Bookmark Lit Bulletin: August 2014

bookmarklit bulletinHello friends! As you may remember, I introduced the Bookmark Lit Bulletin earlier this month as a mid-month update. Since then, I’ve decided it makes sense to condense my monthly book haul/update posts with the Bookmark Lit Bulletin. Now, you’ll see a post like this on the 15th of the month and on the 30th/31st of the month. The Book Haul piece will only be in the end of the month segment.

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bookish thoughts

What a great month of books. Most of my books were rated very high!  My lowest rating was three stars and that was only ONE book. I got so much reading done in August, it’s been amazing. Bout of Books really helped me in that regard. Reading 6 books in 7 days was crazy and so, so fun.  I was able to stop by my favorite used book store, Annie’s Book Stop, up in Wells, Maine, during my (short) family vacation to Kennebunk. I didn’t find as many books as usual, but still managed to walk away with a few! This has been my first full month with this blog and I’m super grateful to the people who started following me. I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of you and hope we can partner on some features in the future.

non bookish thoughts

I wish I spent a little more time outside enjoying the summer and going on walks, but my boyfriend and I have just been so lazy! Since we’re moving soon (less than a week!!) to an apartment with a cute little patio, I plan on spending a lot of time outside drinking coffee and reading. We have to get packing, though, because it’s coming up sooner than we realized. Aside from the moving, work has been a bit crazy lately. I work in a recruiting firm for engineering and technical types of jobs, and we’ve been so swamped with requests. I’m single-handedly working on filling 8 positions at one company! It adds a lot of stress and I’ve been very unfocused lately, but I’m hoping the changing season will make me start fresh.

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Review: There’s Cake in my Future

the basicsThere’s Cake in my Future by Kim Gruenenfelder

Ratingthree and a half stars
First impression: Let’s dust off the cover…
Last impression: I wish there was a LITTLE more
Format: Paperback on sale from B&N / 360 pages
Publishing Info: December 21, 2010 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None

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8563495After listening to her closest friends’ latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone’s happiness: a bridal shower “cake pull” in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny.  Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm.  The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can’t seem to make their relationship more than platonic.  And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track.  Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake – as well as the future it represents.  But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests’ fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can’t help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day 30

Your favourite book of all time

(Don’t make me do this!!!! How does a girl pick?!)

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

I remember finishing this book and just staring off into space, thinking. I’m not sure how or why the book affected me so much, but it left such an impression on me. It’s so insanely quotable and characters were interesting and unique. I can’t put to words how I feel about this book, but I highly recommend you give it a shot. I’m a John Green hipster and read all of his books years before he was popular, so he holds a special place in my heart. Here are some of my favorite Looking for Alaska quotes.

“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

“I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.”

“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me on my 30 day book challenge – the first FULL month of Bookmark Lit’s existence!

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 29

A book that is most like your life

girls in white dressesGirls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Okay so despite not really liking this book that much, it is certainly the closest to my life. It’s about a bunch of 20-somethings who are growing up, getting jobs, and having all of their friends get married. I’m coming to that point in my life where plenty of people are getting engaged or having kids. It’s a weird place to be and this book captured a lot of that awkwardness.

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

the basicsTo all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Ratingfive stars
First impression: EEKK FINALLY
Last impression: WHERE is the next book?!?!
Format: Kindle e-book
Other books read by authorThe Summer I Turned Pretty series

summary

to all the boys

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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