Sophia’s Reading Challenge Update – February 2014

Posted March 4, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 21 Comments

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Sophia Rose Reading Challenge Update

Brrr!  Who left the freezer door open?  Another good month to cozy up by the fire and enjoy a good book in the evening although I had to watch some amazing Olympics too.  Those athletes are so impressive and a great many rather inspiring, yeah?

So back to books…I totaled 47 books for the month with the majority of them being review books for the blog.  I do have to chase one little rabbit here…Thanks to the many who pop in to read my review thoughts, but particularly those who stick around a minute and talk books with me.  It’s fun to agree, but just as fun to get up a discussion too.  For those who haven’t put in a comment yet, make yourself at home and share.  No judgment here.  Haha!

Reading Challenges YTD Totals

Herding Cats and Burning Soup Historical Romance:  completed 17/20+
Under the Covers Immortals:  completed 4/4 categories with 37 books
** I will just keep forging ahead even though this challenge is finished
Salacious Reads Interracial:  completed 20/40
The Book Vixen Men in Uniform:  completed 19/20+
My Reader’s Block Mt. TBR:  completed 48/75
Salacious Reads Serial Challenge:  completed 1/4 series, in process on 5, 15 books

My NetGalley score is sitting at a respectable 84% which makes me happy.

My personal book setting location challenge:   32 US states and 15 countries.  Still going for all 50 states.  Texas, New York, Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and England seem to be popular places to write about.

New Additional Challenge (b/c buddy Kimberly at GR asked so nicely)

Under the Covers Real Men (Contemporary Romances Only):  Goal to finish five books in each category of hero.  I went with 8 categories.  I am 5/8 complete on this.  I still need Bikers, Cowboys and Spies.  (Recommends on these categories are greatly appreciated.)

Observations

–       I tend to start a series and flit to another or I grab a book in the middle.  I really need to finish out a series before moving to a new one.  Ugh!

–       And in related news…the reason I start series in the middle much of the time?  I am unaware I picked up a book from a series.  Covers need to have large numbers and bold series names for feeble-minded peeps like me.

–       I read my first mafia romance and I loved it.

–       Ditto on the sports romances.  Can’t stomach watching MMA fighting.  Reading it?  Apparently that’s different.

–       Apparently, I haven’t jumped on the Biker Romance bandwagon yet.  I’ve seen that they can be great as attested by many of you.  Need to get with it.

–       New Adult Genre seems to be a crap shoot with me.  I’m detecting some tropes that aren’t my thing, but that being said there are some wonderful books in this group too.

Book Shout-Outs

Series that just improves with age:  Cowboys & Brides by Carolyn Brown CR

Most Anticipated:  Immortal Sacrifice by Claire Ashgrove  PNR

All For You by Jessica Scott CR

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn HR

Heartbreakers:  Disarm by June Gray CR

 Before You Break by Christina Lee NA-CR

Sempre by JM Darhower  YA- CR

Laugh Out Loud:  It’s All Geek to Me by JL Merrow M/M CR

Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett UF

Delightful Surprise:  The Shadow Princess by Mary Hart Perry HR

What books made your Shout-Out list?  How are your challenges going?  Any recommends to help me with my challenges? 

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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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Girl I have no idea how you do it, but this month was great. I’m trying to make this year more about finishing those series too. There are way too much things being release now.

Sophia Rose
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Ain’t it the truth, Sister! I have three must-reads that I’ve been waiting a year on coming out this month. Crazy!

Sophia Rose
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Ain’t it the truth, Sister! I have three must-reads that I’ve been waiting a year on coming out this month. Crazy!

Braine TS
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I’m like you, I unknowingly pick up a book only to find out its part of a series. It’s frustrating when that happens because it means I have to add bookS to my huge TBR. Bah!.

Good job with your progress, I have no doubt that you’ll meet your goals in time

Sophia Rose
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Sometimes, I know its my own fault for not paying attention, but the rest of the time…it’s really hard to figure out that a) a book is part of a series and b) its not the first one. Yep, I’ve got a bigger TBR pile as a result.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Braine!

