The Book Report July 2018

Posted July 31, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 10 Comments



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

July turned out to be a pretty good month for me. I read 13 books which isn’t great, but not bad either. Balancing that out, I had my best review writing month in a long time, but at least the best in 2018. A total of 9 review and I prepped a lot more for August!

It’s almost time to send my kids back to school. Just one week left of summer vacation. It never seems to be much time and I hate going back so early in August. Third grade is the name of the game this year. In Indiana, this is the pivital grade. By this point you should be able to read and comprehend, figure out what’s inferred. Cursive writing along with multiplications. And the slew of standardized tests start that I find a total waste of time. This is my last time through this grade! It’s also senior year for my oldest kid and I don’t know how we got here. She should be wearing pink bows with pigtails, demanding she only wear dresses. Yep, I am not ready to send her to college!

In a couple of weeks Sophia Rose will be back and if you haven’t noticed we have Lorna on the team with a lot of new reviews! We are all working hard and hope you have enjoyed our Beach Reads series. August is the last month of them, so pick up the books we suggest because they are keepers!

Now grab your books and find some shade. Hope you get to read everything you want!

My Reading Breakdown:  0 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 0 DNFs, 0 audios, 4 Kindle Unlimited, 9 purchased books.


The Series That Never Ends: 0/6 – 0%
Bad Boys of Romance: 14/25 – 56%
Literary Pickers: 21/50 – 42%
Books ‘N Tunes: 18/25 – 72%
Review Writing: 23/50 – 46%
Reading Challenge: 83/135 – 61%

Sophia Rose’s Update

Howdy, all!

We had a fabulous 4th with extended family over at Grammy’s.  The heat was sweltering so Grammy and Pip’s pool was where it was at (though we all joked about the water being so warm that it was like bathwater).  Lots of delicious barbecue pot-luck fare.  And, catching up with family.

But, now, we’re headed out west to Utah to drop in on my folks and then my brother and his wife to visit, do some camping, and more or less chill (though probably not in a Utah summer).  I’ll be offline and unplugged for most of the time so no worries if you don’t seen me about until sometime in August.

On a sidenote, I am fed up with airlines who change their policies and charges after I purchase my tickets.  I feel like it’s a business contract where they should have to honor what they were offering at the point of ticket purchase.  Oh, and good thing I took a quick perusal over what is allowed to be packed in carry-on/checked bags b/c in just a few months since the last time I flew- there are three changes)  TRAVEL PRO TIP:  Always check even right up to the day of going through security and checking baggage- it changes that fast.  LOL

I’m still in the middle of my COYER Summer challenge and really pleased with the reading numbers and the fun games, chats and mini-challenges, but also the joy of getting books read and off the back of my Kindle and real life shelves.

For the first time in my reviewer history, I’m caught up so that only books not released for a while or books I only just received are on the pile of a dozen.  I never thought this would be possible for me.  I’ll bask in the thrill of it since we all know it will be short lived-(Sophia has no self-control with review requests).

July Reading Total:  15 books (reflects only half of July at this point)

Reading Breakdown:  2 Netgalley (98%), 4 author/publisher requests, 5 audio, 10 TBR shelf, 1 library book, 5 new series, 4 new to me authors, Romance Subgenres: Contemporary, New Adult, PNR, Historical, Western, Steampunk, Romantic Suspense, YA

Challenge Updates:

COYER Summer:  36 books/20+books

Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends:  9/13 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander:  1 of 2 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the Books:  62/75 Nalini Singh books and stories

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  93/100 books moved up a level

Austenesque Lovers:  43/50 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame:  7/7 COMPLETED (yep, no more oldies left on the pile)

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes:  34/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers; 100/100 books COMPLETED (took me 4ever to get that surfboard)

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It:  8/12 topics

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audiobook:  48/50 books

Angela’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love:  11/12 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  14/15 categories of five books each

Books That Stood Out:

Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown, CR, Homey feeling and fun

Born in Darkness by Lara Adrian, PNR, fresh feeling that has me excited again for the series

Inseverable by Cecy Robson, CR, oh the feels

And, there you have it!  Anyone else having a good time with their summer reading?

This Month’s Reviews

Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.


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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!

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Shari – It looks like you had a pretty good reading month.

Sophia Rose – Have fun while you are Utah! I am so glad you had fun over the 4th as well. I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to be caught up with review books. I need to get there someday.

Sophia Rose

It felt euphoric and unreal. LOL And, its already over since I took a long break from the review books to read personal ones and have two that were due this week. Oh well! I didn’t know what to do with myself when I was caught up.

Utah is wonderful. I’ve been on a mini campout and then go out again next week. I’ve had a wonderful visit with my brother and sister in law (she’s a fab cook) and now I’m spending time with my folks. 🙂


You are all doing great keeping up with your books!

I’m doing well with review books but wish I wasn’t still in a bit of review/blogging funk.

I don’t have anything to read/review for August so maybe I can get ahead a bit. Or at least come back refreshed in the fall.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose

Those funks can be so frustrating. I thought I’d surge way ahead after getting caught up, but it was like the press to get caught up was as far as my reading mojo wanted to get. LOL I had no motivation to get ahead. But hopefully yours will leave and you’ll get it back for fall reading, Karen.

Lover Of Romance

Yeah it not cool weather in Utah in July hehe And I am staying indoors right now with all the fires, I mean the sky right now looks like overcast because of the smoke being so bad. Grateful I am not in California right now though.

Great progress for the month!!! So many books.

Sophia Rose

You are so right, Renee! Its hazy where we’re at, too even up in Logan Canyon. California is really getting slammed and Nevada.

Thanks! We did get to a lot of books this month. 🙂

Carole Rae

A pretty good month I would say overall!
Our weather has been hot and humid. UGH

Sophia Rose

Definitely a good month.

The combo of hot and humid is just evil.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Yeah that’s pretty shady them changing the rules so often. Once your ticket is purchased that should be it.

Hope you have a great visit!

Sophia Rose

Yep, once they have my money, no changes. Grrr!

Definitely having a good time though we had to cut our original camping trip short due to a fire in the area. Looks like we’ll be trying again next week. Loving my visit and the scenery. 🙂