The Book Report June 2015

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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

Well, last month I went on vacation and left Sophia in charge and boy did she do a good job giving you a tour of the blog. Kudos to Sophia!

By the end of May, I was so frazzled with my life being so busy that I just wasn’t getting as much reading done as I wanted. With great feeling, I can say I caught up a lot on June. Not necessarily because I am any less busy, but a really bad cold knocked me on my arse and I was forced to rest and of course read!

While I’ll never read as much as Sophia, I did record a record 19 book read in the month of June! For me that is huge this year. Now I am still behind on review writing. With some record high temps coming up this week, I hope to remedy that while I am forced to stay indoors.

I have completed a few challenges and while I want to up my challenge, I think I need to focus on the ones I am behind on. So we will keep it all status quo for this month to see what I can get done.

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Half Way There!

We are half way through this year! *GASPING* Yep, so that means I challenge you to update all your challenge information to see where you are and where you want to be at the end of this year. Go head, you know you want to accept my challenge!

Sophia Rose’s Update

Because of last month’s little field trip- and I do hope you liked that, I didn’t share my tracking for May reading. I’ve decided just to press on with June. June has been an interesting month all around. There are the usual rounds of grad parties and family barbeques along with yard work to hold the jungle back.

Then on the literary front, I have split my time between steadily catching up on review books (which is really working because I’m doing well at not taking on so many new ones- interesting corollary, that) and wrestling with the Gremlins in the machine. The display driver on my laptop died (apparently this is common for Windows 7 users and Microsoft has no fix-its b/c users are supposed to be updating to oh say Windows 10 right now and not staying with what is familiar and makes them happy) an ignominious death so that I couldn’t access anything. Cut off and blind, I did a patch job and now have some access and dial-up speed connection as a result (no clue why). Sorry Facebook my wonky display driver detests you on sight so I do my best from my phone. We do what we must, right? Anyhoots, there you go.

So my reading…

Total: 37 books

Breakdown:

30 author/publisher requests, 22 Netgalley (89%), 15 new series, 1 end of series, 1 audio, 2 graphic novels, 2 prize books

Challenges:

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile- 31/50

Delighted Reader’s Series- 19/15+ (still trying to finish one more series)

My Reader’s Blocks’ Mt. TBR- 94/100

Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Historical Romance- 55/60

Brazen Babes’ Interracial- 33/36

The Book Nympho & Hot Listens Audio- 11/15

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction- 20/25

Nelle’s Nightstand’s Curvy Girls- 12/15

*Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s New to Me- 116/100 COMPLETED

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes- 39/50

*Those challenges with no higher levels for advancement were marked as complete. If I finished them the month before then I won’t include them in the current month’s report. To see an actual list of books for each challenge, I’ve dedicated shelves for each challenge at GoodReads which you are free to peruse or those reviewed for the blog may be viewed on our challenge pages under the folder at the top of the page marked Reading Challenges.

Books That Stood Out:

  • Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor, CR, for strong second book in a series and a family of delicious brothers
  • Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland, My, for tantalizing detecting couple
  • Assimilation, Love and Other Human Oddities by Lyn Gala, M/M Sci-Fi Rom, for fabulous alien world building and inter-species romance
  • Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner, HR, for sweeping western saga that left me wasted after the emotions of this one.
  • Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally, YA CR, for telling a YA story that even an adult will swoon over.
  • Shattered Duty by Katie Reus, RS, for writing action and characters that make my heart pound.
  • I’ll Stand by You by Sharon Sala, CR, for writing Small Town Southern setting and characters like a boss.

So that’s me, now what about you? Any good reading going on? How are you doing with your challenges now that we’re hitting half-way? Do tell!

June 2015 Reviews

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

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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!
  • @Shari sounds like June was a good month for you. And 19 books reading a month is a lot in my opinion! That’s neat you already completed a few of your challenges as it’s only halfway the year yet.

    @Sophia, it’s a bit frustrating that windows always forces you to update to the newest system. Until a year ago I still had windows xp and was happy with it, until they no longer supported/updated that and it because a security risk. IAnd now you can update for free to windows 10, but I rather stay with my current version for a while until I am sure they fixed all the bugs. I don’t want to switch to a new system again so soon.
    I am doing well with reading review books, but I am still accepting a lot of new ones for review as well, so not really making a dent in the pile.
    You’re doing great with all your challenges!

    • Shari did do a fantastic job particularly knowing how busy her life gets. I know my reading would barely trickle along if I had all her responsibilities.

      That is exactly how I feel about Windows 10.

      I got so far behind on older review books that it feels good to be getting close to catching up. I take a few new ones, but I am also working hard not to take everyone that is offered or sounds interesting.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks Lola! I tried hard to make a dent in my reading goal for the year. Now I have to work on my review writing goal.

  • Wow you two accomplished quite a bit!! Looks like June was a fantastic month for you both.

    • It really was. There was a lot going on. I’ll probably slow down for July since I’ll be out visiting family for a few weeks.

      • yay for visiting family!! Hope you have fun. I am lucky that I live close to mine, but I know soon I will probably live states away.

        • I have pretty much lived on the other side of the country from my family since I was 17 and I was an Air Force brat so I’m used to it, but it makes the years I can head home for a visit all the sweeter.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Loved June!

  • You guys got a lot done, good job! I have to do my monthly’s for may & june. hopefuly sometime this week I can.

    • It was a big month of reading. I finally had to put an alert on my calendar so I would remember to write up the monthly report posts. These months just fly by.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Hopefully I can keep it up. Seems like I always want to skip the update for another book.

  • RO

    Wow! You guys put in some work and you’re so dang organized! (lol) Kudos and Hugs…

    • Ahhhh! Thanks for the big compliment, Ro!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Hehe, if you only saw how disorganized I really am!

  • Lindy Gomez

    Keep up the great work ladies! Good job on all of these challenges! Sophia, that’s awesome that your net galley is at 89%. I’m at 81%, but want to get it higher. It’s s hard though because there are more books I want to request!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Thank, Lindy!

      Oh I hear you about that sneaky Net Galley being so tempting. Haha!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s probably going to be a slower month for me here. Got burned out on an 800 page book today, lol. Got my % up to 83% today! Now I need to finish off a few more reviews before requesting more.