July & August TBR

Posted July 14, 2022 / Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 0 Comments
July & 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. July and August TBR I did a ton of TBR posts in the last couple of weeks so I kind of forgot to do my standard monthly TBR! I’ve talked about my summer TBR, the upcoming summer releases I’m excited for, and the books I plan to read in the second half of the year in order to finish my Goodreads challenge. We’re halfway through July now and I’ve finished two books so far (not shown below), so I thought I’d pull together the books I’ll read in the second half of this month as well as August. Review Copies I was able to complete THE COUNSELORS and THE DEAD ROMANTICS (which wasn’t on my actual TBR for the month) so a few of those aren’t here. I started one other book from my June TBR but ended up DNFing it. For July and August, I hope to read some contemporary romances (SOMETHING WILDER, THE TRUE LOVE BOOKSHOP, and THE HOOKUP PLAN). I hope to get to CARRIE SOTO IS BACK over the next month as well, which is more of a contemporary fiction kind of book? Not sure about the romance […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #382: Summer Covers

Posted July 12, 2022 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #382: Summer Covers

Book Covers that Feel Like Summer 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 love a cover TTT. I won’t bore you with my usual commentary about how much I love covers but most of these are books on my TBR – the only two I’ve read are the last two books. Here are some fave summery covers!

Predicting What Books I Read for the Rest of the Year // Jul-Dec TBR

Posted July 11, 2022 / Book Lists, Features / 0 Comments
Predicting What Books I Read for the Rest of the Year // Jul-Dec TBR

It’s funny because back when I was reading 150-180 books per year, it would be impossible to actually sit down and figure out all of the books I might read for a certain portion of the year. I knew I’d be reading anywhere from 10 to 25 books per month (!!!) so I never knew what random title may sneak in at the last minute and bump something else from the TBR. Now that my reading life is more depressing (for ME) at 75 books per year, I can almost predict exactly which books I’ll get to in a given month or season. I’ve wrote multiple TBR posts lately (spring TBR with only new releases, my summer bucket list and TBR, my most anticipated books – which included books I have review copies for – of the second half of the year) but thought it would be kind of fun to guess my TBR for the second half of 2022. Here’s where I’m at so far and where I need to go: Total Read January through June: 32 books Total TBR July through December to Meet Goal: 43 books (7 per month) I know I have to be realistic when I look at this number and not just assume I’ll read all of the review copies publishing from July through December plus some owned copies. I know I won’t get to EVERY review copy as my tastes and moods change. I need to spend at least 50-70% of November/December books […]

YA Mystery/Thriller ARC Reviews: Very Bad People and The Counselors

Posted July 7, 2022 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments
YA Mystery/Thriller ARC Reviews: Very Bad People and The Counselors

For some reason, Kit Frick remains on my auto-read list even though her books never fully do it for me. I just feel like she’s a known quantity at this point and her books will be moderately good, which is sometimes all I want from a YA mystery? Add in the fact that this was a dark academia set at a boarding school with a secret society and I was ready to give it a read. Calliope is heading to Tipton Academy, where her mom went, with the hope that she’ll uncover some secrets and understand more about her late mother. Six years prior, her mom drove Calliope and her two sisters into a lake and she was the one who didn’t survive. Why did she do it? Where were they heading that day? Was it murder-suicide or an accident? She’s hoping to get some answers about her mom by transferring to the school. She’s immediately invited to join a secret society and finds out that her mother was also a member. Calliope tries to uncover some of the mysteries of her mom’s past while starting to date a boy, getting involved in the secret society’s pranks, taking down a shitty teacher, and making friends. In hindsight, there was kind of a lot going on, but it didn’t really feel that way while reading. I didn’t love her as a character and the writing style really bothered me. Calliope’s inner thoughts were very formal, like she would say “I am heading […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #381: Second Half Releases

Posted July 5, 2022 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #381: Second Half Releases

Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the Second Half of 2022 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. Last week’s post featured a lot of upcoming summer releases and didn’t include any I have review copies of. I tried to make this list a bit different by going for my ten overall “most anticipated” even if I have an egalley. Here are the books releasing between July and December that I’m most excited to read!  

