The Book Report January 2017

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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 been a full month in 2017! January has been a month of rewiring the home to be smart. Well at times I feel it is smarter than me. See I got and Amazon Echo in 2016 for Christmas. This year the Amazon Dot was so great that I got one for each of my kids and my husband (even one of my nieces and nephew). My husband thought it was so neat he started buying smart plugs and smart switches for the house. Power was switch, Internet was out and now I can control a lot of lights in the house. Never mind that the kitchen light flashes like a strobe light sometimes in the morning giving you a migraine before you even get started for the day. All kidding aside, this is all very cool. Oh, and don’t forget I also got a Ring doorbell that now tells me when anyone trips the motion sensor and I don’t have to answer the door for people who look sketchy, but can talk to them through my phone to the doorbell.

Dreary weather has kept us indoors, but we have had some weird warm up spells. Only one snow day so far this year. Fingers crossed that is done.

The Great Pick Up Line

Starts tomorrow! I am so excited for 36 authors to visit us and tell us more about their book. Some awesome giveaways are also coming. I do have to note that this caused me to be extremely busy formatting so I didn’t get much done this month.

What’s going on?

  1. Read: 13
  2. DNF: 1
  3. Reviewed: 0
  4. Reading Statistics: 5 Netgalley, 5 Kindle Unlimited, 3 Bought
  5. NetGalley percentage at 96%

Books of note:

Justice Ascending by Rebecca Zanetti – I snapped this up and read it as fast as I could. It had just enough action, sex and inner turmoil to keep me engaged. I already want the next book now!

Challenges

  1. The Series That Never Ends – Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis – 3/12
  2. New To Me – 5/40
  3. Books ‘N Tunes – 0/30
  4. Literary Pickers – 0/35
  5. Bad Boys of Romance – 2/35
  6. Review Writing Challenge – 0/100
  7. Reading Challenge – 13/155

Sophia Rose’s Update

Can’t believe we’re already done with January.  Wowsers, I blinked and it happened.  Well, actually, I think it was because things got a tad busy with edits on a story, overtime hours (which we’re lucky to get so I try not to complain), doing my own vacuum repair work that resurrected the old gal so I didn’t have to buy a new one (thank you YouTube how to videos), and the usual busy busy.  What about you?  Did it fly by or drag by?

As to books, I think I got off to a fantastic start this year for my challenges and my review list.  Here’s what I got read.

My January total:  32

Reading Breakdown:  16 NetGalleys (95%), 15 author/publisher requests, 12 TBR Pile, 6 Audio, two DNF, 11 New to Me Authors, 7 New Series, 1 Series Ending

Challenge Updates:

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR- 14/75 books

COYER Blackout’s- 57/50 books

Herding Cat Burning Soup’s Read All the Books- 15/40 books

Austenesque Lovers- 6/20 books

Herding Cat Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame- 1/30 books

Unconventional Bookview’s New Release- 16/60 books

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviews’ Audio- 6/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes-  10/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers- 30/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Series- 2/10 books

Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys- 5/15 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie- 2/10 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander Series- 0/4 books

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout – 1/15 categories

Not bad, right?  How are you doing with these early days of your book reading challenges?

Looking Ahead:

I do believe my next To Be or Not To Be…Read vote winner will be Real Vampires Know Size Matters though a late inning rush of votes might change that.  😉  It will be fun to get this blend of comedy and Urban Fantasy plus tackling one of the oldest books on my review pile.  Thanks, guys!

Also, yay, The Great Pick Up Line is starting up (Shari did a fabulous job putting it all together- those who do blog events know what that involves).  I love this blog event that goes for the whole month of February (and a little beyond) because the authors can be so creative with their excerpts sharing that first moment their romance characters meet.  Always one of the best parts of the story for me.  Then there is the enjoyment of meeting new to me authors and books.  Hope you drop by often and have some fun with this event, too.

So, do tell about your last month!

January 2017 Reviews

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

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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!
  • my goodness you guys have been super busy!! The smart switches sound interesting, will have to look that up.
    Lots of reading done, that’s great, gah I wish I could power through my lists

    • Good thing the New Year always brings a surge of energy for me.

      And yes, that is uber cool about Shari’s smart house. Makes me want to head over and trip her doorbell and play with the lights and electronics. LOL

    • Shari Delighted Read

      When I got the Echo for Christmas last year, my husband also bought me WeMo outlet and light switch. For this Christmas I bought some more TP-Link outlets and light switches. So now in the morning I can say “Alexa, morning lights on.” She then turns on the dining room, kitchen and a lamp in the living room. Or in my bedroom I can say “Alexa, Bedroom Off” and she turns off all the lights in the bedroom. Two of the kids rooms are also set up. Only problem was with another brand we bought that had a dimmer and dual pole switch. Sometimes we get a strobe light affect where it blinks on and off. We just have to dim it and it stops. Strobing lights will wake you up fast. We also got a Harmony something or other and I can now control the TV through it. I just have to ask Alexa to switch channels or turn it all on or off. Pretty cool when it all works.

  • This year is moving quickly. I can’t believe that January is really over. I have had an echo ever since it first came out but I haven’t added any of the cool add on items like lights. Sounds over my head. You have both fit a lot of books into the month. Yay for you tube video! Isn’t great when you need to figure out how to do something. Have a great February.

    • Doesn’t it though? Seriously, it should not be February tomorrow. 🙂

      Thanks, Carole!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The outlet switch is probably the easiest to set up. I like the TP-Link outlets. You plug it in, connect it to the wifi and have Alexa discover it. You name it what you want and then tell Alexa to turn it on or off. Great for space heaters or lamps. I thought about it for the Keurig at one point, but it already has a energy saver built in. I also have an Automatic plug in my van, so like yesterday it popped up on my phone that there was a problem. I asked Alexa about it and she gave me the error code. Learning new things each day, but my biggest problem is remembering all the commands.

  • What a great start to 2017 both of you have had!! I can’t believe January is just about over. So sad because part of me isn’t ready for February yet. I just love those you tube videos…they have how to’s for just about everything. And look at all those books you got read. That is just awesome. It certainly has been a great month for reading.

    • It has been a pretty lively month. I’m not quite ready for Feb to be here, either. 🙂

      Yes, I have to thank Anna for knowing about YouTube how to videos. I never thought to check there for DIY projects until I saw one of her blog posts about a washer or dryer fix. I bought a ten dollar part on Amazon and installed it instead of having to buy a whole new vacuum so it is definitely worth it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Not ready for February! This starts an intense dance competition season my girls. Less than two weeks before the first competition.

      Hoping to get time to write some reviews soon.

  • I just started Rebecca Zanetti’s series with Mercury Striking. I really enjoyed it. I had held off hoping for audio, but decided to just read.

    Looks like both of you got a great number read. I can’t believe it is already February.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • It’s hard to wait for some of them to come out on audio and even worse when they never do. Yeah, its a great series. It’s not absolutely necessary, but I would recommend pausing and going back for the prequel novella, Scorpius Rising, just because there are some elements and name mentions in the ongoing series that will make more sense if you have that earlier story already read.

      Yeah, this past month was fast out of the gate. 🙂

  • Love The Great Pick Up Line. January did go fast for me too.

    • It’s a fun blog event and Shari was clever coming up with it.

      Whew, yeah! I’m still struggling not to write ‘January’ or ‘1’ instead of February.

  • So many good books! And ha on Youtube. You can find darn near anything on there. That’s awesome, Sophia! Hope yall are having a great start to Feb!