Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
Well last month I told you about my mom and how my time was not what I had hoped for the year so far. Shortly after that, my husband’s job was eliminated and he was on the hunt for a new one. I will be vague on all of this due to some issues we have with social media, but the good news is he found a new job. Unfortunately in the mean time, I had lots of sleepless nights, not eating, worried till I was sick and many other things.
So with a big Hell Yeah, I am leaving the first quarter of 2019 behind and hoping for the best for the rest of the year.
Can I actually write a book?
Did you know I have always wanted to be an author? That’s originally why I started this blog as a way to get me writing more. My life never seemed conductive for me to sit for hours to write something and I can be a scatterbrain at times. When my husband lost his job I sat down and really thought about what I wanted to do for the next 20-25 years until retirement. I am a travel agent and while I love it, I don’t have the customer base yet to make it big. And really it is very little money for the time you put into it, so I am evaluating if I want to continue after 2019. Second, I went back to why I started the blog and decided I wanted to write a book. Yep, it was time I stopped dreaming of it and made good on my dreams. I signed up for a course that started yesterday and I am off to see if I am any good at this writing gig.
Now this doesn’t mean the blog will stop. Nope, I love blogging and reviewing and that will not go away. So don’t expect things to slow down here, I just need to plan my time more efficiently.
Oh, and if you follow our page on FB you might have seen I lost my review notebook. With everything going on I started a review notebook to write down my thoughts so I could write the reviews later. I lost it. I mean I searched everywhere and was in tears to have lost it. So I bought another notebook and recreated each and every review I wrote. Guess what….I found the original about 3 weeks later. *smacks head against table* Guess I will keep it around as overflow when use up all the space in the other one.
With that said, here’s what I read, wrote or considered this month!
My Reading Breakdown: 12 books read, 1 NetGalleys (95%), 9 Kindle Unlimited, 1 audiobooks, 1 purchased books, 2 reviews written (published), 9 reviews written (publishing in April).
The Series That Never Ends: 2/5 – 40%
Bad Boys of Romance: 5/30 – 17%
Literary Pickers: 6/55 – 11%
Books ‘N Tunes: 6/35 – 17%
Audiobook Challenge: 2/5 – 40%
New Release Challenge: 3/20 – 15%
Try Something New: 4/50 – 8%
Blogger Shame: 0/15 – 0%
Review Writing: 9/75 – 12%
Reading Challenge: 26/150 – 17%
I know I am behind on most of my challenges. Hopefully the April reviews I wrote will help some of these numbers and I have more reviews to write.
I Dare You Event
We had so much fun in January with the I Dare You Event! Our next I Dare You will be in June and it is Lorna’s choice of genre. We are in the planning phase but be on the look out next month of when it will happen and what genre we are going to dare you!
Back a few months ago I started a new subscription box that I hoped to record unveiling what I got. At the time I was getting two boxes because I couldn’t decide if I wanted two book or one book with more goodies. I had planned to unveil them a few months and get your opionion. Life happened unfortunately and now I have to make a decision. Soon I hope to get those videos made as I kept the boxes mostly hidden from myself. I know what books I got, but not necessarily what goodies I got. This was because I wanted to be surprised, but also I just never had time to really look into the boxes. In the next week or so I will be videoing me opening them for all to see! Be on the look out.
New Reviewer on Delighted Reader!
I want to introduce Angie to everyone. If you noticed she crept in and posted two reviews! She has her own blog she runs, but also is helping us out with a review or two a month. Hopefully I will get her bio up soon so everyone can say hi! Welcome Angie!
Tell us about your March!
That’s about it! Whosh! What was your March like? Take it away Sophia!
Sophia Rose’s Update
March was a little all over the place weather-wise around here and mostly the non-outdoorsy kind of weather. I spent rainy and icy days working with my seed planning and seedling trays to get the veggie and herbs along with a few flowers started for that magic planting day in Michigan which is Mother’s Day. My television consumption has been entirely sports- okay a couple old Agatha Christie movies on Prime- because my darling suckered me into watching March Madness Men’s College Basketball since two Michigan universities made it to the Sweet Sixteen finals and I’ve been watching my baseball team, SF Giants in their preseason games.
Beyond that, its been a quiet month and I’ll take it.
