The Book Report November 2015

Posted November 30, 2015 by Shari in The Book Report / 26 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

November is ending and it is one of my favorite months. I love the cooler temps, the trees growing empty and the nights longer. I have my fireplace going and the tree is up for Christmas. I just love this time of year when I can be with my family and enjoy them just a little longer than a normal week.

A lot got accomplished. I am closer to seeing these goals completed. Yeah baby! So bring on the turkey, stuffing, dumplings and pie. I can’t wait to see everyone this month.

We rolled out our 2016 Challenges and would love to have you join!

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Sophia Rose’s Update

I’m writing this on Thanksgiving so ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and may I say how thankful I am for you, dear reader? Yes!

We followed the road to ‘Grammy’s House’ and enjoyed a feast with family. The weather very nicely cooperated as did my cooking mojo (no kitchen disaster moments though ugh, I do have a disaster in my kitchen) and we had none of those embarrassing family incidents. A good time was had by all. J

This was a big month for me on the writing front and I am happy to say that I beat the NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50K words in 30 days. Great experience as always.

Also, I finished up final edits, wrote a blog tour post, saw our winter holiday short story anthology, Then Comes Winter hit the shelves, and participated in the book release party on Facebook. Thank you to the familiar faces who popped in to visit me. Love the feeling of accomplishment in seeing a story in print.

Onward to reading! It was a good month even though other things did occupy me more much of the time. Nothing like a book to curl up with when sick and miserable or stressed. I know I can get an Amen on that from our Delighted Readers.

Total: 31

Breakdown: 21 Net Galley (89%), 11 author/publisher requests, 1 DNF, 8 TBR Pile, 16 New to Me Authors, 11 new series, 3 end of series

Challenge Update:

Austenesque Lovers: 62/51 COMPLETED

Delighted Reader Books N Tunes: 54/50 COMPLETED

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR: 117/150

Brazen Babes’ Interracial: 47/60

The Book Nympho and Hot Listens’ Audio: 16/20

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction: 39/50


It’s already time to start wrapping up the old challenges and thinking on the new ones. Have a feeling I’ll be as busy as ever with the challenges (can’t resist). We have some good ones here (links to the right), but some of you have put up some good ones, too. Looking forward to it.

Books That Stood Out:

Bone Rider by J. Fally- M/M Sci-Fi for unique alien character.

Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout- YA Sci-Fi for a spectacular finish.

Kit’s Hill by Jean Stubbs- Historical Romance for a strong setting and plot

Edge of Danger by Katie Reus- Rom Susp for excitement and clear-headed protagonists

Dragon Consultant by Mell Eight- M/M Urban Fantasy for cuteness factor blended with action


So how did yo

November 2015 Reviews

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

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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!


  • I love this time of year too mostly because it’s really nice and cool and I can have the windows open.

    • Yes, you guys do get the sweltering summers. Bet the cooler air is a treat.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s pretty cool here so my windows are closed for once. Tree is up and it is gloomy. So good-bye November and bring in December.

  • Here’s to a good December!

    • Yowsa, yes! So much on the to-do list and that includes some good books.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Hoping December treats everyone good!

  • oh wow.. I wish I could have read this many! good luck this month, you are so close!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She reads a lot. I did over 20 reviews which made me dance. I didn’t count how many books, but I am betting it wasn’t many.

    • Thanks, Lily! We tag team it and its fun to see how many we can get read. And personally, I don’t have a little guy at home like you or Shari so get more time. 🙂

  • You guys are killing it on the challenges.

    • Woohoo! Yes, I love trying to beat the challenges.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      We love challenges and when you beat them…such an excitable moment.

  • Well you definitely had a good November overall. I don’t care much for the month, but it was definitely my favorite as far as book releases.

    • Depending on the weather, November can go either way for me. But yeah, the book releases were phenomenal. I have a wish list that will keep me busy for a long time to come.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      November can be hit or miss. October is actually better. I am just not looking forward to cold weather and possibly snow in December. Glad you found some books you loved in November. Seems today was a big release day for my Kindle.

  • Whoohoo!!! Look at you ladies go!! What a great month you seem to have had. Excited for the new challenges….so fun. Excited to see what the month of December does for you gals.

    • Yes, we had a good month. It was fun to see all the challenges and the events go up. December will be busy, but good I think.

      Hoping yours is good too, Renee.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      December is starting off busy and I am under the gun to get my last three challenges finished this month. Add Christmas and everything else this month and I am crammed packed!

  • Wow ladies I am seriously impressed!

    • As I am with your blog and reading activities, Kimberly. You’re a great hostess, event coordinator, and reviewer. Love to see all that you have happening at your blog and even more impressive is that you prioritize family.

  • @Shari We haven’t set up the christmas tree yet, we might do so this weekend. I do like the cooler temperatures, but the weather’s been really dreary her lately with lots of wind and rain, i don’t liek that as much. You did great with all your challenges and I hope you can complete the last few this month.

    @Sophia, I hope you had an awesome thanksgiving and yay for no kitchen disasters. And wow that’s awesome you beat NaNoWriMo! I am so jealous of your netgalley percentage, maybe one day I wil get there too. My current goal is 70% and it’s going to be hard to reacg that with how I keep requesting new books. There are so many awesome challenges and even though I think I already have a nice number of them, there are a few more I really would like to join. Like your series challenge or the 2016 bookish resolutions one, but I am not 100% sure yet as I don’t want to stress myself too much. There are always so many great challenges out there. I hope you can finish up those last few challenges this month.

    I hope you both have an awesoem December!

    • Thanks, Lola! It was a lovely holiday and the food turned out well. I did have one panic moment when I realized I was out of evaporated milk that I needed for my corn casserole and then I looked up substitutes and had the cream and milk to make up for it. Whew!

      Oh yes, that Net Galley number was one of my New Year bookish resolutions. I want it at 90% and I’m almost there. And I am right there with you on being tempted to click on more review books to read. 🙂

      I always say that I want to only sign up for a few challenges and then I end up with a pile because they all sound so good. As long as I pick ones that the rules allow me to use a book for other challenges and the tracking isn’t too difficult then I’m okay. I look forward to seeing which ones you end up choosing. I think I’m going to do a personal bookish resolutions like I did this year. I didn’t do so well on half the goals I made and need to do better. 🙂

      • Oh that’s neat you found a substitute for evaporated milk! I’ve had a few of those scares too when I suddnely realize I don’t have an ingredient or not enough.

        I requested another book yesterday on netgalley, there I go another % down again, lol. I am so bad at staying away from netgalley. Luckily I do read the books I get, it’s just that i request just as many new ones again.

        There are so many awesome challenges out there. Sign-ups for the bookish resolutions challenge I did this year are open now for 2016: I might join again next year, but not 100% sure yet. I definitely want to focus on my netgalley percentage next year

  • i sucked so hard at my challenges this year, lols. You guys rocked it! Next year I promise to be more on it…I hope, lols.

    • Yes, clean slate. New year. I look forward to staring over new. I love challenges, but around October they start to feel ho-hum.