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2022

Bookmark Lit Bulletin | June 2022

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. June was helped a lot by cookbooks, as is usually the case for at least one month of the year. I went a little crazy during a sale and read 3 out of 4 new ones in June. I also DNFed a book I was excited about, which sucks and took up a lot of reading time before I quit. Luckily I added a new favorite to the list this month in EVERY SUMMER AFTER.      6 books read in June 5 new books  •  0 rereads  •  1 DNF   Pages read: 2080 •   Average rating: 3.42 stars Sources: 4 purchased, 2 review Formats: 3 hardcover, 1 paperback, 1 egalley, 1 mixed Genres: 3 nonfiction, 2 contemporary, 1 mystery/thriller Age Target: 5 adult, 1 young adult Check out my 2022 challenge sign-up post for more details, goals, etc.! Popsugar Reading Challenge 2 read this month | 23/40 read total Someone leading a double life, features two languages Calendar of Crime Challenge  June’s theme – “father”   Breakdown: 1 purchased  | 0 borrowed  | 0 free/gifted | 6 for review All review copies were […]

Christmas in July: Upcoming 2022 Holiday Books

Posted July 1, 2022 / Book Lists, Features / 2 Comments
Christmas in July: Upcoming 2022 Holiday Books

Here I am for my annual “Christmas in July” post that features upcoming holiday releases for the new season. I feel like I’ve actually noticed more than ever before lately and I’m so here for it. I used to not have any issues reading 90% of the books on my holiday TBR but with my overall reading numbers much lower than usual the past few years, I just don’t have time to read nearly as many holiday books as I’d like! I hope to reallllly carve out a ton of time in Oct-Dec to read as many as humanly possible. Season of Love by Helena Greer // I’m a sucker for any holiday book that takes place on a Christmas tree farm and the “queer, Jewish take on classic Hallmark tropes” line of the synopsis really works for me. So This is Christmas by Jenny Holiday // Very sad to see that this is the last book in her Royal holiday series! The synopsis indicates that it takes place in Eldovia (while some bits and pieces of the previous books took place between there and NYC) so I’m pumped. Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert // I have most of Reichert’s books on my TBR and I have a feeling this will be the first one I actually, finally read by her! Set in a Christmas market? Sold. The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Park // Another very fun setting – the mall! This story involves the teen children of rival food court […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #380: Summer TBR

Posted June 28, 2022 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #380: Summer TBR

Summer 2022 TBR – New Releases 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’ve been getting pickier with choosing my TTT posts just because I’m lazy and no longer feel the need to do every single one if the prompt doesn’t resonate with me. BUT you can always count on me to bring a TBR to the blog when the time comes! As usual, I’ll be featuring books that I DON’T have as review copies and focus on new releases by month (June, July, and August). There are tons of great books coming out in August apparently but I’m blessed to have some review copies for a lot of them, so you won’t see all of my excitement in this post at least! Mid/Late June July August

Summer Plans including TBR and Bucket List

Summer Plans including TBR and Bucket List

I used to make seasonal TBRs and bucket lists (aka the different trips I wanted to take or plans to make during that season) when I was blogging more regularly. I was working on my TTT the other day for my summer TBR and was thinking it would be fun to bring back this “feature” to share what I hope to do and read this summer. It has also been a bit less fun to write posts like this because I’m reading like half as much as I used to, but here’s a “wishful thinking” TBR for this season at least! Summery TBR Review Copies I have a number of review copies that are publishing this season but these three will likely have the most summer vibes! I’m excited to get to all of them within the next couple of months. New Releases I have a TTT post coming up next week that lists some new or upcoming releases on my summer TBR but decided to pick a few summer-specific books to include here. These three books are coming out this summer and will likely be fun and light reads. Summery Stories I reread the first book in Han’s Summer series a couple of years ago and have plans to finish off my reread via audio this summer, since the TV show is now out. They were renewed for season two so I’d like to get books 2-3 done before they catch up to the show! I also hope to […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #379: Units of Time

Posted June 7, 2022 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 0 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #379: Units of Time

Books with Units of Time in the Title 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 lazy ass girl loves when TTT consists of going into Goodreads and keyword searching for titles! Here are some titles with units of time in there – I started with “second” and went bigger from there, up to “month.”