The Book Report April 2015


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

I have to stop promising you results…I know, I know. But it seems when I think it is going to be an awesome month, something happens. The good news? Dance team competitions are over! Yep, no more weekends in hotels waiting in auditoriums for 2 minute dances and awards shows at midnight. Does that all made April an extremely busy month. With that off my plate, you would think May would be better….but no. My other daughter competes in Destination Imagination and she made it to Global Finals! Throw in my oldest daughter is going to Washington, DC with her eighth grade. Oh, and vacation somewhere in there too. When do I have time to read? Every five minutes I can sneak in a restroom. Seriously.

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Oh, one more thing… I know I said I wouldn’t promise you stuff, but I did sign up for a mini-blog ahead event. I plan to hit it hard, get those reviews written and bring someone some joy in their lives!

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Sophia Rose’s Update

Easter was a beautiful day spent with family and friends. Spring was a bit iffy this month, but I think it’s pretty much here to stay. More or less. Maybe…

So I was able to knock out lots of books this month, but I do confess that many of them were novella length so don’t get too excited. Haha. Total was: 46.

Reading Breakdown: 12 Netgalley (87%), 27 publisher/author requests, 16 off my shelf (woots, this is good), 16 newly started series, 4 end of series

Things I Have Noticed:

  • Sometimes one does get some good breaks like getting a sunny day when the car breaks down and not the windy rainy one the day before or that the home heating and cooling service plan from the utility company does cover the latest furnace issues or that the soccer ball that hit the side of the house hard enough to dent the siding just missed the window. Yeah, the good with the bad…
  • Oh, and on that same note, spring fever is not just a saying. The kids and the animals around here…ye gads! Can I get some of that energy?
  • The harder one tries to work on the TBR pile, the more freebies and sales there seem to be. So, I see this as a win-win in that I’ll work on the TBR pile and catch some nice sales all at the same time.
  • There are some good things going on around you and you have to pay attention if you want to be part of it. I see you, Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup, with your USO charity auction event. 😉

Reading Challenges:

  1. Austenesque Lovers TBR- 24/21 Moving up to level 4!!!
  2. Delighted Readers’ Books N Tunes- 31/50
  3. Herding Cats Burning Soups’ New to Me- 87/100
  4. Delighted Readers’ Series That Never Ends- 15/10 Moving up to level 3!!!
  5. My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR- 83/75       Moving up to Mt. Everest level!!!
  6. Herding Cats Burning Soups’ Historical Romance-       41/60
  7. Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout-       12/12 Categories COMPLETE
  8. Brazen Babes’ Interracial- 24/36
  9. The Book Nympho & Hot Listens’ Audio Book- 10/10 Moving up to Level 3!!!
  10. Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction- 18/25
  11. Nelle’s Nightstand’s Curvy Girls- 10/10 Moving up to level 4!!!

Those challenges with no higher levels for advancement were marked as complete. If I finished them the month before then I won’t include them in the current month’s report. To see an actual list of books for each challenge, I’ve dedicated shelves for each challenge at GoodReads which you are free to peruse or those reviewed for the blog may be viewed on our challenge pages under the folder at the top of the page marked Reading Challenges.

Books That Stood Out:

Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde CR for exciting, strong spin-off series

Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux MM RS for strong finish to series

Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan MM NA CR for not being afraid to write a romance with main characters with disabilities

This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman HR for exciting Western setting and characters

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris UF/RS for small town paranormal atmospheric setting and quirky characters

There You Stand by Christina Lee MM NA CR for poignant romance and development

Way of the Warrior by variety of authors CR for exciting military romance short stories written for good cause

To Be or Not to Be…Read

I thoroughly enjoyed the March vote winner, Mistake by Fate by Katee Roberts and so the streak continues of excellent reading from this wonderful aid to keep me picking at my TBR pile. If you missed the review, here’s the link:

April’s Winner is: Wildflower Wedding by LuAnn McLane. Thank you to all who voted for their favorite flower cover, blurb or author. I look forward to this small town contemporary romance with the gorgeous spring cover. Watch for my review and thoughts later this month.

What type of reading has grabbed your interest this spring? Hot and sultry? Action-packed? Sweet and heartwarming? Do tell!


April 2015 Reviews

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

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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!


    1. Thanks! I am about to contact Joanna Wydle and ask what I can do to bribe her into writing faster, lol.

  1. @Shari I hope next month is better for you,but it sounds like it is going to be another busy month for you. Even with everything going on, you’re doing great with a few of those challenges. And good luck with Blog Ahead, I also signed-up! Last year I also participated and it helped a lot.

    @Sophia, wow 87% for netgalley! I wish I could get to the 80%, maybe I’ll make that a goal for next year, lol. I am looking forward to your review of Wildflower Wedding! I love small town romances. Spring always brings me in the mood for contemporary romances, either hot or sweet, both are good.

    1. Thank you for noticing, Lola! My goal is to reach 90% this year for Net Galley b/c if I do that it means I’ve reached two other goals too- not taking too many review books and finishing up with the one’s I’ve got.

      I’m looking forward to Wildflower Wedding for a lovely spring small town read too.

    2. Thanks Lola. I need about five more hours in a day it seems at times. I am about to do a blitz on blogging as I won’t be here the last week of the month and most of the first week of June.

  2. Wow, you are rocking a couple of those challenges! Way to go! And I hear on the freebies and sales killing your TBR pile attempts. But it looks as if you are doing well overall. And an 87% NG ratio? Good for you! I’m stalled at 72%.

    happy reading!

    1. Sophia rocks on the NetGalley percentage! I am right at 82%. I was at 84% but I just had to request more books pulling it down.

    2. Trying, trying, Bea! Those freebies and sales are a monster temptation and so is Net Galley.
      72% isn’t too bad. Hopefully you can work on it without caving and looking at what’s new. That’s my downfall. 😉

  3. I can’t believe how many books you have read this year already! I have been reading a lot more contemporary romances lately-maybe that’s Spring working on me? Ha!

    1. Seasons influence my reading habits too, Lorna. I really go in for suspense, mystery and darker paranormal in the fall, sugary stuff around the holidays and heartwarming stuff in the spring.