The Book Report January 2015

Posted January 31, 2015 by Shari in The Book Report / 6 Comments



Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!

Shari’s Update

January was such a busy month for me. It kicks off so much in my kids lives! Dance competition season begins in gusto with our first competition on Valentine’s Day weekend. Throw in Destination Imagination meetings with their first competition in March. Not to be undone, but there are several dance classes to throw in on top of all this. Needless to say, I find it hard to cook supper and blog and read at the same time, but I love every minute of it.


Ok, I am not a big coffee drinker…in fact I don’t really drink “coffee” unless you put so much other stuff in to take out the flavor of coffee. But I am addicted to Gevalia Mocha Latte Espresso Coffee Cups. It has a frothing powder you put in the bottom of your mug. Then pop the kcup into the machine and it brews coffee. They say to use the smallest setting for stronger flavor, but I always brew it at the largest size to water it down. I then use mocha creamer to make it taste less like coffee. Sometimes I also add cayenne pepper (not too much) for just a little tingle to the tongue. That’s been my go to morning drink for about a year. What’s yours?

Reading, oh reading. Worked hard on my challenges this month!

I have read 11 books towards my yearly 2015 challenge. That puts me slightly behind really where I want to be. With February being a short month, I have a feeling I will be falling behind once again. But never fear. Awareness of the issue is half the solution.

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Not off to a great start, but I am reading one for this as we write.

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Off to a great start! I am enjoying finding music to match my feelings with the songs.

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Already I have had to increase my challenge numbers. Just so many things to find.

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Another challenge that I had to raise the bar on. I really thought I would struggle.

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Off to a good start, but I have ventured out to other genre’s to cleanse my palate.

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Pretty easy challenge. I might have to up the anty.

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A little behind on where I should be, but I will get back on the bandwagon fast.

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Determined to keep up with writing reviews as I read the books and getting over 150 reviews for 2015.


Sophia Rose’s Update

Seriously? Didn’t we just watch the ball drop in Time’s Square and make New Year’s Resolutions? Just wow! And brrrr! Someone close the freezer door, please. But who am I to gripe, I got a few extra days of reading out of the extreme temps and weather. Speaking of extra reading, I got off to a blazing start with my reading for the month.

Total: 46 books

Breakdown: 15 Netgalleys bringing me up to 85% (still a bit to go toward my resolution goal), 11 author/publisher requests, 10 gifts/won

Things I Have Noticed:

  • I tend to read a lot more in January than any other month
  • ARe’s Review Challenge/Giveaway is great incentive to make me read all the books I buy and let sit forever
  • Some books are better read than listened to when dealing with the audio v. visual reading/listening thing (angst, sex, and violence comes through loud and clear shall we say)
  • I still struggle saying no to review requests, but I said no more often than not
  • Ditto on the DNF books which I have just decided to call my ‘wait until I’m in the mood- maybe later’ stack

Reading Challenges:

Austenesque Lovers TBR: 5/20

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 44/50

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 15/10 Moving to next level 😉

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s New to Me: 26/100

Delighted Reader’s Series: 0/10

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR: 28/75

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Historical Romance: 15/60

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout: 4/12 Categories (42 books)

Brazen Babe’s Interracial/Multiracial: 7/36

The Book Nympho & Hot Listen’s Audio Book: 3/10

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction: 7/10

Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust’s Cliché Klatch: 3/50

Nelle’s Nightstand’s Curvy Girls: 0/10 Not starting yet

Outstanding Books:

You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly- CR Puts the rock back into Rocker Romance

Whiskey Tango Fox Trot by Heather Long CR touching stateside military romance

The Trouble With Texas Cowboys by Carolyn Brown CR- Down home humor at its best

Claimed by the Enemy by Shauna Roberts HR unique historical romance/ fab plot

Shattered Hearts series by Cecy Robson new addition to fav NA romance author/series

All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane M/M HR made me bawl my eyes out

To Be or Not to Be…Read:

Your choice for January was Alex by Sawyer Bennett and you were spot on with that fantastic New Adult Sports Romance. My heart was captured by this pair of lovers and showed me a new NA Romance author to keep an eye on.

And the winner for February is…Grace Burrowes’ A Single Kiss

A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes

January 2015 Reviews

Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about in the month of January.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup

You Really Got Me was one of my favorites this month too. Sophia I’m amazed how much you can read in a month. I’m so jealous!

Sophia Rose

Why thank you! I didn’t have good reading mojo in December so this felt good.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

She rocks. I am sending my kids to her and taking a vacation to read for a week 😉

Sophia Rose

And there speaks a gal desperate for her books. Haha!

Rashda/Mina Khan
Rashda/Mina Khan

Wow, Sophia! Color me impressed. I was feeling accomplished with 10 books read in January…so wow, just wow. 🙂

Sophia Rose

LOL Mina! Did I make you fall off your chair? 🙂

I was pretty motivated and several were novella-length too.