Sophia Rose
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Sometimes, I know its my own fault for not paying attention, but the rest of the time…it’s really hard to figure out that a) a book is part of a series and b) its not the first one. Yep, I’ve got a bigger TBR pile as a result.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Braine!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Holy cow Sophia. That is a TON of books! Amazed. NA is total hit or miss with me too. So far Erin McCarthy is my go to for them.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I read two Erin McCarthy so far and I think she will be a safe NA choice. I read one Christina Lee and I liked her stuff too. I wasn’t as impressed with the one Abbi Glines I read, but I’ll try another to see if it was just a mood or that particular book. I’ve seen a few others that I’ve shied away from b/c I can see by the blurbs that they wouldn’t be my thing. I discovered that the gals at A Bookish Escape blog review a ton of NA so I’ve been following their blog… Read more »

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Shari Delighted Read

I am so over with on NA. I have only read about 7 of them and I haven’t liked any of them. They all seem to be written in 1st POV…which you know I dislike. Then throw in angsty stuff that I find so immature now. Maybe I am getting too old, but I just can’t do it any more. I don’t mind young love…I used to read it, but why is everything life or death with today’s young people…now I need to break out my cane.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! You are so not too old. Many of these are just way immature thus all that undue angsty stuff. That over the top ‘end of the world’ or ‘the world revolves around me’ attitude isn’t my scene either and they totally need a good dose of perspective in many of these books. LOL! Yep, first person is a biggie in these so you are so out of luck on this genre.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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NA and UF both have a lot of 1st person. I got so I don’t mind it when I was reading UF so now it doesn’t much phase me. But the immature stuff gets to me. And some are just written in too simplistic? ways which loses my interest pretty quickly.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Yep, that’s why I don’t read UF either. 1st POV just isn’t for me. I have liked a few, but if I start reading a 1st POV, I usually put it down within the first chapter. Just not a UF fan. Other than couples sticking together for several stories, I haven’t figured out the difference from paranormal. I think publishers just want to add new genres to confuse us from time to time.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Hmm with UF there’s a lot less focus on the romance. It’ll happen in some but it’s really not the focus and if taken completely out of the story you’d still have a complete read with the rest of the storylines compared to PNR where without the romance side you can really tell it’s not all there. Does that make sense?

Sophia Rose
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That is a good way of explaining one of the biggest differences, Anna! I’m a big UF lover probably more so than PNR even though I’ve read more PNR. I love the broader story arcs and the focus on a big story view than just the romance. I just need to catch up on the series that I’ve already started so I can get to more that I’ve heard about from others.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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UF was where I started with my reading 🙂 I read pretty much every one I could get my hands on a couple years ago. lol I’ve moved way more into pnr and just romance since then but still love going back now and again and reading a bit of UF 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Hey! I had an mini-epiphany moment and realized that I like Romantic Suspense Series books for the same reasons. But back to UF, I have plans to catch up my Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi, Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series this year. And if I’m really on the stick, I have Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series sitting in the pile. See…this is why I need Sharonda’s challenge. Haha!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Just to let you know based on a conversation I had at a conference…have you ever noticed they don’t usually put the series number on books? Well that is on purpose. Publishers hope you buy it and then get stuck buying the rest of the series, thus making them more money. It was one of the biggest complaints in this session and that is how I learned they don’t like to tell you things. So I am now trying to be good and look up author sites first and see which book it is, but I still get stuck at… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I had my suspicions b/c I remember years ago that most books, even if it was small print, had the series name and sometimes the number on the cover. I definitely have to remember to do my research even if the book doesn’t seem to be part of a series.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I need to do an update. I have read on my challenges, I just haven’t been good on updating them like you have!

Sophia Rose
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I’m so curious (nosey) to see what you’ve got. I keep book shelves at GR for each of my challenges to make tracking them easier for my updates.

Sophia Rose
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I’m so curious (nosey) to see what you’ve got. I keep book shelves at GR for each of my challenges to make tracking them easier for my updates.