Lisa’s Weekly Recap: 12.19.15 ~ The “Almost Christmas” Edition!

December 19, 2015 // Posted by Lisa in Stacking the Shelves, Weekly Recaps // 24 Comments

Weekly Recap is a weekly feature here at Lost in Literature where we discuss all things bookish from the past week!

I’ve linked to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga at Team Tynga’s Reviews & The Sunday Post, hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


Can you guys even believe Christmas is less than a week away!!!  0_0  I’m shocked how quickly December flew by.  I’m almost ready for Christmas… but it’s my MO to always wait until the last minute for everything, and this year is no exception.  I’m the crazy shopper that’s out Christmas Eve picking up last-minute items.  Yup, I’m that crazy person everyone laughs at.  I’m just such a good-under-pressure type of person.  It’s definitely stressful being like that though!  LOL

For Christmas, we usually spend a nice relaxing day with the family.  What are you guys up to for the holidays?  Do you travel?  Stay home with your family?

If you haven’t seen it yet, we’re hosting our first read-a-thon coming up in a few weeks!


It runs from January 10th to January 17th.  We’re focusing on only 2015 releases for this read-a-thon, so you can read anything on your TBR that was released this year.  We’re hoping for a chance to clear off that 2015 TBR and start with a clean slate in 2016!  Click on the button above to sign up and join the fun! 🙂
More excitement… I celebrated my 5 Year Blogoversary this week!!!

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Five years of blogging… WOW!  And to thank all of you for sticking by me through it all, I’m hosting a giveaway!  One winner will win a 2016 release of their choice.  Click on the button to enter to win! 🙂
We’ll also be taking part in the Top Ten of 2015 all next week, so be sure to stop by each day to check out our favorite 2015 reads! 🙂


Click on the button to sign up to participate! 🙂



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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

Thank you HarperTeen for the amazing bookmail!

Titans by Victoria Scott

Thank you to This is Teen and Victoria Scott for Titans!



The Unexpected Everything The Way Back to You Wanderlost A Walk in the Sun Autofocus The Last Time We Were Us The Outliers Even if the Sky Falls Queen of Hearts Girl Against the Universe

Oh, HarperTeen, you get me every time with those mass uploads!! Thank you to Simon & Schuster and HarperTeen for these eARCs!



Emily @ Emily’s Reading Room was having The Great Library Sale (which is still going on, so get over there QUICKLY!) and I was able to grab a few titles that I’ve wanted for quite some time!  Sanctum, Sweet and Broken are all from Emily’s book sale.  And an added surprise… Broken is signed!! 🙂

I purchase My Life with the Walter Boys just this weekend with the gift card I received from my #TBTBSanta!  I still have some money left on that card, but I’m holding onto it until I find something I NEED to have.  🙂


The Bright Effect


A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1) Misconduct


A HUGE thank you to Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books for this AMAZING #TBTBSanta gift!!  I absolutely ADORE everything in there, and I can’t thank her enough for such a thoughtful and incredible gift.  ♥


Thank you to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit for After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid!  I won this in The Shelfie Hop Giveaway!  🙂



I was ecstatic when I found out I won Evie’s giveaway on Instagram a few weeks ago.  I was literally jumping up and down excessively, screeching.  She’s my favorite designer, and her Society6 store is like my favorite bookish place EVER!  I got to choose any pillow and mug that I wanted.  I grabbed that pillow instantly because it totally reminded me of our blog design.  ♥  When it came to the mug, I couldn’t decide so I asked Evie to surprise me.  I’m so in love with both of these items!!!


The Hazards of Mistletoe (Hazards, #4) My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

ReadingThe Hazards of Mistletoe & My True Love Gave to Me ~ I’m really enjoying both of these holiday reads.  MTLGTM is a lot of fun, it being an anthology with different authors’ work.  THoM is also a very cute!  I love Alyssa Rose Ivy’s writing, so reading this book this month was a must!

Listening: Alice in Zombieland ~ I’ve had this ebook and audiobook for so long, and I have no idea why, but all of a sudden I had a strong desire to read it.  I’m still very early on, around 15% I believe… but so far I’m really liking it!




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I’m absolutely loving taking these holiday-themed photos!  I don’t know what I’m going to do once the holidays are over and I can no longer use these incredible props! :-/


Restless Waters
Win a signed poster and copy of The Best Goodbye!
Ends December 20th!!

Restless Waters
Win an ebook copy of Left Drowning!
Ends December 22nd!!

Did I Mention I Love You
Win a of DIMILY & ARC of DIMINY!
Ends December 30th!!

5-Year Blogoversary
Win a 2016 release of your choice!
Ends January 3rd!!

That’s my last two weeks in books! How did you spend your week? What are you looking forward to next week? Happy Holidays!!



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  • Titans sounds very good. You got some great looking E-ARC’s for review.


  • Howww did you get your Titans poster to look so flat and pretty for picturing?! I ended up cropping because the ends were still curling. You are just a fabulous book picture taker! I tried to add like, random “accessories” to mine, but it just looked dumb, while yours always look amazing! You should teach a class or something 😀 Do you have the Harper auto approval situation? I feel like I would kind of like it but then… I do keep myself in check since I have to request them individually 😉 But not too much in check. I was all proud of just getting two but then tonight I requested two more. Oopsie?

    EVIE’S SHOP. I am in love with Evie and her shop because 1) Evie is SO NICE and 2) Her designs are GORGEOUS. I am only completely jealous of your win, but also super excited for you too! My mother-in-law bought me a pillow from there for Christmas (which is crazy because she has never bought me anything before, let alone anything awesome like an Evie pillow!) and you have reminded me that I need to use it as a bookish prop!

