The Book Report January 2016

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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 brought winter on with a bang. Within two weeks we have used 4 of the 5 snow days they built into the schedule. December was a warm month so this is a shock to the system. My thoughts are with all the East Coasters who got more snow that should ever fall. We dodged a bullet when it didn’t come far enough north in Indiana to hit us.

I spent a lot of time gearing up for The Great Pick Up Line and it cut into my reading and writing review time. Now that a lot is done and I can just enjoy the event, I will be reading and writing some more reviews. I am on target so far with most of my challenges.

Bad Boys of Romance Challenge: 10/35

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Looking forward to reading more Bad Boy stories.

The Series That Never Ends Challenge: 1/12

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It’s a new year…and I haven’t started this one yet.

Books 'N Tunes Challenge: 13/30

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Getting my jams on!

Literary Pickers Challenge: 14/35

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Finding unique items isn’t always so easy.

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Love finding new authors and series!

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Haven’t hit the hard pervy stuff yet….but it will come…get it! Ha ha!

Review Writing Challenge: 16/100

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A good start, but I am going to ramp this up in February.

Sophia Rose’s Update

January has been parts typical cold freezery stuff and also surprisingly mild at times.  But naturally, the day I decided to go out on a little unique adventure that I want to share with you all, it was below zero windchill and icy.  Brrr.

So this adventure…

As many of you know, I was blessed to have a short story I wrote back in the summer accepted for an anthology that was released in December.  One of the authors, Natalie Richards thought it would be fun for the book to go on a Road Trip.  Hence, Then Comes Winter, was sent out on a Road Trip ala Flat Stanley to visit with each contributing author (there are 11 of us) and our editor.  With each stop, TCW was to be signed and paraded about with us and a souvenir tucked in before sent off to the next stop along the road.  I excitedly pondered what TCW and I would do for my stop on the Road Trip tour.

Well best laid plans and all that.  I had planned to take TCW up to Detroit and hang around for pictures there.  But I caught an infection right after the New Year and it stayed with me a while.  My balance was still off from the ear infection and still had the cough and headache, but then we got hit with ice and it wasn’t real safe to be out toodling around.DSCN1628

So, I made the decision to stick around home and snag some pictures without the cool Detroit icons.  TCW and I stood with General George Armstrong Custer’s statue in Downtown Monroe, Custer’s home town (you remember, the guy who made his last stand at Little Big Horn when he underestimated the Sioux?) and I almost fell on my keister a few times so I nixed a few other choices like the cool shot of the historic part of Monroe from the walking bridge over River Raisin and headed to the safety of the 1812 River Raisin Battlefield nearby to stand with the sign.  People of course paused to stare from both the street and the parking lots downtown because I looked silly holding up this book, losing my balance and sliding around as I tried to take my pictures.  I’ve included a couple of my pictures from this.

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Back home, TCW and I bundled up before the fire with a hot cocoa and a big smile.  I had never done anything like that and even though I was miserable from not feeling well, it was deemed fun.

So, that’s not all.  There is a giveaway for the copy of Then Comes Winter and all the ‘souvenirs’ that each author has tucked in with the book.  Here’s the link if you are interested:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fe4b73486/?

It is roving through three countries (in North Carolina at the moment, I believe).

And now back to my regularly scheduled report…

My reading this month was an interesting thing.  I had both a slump and I also went on a holy terror.  Very weird.  So I totaled:  38 books.

Breakdown:  14 author/publisher request, 15 Net Galley (90%), 18 TBR Pile, 4 DNF, 3 audio, 18 New to Me authors, 19 new series

Challenge Update:

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile:  4/21 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 7/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Series: 1/5 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldies But Goodies: 2/10 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 35/99 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt TBR: 24/75 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s New to Me: 19/75 books

Hot Listens and the Book Nympho’s Audio: 3/20 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame: 6/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys: 6/15 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout: 3/12 categories

Brazen Babes’ Diversity: 8 books

To Be or Not to be…Read Update

As many of you know, last month I challenged myself to TWO at a time for that vote.  Have to say that I rose to the challenge and finished them both.  Not sure if I’ll do that very often, but it was a good pair of reads.

This year I will continue with this post that is truly a huginormous aid to me getting to older books on my pile.  But it is only possible because of you.  Thank you all for voting and helping me chip away at my TBR pile.  Looking forward to what you pick for me next.

Books That Stood Out:

The Big Girl’s Guide to Buying Lingerie by Amie Stuart, CR, blended tough elements & humor

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson- NA-M/M- CR, debut author, road trip, coming out, emotional

Bully by Penelope Douglas, NA-CR, heartbreaking, tough subject, hope & healing

The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes, HR, engaging & authentic marriage of convenience trope

Renegade by Lisa Bingham, CR, heartwarming gentle romance, family, small town

Love Spell by Mia Kerrick, YA-M/M-CR, delightful character, deft handling of teen questioning sexuality

January 2016 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!
  • What a great month you both have had here!! I am definitely done with the winter weather. I can’t wait for warmer weather soon. I am glad you really enjoyed Burrowe’s book. I do want to read Trust The Focus so badly. Love seeing all those reviews and the updates on your reading challenges.

    • Like Shari, we had a mild December so I’ve really only been experiencing winter for a few weeks unlike my folks who have been absolutely buried in snow.

      Yes, the Burrowes’ book was fab. I hope I have time to get to the rest of the series. Trust the Focus might end up being my favorite New Adult of the year. Loved it!

  • Here is to another good month!

  • @Shari We still had a mild winter so far, although January has been a bit more chilly than december. I am glad to hear you didn’t got as many snow as those on the east coast. You made a nice start on your challenges!

    @Sophia That’s so fun you all took the book on a tour and made pictures with it! You did well with reading this month. Gah I am jealous of your netgalley percentage.

    I hope february is a good month!

    • Had fun taking the book and getting the pictures. Wished I could have gotten to the big city for them, but oh well. 🙂
      I am so proud of myself about that NG percentage. I’ve worked hard to get that up there and plan to keep working at it. Drives me nuts having those books sitting there on my page. 🙂

  • We’ve had a really mild winter in Ohio too. Looks like you both had a pretty good January.

    Sophia, I hope you start to feel better. Congrats on your story. I love the idea of the book traveling.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Thanks, Melanie! The infections are gone and my energy is coming back. Enjoyed doing the story and it was fun with the traveling project. My cousin’s daughter did the Flat Stanley project and I was glad to get the chance to do something similar.