The Book Report March 2016

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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

IMG_4759March starts the birthday rollercoaster in my family, throw in a spring break at Disney, my 20th anniversary, Easter and everything else, I can say I am glad April is but a day away.

Disney World – we traveled with our dance company to Disney to dance at Disney Springs and to do workshops with some of the cast members. The picture to the left is my clogging kid who’s birthday is today. Happy birthday to my new teenager! The one on the right is my oldest who did 5 dances while we were there.

So this weekend we have another dance competition in the works. At least it is closer to home, but on a different time zone. Hoping to celebrate with some Kentucky BBQ (sorry we are Hoosiers, not Kentuckians). Five routines over the course of 2 days, with hours of sitting around awaiting awards or rushing to put on make up and braid hair!IMG_4816

The website has a new look and I hate it. Sorry for all the confusion. I jumped the gun after getting frustrated with the hosting provider, BlueHost. See there was a day where we were down for over 12 hours. No one could comment, I could’t get into it and every time I called, they said it was up after waiting on hold for over an hour. This happens cyclically so I knew it was something with the other sites on the shared server since I hadn’t made any changes in months. Top this off, I don’t get enough readers to make this a traffic issue.

Feeling irritated I did something I shouldn’t have and rushed in a new theme and logo really before it was ready. I am back tracking now trying to decide if I should go back to my old theme and just try to tweak the logo or just scrap it all and start over again.

Throw in that I switched hosting providers during this time. See I was fustrated several times so back in November, I got a deal on hosting, but kept hitting walls as I transferred the site. Well this weekend I yelled at a few people and guess what? We moved. This created a few more headaches, but hopefully those are taken care off.

So in summary, I am so sorry for all the problems, but please know I am trying hard to fix them hopefully by next week (unfortunately that may slip as I have several birthdays, competitions and family things that are going to pull me away).

Let’s get back to better things!

  1. Read in March: 7 books – 1 was DNF
  2. Read in 2016: 38 books (2 books ahead of my goal)
  3. Reviewed: 13 reviews
  4. Standouts:
    • Rocky Mountain Heat and Haven by Vivian Arend – Sad that Samhain is going out of business so I grabbed some books before they do. This series is grabbing me all the way with hot alpha men and women who aren’t going to bend for them.
    • Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh – I can’t put these books down! I am all caught up and I love these sexy Schoolboy Choir guys!
  5. Reading Statistics: 6 TBR, 2 from NetGalley or Publisher, 1 DNF, 1 Kindle Unlimited
  6. NetGalley percentage at 84% – It slipped some as I request a few books. As soon as I get the reviews written it will go back up.

Bad Boys of Romance Challenge: 10/35

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The Series That Never Ends Challenge: 1/12

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Books 'N Tunes Challenge: 13/30

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Literary Pickers Challenge: 14/35

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Review Writing Challenge: 16/100

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Sophia Rose’s Update

This has been a long month.  And I was sick for half of it so it seems.  Anyone else get that flu bug and infection that just would not leave?  But that said.  New neighbors seem nice.  My spring flowers are starting to come up (stay away freezing rain and frost, I’m warning you).  I’ll have to start my veggie seeds soon so the seedlings will be big enough to plant when Mother’s Day comes around (official planting day when it’s considered safe to plant in Michigan).  Hope you had a splendid Easter!

I participated in Kimbery’s Caffeinated Reader Take Control of Your TBR Pile #TakeControlTBR for the month of March.  I thought I could get ten books from the TBR pile done and still make my new release review commitments.  Boy Howdy was I wrong.  I hit 25 books and I still have several days to get more in.  For whatever reason, I was motivated to grab books that have sat, in some cases, for well over two years.  What an invigorating feeling to finally read them.  And what a thought- some were fantastic and I’ve been missing out all this time.  Thanks for putting the event together, Kimberly.

For the month of March, as I voiced earlier, I was singularly motivated to really cruise through some books.   My Reading total is: 48

Reading Breakdown:  Net Galley 17 (91%), Author/Publisher requests- 21, New to Me Author-19, New series-9, End of series-1, DNF-1, Audio-4, my TBR pile- 19, 4 re-reads

Challenge Updates: 

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile- 14/21 books

Delighted Readers’ Books N’ Tunes- 14/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Series- 3/5 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldies But Goodies- 8/10 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers- 96/99 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR- 56/75 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s New to Me- 52/75 books

Hot Listens & The Book Nympho’s Audio- 15/20 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame- 12/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys- 15/15+ books COMPLETED  I’ll keep going and aim for 50

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout- 10/12 Categories

Brazen Babe’s Diversity- 24/50 books

Books That Stood Out:

Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, UF, for starting a new fantastic story ARC with vigor

Unforgiving by Christopher Kenworthy, W-HR, kudos for a Brit writing a fab western

Running With Scissors by LA Witt, M/M CR, a rocker romance with the feels and the vibe

Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh, M/M CR, a military romance that kept me riveted

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle, RS, up and coming author/series to keep your eye on

Stinger by Katya Harris, Sci-Fi R, first asexual romance was fantastic

Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino, NA M/M CR, writes a good college setting and situation

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton, YA M/M CR, coming of age and finding self teen journey

Betrayed by Jaye Frances, ER, gripping erotic thriller

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, HR, best heartbreaking story, emotional

Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin, FR, taking a gamble and breaking the mold to write a stunning climax scene

How was your March?  Get any older books off your shelf read?  Did you have a good Easter?  Do Tell!

