Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
May turned out to be a busy month like I thought it would be, but it also threw so many kinks in my life and then I got some bad news last week. So let’s jump into a few things.
In April we ordered new carpet for our living room….or so we thought we had it ordered. We all but gave them money as we indicated several times we were under the gun on time and if they really could get it to use in 2-3 weeks we were game. It was like pulling teeth. So here we thought we had it ordered and I call them between week 2 and 3 to see the status. Status….they were waiting on us to decide we wanted it and put a deposit down. Not once did they ever mention they wanted deposit. I would have been more than happy to have put it down. So we wasted almost 3 weeks waiting for this carpet and I was ready to tell them to shove it, but they said they could get it in the next week. Lots more drama went on, but the day before graduation we finally had carpet.
Also during this time I helped out at my son’s school in a Survivor style reading project. Each day for two weeks, I met with a group of 10 kids (one being my son) while we read a book about the Earthquake of 1916 in San Francisco. Each day we tried to predict what would happen, talk about the main idea, the conflict, comparing and contrasting, worksheets and more. There were about 10 teams and we were all competing for points. So if a kid forgot his book or assignments they got a black card and no points for the day. Then there were tribal challenges I only got to see once. I didn’t think our team would win a tribal challenge, but they did. The winners get to wear bandannas to school. Now if you got a black card you couldn’t compete. To put this is perspective, of my ten kids, 6 of my kids were either missing or had black cards. So four of them won the tribal challenge on their own. Including my son because, hey, he wasn’t going to get a black card on my watch since I was the leader of his group. I had so much fun with these kids and also at times wanted to pull out my hair. The book was called I Survived, but one girl swore the lead character was going to die in each and every prediction. After 6 predictions like this, I refused to let her answer that way again and she just grinned at me. Any way, I loved helping with literacy in the school. I didn’t get selected to volunteer this year and it was nice to get to do something. I don’t have many more years the school will need me to volunteer.
Also during this time, my husband bought a new used Mustang that was all decked out with every feature. With four vehicles (2 driving kids and 2 driving adults), a two car garage and really no where to park any other cars, we contracted someone to extend our driveway. We tried to get a detached garage built a few years ago, but it was a bust as the contractor gave me a quote and then never returned my calls with questions. So a driveway extension was cheaper and quicker to get done. They couldn’t do it before our graduation party, which was fine, but it was happening the week we were leaving for Europe. The morning he arrives he asks me to move the vehicles out. No problem. I pull out my truck and as I pull forward I thump over something. The damn contractor says he put his saw in the grass. No way as I wasn’t in the grass, but I ran over the saw he had rented. He told me it was going to cost me $3,000 to replace it. But he tells me it will be ok even as my daughter and I scout the marks and here is no way his saw was in the grass. With as low as the saw was, there also was no way for me to see it over the hood, nor would it activate the sensors that tell me I am too close to something. Long story short, it ended up costing $450 to fix and he refused to take any blame on where he sat his equipment or even pay half of it as his fault. So another contractor down the dust we will never use again. Just when we thought we found a good one. He did the job, but then he also came back the next day to get his equipment (in the rain) and tore up the side yard. We left on Thursday and they were supposed to pour the concrete on Friday. We came home and some ruts he fix, but the majority are still there. He is totally out as a contractor. On top of that, it’s been a month since I wrote him the deposit check….and he hasn’t cashed it.
In between the carpet and driveway extension, my oldest graduated from high school *sniff sniff* She graduated in the top 10% of her class, NHS tassels with an Academic Diploma. So proud of her. The next day we had people all over our house for a party. We rented a tent, tables and chairs along with a bouncy house for my son’s birthday. I never sat down or took a picture. That’s just sad, but at least my kid got to talk to everyone and be the belle of the bbq. She is attending college an hour away in the fall starting her nursing degree. In fact the college is my alma mater! Boy has it grown since I went there!
Right after all of this, I didn’t get a chance to write of May’s Book Report – sorry.
Into June – We went to Europe! On a Disney Cruise! For seven days we hit Barcelona, Spain, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, Rome, Florence and Pisa Italy and Eze, Monoco and Monte Carlo in South France. It was an amazing time, but also some of the worst experiences of my life. The flights alone were horrible and the airline sucked. I also have news that is going to impact the blog that deals with my health, but I will blog about that separately as this is just a wrap up post and I have already probably bored you to death, lol.
So reading. Nope, I haven’t been reading. Writing? Nope, haven’t even been writing. Life has just kicked my ass and I really didn’t know what a kick in the ass felt like until this week.
May – My Reading Breakdown: 3 Kindle Unlimited, 5 purchased, 3 non-fiction, 1 kids book, 1 Audible Romance Package, 13 total read, 7 reviews written.
June My Reading Breakdown: 1 author request, 2 purchased, 3 total read, 3 reviews written.
The Series That Never Ends: 6/7 – 85%
Bad Boys of Romance: 13/25 – 43%
Literary Pickers: 23/50 – 42%
Books ‘N Tunes: 21/25 – 60%
Review Writing: 32/75 – 32%
Reading Challenge: 62/150 – 41%
Audiobook Challenge: 9/5 – 170% doneNew Release Challenge: 11/20 – 55%
Try Something New Challenge: 16/50 – 32%
Blogger Shame Challenge: 0/15 – 0%
I know a lot of my challenges are behind. Hopefully with something coming up, I can make some headway on them or it will be a bust and I will have to readjust. More on that later.
Sophia Rose’s Update
May went by at warp speed. We had a ton of those helicopter seeds to clean out of the gutters and sweep/rake out of everything, a storm brought down more tree branches, some parties, and I spent the third week on jury duty at Federal District Court.
