Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
Happy Holidays! Hoping everyone had a great time with family and friends this year. Ready to ring in the New Year? Well I am! Saying goodbye to 2019 may just be a very happy event for me. Who knows what 2020 will bring. In 2019
- Husband lost his job in March. Got a new job. Transferring to a new job on Jan. 1, 2020
- Oldest daughter graduated from HS, moved into college three months later
- Physical therapy for one kid and therapy for depression in one kid
- Mom had open heart surgery and I spent a good six months taking care of her almost daily until I had to have surgery and couldn’t do it anymore. In June, she started hallucinating and making up stories that were not true. One was so brutal, that I had to step away and let my brother take care of her because she was violent attacking me in text messages. There is a lot more to all of this, but know that I don’t see this getting better in 2020.
- Me…tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, worn out disc, bone spurs pushing into my spinal column, surgery to fix my vertabre, and probably more I am missing, but that sums up 2019 pretty good. My neck still hurts from time to time, my carpal tunnel just came back with a vengence and I haven’t walked in 2019 like I was at the end of 2018. I miss it!
- Ordered carpet but they forgot to tell me I needed to make a deposit (delayed getting carpet), rotted flooring by our back doors almost had us with a carpetless living room for a graduation party. They fixed it for us in the end for less than $100.
- Extended our driveway to have a place to park the kids cars and the guy left his equipment on the driveway when he asked me to move my truck. You guessed it. I didnt see it and ran it over – and he charged me the full price of the repair. He won’t be working for us any more. He also fixed the downspout line near the driveway.
- Argument with a neighbor caused us put in a privacy fence over Christmas. They dug the posts and hit the new down spout drainage. They washed their hands of it until they figured out they never sent us all the paperwork. This is still on-going.
- Started taking writing classes, have one book started, but I have stalled hard on it all. I have to decide if I want to be an author or a reviewer. I realized it was a conflict of interest to be both. Hard decisions abound. I may just write but never publish. Writing something is what I want to do. Publishing wasn’t totally part of that dream, but a nice side affect.
So that is a little highlight of the year. I left out a lot, but I also didn’t want to give you the laundry list of 2019.
Delighted Reader in 2019
- I Dare You Events – we hosted three I Dare You Events where Sophia Rose Challenged me to read Thrillers and Sports Romance and I challenged her to read Paranormal Romance. We’re in talks to continue this in 2020 – check back soon.
- The Great Pick Up Line – 2019 was the last year for this event. The last two years we have gotten lack luster involvement, so 2020 we are taking a break from it. Maybe in 2021 we will revamp it.
- Challenges – we had a hiccup in our challenge tracking systems. I used an external system that went out of business with no notice. So unfortunately we hosted them, but had no way to track them or retrieve the information. We are revamping this for 2020 and the challenges are available here. Along with adding a FB Group here
December saw me complete all of my challenges but one. I am going to call this a victory as I haven’t been doing well on challenges in years past. I made myself read more as I found myself becoming more unhappy. Reading is my happy place and when things were getting overwhelming, I decided to stop on a few things and go back to what I loved the most. Reading.
December – My Reading Breakdown: 14 books read, 10 reviews posted, 9 purchased reads, 5 Kindle Unlimited reads.
The Series That Never Ends: 7/7 – 100% done
Bad Boys of Romance: 30/30 – 100% done
Literary Pickers: 55/55 – 100% done
Books ‘N Tunes: 38/35 – 108% done
Review Writing: 76/75 –over 100% done
Reading Challenge: 118/100 – over 100% done
Audiobook Challenge: 9/5 – 170% done
New Release Challenge: 29/20 – 145% done
Try Something New Challenge: 36/35 over 100% done
Reading Challenge 101/100 over 100% done
Blogger Shame Challenge: 9/10 – 90%
Sophia Rose’s Update
Seasons Greetings, all!
My crazy list-driven self had to have all the holidaying chores done when Thanksgiving was barely in the rear-view window. I mean there are four weeks between then and Christmas day. Why couldn’t I pace myself a little? Meanwhile, I became my usual UPS holiday rush widow self and see my husband if I happen to wake pre-dawn when he’s leaving or I’m still awake after midnight when he’s returning. I assume he’s doing well since the food I make up for meals at work and home disappear and the laundry basket fills with clothes stinking of jet fuel and de-icing fluid (he works UPS Airport).
