I’ll probably catch up later when the dog requires a little less attention and is older. We’re going camping in a few weeks and I’m hoping to get some reading in then too.      5 books read in July 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 1903 •   Average rating: 4 stars Sources: 2 purchased, 2 review, 1 borrowed Formats:  [Review] 2 egalleys and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 0 paperbacks, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 2 contemporary, 1 mystery/thriller, 1 nonfiction, 1 sci-fi Age Target: 2 young adult and 3 adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 4 read this month […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2020

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2020

  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. It’s funny because I keep introducing theses posts like “wow, I thought X month was bad, now check out this one!” but genuinely nothing compares to the garbage pail that was June… and I mean that literally. I read FIVE books in June which is truly an all-time low for me since blogging. So low, in fact, that I completely forgot to even write this blog post. What even is there to wrap up? lol.      5 books read in June 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF   Pages read: 1476  •   Average rating: 4.1 stars Sources: 2 purchased, 2 review, 1 borrowed Formats:  [Review] 1 egalley and 0 physical ARCs 0 hardcover, 1 paperback, 1 ebook, 0 audio, 3 combo Genres: 4 contemporary, 1 paranormal/fantasy Age Target: 4 young adult and 1 adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 0 read this month | 22/40 read total   Challenges: Involving social media, bird on the cover, by a WOC, pink cover Monthly Key Word Challenge 1 read for […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2020

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | May 2020

This post was drafted and scheduled late last week, so I want to hop in now to address the fact that Black Lives Matter. I am fully in support of the protesting that’s been occurring over the past few days and think it’s imperative that we ALL fight for reform. We need major changes in this country immediately. 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. Lol if I thought April was bad, check out May. Yes, I managed to complete 9 books… but two were cookbooks, one was a small coffee table book, and another was a graphic novel. I just couldn’t focus on reading most of the time but I finished a few books in one sitting basically. Idk what’s going on anymore. I really wanted to finish a 10th book over the weekend but spent all of my time online following and supporting the protests instead of being able to focus on books.      9 books read in May 9 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 2,480  •   Average rating: 4.1 stars Sources: 7 for review, 1 gifted, 1 Book of the […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | April 2020

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | April 2020

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. Good lord, folks – my reading has been so back and forth this month. Chris suggested a few times to just stop forcing myself to read certain things, take a break from the book causing a slump, and read something you’re really excited about. I did this for BEACH READ and DATE ME, BRYSON KELLER and each time I was inspired to keep reading right afterwards. Sometimes certain books are just magical, folks. I knew I would finish the month still behind on my challenge, but I at least wanted to read 10 books to get “back on track” in that way.      9 books read in April 9 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNF Pages read: 3,094   •   Average rating: 4.1 stars Sources: 7 for review, 1 gifted, 1 Book of the Month Formats:  [Review] 6 egalleys and 0 physical ARCs 1 hardcover, 1 paperback, 0 ebook, 0 audio, 1 combo Genres: 5 contemporary, 2 mystery/thriller, 1 graphic novel, 1 historical Age Target: 6 adult, 3 young adult, 0 middle grade, 0 new adult Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up […]