I got selected to appear on Tuesday. I drew a criminal trial and went through jury selection for the next two days. It was all fascinating. Late in the last day of jury selection, I got eliminated because too much about my past connections and personal profile had them certain that I would struggle to be unbiased. I would have tried to be open-minded, but I can see why they thought I wouldn’t have been.
Memorial Day was spent at our town parade, Mayor’s speech and school band honoring the living vets at the Military memorial, and then barbecue dinner with my darling’s large extended family over at the grandfolks’.
June has been very rainy and cold, but my garden is growing slowly. The grad party season started with my husband’s niece going first. So proud of her. Another niece announced she’s having a boy. And, a family friend’s kid is getting married this weekend. Huzzah! And, I’ve been keeping busy on the side doing new flowerbed borders and mulching the beds. In mid-July, we leave for camping and visiting family in Utah so I’ll be scarce for a while.
I participated in the Can You Read a Series in a Month mini-challenge hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading in May. I chose the remaining three books in the White Trash Zombie series that I hadn’t already read. I got those read easily. Nothing like zombie excitement to take my mind off things at court, right?
And, starting in June, I’m doing Because Reading’s COYER (Clean-Off Your E-Reader) Summer edition with a pirate/treasure hunt theme. Not bad so far. If you’re interested, here’s the link: https://www.becausereading.com/join-the-treasure-hunt-coyer-summer-hunt-sign-up-today/
Had a good time with Shari’s I Dare You Paranormal Edition and hope you all did as well. We’ll be challenging with the dares again in the fall.
May/June Reading Total: 63 books
Reading Breakdown: 15 Net Galley (99%), 14 author/publisher requests, 6 library, 27 TBR, 1 DNF, 9 audio, 15 new to me authors, 18 new series, 4 series finales
Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It: 8/12 prompts
Austenesque Lovers TBR: 27/50 books
My Reading Block’s Mt. TBR: 58/100 books
Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release: 95/200 books
Delighted Reader’s The Series that Never Ends: 7/11 books
Because Reading’s A Year in Anthologies: 5 books
Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 36/50 books
Angela’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love: 19/23 books
Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 97/100 books
Under the Covers and Peace Love Books’ Romanceopoly: 31/39 books
Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Spring: 12/12 COMPLETE
Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Summer: 2/6 books
Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer’s Audio: 62/100 books
Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie: 13/10 books LEVEL UP
How was your May or June? Serve Jury Duty, got any grad parties or weddings? Read any good books? Do Tell!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [2 Jun] How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland ★★★★
- [3 Jun] The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin ★★★★
- [4 Jun] Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh ★★★★½
- [5 Jun] Slightly Sinful by Mary Balogh ★★★★
- [6 Jun] Embrace the Passion by E.D. Walker, J.C. Hay, and Kendra Hatch ★★★★
- [7 Jun] While You Were Spying by Shana Galen ★★★½
- [9 Jun] Eun Na and the Phantom by Erica Laurie ★★★½
- [11 Jun] Risky Behavior by L.A. Witt, Cari Z. ★★★★½
- [12 Jun] Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh ★★★★
- [13 Jun] The Departed by Shiloh Walker ★★★★
- [14 Jun] Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald ★★★½
- [16 Jun] Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★
- [17 Jun] Queen of Swords by Katee Robert ★★★½
- [18 Jun] The Rising by Morgan Brice ★★★★
- [19 Jun] The Darkness by Kalissa Wayne ★★★½
- [19 Jun] Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews ★★★★
- [20 Jun] Blissed by Jamie Farrell ★★½
- [21 Jun] Consumed by J.R. Ward ★★★
- [22 Jun] A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala ★★★★
- [23 Jun] White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland ★★★★
- [24 Jun] Covet by J.R. Ward ★★★★
- [25 Jun] Wolf Instinct by Paige Tyler ★★★★½
- [25 Jun] I Will Not Beg by Cherise Sinclair ★★★★★
- [26 Jun] Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands ★★★★
- [27 Jun] Fated by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★★
- [28 Jun] Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★★
- [30 Jun] The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens ★★★★½
Last Month’s Reviews
- [1 May] Slightly Tempted by Mary Balogh ★★★½
- [1 May] The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens ★★★½
- [2 May] Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan ★★★★½
- [4 May] Embrace the Passion by Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner ★★★★½
- [5 May] Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland ★★★★
- [6 May] Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan ★★★½
- [7 May] The Bride Test by Helen Hoang ★★★★★
- [8 May] The Savior by J.R. Ward ★★★★½
- [8 May] Snowbound with the Billionaire by Lili Valente ★★★
- [9 May] Sassing Saul by Gail Koger ★★★½
- [9 May] Snowed in with the Boss by Lili Valente ★★★★
- [10 May] Running on Empty by S.E. Jakes ★★★½
- [11 May] Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
- [13 May] The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan
- [14 May] Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ★★★★
- [15 May] The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ★★★★
- [16 May] Turn the Tide by Katie Ruggle, Adriana Anders, Juno Rushdan, Connie Mann ★★★★
- [17 May] Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby ★★★
- [19 May] Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs ★★★★½
- [20 May] Eli's Triumph by Joanna Wylde ★★★½
- [20 May] Eli's Triumph by Joanna Wylde ★★★★
- [21 May] Under Fyre by Cara Bristol ★★★★½
- [22 May] Cipher by Larissa Ione ★★★★½
- [23 May] Sweet Wild of Mine by Laurel Kerr ★★★½
- [24 May] Lucky in Love by Carolyn Brown
- [26 May] White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland ★★★★
- [27 May] Puppy Love by Lucy Gilmore ★★★½
- [28 May] Rebel by Beverly Jenkins ★★★★
- [29 May] Cowboy Rebel by Carolyn Brown ★★★★
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