The Book Report May 2017

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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

Well, if you know me then you know my May is off the hook busy each year as this is when everything seems to hit at once. It starts with my Mom’s birthday, who turned 70 this year! A week later is my brother’s birthday (I will refrain from posting his age as I am older than him). Throw in my daughter taking her first AP exam in high school and stressing out over it. Then a dance competition over Mother’s Day weekend (I guess this shows my dedication to being a mother, but I missed seeing my own mother this weekend). The girls’ duet came in 3rd place overall, and my oldest’s solo came in 7th place overall, with their large group clogging coming in 1st place overall. It was a good weekend for our dancers.

But it didn’t stop there. It was picture week for dance, so each night I was doing hair and make up, the garage door spring popped and we had to manually open the garage door, which is heavy! My husband went out of town on Mother’s Day and came back on my birthday (yep, I turned old again this month). Then my son’s birthday two days later, but I dropped the ball and forgot to schedule his family party, so we did that 3 days ago. Oh, and the last week of school held water balloon fights, field trips and dreaded finals.

Let’s not forget my niece who was supposed to graduate, but technically didn’t even though she walked with her class (which is a whole other story) and a cousin-in-law who also graduated, not to mention all the dance friends of my daughter who graduated and I am partied out right now.

Memorial Day was sad for me as I remembered my stepfather who passed away almost 3 years ago. He served in the Air Force through Vietnam. The pain of his leaving us is still felt as my mother sold the house they built together and is currently looking for a new home with little luck. We are continuing to view houses daily (in fact today as well).

All of this ends with today. Me sitting here typing and thinking of the next few weeks and how I am going to survive them.

With all of this, I didn’t read as much, didn’t write as much and I need a vacation I am not going to get this summer. Oh, well, it is what it is. Onto the next projects…my oldest has a summer job, dance recital, tutoring in Spanish for my middle child, just general tutoring for my son and summer PE for my middle child. Let’s not forget I have a bur up my butt to paint the kitchen, foyer and hallway this summer. Being an artist, my middle child wants to do murals and paint the foyer black…shakes my head in confusion.

So right, this is a romance book blog…guess I should get back to that!

What’s going on?

  1. Read: 8
  2. DNF: 0
  3. Reviewed: 2
  4. Reading Statistics: 3 Netgalley, 5 Bought
  5. NetGalley percentage at 98%

Books of note:

By the Hour (Pleasure Principle, #2) by Roni Loren – This book had a lot of taboo elements that really made for a wonderful story as both have to come to grips with how to handle them. It isn’t technically a BDSM story, but does involve some dominance, and pushing of limits. Roni is now a indie/self-published author, so I don’t get ARCs of her stories any more 🙁

Challenges

  1. The Series That Never Ends – Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis – 111/12
  2. New To Me – 5/40
  3. Books ‘N Tunes – 13/30
  4. Literary Pickers – 14/35
  5. Bad Boys of Romance – 10/35
  6. Review Writing Challenge – 16/100
  7. Reading Challenge – 57/155

Sophia Rose’s Update

Happy Mother’s Day in the US happened and it was fun giving my mother in law some hanging flower baskets for her porch and getting off a book my mom wanted.  I received a bush for our yard (and don’t tell my family, but I have no idea what it is, but the good news is that I do know it will flower into the fall and survive Michigan winters- they remembered that much from the garden center tag before tearing it off).

So, this Memorial Day (May 29) is particularly poignant for me.  Our family lost two friends this month.  Both men served in the US Navy and lost their fight with cancer.  We just observed the funeral and military tribute for one of them, Jimmy.  It gave me extra shivers to see the flag folded and given to his widow and the military honor guard standing at attention while Taps was played and the gun salute.  Military service comes with a price and I’m thankful to all those who have served and sacrificed.  For those celebrating Memorial Day, wishing you a dry, warm day to cookout and enjoy family, and everyone else… wishing you the same.  Give them a hug and tell them you love them.

Yesterday we had the Release Party for The Darcy Monologues and its half-way through its tour.  Favorable reviews are coming in so I’ve been in high cotton lately and driving my family nuts with my odd hours and excitement.

I participated in Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviews May Clean Sweep ARC/Review Challenge.  My goal was to finish 12 books and I got to 17 so woohoo!  And there are still a few days left while I’m typing this so maybe I’ll hit 20.

And now, I’ve signed up for COYER (Clean Off Your E-Reader) Summer which begins on June 17th.  I am jazzed about this and set my goal at 45 books by Sept 8th  and chose the option of no list.  There is still time to sign up if you want to check it out here:  http://coyerchallenge.com/2017/05/20/coyer-summer-reading-list-sign-now-challenge-starts-june-17th/

May Reading Total:  33

Reading Breakdown:  Net Galley Requests- 10 (98%), Author/Publisher requests- 13, DNFs 3, Audios 3, TBR 14, New to Me authors 8, New Series- 7, Unsolicited Review ARCs- 5

Reading Challenge Updates:

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR- 68/75 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the Books- 55 books by Nalini Singh

Austenesque Lovers TBR- 20/20 books COMPLETED- Moving up a level

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame- 23/30 books

UnConventional Bookviews & Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My’s New Release- 72/100 books

Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviews’ Audio- 35/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes- 23/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Picker- 112/117 books

Delighted Reader’s Series- 16/18 books

Delighted Reader’s Bad Boys- 15/15 COMPLETED

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie- 3/10 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander- 2/4 books

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout – 8/15 categories

So how have things been for you this month?  Do tell!

May 2017 Reviews

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

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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!
  • Sounds like you both were busy on the personal front and condolences on your loss to Sophia Rose in particular. My uncle had the horn and flag folding in his ceremony (he was a vet) and it does give you chills. Hope you both had a good weekend.

    • Thanks, Melissa! The ceremony at the funeral was something and neat to see the honor there.

      May was definitely a busy month for everyone, it seems. Wishing you a good upcoming weekend, too. 🙂

  • Goodness a busy month, ladies! Too funny on the nameless plant. Ha! Sounds like something that would happen here. Congrats on the fab reviews, Sophia!

    • Yes, busy, busy for sure.

      I had to laugh when the plant came with a bow and no tag. I was like, this is great (what is it?). I’ve done some research and its called Wine and Roses. It doesn’t look like a rose bush, but I guess its in the same family. LOL

      thanks, Anna!

  • May sounds like it was busy for both of you. Shari – May is always tough with kids having so many things happening all at once. My youngest took her first AP exam this month as well. Sophia Rose – I am so sorry for your loss. Taps being played at funerals always gets to me. Congrats on the early sucess of The Darcy Monologues. I hope you both have a great June!

    • Thanks, Carole! I got the shivers and then I started choking back tears. I think that is so neat that they pay their last respects like that.

      And thanks, very excited for the book. 🙂