The Book Report February 2018


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

Where did February go? It went by so fast and I really can’t remember most of it. My husband traveled to Germany, California and is currently in Paris at the moment. Single Mom roars! Dance kicked off last weekend with our first competition and I have another this weekend and next. Oh, and did I forget to mention I started a work-at-home job? I am still in training, but I am hoping to get it off the ground in a week or two. Hopefully I can share more about it next month.

I did get 15 books read, but I need to subtract a few. I am helping my son with his AR (Advance Reading), which he is really behind on. So we have been reading books on my iPad and they automatically add them to my read books. Of the 15 books, only 10 are actually my books.

My Reading Breakdown:  1 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 1 DNFs, 1 audios, 1 Kindle Unlimited, 6 purchased books. Oh, and yeah 5 children’s books.


The Series That Never Ends: 0/6
Bad Boys of Romance: 1/25
Literary Pickers: 3/25
Books ‘N Tunes: 2/25
Review Writing: 5/25
Reading Challenge: 27/135

Sophia Rose’s Update

The Month of Lovers went by in a flash and a bang- and I mean that literally, we had thunder snow a week ago.  I got some more organizing done- tossed, recycled, gave away, and set aside for the late spring yard sale I’m planning.  My vacuum died a hero after ten years of sterling service so he has been replaced by a similar model who has already proven his pretty turquoise blue-bodied worth.  A new published writing opportunity has landed in my lap with a release this fall.   I’m excited and can’t wait for the new story to come to me so I can begin pounding out the words.

Reading this month has had its fits and starts.  I was determined to continue reading more off my own shelf and I did (it has become apparent that I struggle to be in the mood still for older books on my physical and Kindle shelves so some have just been removed without an attempt or it was a struggle to finish them).  However, I slipped off the wagon and also took a stack of reviews, bought 3, and one-clicked some freebies, too.  Some were irresistible and some were new to me and caught my eye.  I’m easily seduced, what can I say.

I signed up for Kimberly at Caffeinated Reader’s March Take Control of your TBR Pile Challenge because… need I explain.  Haha!  Here’s the link if you want to check it out and maybe sign up:


February Reading Total: 39 books

Reading Breakdown: (I have filched a few of these stats from Lola @ Lola’s Reviews)  9 Net Galley (97%), 20 author/publisher requests, 1 library, 15 TBR pile, 8 audio, 2 end of series, 12 beginning of series, 10 new to me authors, romance sub-genres (historical, sci-fi, dystopian, romantic suspense, contemporary, young adult, new adult, lgbtqa, urban fantasy), Settings (US, England, Space, Scotland, Canada, Greece, Cuba), POV (1st, 3rd omni, 3rd limited, multiple), Book Length (1 short story, 12 novella, 26 novels)

Reading Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Book View’s New Release: 27/101 books

COYER Winter Switch: 63/30 books COMPLETE

Delighted Reader’s Series:  2/12 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander: 0/2 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the Books:  15 remaining books

My Reader’s Blocks’ Mt. TBR:  41/75 books

Austenesque Lovers: 15/20 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame:  2/6 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 12/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 69/100 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It: 3/12 prompts

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audio:16/50 books

As Told By Tina’s Let’s Read Indie: 31/41 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie:  6/10 books

Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love: 4/12 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  2/15 categories

Books That Caught My Eye:

Year One by Nora Roberts, powerful dystopian paranormal blend

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, she’s upped her game and dug deep

Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose, darker, well-handled mental health elements

Virtue by Victoria Vane, impressive immersion into the Highlander historical world

Heat Trap by JL Merrow, talented use of comedy and series development

How was your February?  Are you on track with your reading and challenges?  Read anything great or lousy?  Do Tell!

February 2018 Reviews

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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!