YES I AM EXCITED FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!! This post is to share with you some of the holiday-themed happenings at Bookmark Lit, as well as show what secret santas and gift swaps I’ve signed up for this year. I am a huge fan of Christmas music, cozying up by the fire, drinking hot chocolate, and reading holiday themed books. Giving and receiving gifts is so much fun, so I’m eager to buy some swap/secret santa gifts and see what others pick out for me! 🙂

secret santas and swaps

I joined the Broke & Bookish Secret Santa! The sign-ups end on November 15th, so hurry there if you’re still interested in joining. You just have to send out an email with some info about your interests and bookish preferences to sign up. I created a wishlist on Goodreads to make it easier for all of these swaps. Jamie pairs everyone off and the exchange begins! You can choose what “level” of expectations you have (the amount of books/goodies you’d like to give and receive) so the price limit is really up to you. Send out your package by December 15th so hopefully the person gets it before Christmas! I’m really excited for this one; a lot of people have signed up so far.

SwapoweenI also signed up for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap at Chaotic Goddess Swaps! This is a really fun one. You spend between $40-50 to buy 12 individually wrapped gifts for your swap partner. That way, they can open one present a day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas! The idea was too unique and cute to pass up. I’m really excited for this one. The sign-ups end on November 10th and packages need to be shipped by December 6th, so they arrive before the “12 days” begins. (Don’t worry, you ship all 12 gifts in one box and hope your partner is able to hold off on opening them all on the same day! I know I’ll have an issue with that one 😉 )

Secret Santa Book ExchangeFinally, I signed up for the Secret Santa Book Exchange at Becoming Books! This one is really easy and pretty simple to do; I couldn’t resist. The sign-ups are open until November 21st. All you have to do is purchase one book to exchange with your partner, which means it is much cheaper than other options…but still really fun! You can include other goodies if you’d like, as long as everything is around $15. I used my wishlist again with this one, but I would be interested to see if someone could recommend a book to me instead. Why not?

I’m really excited to see what kind of bookish goodies I end up with! I love buying gifts too, so hopefully I get a partner who likes a lot of things I can be creative with. Any other swaps or secret santas you could recommend? Not that I need to spend any more money or anything…

holiday readathons


So far I only have the Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-thon, which started on the 6th and goes through the 11th. It is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Bookshelfery. I created a page to track progress and complete my challenges, if you’d like to check it out! I only plan on reading one or two holiday books during this read-a-thon. I want to save most of my books for late November and December, so I can really enjoy them closer to the actual holidays. This read-a-thon is a good way to hopefully read and write reviews for the first days of my December holiday reviews.

Any other holiday readathons you’ve seen? I could have sworn I saw one for later in December but I could be wrong.. Let me know! I need an excuse to binge read some seasonal favorites 🙂

holiday book reviews2014 holiday readsThroughout December, I’ll be reviewing a total of eight holiday or Christmas themed books. I am going to spread them out starting December 1st and ending with the final review on Christmas day (25th). My full holiday schedule of reviews is as follows:

  • Monday December 1st
  • Friday December 5th
  • Monday December 8th
  • Friday December 12th
  • Monday December 15th
  • Friday December 19th
  • Monday December 22nd
  • Thursday December 25th

You’ll be getting two holiday reviews a week throughout the whole month. Kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas, except the Eight Days of Holiday Reviews. (Should have come up with that name before I made these graphics..) One of these reviews will be a Book Buddies Review, where holiday readsCristina and I take on My True Love Gave to Me. You can see the full list of books I’m going to read this season on the right! You’ll see the reviews marked with the Holiday Reads graphic (left). I’m hoping that the reviews will be started early enough in December so people still have time to add them to their TBR lists and get into the holiday spirit! I’m welcoming any holiday recommendations if you have them, too! 🙂

What holiday stuff do you have planned for your blogs?
Any swaps or challenges I should add to my plans?
What holiday books are YOU reading?

Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Readathon

I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Readathon!HoHoHo Holiday RAT

What’s Going On?

The Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-thon is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Bookshelfery. For more information, check here. From Novemer 6th through 11th, we’ll be binge-reading some holiday stories of our choosing. I love reading books that match the season, so I’m really excited for this one!

