ARC Review: Of Curses and Kisses

Posted February 6, 2020 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments
ARC Review: Of Curses and Kisses

I am a member of Sandhya’s Street Team because I support her and love her books. However, this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. When I first saw the announcement for this book and series, I was straight-up over the moon. It immediately became one of my top most anticipated reads. When I was accepted to join Sandhya’s street team and was given an egalley of this book, I was even MORE excited. I dove into it pretty quickly. Unfortunately I didn’t FINISH it just as quickly, but I’ll get into that later. As you can see from this post, I was so effing excited: Like… excuse my French but are you fucking kidding me? I need this series more than I need the air I breathe. Everything about this is perfect and has me written all over it. The author, the boarding school setting, the fairytale retellings, the possible fake dating/hate-to-love trope… Good lord. I’ve been turning a corner on Royal-related books lately and this one will 100% be perfect for me. I just know it. I was in a bit of a slump in September 2019 when I started reading this (woof) and unfortunately that hindered my interest in it. I put it aside for maybe a week or two after starting because I had a few other required reads to sneak in between. When I picked it back up in October, I wasn’t quite as excited to keep reading. The premise […]

Currently: February

Currently: February

Currently is hosted by Anne in Residence, where we link up and discuss what we’re currently doing, feeling, etc.! The topics change each month and this post is about what we’re loving, embracing, tasting, wearing, and preparing. I like to link up on things like this occasionally and have done my own “currently” posts in the past as well. Currently loving… Our new TV: We knew we wanted to get a new television around the Super Bowl because that’s when the best deals happen for them (correct, not Black Friday!). My dad called me in late January (the day of the Royal Rumble) to tell me the sales were kicking off at places like PC Richards and Target, so we spent the whole day looking at the screens and finalizing our choice. We’re SO happy with the one we selected! We also bought a new TV stand for underneath since our old one was super small (just like the TV was lol). We managed to shop around, buy both the stand and TV, and set everything up JUST in time for the Rumble to start! We were excited to host Chris’s sister and her husband for the Superbowl this weekend too. Tati Beauty’s Blendiful: So there have been some mixed comments and reviews on this one so far but I genuinely adore it. Before I get into that stuff, let me explain: Tati came out with this new sponge/puff sort of duo that you can apply your entire face with. I used […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #273: Almost-Five-Star Predictions

Posted February 4, 2020 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 16 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #273: Almost-Five-Star Predictions

(ALMOST) Five Star Predictions 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. View my previous post on Five Star Predictions HERE! King of Crows / Girls with Razor Hearts / Four Days of You and Me / 10 Things I Hate About Pinky Lucky Caller / Chasing Lucky / My Calamity Jane / The Happy Ever After Playlist In Five Years / You Say It First / The Switch Up / One of Us is Next Because I’ve written about this annually for a few years now, I thought I would come up with a slight spin on the topic. I posted my 2020 Five Star Predictions already so now it’s time to predict the other books that MIGHT get five-stars from me, or will ALMOST hit five-stars. I feel like it’s hard to think of which books will be perfect, but there are plenty of books I will read this year that could hit somewhere around 4+ stars. So here we go! Layoverland by Gabby Noone | I’m a huuuge fan of any book set in purgatory or in between life and death / heaven and hell. This is an unproven author because it’s a debut, but I have a really good […]

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | January 2020

Posted February 3, 2020 / Bookmark Lit Bulletin, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 Comments
Bookmark Lit Bulletin | January 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 always like to kick off the year strong and end the month ahead on my Goodreads goal! I usually manage to finish an entire book on January 1st when I’m chilling at home but this year that was not the case. Nonetheless, I still had a good reading month. I had a slow period around the midpoint but ended up getting back on track every once in a while.      10 books read in January 10 new books  •  0 rereads  •  0 DNFs Pages read: 3,811   •   Average rating: 4.0 stars Sources: 6 for review, 1 library book, 3 borrowed Formats:  [Review] 4 egalleys and 1 physical ARC 1 hardcover, 0 paperbacks, 1 ebook, 1 audio, 2 combos Genres: 5 contemporary, 3 mystery/thriller, 1 fantasy, 1 sci-fi Age Target: 3 adult, 7 young adult, 0 middle grade Check out my 2020 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 10 read this month | 10/40 read total Prompts read: Great first line, with a map, same title as show, author with flora or fauna in their name, set in […]

February TBR

Posted January 31, 2020 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 6 Comments
February 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. Last month’s progress: I seriously stayed true to my TBR in January – wowee. I’m impressed. I usually take a lot of care in curating my “first month of a new year” TBR, so it makes sense that I worked it and stuck with it. I’ve already gotten started on one of the books on here because my library due date (digitally) is 2/3 and I wanted to be mostly done before the beginning of the month. Anyways, January was good! I got behind on my reading challenge once or twice but was always able to get ahead later. Review Copies Man, the beginning of the year really comes at you quickly! I suddenly had some February releases I really needed to hop on. STARTING OVER AT BLUEBERRY CREEK, BEEN THERE MARRIED THAT, and FOUL IS FAIR all come out in February. IN FIVE YEARS comes out in early March so it’s not too far out, but definitely want to get to this one in February. And as for the backlist title, I’m really trying to push myself to read ALL EYES ON US finally because I keep missing it and it fits a later challenge. […]

