The Book Report August 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

It’s hard to imagine that we ordered a new air conditioner in July and it still isn’t installed. Not happy with the people we contracted to replace it as we are entering a heat wave this week. At this rate I could have saved myself trouble and waited until the spring to get it. Oh, well. At least we have air conditioning for the moment, but no telling with the temporary piece they installed will go out.

Schools started this month and it hasn’t been pretty around this house. The high schooler seems to be managing her time well except the one night we staid up till midnight doing homework. The middle schooler has been swamped. Throw in going into school early to get extra math help and she is a bear some days. And finally my first grader. Homework. Oh, this after his teacher said there wouldn’t be much. We get a sheet with the homework schedule and it is about 15-20 minutes of homework. This isn’t counting working on spelling words, math flashcards, sight word testing, and getting into comprehension on his reading. I feel this is a little over done for 1st grade, but after one full week of it, I can’t say if we are going to make it or not yet.

All of this has put pressure on my reading time as I play full time mom from 3-10pm. During the day, I have all the laundry, dishes, and cleaning to do along with volunteering at school. Let’s just say I don’t feel like I get to read much any more.

What did I do this month? Besides schedule posts? Well, not much on the reading front.

  1. Read: 13
  2. DNF: 3
  3. Reviewed: 9 reviews for August
  4. Reading Statistics: 3 from NetGalley or Publisher, 3 Purchased, 7 Kindle Unlimited
  5. NetGalley percentage at 86%

Books of note:

  • Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti – after getting off to a bad start with the first book, I fell in love deeply with the second book. Lots of action, but also a lot of heart and survival.
  • Not His Dragon by Annie Nicholas – this is a Kindle Unlimited book that had me laughing and pulling for these characters.

Reviews

  1. [2 Aug] Just What I Needed by Lorelei James ★★★★½
  2. [6 Aug] Filthy Beautiful Love by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
  3. [9 Aug] Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde ★★★★½
  4. [9 Aug] Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde ★★★★½
  5. [16 Aug] Stud for Hire by Sabrina York ★★★
  6. [19 Aug] Filthly Beautiful Lust by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
  7. [23 Aug] Hush by Cherry Adair ★★★½
  8. [26 Aug] Filthly Beautiful Forever by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
  9. [29 Aug] Gideon by Cherry Adair ★★★★
  10. [30 Aug] Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★★½

Challenges

You can see how I am doing below, but so far I am on target to get most of them done. I have a few reviews coming up that will get these numbers jumping! But lookie! I already completed the Literary Pickers Challenge, which has knocked me on my tush that last few books until I figured I had it in the bag. The Never Ending Series Challenge will wrap up for me as soon as I get the reviews written. Now to work on a few other challenges. It feels good to knock a few of these out.

Bad Boys of Romance Challenge: 11/35

31

The Series That Never Ends Challenge: 1/12

8

Books 'N Tunes Challenge: 13/30

43

Literary Pickers Challenge: 14/35

40

Review Writing Challenge: 19/100

19

20160808_142300Sophia Rose’s Update

This was my rambling and road trip month.  We camped out up in the Uintah Mountains for a week, attended a minor league baseball game, went to the movies, visited, and took several days to go for road trips and nature walks.  I got to visit with family and friends in Utah which is always precious time, but this time, I got to see an old family friend I haven’t seen in over twenty years.  Took me a week to recover and get back into the groove.

Last week, I also had a fun experience of visiting with someone I met through Good Reads.  We met at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village which is not far from my home.  She and her family were on a road trip site-seeing tour from New York State.  Books surely do bring folks together.  Have you ever gotten to meet someone you only knew from on-line contact?

As to books, I’m sure you’ll not be surprised to learn that my reading numbers were down this month.  I read 17 books.