My Goals

  • Read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Read 1-2 other books on my TBR list below

I don’t want to read all of these because I’d like to save some for December, but I wanted to give myself the option of choosing whichever book strikes my mood at the time.

Possible TBR List

  • My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and many others
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
  • Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
  • Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott, Melissa de l Cruz, Aimee Driedman, and Nina Malkin
  • Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne
  • A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

Keep updated with my progress here on my page!spongebob christmas

Series-a-Month Challenge

series a monthDanielle from Love at First Page shared a new challenge she’s creating that is something I definitely need to get on board with! She is challenging herself to read a full series each month. Like her, I have so many series on my TBR list that I often have no motivation to read…even though they sound great! She says,

My goal is to read one series a month, which will also help narrow down my ever-increasing TBR pile. The “rules”: it must be a series (3+ books) with at least 2 books already published, or a completed duology.

Most of these have been on my TBR for a loooong time. Some of them I just added recently but seem too good to pass up. The Boyfriend App and Biggest Flirts are both in series where the second book is not out yet, but I have e-ARCs for both of them that I want to read soon. I’m counting duologies. Series where only one regular book is published but there’s at least one novella will also count for me.

Here’s my proposed series TBR for the next handful of months:

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Boyfriend App (App, #1)Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)Nantucket Blue (Nantucket, #1)Only Everything (True Love, #1)Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

Wish me luck!

Swoony September: Mid-Month Update

I joined up with Swoony September, hosted by The Bookaholic Blurbs! It’s a readathon for the month of September that involves all sorts of swoony contemporary romance books. I’m combining this in part with my Goodbye Summer Readathon, which includes a lot of the same books. Here’s my mid-month update for the readathon! Not bad so far. After the mid-month mark, I will definitely have a lot more time to read and most likely finish up with these titles.

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Swoony September Challenge

swoony septemberHello all! I’m here to announce I’ve lost my mind and am joining another challenge. Check out The Bookaholic Blurbs for more details! It’s basically a challenge to read some swoon-worthy contemporary romances for September. This is my favorite genre, so what better time to do this challenge — during my favorite month (which also happens to be my birthday month)! 🙂

Here’s my TBR for the challenge. The books towards the top of the TBR are technically also in my Goodbye Summer Readathon, so I’ll be carrying the swoony summery books for the first half of the month and finishing them after my other readathon is over, if I don’t get to them in time. I should be able to read the whole list by the end of the month while hopefully being able to throw in some other genres in between.

swoony sept tbr


Goodbye Summer TBR List

goodbye summer readathonToday I’ll be starting my Goodbye Summer Readathon, where I motivate myself to finish the summery books I like to read during the season. Here’s my information post and the general page where I’ll be updating progress and goals. I don’t expect anyone to join in – but you’re more than welcome to! This is just my way of getting through some summer books before fall officially starts.

Without further ado, here’s my TBR list that I’ll be completing between now and September 15th. I’ll be kicking it off with Since Last Summer!

tbr goodbye summer

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

A Book that Changed your Opinion on Something

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

This book certainly changed my opinion. The description says so itself: “Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way the nation perceives its working poor.”  Like other people who grew up not worrying about money as much as others, I didn’t really think of the “working poor too much.” Often, the opinions I had were negative. I kept thinking: why didn’t they just go to college? Why can’t they find anything better? Of course the answers aren’t that simple. This book opened my eyes to the struggle so many people face on a daily basis. She spends her days working various minimum wage jobs, exploring how difficult they can be, and trying to make ends meet. Goodreads seems to have some critical reviews of this book, but it really opened my mind up.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 25

A Character who you can Relate to the Most

Lara Jean || To Alto all the boysl the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 

I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years now, but before him – I was all about the crushes. I always had my eye on multiple people at once. I always felt super attached to ex-boyfriends and almost-boyfriends. I never really had a good way of getting over people; I’d let them mess with my head a little too much in the meantime. Lara Jean writes letters to the boys she used to love and keeps them as a way to move on. I wish I did this when I was younger! Maybe then it would have been easier to let go of my past. I can relate to her confusion about different boys and her feelings towards them. She was funny and a little awkward, which I can be at times too.