March 2016 Reviews

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

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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!
  • Jaye Frances

    Great update – March was definitely a busy month for both of you! Thanks for the list of book reviews – lots of new reads to add to my TBR pile…
    Appreciate the mention, Sophia:-)
    Jaye Frances

    • Yes, busy, busy, Jaye! Thanks for stopping by. Lots of tempting ones to add to the pile. 🙂

  • Shari, I didn’t realize you were a dance mom. Looks like fun though. Happy birthday to your daughter and everyone else having birthdays this month.

    Sophia, Sorry you’ve had the flu. It sucks. I haven’t had it but my allergies have been awful.

    • Thanks, Mary! I would seem over it and go back to regular routine and then the fever and chills and infection would be back again. Ugh. Think it’s finally leaving me be. *crossing fingers*
      Allergies can be miserable, too.

  • @Shari sounds like March was a busy, but fun month for you with all the birthdays and Disney trip. Sounds like the issue with hosting providers was quite a pain. My site has been down a few times, but not for too long, so I am staying where I am so far. I just don’t want to go through all the switching that would be involved and it seems every hosting provider has some issues now and then. I like the new design, but also kinda miss the previous one, although i am getting used to this one now.

    @Sophia sorry to hear you’ve been sick for so long this month! But that’s good the new neighbors seem friendly. That must be great to have gotten some of those books read that have been on your shelves so long. I read so many new books I get i sometimes forget to make time for the older ones.

    You’re both doing great on your challenges! I hope April is a good month for you!

    • Thank you, Lola!
      Feeling better so crossing my fingers that it’s finally gone. Yes, the neighbors seem nice and that’s important. Feels so good to finish some older books on the shelf.
      Getting those challenges done. 🙂

  • Busy month, but it flew by so quickly! We’re doing Disney this summer instead of Universal. I just love Orlando! Sophia you weren’t the only one sick. I had a little bug, but my blood pressure and migraines did a number on me for about a week. I’m still tired from everything that’s been going on. I literally just got back from picking my sister up fro the hospital. That 4 hour drive wore me out. Lots of books read this month. I’m just not sure how many I’ve read, but I’ll check Goodreads in a few. Great month of March for you guys!

    • Yuck, migraines are the worst.

      Oh yay, have fun for your Disney trip.

  • Bummer about the hosting issue. Everyone complains about my provider, but I have never had issues and they take care of my problems right away. Sophia I am so impressed with your Take Control results. I read a total of 30 books, but only 21 were TBR books,

    • Yes! You’re challenge was just want I needed to get motivated, I guess. 🙂 Twenty one is a great finish especially with all you had going on this month.

  • I’d say March sounded for for you Sheri, except the hosting issues. There were a couple days I had trouble getting on a few blogs, so maybe it was them. Great job with the challenge, Sophie!

    • Thanks, Christy! I do love my reading challenges. 🙂

  • Sounds like both of you had a very busy month (I do consider being sick being busy, because you really can’t do anything. Glad you’re feeling better). Sorry about your hosting issues. I was able to get 10 TBR books. I will be continuing them through the rest of the year. My goal for the year was to finish or get caught up on series.

    Happy April!!

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, catching up from being sick is definitely busy times. 🙂

      Great! That’s a bit of what I want to do, too, with my TBR pile. I have the World of the Lupi that I want to get caught up for Shari’s challenge, but I’ve got a few others too. Good luck to you, Melanie!

  • Whew at all those pretty pretty reads! Hope April is a spot easier on you both with health and blog!

  • Shari – Sounds like your girls are keeping you busy! Disney sounds like a lot of fun and I could get behind some BBQ. I am sorry about all of your hosting issues.

    Sophia – I am blown away by how many books you were able to get to this month. Impressive stats! It is wonderful that they were mostly good books.

    I hope you both have a fabulous April!

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

    • Thanks, Carole! My books kept me company getting over my yucky bug and also on my walks. 🙂

  • depsite the challenges, you ladies still did a kick ass job and Shari, I like the new look but you know I’ll be around no matter what you do 😉

    • Thanks for that, Sharonda! What would life be without it’s little challenges? And to answer that, some days we would be happy to find out, right? LOL

  • oh seems like a good reading month!I Look at all those books you got read even though you were so sick. I hate being sick…its truly horrible. Sorry to hear about your problems with Bluehost. I am with them currently, and so far this year its been good, haven’t had problems yet. I do like the design ALOT, but its important to have one you really love.

    • Thanks for the well wishes, Renee! 🙂 Getting caught up on stuff. I think that’s what I hate about it.

      We did have a good reading month. Enjoyed most of them, too.