Another Post About Scribd (and TIPS!)

Posted March 8, 2019 / Discussions, Features / 4 Comments
Another Post About Scribd (and TIPS!)

I’ve talked about my love for Scribd on the blog multiple times. It’s set up like a cross between Audible and most library ebook/audiobook apps (Hoopla, Overdrive, etc.). It allows you to pay $8.99 a month to have access to their library of books and other kinds of media or documents. I have used them on and off for multiple years. Their unlimited system was amazing… until they removed it… but then they brought back a lighter version… and now it’s unlimited again! I was so excited to see the changes to a better “credit system” so naturally I was even more pleased with the service now that they’re back to unlimited books/etc. I’m not partnered with them or anything, but they do offer two months of free reading and listening by signing up through my referral link. I also get free months if you sign up! If you like this post and want to try it out, help ya girl out! Okay, back to business – Scribd has gone back to their “unlimited listening and reading” plan. There are a few caveats I’ve learned about, but I thought I’d talk about my favorite service again and how you can make it work for you. What is Scribd again? They’re a website and app service where you pay $8.99 a month to have access to books, audiobooks, magazines, documents, and sheet music. You can save titles to your account so you don’t lose them for later, as well as add them to […]

Review Round Up | Field Notes on Love, Girls with Sharp Sticks, and Springtime at Hope Cottage

Posted March 7, 2019 / Book Reviews, Review Roundup / 4 Comments
Review Round Up | Field Notes on Love, Girls with Sharp Sticks, and Springtime at Hope Cottage

In an effort to cut down on posts and burnout, my Review Roundups will feature 2-4 books I’ve read or listened to recently. Sometimes they’re newer releases and sometimes they’re all backlist titles. My ARC reviews usually get the solo treatment. Enjoy the mini reviews! THIS WAS SO CUTE. I was determined to finish another book in February to keep up with 10 books per month, so I ended up scrambling to read this between the last two days. I read so much of it in one sitting on the 28th, both because I “had to” and definitely because I wanted to. Seriously, let me say again, it was ADORABLE. I’m a sucker for those weird circumstances where people meet, especially when traveling. In this case, Hugo was planning a cross-country train trip with his girlfriend (Margaret Campell), when she surprisingly broke up with him. He decided to continue on the trip with the one caveat that that whole thing was nontransferable and booked under HER name. He needed a new Margaret Campbell, put out an ad, and found Mae. The vast majority of the book takes place on the train. I love the idea of this kind of journey, so reading about it was almost as good as doing it myself. I didn’t find it boring or repetitive to read about them talking and spending time one-on-one. Even though the side characters weren’t IN the story that much, they felt fully fleshed out. Alfie’s siblings (he’s a sextuplet!) and cute parents, […]

Spring Bingo TBR Ideas

Posted March 6, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
Spring Bingo TBR Ideas

Hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews Another season, another round of bingo! As usual, I’m here to share some of my best ideas for filling this card out. I’ll be honest: most of the boxes on my cards get filled out somewhat organically, where I read a book and THEN see that it fits. I still really enjoy making these seasonal lists, thinking about my long-term TBR plans, inspiring myself whenever needed, AND hopefully helping others find books for them too! Completed so far / current reads   Author shares last initial: Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rains (both R last names) School setting: Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (boarding school – creeeeepy one) Set outside the US: Enchantée by Gita Trelease (Historical fiction / fantasy set in Paris) Ideas for the rest    Warm climate: The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley (luxury resort in the Mayan Riviera) Weapon on the cover: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (sword) Three word title: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio (obvious lolol)    Novella: A Wedding on Lavender Hill by Annie Rains (novella in the Sweetwater Springs series) Yellow cover: The Dating Game by Kiley Roache (bright yellow, eh?) Standalone: Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (self-explanatory)    Spring release: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (have a borrowed ARC – comes out in May too) Water on the cover: One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase (look at that lake y’all) Book you own: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (on my Picky Pledge TBR!)    Large cast […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #225: Characters to Switch With

Posted March 5, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 6 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #225: Characters to Switch With

Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This is a different one! I like that. I think I usually focus on characters I’d want to be friends with, or book settings I’d love to be transported to… but actually BEING a character? Love that! I’m going to TRY to think of other reasons sometimes instead of just picking all of the girls with cute book boyfriends 😉 I didn’t think of how hard this would be though… there are so many MCs going through undesirable things, which makes their stories interesting! I should do a follow-up on MCs I WOULDN’T want to switch places with!

2019 Reading Bullet Journal Setup

2019 Reading Bullet Journal Setup

Friends, I got sucked back in. I took a brief detour into the bullet journaling world a few years ago and it was just Too Much for me. I was tracking things just for the sake of tracking them and making pages; I wasn’t doing anything actually beneficial. I acquired a bunch of markers kind of soon after I quit the bujo life and was sad they may just sit there. WELL, after creeping hard on Kristin’s bullet journaling life, I decided to finally come back to it. This time, I’m focusing only on books and reading. I didn’t get another Bookish Planner this year and think this will be a fun creative option for me instead. Here’s how I set up my bullet journal for 2019! I spent a lot of time watching flipthroughs and setup videos on YouTube, plotting my pages out with sticky notes and testing out my pens and markers! It was such a fun feeling to get back to. General Setup I thought I’d do a run-through of the general setup of my planner because I have it in sections or categories. I didn’t want to get bogged down with page numbers quite as much, so I just planned on writing an index in order of section. It’s not overly helpful but it’s better than nothing? haha. Section 1: overview and yearly goals/resolutions The first section includes my yearly goals and resolutions, as well as some of the general reading THINGS I’ll be following throughout […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2019

