The Book Report August 2015

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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

I was on my game writing reviews in August. Probably one of my best months in a long while. Seventeen! 17! Yep, I was on a roll! Reading kind of took a back seat though as I was trying to catch up on writing. That doesn’t mean I did’t read as I did get 14 books in this month! August treated me really good on the reading and reviewing front.

I also increased a few challenges as I was already done, so why not challenge myself more? I am also working on a site redesign. I have been working on it and my eyes are crossing. It will go into place a little at a time as I finalize things. Nothing drastic, just a few new looking features.

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Sophia Rose’s Update

August was a sultry, hot month. Literally. I came back from my trip and had a lot to catch up (including adjusting to a new computer, Windows 10, and Office 2013 after experiencing a dead computer, grrrr) and then get back in the swing of things. As I worked on putting stuff away, I came to the realization that I needed to get rid of some stuff. It has been a few years since I had a yard sale. So I bit the bitter pill and started pulling stuff out, sprucing it up, PRICING UGH (I am terrible at figuring out what my junk and someone’s potential treasure is worth), and finally setting stuff out for the sale. Good news! Success and half the stuff sold. In the meantime, I started my fall cleaning in earnest and feel very good about how clean and fixed up things are. This is usually a sign that I will be swarmed by guests and left again with clean-up. Haha!

On the book front, I think I might have actually read more books while away visiting my relations and traversing the west in a car. I finished a total of 21 books.

Oddly, when I broke down the total, I realized that I got to all, but one of my August commitments and still managed to read quite a few off my backlist of review books and the TBR pile.

Here’s how it broke down:

12 NetGalleys (89%), 14 author/publisher requests, 2 from TBR pile, 7 new to me authors, 10 new to me series, 2 audios

Challenge Updates:

Austen Lovers TBR Pile: 39/50

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 44/50

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s New to Me: 141/100 COMPLETED

Delighted Reader’s Series: 20/25

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR: 106/150

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Historical Romance: 77/100

Brazen Babe’s Interracial: 37/36 COMPLETE Moving up a level!!!

The Book Nympho and Hot Listens’ Audio Book: 14/15

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction: 24/25

Nelle’s Nightstand’s Curvy Girls: 14/15

And I also did the one-week of TBRs only Rollback challenge through Under the Covers blog. I finished with 3/5 (although there was a fourth I DNF’d at 25%)

Books That Stood Out:

Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov, M/M Sci-Fi Romance, worldbuilding and character development

Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler, PNR-suspense, for a series that made a strong comeback with book 2

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles, Time Travel Romance, for authenticism in character and setting

The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop by Carolyn Brown, Contemporary Romance, for small town atmosphere at its best.

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux, M/M Western Historical Romance, for everything

To Be or Not to Be…Read

I keep saying this, but it bears repeating. Each book I polish off from this mini-challenge has been stellar in many ways and generally are by authors I haven’t read before. Historical Romance lovers probably already have tons of Anne Gracie books under their belt, but I was absolutely enchanted for my first time when I read The Winter Bride which hit the spot as an out of season read. And incidentally, my Italian cousin let me know when she saw my Good Reads review of The Winter Bride that hey, this was one of the books/series she translated into Italian (translation work is one of her jobs as is competition ballroom dancing and running a book blog- she’s got talent).

So, anyone else have a reading slow down this month? When you have them, what causes it for you? Read any foreign books translated into your language? What was a fantastic book for you this past month? Do tell!

August 2015 Reviews

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

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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!
  • High fives for all books read!

    I like this break down of a month, I must try it one day

    • Thank you, ever so!

      It’s a good way to look back at the month.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks! I used to do this weekly, but it became kind of redundant so we went to a monthly format.

  • wow look at you ladies go for the month of August!!! I always get more reading done when I am traveling. Even though I get motion sickness…I still read. hehe I just can’t seem to help myself. Oh isn’t it the worst when your computer crashes? I like my Windows 7, I have been debating whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10, but I just don’t like the look that much. But I know eventually I will probably need to. And oh my goodness look at all those reviews, Hope you have a lovely September!!!

    • We were on fire this month. I don’t get motion sick, but I do become oblivious when I read during traveling. I mostly did it during freeway driving when there wasn’t much to see.

      Oh yeah, I loved Windows 7, too, and had no immediate plans to upgrade. I knew I didn’t like 8 and was told 10 was an improvement on it. It seems alright now that I’ve got the issues with my security finally catching up and becoming compatible. It was tedious updating everything so it was all compatible. But its done, whew!