The Book Report May 2018

Posted May 31, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 24 Comments


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

May is my crazy month of birthdays, holidays, start of vacations, graduations, AP exams for the kids, finals for the kids and maybe even a dance competition. Well, this one didn’t let me down, but I also have to throw in that my laptop battery has decided it no longer wishes to survive. I noticed one day it wasn’t charging. Did tons of diagnostics and they say the batter is fine. I ordered a new charging cable thinking my old one wasn’t working. Nope that didn’t fix it. Randomly it will charge if I shut it down to keep it from losing battery percents, but that is very rare. So I sit here with 50% battery, hoping it can make it two more weeks until my new laptop gets here.

My Reading Breakdown:  9 read, 0 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 2 DNFs, 1 audios, 3 Kindle Unlimited, 6 purchased books.


The Series That Never Ends: 0/6
Bad Boys of Romance: 7/25
Literary Pickers: 12/25
Books ‘N Tunes: 9/25
Review Writing: 14/25
Reading Challenge: 12/135

*** I noticed last week that my Book Challenge plugin is not registering all of my reviews that I put in each category. So I am now keeping an offline version as back up.


Sophia Rose’s Update

It’s nearly Memorial Day weekend and I am planning to fire up the grill for the first time this year.  We’ll watch our small town parade and then head over to spend our day off with family.  Does anyone else have plans for the kick-off of summer (at least those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, LOL)?

I’m getting ready to start edits now so don’t be surprised if I disappear a bit on social media and struggle to make my blog visits for a time.  Oh, and speaking of being away, just got my tickets to head out west for our annual family camping trip and visits with family.  Can’t wait!  I keep hearing that old Southwest Airlines jingle, “Need to get away?”  My answer is yes, yes, I do.  LOL

I signed up for the COYER Summer Bash Challenge that starts on June 9th and ends Aug 31st.  My goal is to read 20 or more books in the time period and I really want most of them to be old freebies and cheapies off my Kindle and actual shelves.  There are several mini-challenges within the main challenge this year and always the great interactive fun on their Facebook page.  I’m going to participate in BINGO, Scavenger Hunt, and Short and Sweet.

Here’s the link if you want to check it out for yourself:

 My May Reading Total: 48

Reading Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Book View’s New Release:  92/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Series that Never Ends:  6/12 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander:  ½ books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the books:  60 Nalini Singh books with 13 to go

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  73/75 books

Austenesque Lovers:  34/50 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame:  6 books COMPLETED  No more overdue review books, but I will now add unsolicited review books for the remainder of the year.

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes:  25/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers:  98/100 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It: 6/12 topics

Caffeinated Reader and Hot Listen’s Audio:  38/50 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie:  10/10 books COMPLETED

Angela’s Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love:  8/12 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  12/15 categories

Books That Stood Out:

Dearest Ivie by JR Ward, PNR total sob fest

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook, SPR, best adventurous couple

Lock Nut by JL Merrow, M/M RS, addicting and fun series

Fated by Carolyn McCray, HR, clever retelling for a historical villain

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, UF, for making love a story involving a zombie

How have you been doing on your own challenges?  Are you doing COYER?  What was your favorite May read?  Do Tell!

This Month’s Reviews

Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.


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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!


  • Sophia, I am always in awe of how much you read. Nearly 50 books in a month?! That’s amazing. I hope you both have very successful reading in June!

    Have a fabulous day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • There was a lot of rain this past month and some long waits for appointments so I read a lot. LOL

      Thanks, Alyssa! You have a good one, too.

  • Karen

    Great reading month. I started strong but had a really weak closing to the month. I just don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • LOL! The blahs are a real thing. It got so hot and muggy these last few days that laying in front of the fan and sipping cold drinks was what I did when not working. I couldn’t even get into an audiobook. 🙂

  • RO

    You both have been busy on the reading front for sure, and family things are always so fun! I’m anxious to hear about the dance competition and camping trip! Hugs…RO

    • Yes, busy with the reading this month and looking forward to the camping. Thanks, Ro!

  • wow many challenges

    • LOL! I’m addicted. 😉 But they do help me keep up better with my books.

  • Great month for both of you. Hope the battery lasts! Sophia have a good trip 🙂

    • Thanks, Kimberly! I won’t be going until July, but I got excited and had to share about it, early. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Battery is really low. Just need it to hold out for 3 more days!

  • Trips, family fun and dead batteries. One heck of a month.

    • For sure, Mary! 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, very tired and headed home.

  • Sorry to hear about your laptop problems, Shari. Sounds like you had a very busy month! Enjoy your trip and good luck with the challenge, Sophia Rose! Have a great June!

    • Thanks, Carole! It’s shaping up to be a fun summer of reading and traveling.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks. New laptop here soon and now summer with the kids starts!

  • Greg Hill

    Ugh laptop problems! I hope it lasts until the new one comes! And May is super crazy- I’m hoping June will clam down a bit!

    Sophia, good luck w/ COYER! I’m all for firing up the grille, ha ha, it’s finally warm enough to. And yay for getaways!

    • Thank you, Greg! Appreciate the COYER well wishes. The grilling went well, but the temps were sweltering after having such mild temps leading up to it. Hope you enjoy some good BBQ-ing this summer. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      New laptop on its way! Will take a bit to get it all set up.

  • 让人百看不厌的博客,真的不是很多!

  • Oh man on the laptop. Mine has been failing me lately, too. Boo!

    Good luck with your edits, Sophia!! Exciting to move along in the process but time consuming and I know a little nerve racking.

    • Thank you! I’m hoping to get through edits before my vacation. It is hard, but worth it to have the story become even better. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      New laptop should be here Tuesday. Only used it once on vacation because it just won’t hold a charge. Moving from Mac back to Windows, so need to relearn how to do stuff.