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | February 2019

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 was a bit of a whirlwind in my personal life and my reading life was somewhat weirdly affected. I did still manage to get a lot of reading done despite that (and also despite reading one book for the entire month basically). I have to count this as a success! I also read mostly books I had laid out on my TBR for the month, which always pleases me too.      All of the books read this month: Check out my 2019 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 8 read this month | 8 read total | 23% complete Prompts (L-R): Makes you nostalgic, debut novel, about a family, author with the same letter for first and last names, two-word title, favorite prompt from past challenge (twin characters from 2018), revolving around a puzzle or game Monthly Motif Challenge 3 read this month | 6 read total | This month: Cover love Retellings Reading Challenge 0 read this month | 0 read total | 0% complete UGH I SUCK AGAIN !!!!!!! Picky Pledge My […]

Review Round Up | Archenemies, The Vanishing Stair, and Two Can Keep a Secret

Posted February 28, 2019 / Book Reviews, Review Roundup / 2 Comments
Review Round Up | Archenemies, The Vanishing Stair, and Two Can Keep a Secret

In an effort to cut down on posts and burnout, my Review Roundups will feature 2-4 books I’ve read or listened to recently. Sometimes they’re newer releases and sometimes they’re all backlist titles. My ARC reviews usually get the solo treatment. Enjoy the mini reviews! As usual, it took me a long time to read this one. The combo of me reading less physical copies AND the fact that this book was a million pages? Yeah, I spread this shit out. Luckily my book club was on the same page as me! We decided to read half of the book for our January meeting and finish the other half to chat about in February, just because we knew we’d struggle to finish. We procrastinate… it is what it is! After the first meeting on the 22nd, I kind of spread the rest of the book throughout the final 9-ish days of the month, reading a set number of pages per day. Interesting developments started happening near the halfway point too, which made me eager to read it… finally. (I got caught up a little bit trying to prepare for KING OF SCARS by reading CROOKED KINGDOM but I still managed to get this one done for the end of the month.) While it IS a long book, the story is super easy to read. I think this primarily speaks to the writing style of Marissa Meyer. Even though I enjoy her writing a lot, this book could have used a lot of […]

March TBR

Posted February 27, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 14 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. February Progress       One of the bigger issues with moving from December to January is how quickly those review copies for January creep up on you! I had way too many ARCs due between January and February and definitely didn’t get ahead (December is holiday month, obvs). I was able to do some catching up AND getting ahead in February though, so I can’t complain too much! I OWE YOU ONE and THE AU PAIR were overdue egalleys that I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped, but still had pretty positive ratings. THE BRIDE TEST is something I couldn’t resist – I NEEDED IT. I finished CROOKED KINGDOM in anticipation of KING OF SCARS, which took me most of the month to read. Whoops? Up Next in March Review Copies (Egalleys) Enchantee by Trelease | The Truth About Leaving by Blitt | The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Applehans | One Night at the Lake by Chase | You Owe Me a Murder by Cook I talked recently about my desire to develop an egalley reading schedule that allows me to catch up, stay on track, and get […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #224: Places to Visit

Posted February 26, 2019 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 2 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #224: Places to Visit

Places Mentioned in Books I’d Like to Visit Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. I always talk about the book settings I love or places I’d want to move, but this is a little more specific? I love a good, cozy, small town. ALWAYS. I also love books in boarding schools or at resorts or in beach towns. Vivid settings are some of my favorite things to talk about. The vast majority of these are RECENT books I’ve read because I literally went through my “read” list on Goodreads, in order. My grandfather was from Punxsutawney, PA… and VERY proud of that fact. I’ve always wanted to visit there for that reason (I don’t care much about the groundhog but obviously it’d be cool to see). Pretty in Punxsutawney being set there definitely got my wheels turning on making a visit happen someday for him. It sounds like there isn’t a hell of a lot to do but it would be worth it for me and my family. (My mom went a bit as a kid!) As I said in my little intro, I’m a huge fan of small town stories. They remind me of my hometown and high school years. Hindsight definitely […]

Picky Pledge

Posted February 25, 2019 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 2 Comments
Picky Pledge

I noted in a couple of wrap-up posts that I wanted to join Hannah and Alexa in their Picky Pledge, which is where they read books from their shelves and limit book buying. I’ll admit that I definitely don’t have a book buying problem because of how picky I already am, but I DO have a problem with not reading backlist books on my shelves. I *used to* have a book buying issue, which has led to a lot of books on my shelves that I either (a) will never read or (b) still definitely want to read but haven’t yet. I’ve already embarked on this for January and February, as you saw in the linked Bulletins, but I thought I’d run through some ideas for a Picky Pledge TBR. For more details on the project, be sure to read Alexa and Hannah’s posts I linked earlier! Both of the books below could be interchanged because they fit both categories – I bought both books because they’re book two in a series or duo, and I love both of the authors. I just put them this way arbitrarily. Because there are 12 prompts for the Picky Pledge, I decided to read one book from my shelves each month to finish up the challenge. Below are some ideas that I pulled from combining and cross-referencing my “to read” and “own physical” shelves on Goodreads. A book you bought for the cover   The Last Little Blue Envelope by Johnson | The […]