At the beginning of March, the COYER Challenge wrapped up and I was tickled to have done great on my goals. I wanted to participate in several of the readathons, keep social in the Facebook group, and read/review 60 books in the 3-month period. I hit 82 books. Now, I understand the summer challenge will have a Pirate theme… can’t wait!
For April, as part of the #Romanceopoly challenge, I’m participating in a #Romanceopolyathon Sprint from April 8-14th. I have to read books that both qualify for the specific spaces on the game board and match with seven reading prompts (the prompts can be used for more than one book and I can skip to any open spot on the board instead of having to roll the dice). Along with the reading sprint, there is a daily Instagram photo challenge to match the seven book prompts. My goal is to read two books that will match up with five of the prompts and two spaces. If I have time and my turn on the library waiting list arrives another square and the last two prompts. ☺
March Reading Total: 38 books
Reading Breakdown: 7 Netgalley (98%), 13 author/publisher requests, 4 library, 1 Prime, 13 TBR, 18 audio, 14 new to me authors, 13 new series, 1 series finale
- Salvatore by Cecy Robson, CR, deep feels in mafia romance
- Logan’s Lady by Rosanne Bittner, HR, delicious western frontier flavor
- Far From Home by Lorelie Brown, F/F CR, well handled subject matter
- Repeat by Kylie Scott, CR, amnesia romance done right
Reading Challenge Updates:
- Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It: 5/12 topics
- Austenesque Lovers: 16/50 books
- My Reader’s Block’s Mt TBR: 33/100 books
- Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release: 40/200 books
- Delighted Reader’s The Series That Never Ends: 3/11 books
- Because Reading’s A Year in Anthologies: 2/3 books
- Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 18/50 books
- Angela’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love: 10/23 books
- Delighted Reader’s Literary Picker: 78/100 books
- Under the Covers’ and Peace Love Books’ Romance-opoly: 17/39 books
- Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Spring: 9/15 books
- Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listen’s Audio: 39/100 books
- Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie: 8/10 books
How was your March? Did it Roar in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb? A bit of both? Do Tell!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [1 Mar] An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole ★★★★½
- [1 Mar] Shifter Mate Magic by Carol Van Natta ★★★★
- [2 Mar] A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot ★★★★
- [3 Mar] Bitter Truth by C.J. Carmichael ★★★★
- [4 Mar] A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot ★★★★★
- [5 Mar] Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond ★★★★
- [5 Mar] Under Fyre Prequel by Cara Bristol ★★★½
- [6 Mar] If I Ever by S.E. Jakes ★★★★½
- [7 Mar] Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose ★★★★½
- [8 Mar] Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley ★★★★
- [9 Mar] Forever My Hero by Sharon Sala ★★★★
- [10 Mar] Come Find Me by Megan Miranda ★★★★½
- [11 Mar] A Mericiful Fate by Kendra Elliot ★★★★
- [12 Mar] Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond ★★★★
- [13 Mar] Salvatore by Cecy Robson ★★★★
- [14 Mar] A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn ★★★½
- [15 Mar] Waiting for You by Claudia Connor ★★★★
- [16 Mar] Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley ★★★★
- [17 Mar] Masques by Patricia Briggs ★★★★
- [18 Mar] Fall Into You by Roni Loren ★★★★
- [19 Mar] Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh ★★★★½
- [19 Mar] Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken ★★★★
- [20 Mar] Far From Home by Lorelie Brown ★★★★
- [21 Mar] Slightly Wicked by Mary Balogh ★★★½
- [22 Mar] Embrace the Passion by S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott ★★★★
- [23 Mar] The Duke and I by Julia Quinn ★★★★
- [24 Mar] Dragon's Claw by Karen Chance ★★★★
- [25 Mar] Badlands by Morgan Brice ★★★½
- [26 Mar] In Her Sights by Katie Ruggle ★★★½
- [26 Mar] Dangerous Beauty by J.T. Geissinger ★★★★
- [27 Mar] Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O'Malley ★★★½
- [28 Mar] Logan's Lady by Rosanne Bittner ★★★★
- [29 Mar] Trick Roller by Cordelia Kingsbridge ★★★★
- [30 Mar] In A Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston ★★★½
- [31 Mar] Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris ★★★★