Breakdown:

Net Galley (92%)-10, New series- 4, new to me author- 5, DNFs- 2, Audio-2, Author/Publisher Requests- 11

Challenge Updates:

Austenesque Lovers:  39/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 35/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Series: 7/12 books

Addicted to Romances’ Oldies But Goodies: 11/20 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  99/100 books

The Book Nympho & Hot Listens’ Audio: 32/30 books COMPLETE- moving to next level

Herding Cats Burning Soups’ Blogger Shame:  39/50 books

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout: 12/12 Categories COMPLETE

Brazen Babe’s Diversity:  40/50 books

We’re entering the final quarter for reading challenges.  How are you doing?  Going to make it?

Anything interesting going on for August?  Do Tell!

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August 2016 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!
  • Oh that stinks not having your A/C yet, but glad the temp one is still working. Hoping the back to school stuff will settle down for you so you can get to a few of your books.

  • RO

    Yikes! Nothing worse than having no cool air in stifling heat, but glad you have a temp fix. I do not miss school days, and couldn’t wait for my son to graduate. Some days I felt like I was back in school too! Lol I feel your pain. Sophia, looks like you visited some beautiful places, and the pics are great! To see a good friend after so many years sounds amazing. Hugs…

    • Thanks, Ro! It was a lovely day to spend with her and do a bit of memories and catch-up.

  • No air…I am sure you would have seen me on the news attacking the company…lol Both of you had awesome months despite all the craziness!

    • Haha! Yes! Another month down and new chances for craziness. 🙂

  • Aw that’s awesome on your trip, Sophia! And getting to meet up with an e-friend. That’s always fun. I have a couple ladies in NC I meet up with every handful of months and have met a couple others at book cons over the years 🙂 Love that.

    Dang on the homework. That’s a little crazy. I saw a post on FB where a teacher decided no homework at all for her kids and that home time should be for family time only. Would be nice!

    • Thanks, Anna! It was a lot of fun.

      Oh, that’s neat that you’ve found a few NC-ers to meet up with from time to time. I still haven’t gotten to a RomCon, but meeting familiar folks from on-line would definitely be one of my reasons.

      • I hope you get to go to one some day. They really can be a blast 🙂 Yep Sharon from over at I Smell Sheep lives about 40 minutes away and Ro is right in my area too. It’s great 🙂

        • Oh cool! They’re great. I enjoy visiting their blogs.

  • Sounds like a busy month for both of you. We started school a couple of weeks ago but I only have one daughter in high school to contend with and she pretty much takes care of things on her own in terms of school work.

    Sophia – Sounds like you had an awesome month of traveling and visiting with friends and family. Isn’t it great how close some relationships on Goodreads can become? I haven’t spent much time on the site recently but I feel like some of the people I interact with are my friends.

    • Had a good time, Carole! I agree about many of the people I visit with on GR being friends. We already have books in common and then discover more. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      My oldest is in high school and for the most part she takes care of herself. I was a little upset this week when she had to stay up to midnight to get it all done.

  • Sounds like you’re busy helping all your kids with homework this month, Shari. I can see how that would cut into your reading time :(. And that’s annoying your new air conditioner hasn’t been installed yet but that does sound good you have at least something temporary.

    Your picture look so pretty Sophia. i haven’t ever been to a region that looked even remotely like that, but it’s very pretty! I’ve met a few people in real life that i met on Goodreads once, but they already knew each other and I felt a bit left out. But it was still nice to have met them in real life once. There are some authors and bloggers that i would love to meet in real life, but the thought also makes me nervous because online is different than offline. It’s neat you still got some books read this month.

    I hope September is a good month for both of you 🙂

    • Thanks, Lola! I was staying in a pretty part of the Western US. It was hard choosing a few pictures to share since I took so many.
      Oh, that’s too bad that they didn’t talk of things that included everyone when you met the others. Ha, I’m the same way. I want to meet several people, but I get shy about the real life part, too. 🙂

      You have a good September, too.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Homework will settle down I hope soon. A little irritated with my son’s teacher for telling me he has a hard time paying attention….uh..yeah…that’s why he has a plan in place for his ADHD that she isn’t taking into consideration.

      Air conditioning is still chugging. At least our bank account hasn’t been hit up for it yet.