The Book Report May 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!

Howdy folks!

I am going to do something very different for this month and save my usual for next time. Shari’s on vacation so I figured while the blog manager’s away the associate reviewer will play…

canstockphoto18408630Okay not really, play. Shari would come back to a blog world of smoke and ashes if I actually was let loose behind the scenes. I’ve decided to take you on a tour of Delighted Reader blog. I have a few caveats to my guide abilities: #1 I am almost tech illiterate and that goes double for all things blog and #2 This is my perspective and not the official word on things. So yeah, take it with a grain of salt as they say.

But anyhoots, let’s get this tour on the road. Keep your hands and other body parts in the vehicle at all times. There is no smoking, drinking or use of profanity…nah, kidding I don’t care what you do in the tour bus. It’s insured, but you know if you brought chocolate along, hand it over…contraband and all that.

This is a semi-organized tour so with that I will start with the top.

The banner and the name: Delighted Reader

The Delighted Reader is Shari. Shari loves to read and she loves to talk books, but needed a place to do that so hence Delighted Reader was born coming up on four years ago this July. But Delighted Reader is not just Shari, but really any book lover. Don’t we all delight in reading? Isn’t that why we visit book review blogs? Blogging has its ups and downs, but one of the ups is an enthusiasm that is shared or commiserated depending on the reaction to the book in hand.

Next stop, the file tabs under the banner.

Most of these are self-explanatory based on the titles so I’ll assume you can read and we’ll skip most of that. I must highlight one tab that has truly saved me a great deal of brain pain when I couldn’t recall something. Shari has done a splendid job of turning the review section into a nice cross-referencing tool. Anyway you want to find a review is there. And trust me, coming from a person who forgets the book title, the author, both, or forgets to send the publisher a post link until many days/weeks later, this really helps.

Next stop, Follower Tabs Oooh, I think we lost someone at that last stop. Hold up, I need a head count.

Shari is a low key type about followers and her rationale makes sense to me too. Following is not a requirement even for most of our giveaways unless it’s the rare blog hop. We love followers, who doesn’t? But we want the realsies and not the ones that are so inactive that even Facebook deletes them. We both try to get around and follow back- and really follow. I confess that I do better with actual blog visits- Ro and Mary are good for some yummy foodie ones, Lindy has the most enthusiastic reviews and quotes, love to check out cool audio books with Loupe and Melanie, Renee is my go to for Historicals, and my most recent discoveries of Laney and Keionda’s blogs- than I do with tweets and facebook posts. Twitter is tough on verbose people like me and facebook/Tsu sucks me in for hours, dumping me out long after I entered ‘for one little thing’.

And we’re walking, we’re walking- stop!  Feature Posts

*The Book Report is new this year and replaced the weekly Sunday Summaries all in our efforts to use precious time better (writing posts and formatting them weekly was tough and Shari does all of that bless her pea-pickin’ heart). I am so in awe with people like Stephanie, Kimba and Braine who do weeklies.

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* Reading Challenges. We both participate in challenges every year (I am addicted). Anna, Sharonda, Fran & the gals always offer good ones. We try to get around and sample many of the others out there and keep track back under the challenges tab. Shari wanted to try our own so this is our first year. We had a good time figuring out the themes and I thought Shari did a stellar job on the Challenge banners. Thank you all who joined us for our challenges.

* Afternoon Delight has been around a couple of years. It is specifically for reviews of short stories or novella length books. It goes up in the afternoon E.S.T as opposed to our usual morning post time.

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

* Yours Affectionately– Also a few years old, this feature was born when we decided to offer more variety in our reviews to include Young Adult and Sweet Romance. Yours Affectionately appears only on Sundays and is meant to be a weekly post. I enjoy YA in spurts and get great recommendations at Alyssa’s blog to help me keep up.

Yours Affectionately

* Yakkety Yak is a long existing feature (which we haven’t done in a while) that is specifically for general book related chats/rants/discussions. Carmel manages to get in a discussion every week that are fun to answer. We will have to dust this off more often.

Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat

* To Be or Not To Be…Read is a monthly feature that is meant to work on TBR pile issues, namely mine. You are all very welcome to let me know if you’re doing one too so I can come vote for you. I know a few people do similar votes on their blogs like Iza and Lola. It really helps motivate.

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* A few occasional features are Friday Freebies, Seasonal Book Recommendations, Shelf Clearing Giveaways, Cutting the Budget, Games, and the newest The Great Pick Up Line month long activity. Shari is plotting a few more. *waggles brows*

* Review Discussion– something new that we also started this year was to include the occasional discussion question at the end of a review. There are books that leave us pondering when we finish and it’s always neat to get everyone’s take on that.

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Now what am I missing…oh my purple satin granny garters! The daily posts of course! The most important stop on our tour and heart of the blog. This is foremost a blog for sharing about romance books, primarily through reviews. It is our joy and pleasure to offer something new everyday for our readers. Mostly this is our thoughts on books, but we also like to let the authors and publishers stop by for visits too.   Our goal is to post original content as much as we can (steering away from ‘canned’ tours) and post with integrity.

