Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
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…
Okay 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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.
- [1 May] Road to Absolution by Piper Davenport ★★★★½
- [1 May] Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde ★★★★
- [2 May] Chronicles of the Blood Countess by Melinda De Ross ★★★★★
- [2 May] Grinding Gears by Lissa Matthews ★★★★
- [3 May] The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry ★★★★
- [4 May] Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher ★★★★
- [5 May] This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman ★★★★½
- [6 May] Way of the Warrior Anthology by Anne Elizabeth, Catherine Mann, Julie Ann Walker, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith, ML Buchman, Suzanne Brockman, Tina Wainscott ★★★★½
- [7 May] Deadly by Sylvia McDaniel ★★★
- [8 May] Out for the Count by Michele Mannon ★★★½
- [9 May] A Dance With Danger by Jeannie Lin ★★★★½
- [10 May] Always You by Cecilia Gray ★★★★
- [11 May] Midnight Crossing by Charlaine Harris ★★★★½
- [12 May] Day Shift by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
- [12 May] Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo ★★★
- [13 May] Their Second Chance by Milly Taiden ★★★★
- [14 May] Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist ★★★★½
- [15 May] Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler ★★★★½
- [16 May] Empty Heart by Elizabeth Rose ★★★★
- [17 May] Remember When by T. Torrest ★★★★½
- [18 May] Love After All by Jaci Burton ★★★½
- [19 May] Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett ★★★★½
- [20 May] Beyond the Darkness by Katie Reus ★★★½
- [21 May] Last Kiss by Jen Frederick, Jessica Clare ★★★★½
- [22 May] Two of Hearts by Christina Lee ★★★★
- [23 May] Master of Freedom by Cherise Sinclair ★★★★½
- [24 May] Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone ★★★★
- [26 May] Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey ★★★½
- [27 May] Shadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaul ★★★★
- [27 May] Forsaken Realms by Katalina Leon ★★★★
- [28 May] Heart of Stone by Christine Warren ★★★★
- [29 May] Killing Honor by S.M. Butler ★★½
- [30 May] Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler ★★★½