    I am excited to read your reviews on a LOT of the eARCs that I have been on the fence about too. You shall help me decide about them 😀 Hope you enjoy them, and have a FABULOUS Christmas- just in case I forget to say so later 😉

    • Yes, I’m auto-approved. It’s a blessing AND a curse, I tell you. It’s so hard to restrain myself! >.< Looking forward to your new IG pillow pics!! 😀 And Merry Christmas to you too!!!! ♥

  • That Titans package looks gorgeous! I want it! 😀

    I also got a few of those books from Edelweiss. 🙂 It’s too tempting not to.

  • I ADORE your holiday themed pictures too!! I kind of wish I could do more themed ones, but I have like zero props. Ahh, next year?!?😂 Congrats on 5 years of blogging, again, because ZOMG THAT IS AN AMAZING FEAT. And those books…*strokes pretty covers* I haven’t even heard of half of them so guess who is going to stalk goodreads after this comment? hehehhhh. I think I have a mild book addiction? bUT ANYWAY. XD

    • Thanks so much, Cait!! ♥ I’m basically the luckiest person EVER because I have the most amazing sister-in-law/co-blogger of ever, who gifted me a bit box of Christmassy props! I was in tears when I opened it. She’s so thoughtful and truly amazing. So most of the goodness in my photos are thanks to the amazingly wonderful Becca. ♥ And there’s nothing wrong with a book addiction… we’re all right there with ya! 🙂

  • I can’t believe Christmas is so close! I am almost done though. Since we have a December birthday (tomorrow for my little guy) I have to have it all done or I would go nuts! So many awesome books!!! I hope you like the Bright Effect!! Congrats on all your wins. I love Evie’s stuff too so that is such an awesome win. Can’t wait to check out your top ten lists! Have a great week!

    • Thanks so much, Grace! Happy birthday to your little guy! 🙂

  • I say it’s blog-pressure instead of peer pressure and it is! I saw these title and I was like “no, don’t request them” and now I totally want to so I might just go to edelweiss and request them *sighs* I hope you enjoy all of them though 🙂 Lots of gorgeous physical ARCs!
    I will also be participating in the top 10 week next week!
    You won so many things! I actually purchased a tote bag with the design that your throw pillow has. It’s gorgeous.
    I hope you have a good week 🙂

    • It’s such a struggle!! ARC Pressure is such a real thing! LOL

      Yay, so happy you’re participating too! I’ll be looking forward to seeing your picks each day. 🙂

  • ooOOH VERY NICE!!! Lots of new to me reads! I’m still waiting for my Titans ARC to arrive. I’m about to camp out on my porch for the next few days, but damn my need to work! LOL! Hoping it comes today! That would be nice!! Happy Reading!!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

  • You holiday themed photos are great! I can’t believe Christmas is a week away either. I’m done with my Christmas shopping, but I’m still not prepared for the holiday. I’ll be doing the same and just hanging out with family on the day. 🙂

    Hope you have a great holiday!

  • I’m also a good under-pressure type of person. I am this odd mix of procrastinator and early bird planner. It’s weird. My friend refused to believe me that it wasn’t just mice in my house, it was rats…until she saw one on the trap. I am out of town for the entire holiday season at the man’s house while my landlord gets the situation under control. Unfortunately, the man is in MA with his family for the holidays, so I have the house to myself. It’s nice not to worry about anything! Christmas day I’ll go to my aunt’s and enjoy the hot mess of my family. lol

  • Holy haul! I, too, raided the HC drop on Edelweiss. I took 10 books. But I will probably go back for more once I see if my friends have liked them. I really enjoyed What’s Broken Between Us. Enjoy all your books and have a great week! My STS

  • I love your photographs 🙂 Queen of Hearts was good and I also snagged Girl against the universe after I saw some people rave about it on Twitter. I love Evie’s store *wants to have it all*

  • I love your bookstagrams SO much! So gorgeous! You cleaned up this week!! I can’t wait to see if you like The Bright Effect, I hope you do!!

    Jealous of the Morgan Matson — I can’t wait for that one!!

  • I am so very jealous you got your hands on The Unexpected Everything!I will be dying for that when it comes out. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Great haul!

  • I LOVED Alice in Zombieland!! Hope you do too!

  • Totally jealous of this haul! Those EW books look amazing – I can’t wait for Even if the Sky Falls, Wanderlost, Autofocus, and The Unexpected Everything. Sanctum is a great series, and I adored My True Love Gave to Me.

    Happy reading, ladies!

  • Wow, there is so much awesomeness here! I don’t know where to start! Ok, I’ll start with the Harper books! I am really excited for several of those! I am looking forward to Titans too!

    I hope you love Misconduct and Sanctum! Two of my favorites!

  • Happy blogoversary! I have shopping to do yet, I thought I’d be done but… nope. 🙂

    Nice book haul, I think Girl Against The Universe looks good. And I just recently read My True Love Gave to Me as well- it was a nice anthology. Have a merry Christmas!

  • Great book haul! I hope you get the rest of your shopping done without any hassle. I finished mine last week. Like you, I can’t believe how fast this month flew by. Happy Blogoversary and Happy Holidays!

  • I know you know this from me but I LOVE your photography! I also got the Titans package – I love the poster especially! So excited to finally read the book. I hope you enjoy all of your new books, Lisa!

    Have a fabulous week. 🙂

    Check out my STS post!

  • I passed on Titans until I read reviews but I hope you like it. Yay for Sanctum! So many pretty pictures!
    Christmas Eve is when we celebrate, we don’t even wait until midnight to open gifts and make it until around 8pm. I wish we could blame it on the kids but the adults are just as excited to see the kids open their gifts too.
    Hope you have a great Christmas and happy late blog anniversary!