Hope you had a good time on the tour. Splendid, no accident reports this trip!

We appreciate each visitor to our blog and hope they stop in every chance they get. I hope the little tour didn’t make you snooze along the way.

We don’t have a suggestion drop box, but we are open to ideas and we heartily welcome comments and questions on our posts. Someday, we may even get back to taking review requests (stop laughing, I might actually get caught up on review books this year- or the next).

*I was trying to be cutesy and include our more regular visitors by name and there is always a risk of missing the obvious so if your name is not there and you come often with your comment love, I do apologize for the oversight.

May 2015 Reviews

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

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • The “I assume you can read” thing really made me snicker,lol. I really like this post its fun to see the history of this blog and why you ladies started each feature! I dont think I’ve seen “Yours Affectionately” yet, so I’m looking forward to that one.Thanks for the mention as well Sophia<3 Do you guys create all your own banners and lil toggle thingies?

    • LOL! I must have been a bit punch drunk for this one. 😉

      Shari does it all. Tech savvie and creative all in one.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love this book report! Thanks for the shout out 🙂 I agree, I’d rather have more interaction on my blog over a ton of followers that don’t interact. You and Shari did a ton of reviews in May! Keep up the good work 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • I had fun slipping names into the post. I wanted this to be fun and personable as well as a thank you for those who pop by the most.

      Agreed, interaction is so much better than iffy numbers.

      Oh my lands yes, we read a ton! I am determined to get caught up on my review books and many that sit on my TBR pile.

  • This was such an entertaining update! I enjoyed the ride. 😉 PLUS, I really love the name of those features. Yakkety Yak for example. I so giggled during this post. 😀 May was such a horribly busy onth for me, I barely got anything read. So I took some time off of blogging and reading to relax and now I am ready to roll back into reading and blogging and everything! Way to go on reading so many books, guys! I know it was a group effort but WOW.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you had fun, Sarah! I always call that one Yak-Yak when we kick around ideas for the post topics. Haha!
      You are probably raring to go after time off, but sometimes its great to step back and re-charge.
      Oh yes, that is definitely a team effort represented there.

  • Shari’s away…it’s time to have a party! lol I’m glad that you like my yummy foodie type posts. I’ve tried to do a few more of them this year. I actually like Twitter more than Tsu but I spend a little time there too. FB is my main social media outlet then my blog and Twitter. I really like book related chats so I hope you guys do more of those.

    • Woots! Party hardy!

      I love your foodie posts. You make cooking so simple and the ingredients are stuff I have already which is really nice.

      I tend to lean more toward certain social media spots, too.

      Oh good, I was hoping for some feedback of what folks want more of. Discussions are fun for me too.

  • I also have to give a shout out that even this post is mostly Shari’s creative work. I love the tour bus graphic and that she included all our headers to help make the post soooo much better. 😉

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thank you so much dearie! Just got home from Hawaii and I am in no condition to operate this blog yet 🙂

      • LOL! That time zone stuff is a doozy, I’m sure. Glad you guys are home safe!

  • What a fun way to tour your blog! I have to admit that often when i visit a blog I check out the blog post I visit, comment and leave again. I know there are more tabs, but I often prefer to comment on more recent posts.
    I never realized Yours Affectionately was a weekly sunday feature and for YA books. I saw the banner on the bottom of some posts, but never connected it, oops. So thanks for explanaining.
    I like the To be or Not to be Read feature it’s fun to weigh in on what you read or help you decide. And the Discussion starters are fun as well! Thanks for the tour and the mention! I love visiting your blog and learning about new books 🙂

    • That’s how I am, too, Lola! I have so many blogs I want to visit that I don’t stick around long unless something catches my eye.
      I’m glad this was helpful and fun. And I’m really glad that you enjoy visiting.

  • Awesome little walk through, Sophia! Totally snorted over taking review requests. LOL I made my master list. If I didn’t take on one more book this year I could get my whole review backlist done. Woots! (but neva gonna happen lol)

    • See, yeah, that’s why its hopeless- the new ones I can’t resist. I am doing better at nibbling away at the older ones slowly so I do have high hopes of getting it under control by the end of the year. 😉

  • vvb reads

    Nice tour! And I liked the cutesy bits 😉

    • Ah, thanks, Velvet! I wanted to share the blog features, but didn’t want to turn it into a classroom lecture post.

  • Aww I loved the tour! 🙂 This is actually my first visit to your blog so it was pretty helpful! I’m addicted to signing up for challenges, but I completely fail at following up, ie linking up and participating in giveaways. I usually tend to remember from the end of the year. Haha.

    • LOL, Amber! I am soooo addicted to reading challenges and my hard part is the link-ups too.

      I’m so glad to have you stop by and visit.