Sophia’s Reading Challenge Update for April

Posted April 30, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 11 Comments

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Sophia Rose Reading Challenge UpdateGood Grief!  I almost forgot to put this together because I didn’t realize it was the end of the month.  It was like Easter happened and I just got caught up in Spring Fever or something.  Anyhoo, hope everyone had a fab Easter and that any lingering winter chill has been vanquished until next time around.

This was an odd reading month for me.  I had a heck of a time knuckling down and reading my review commitments.  I kept straying to personal choice reads.  I also kept flitting from one sub-genre to the next.  Then there were whole days I didn’t want to read at all.  I actually preferred to wash windows one day.  Haha!  Talk about moody!  Anyone else get bitten by the Spring bug?

Now on to what I actually did get read.  For the month of April I read 34 books total.

Breakdown was:  23 were for review, 10 were purchased or won, 17 new to me authors, 15 new to me series, 5 end of series

Things that caught my attention:

–       Did you know that some authors put little short stories, scenes and snippets up for free to read at their websites?  Well I didn’t.  I only discovered this phenomenon when I was looking at a series list on GoodReads and noticed the extra titles and checked them out by following the links from GR.  Ex:  Darynda Jones, Eileen Wilks, Marissa Meyer, Abigail Roux

–       The Book Outlet store, new discovery of on-line outlet books.  I spent $10 on $80 worth of books, true story.

–       Blogging A to Z was the funnest (I know that is ungrammatical, but go with me on it) thing ever this month.  I loved putting together posts for it and loved reading other blogger’s posts.  Oh, and wasn’t Shari the clever one with those alternate word selections.  I laughed so much reading those.

 

Reading Challenges:

  1. Herding Cats & Burning Soup’s Historical Romance:  31/20+
  2. Under the Covers’ Immortals:  57/20+   Completed all categories
  3. Salacious Reads’ Inter-racial:  25/40
  4. Salacious Reads’ Series:  4/2 series,   Completed
  5. The Book Vixen’s Men in Uniform:  25/20+  Completed
  6. My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  57/75
  7. Under the Covers’ Real Men:  73/25+ books,  4/5 categories

Outstanding Books/Series:

–       Majestic historical backdrop, The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas

–       Spectacular blend of history and PNR, Enchanting the Beast by Kathryn Kennedy

–       The Grandest Grand Finale, East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

–       Heartwarming romance & family, Carolina Man by Virginia Kantras

–       Outstanding blend of sport & romance, On the Surface by Kate Willoughby

–       For giving me a great autumn romance, Beauty and the Brigadier by DL Jackson

–       And this is how New Adult is done, Easy by Tammara Webber

–       Engaging debut YA effort, Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sharonda Lowman
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I got bit too, I kept changing my reads up..crazy month for sure. great wrap-up Sophia: )

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Sharonda! Yeah, I forced myself a few times to muscle through a book that had to be done by a certain date, but when I wasn’t into it and it didn’t have a deadline, I set it aside when I wasn’t in the mood so I could be fair to the book and author. I think I’m past my moods now. 😉

Sharonda
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I got bit too, I kept changing my reads up..crazy month for sure. great wrap-up Sophia: )

ki pha
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ki pha

Ha! I’ve been in the hole for so long I haven’t gotten much done at all! And it’s even getting worse as new books releases. 🙁 Hoping for May to kick in!

Sophia Rose
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That was the worst part to the mood- getting behind. Definitely glad I’m working through my flighty mood. Wishing you well as the new month opens, Ki!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Ooo did not know about that site! Gah. That’s so not good. lol And yup knew about the short stories. Pretty awesome! I love that authors will do that 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the A to Z challenge!

Sophia Rose
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I thought I’d discovered a room full of unwrapped gifts when I followed the links and got all those free supplemental reads. I loved getting Reyes’ viewpoint in the Charley Davidson series and getting a prequel about Rule’s first encounter with humans in the World of the Lupi series. So great!

That Outlet store will probably be dangerous for me. I only saw a couple books that appealed to me personally, but its the expectation they can get stuff in at any time that is so greatly discounted that gets me excited to visit lots. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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LOL I know what you mean! I think I found out authors did that because of Ilona Andrews. They did a few with Curran’s POV. Now they’re on Amazon I think but for a while it was a non box store thing. Was so fun!

Sophia Rose
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Oh that’s right. I read the Curran one’s too when they had them as freebies.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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LOL I know what you mean! I think I found out authors did that because of Ilona Andrews. They did a few with Curran’s POV. Now they’re on Amazon I think but for a while it was a non box store thing. Was so fun!

Sophia Rose
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Oh that’s right. I read the Curran one’s too when they had them as freebies.