My 10 to Read in 2020

Posted January 30, 2020 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 8 Comments
My 10 to Read in 2020

I made a little challenge in a few years ago called the Must Read in 2016 Challenge – we all set out to read a very specific list of books that we REALLY needed to read in 2016. The idea was to include books from previous years that you were excited to read and never got around to, so you were resolving to READ THEM OR ELSE. It was not successful for me in any way because dang I STILL have not read some of those books. I’m working through my Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul personal challenge for this year, which has me picking 2-3 books per month based on a predetermined color (of the cover/spine of the book), reading a chapter, and deciding if I’ll immediately keep reading it or unhaul it. Nonetheless, there are plenty of books otherwise that I still really need to READ OR ELSE. It feels like I’m making TBR posts every damn day on this blog because of my challenges, readathon, monthly reading plans, etc., but this post is really just a quick way to share some books I genuinely hope to read in 2020 because it’s about damn time. In fact, it’s far PAST time. I saw Hannah posted the ten books she’s targeting to read in 2020  based on a hashtag/challenge from Kayla of Idle Wild Reads (#my10toreadin19). I don’t want to formally sign up for anything or include this in my list of challenges, but I thought it would be […]

Review Round Up | Supernova, American Royals, and One of Us is Next

Posted January 29, 2020 / Book Reviews / 4 Comments
Review Round Up | Supernova, American Royals, and One of Us is Next

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! Like with the other two books in this series, I wish this was shorter by about 100 pages. There were some repetitive internal thoughts throughout and it just makes me think that more editing would have removed some and gotten this to a reasonable length. There’s no reason for this series to be the length it is! The pacing is super off. I think the first two books had a bit more twists throughout to keep things interesting but this one really didn’t get going until the final third. My favorite thing through reading all three books was watching Nova slowly think for herself and realize what was important. She started out as a such a villain on the side of the world’s biggest anarchist, and then realized that maybe she didn’t have to be that way. It genuinely took a while and was spaced nicely and naturally throughout the trilogy. Other than that, everyone was so boring. They were all about their powers and that’s about it. I couldn’t tell you anything about their personalities or interests otherwise. Just boring superheroes. Overall though, this book was a really good conclusion to the trilogy. Definitely wondering if a spinoff will happen based off the ending… I’ll always […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #272: Covers

Posted January 28, 2020 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 7 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #272: Covers

2020 Illustrated Romance Covers I Love 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. You KNOW I am here for a cover-related freebie! There were a lot of potential spin-offs for this one but I decided to target something specific that I had been thinking of highlighting for a long time. I love the new trend of illustrated book covers for adult contemporary/rom-com titles lately and they’re increased tenfold for 2020. I thought I’d highlight these this week!

2020 Planners, Spreadsheets, and Organization

2020 Planners, Spreadsheets, and Organization

Alright y’all – new year, new planners and spreadsheets! I’ve posted countless organization-related posts over the years that can be found in this category on my blog. I’m keeping some spreadsheets and planners the same as last year and bringing some new things to the table as well, so let’s get into it! Planners (Digital and Paper) Artful Agenda – Digital Life Planner I wrote a whooole post on this when I first got the Artful Agenda, so feel free to check that out for an overview. I use this to sync with my Google calendars (blog posts and personal) and can include other tasks, meals, and to-do lists/notes pages. Below are two screenshots. The first is part of the monthly view: And below includes the daily page layout, next to the calendar section. (For more pictures, definitely check out the post I linked above.) There are priority tasks, other tasks, meals, water intake, and an automated daily quote. The section at the bottom has a title you can edit, so I made mine into a place where I can track groceries and/or things I need to pick up that day. I also use the “other tasks” section for my internet and blog-based tasks; the “priority tasks” section is mostly for ~real-life~ tasks. Bullet Journal for Reading/Books I’m still doing a bullet journal this year for my 2020 reads! Again, I made a whole post about this with my pages before I filled anything in, so check out that post […]

Five on Fridays [4]

Posted January 24, 2020 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 5 Comments
Five on Fridays [4]

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. I’ll generally be posting these biweekly and linking up with Friday Favorites (hosted by A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals). Previous posts can be found here! Podcast: CounterClock It’s been 20 years since emergency responders found Denise Johnson inside of a burning home. An investigative journalist, Delia D’Ambra, revisits her small coastal hometown in North Carolina to dive deep into a 22-year-old cold case murder and arson that’s marred the image of where she grew up. This investigative series reveals new clues, never-before-heard interviews and tracks down potential suspects in the case. The only way to understand Denise Johnson’s story is to go move counterclockwise in time; to go backwards to the point her clock finally stopped. (CounterClock website) It’s no secret that I’m a true crime procast junkie and I’ve shared them randomly throughout the years. I actually have a roundup coming sometime soon to catch you up on all the ones I’ve enjoyed since my previous roundups back in 2017. Anyways, I heard CounterClock was coming because its produced by the Crime Junkie podcast group. The pod is hosted by someone else, who I enjoy, and the investigation into this cold case is essentially reopening in real time. It’s about a woman who was found dead (from stab wounds) in a burning […]