But, it’s all good and now I’m settled in after all the big stuff is done to enjoy the festivities and the holidays themselves. We had a lovely church Christmas Concert this evening and now I’m looking forward to the big family dinner with my husband’s large family at Grammy’s house.
Incidentally, we are on day thirteen with no cat-tastrophes involving our two rascals and our Christmas decorations. I’m beginning to relax into the knowledge that I got lucky with this pair about leaving alone the bright shinies and the tree.
On the book front, I’ve been a mad woman signing up for challenges.
I’m keeping up with the recently started COYER challenge which began December 1st and will crossover to the first week of March next year. So far, I’ve been trying to finish up several already released ARCs so I’ll not be as stressed about outstanding reviews going into 2020. There is a fun FFS- FOMO RAT that I’m to read books I missed in 2019 that starts today 12/15 and goes through 12/28. I’m giving it my best shot since there are several. I’m just wrapping up one of my recommendation reads and have been able to set up a buddy read with Anne of Books Are My Heart for Feb 2020.
Speaking of Anne…
She’s hosting a fun year-long series group read for the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I’ve signed up to re-read through the series on audio (at least as much as I can) through my library. Moon Called is the current book being read and will be discussed on Jan 3rd. There are lots of fab giveaways with the participation.
Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: https://booksofmyheart.net/2019/12/06/read-along-giveaway-mercy-thompson-by-patricia-briggs/#comment-34782
December Reading Totals: 18 as of the fifteenth!
Reading Breakdown: 5 NetGalley (97%), 10 author/publisher requests, 3 TBR, 1 library, 1 Audible Escape, 7 audio, 6 new to me series, 2 end of series, 5 new to me authors, 4 new to me narrators
Romance Genre Breakdown: 3 suspense, 1 Paranormal, 1 Urban Fantasy, 1 Fantasy, 5 historical, 1 time travel, 5 contemporary, 1 western, 4 holiday, 1 sports, 1 cowboy
Books That STOOD OUT:
A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh, her first thriller set in New Zealand with its slow-burn atmosphere was just right.
Wedding Bells and Deadly Spells by Danielle Garrett, shows this paranormal cozy series is just getting stronger with great character and romance growth.
Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak took me on a journey of growth over the holidays in a small town for an ex-con and a new divorcee. Struck all the right notes.
Most of my challenge updates will be listed in separate posts, but I did want to share that a few that were still outstanding when I put those posts together are now complete or much closer to the goal.
Hope your holidays are filled with joy! Wishing you a Happy 2020!!!!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [1 Dec] Ocean Light by Nalini Singh ★★★½
- [2 Dec] Don't Come by Jessica Gadziala ★★★★
- [3 Dec] A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh ★★★★★
- [3 Dec] Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters ★★★½
- [4 Dec] A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant ★★★★
- [5 Dec] Longing For a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, Amy Sandas ★★★★½
- [5 Dec] Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore ★★★★½
- [6 Dec] Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory ★★★★
- [7 Dec] Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra ★★★½
- [8 Dec] UNTouched by Jaxson Kidman ★★★★
- [8 Dec] UNLoved by Jaxson Kidman ★★★★
- [8 Dec] UNTamed by Jaxson Kidman ★★★★
- [9 Dec] Epedition, Estimation, and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Lyn Gala ★★★★
- [10 Dec] Dirty Like Zane by Jaine Diamond ★★★★
- [11 Dec] Pres by Jaxson Kidman ★★★½
- [12 Dec] Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak ★★★★½
- [13 Dec] Every Other Weekend by Jaxson Kidman ★★★★
- [14 Dec] My Wicked Virgin by Ann Mayburn ★★★★
- [16 Dec] Born to Be a Cowboy by R.C. Ryan ★★★★
- [17 Dec] The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams ★★★★
- [18 Dec] Blitzed by Alexa Martin ★★★
- [19 Dec] Simply Perfect by Mary Balogh ★★★½
- [21 Dec] Dirty Tactics by Peyton Banks ★★★½
- [22 Dec] The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley ★★★½
- [27 Dec] A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong ★★★★
- [29 Dec] Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen ★★★★
- [30 Dec] The Way Back to You by Sharon Sala ★★★★
- [31 Dec] The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin ★★★½
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