Sophia’s Monthly Reading Challenge Update for September 2014

Posted October 8, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 8 Comments


Sophia Rose Reading Challenge UpdateBack to School month always starts out in a mad fury and then settles into a nice routine or it did until last week.

I’ve been methodically going through every nook and cranny around here and have a good-sized pile of items for the Purple Heart. Fall cleaning is in earnest.

Part of that was to go through my book shelves as those who played Kiss Marry Kill noticed by the nice pile I showed that will be up for grabs as future prizes. I have already sent off my first batch of prize books to our Kiss Marry Kill winner, Trix23. I enjoyed the game and hope you did too. You are still welcome to go back to the post and play if you haven’t had a chance or just go back and read everyone’s answers-too funny.

I am glad that blogging and social media visiting do not involve face to face because I have learned to mine- and the rest of my household’s misery- that people can make you sick- I mean that literally in this instance. I love my friend, but God Bless Him, he should have stayed at home and not come to watch football with my hubby.

Sophia’s hospitality hint: It’s okay to beg off on a visit to friends if you are an infected, disease-ridden wretch at the time. Your host does not want to catch what you have even for the pleasure of your esteemed company.


My reading total for the month is: 37 (I am less than ninety books away from my GR goal of 500 for the year and I’m really hoping to make it)

It was a very productive month of reading that included- 8 New to me authors, 11 New to me series, 3 series finales, 16 Netgalley Requested, 17 author/publisher review requests, and one of my GoodReads wins.


Things I Noticed:

  1. I had a sadistic need this month to read about really emotionally messy people aka Red Hot Messes (I just didn’t know I had that need until I started reading four books in a row with the same type of characters).
  2. Listening to Outlander on Audio takes ever so much longer than just reading it myself (like almost two months going now and still not done), but good golly is it an absolute treat for the ears. Davina Porter has a goddess voice that can do female English and male Scots brogue and everything in between.
  3. I have discovered the ‘Update’ feature for books I am currently reading on GoodReads and it’s a nice place to store my impressions, thoughts and favorite quotes for the book while I read and handy for going back to in reference for my reviews.
  4. I really can’t always judge a book by its cover though I was sorely tempted at times. A few books from this month had either a hideous cover or cover that didn’t match the story at all and yet they were delightful reads.


Reading Challenge Updates:

  1. Great Imaginations’ Summer Bingo Challenge:       19/25 I missed blackout with my squares, but did get Bingo 3xs.
  2. Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Historical Romance: 70/40+
  3. Under the Covers’ Immortals: 4/4 Categories COMPLETED
  4. Salacious Reads (Now Brazen Babes) Interracial:       40/40 COMPLETED Just This Week.       Now the rest is just bonus.
  5. Salacious Reads’ (Now Brazen Babes) Series:       11/6 series COMPLETED
  6. Book Vixen’s Men in Uniform: 48/20+
  7. My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR: 66/75
  8. Under the Covers’ Real Men: 8/8 Categories       COMPLETED


Books That Stood Out:

  1. In Her Wake by KA Tucker (NA-CR) Most intense read, survivor’s guilt
  2. Melt Into You by Roni Loren (CR-BDSM- Ménage) One of best Ménage stories.
  3. Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake (PNR) Creative world building
  4. Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor (CR) Lovely family scenes and strong character development
  5. In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman (HR) Strong Western element and storyline
  6. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (UF) Humor and blend of other strong elements.


To Be or Not to Be…Read

Many of you noted that I put out a request for help with my TBR pile issues by offering a couple of books from the pile for a vote. I know blogs like Austenesque Reviews and The Book Rat already do something similar and I thought it looked like a good idea. It certainly takes the pressure off of me about what to read next.

I’m hoping for this to become a regular monthly feature at The Delighted Reader and would encourage others to participate as well (I know you all have TBR piles that are in danger of falling over and braining you like mine). I will happily submit my vote for a fellow reader in need.

But without further ado….The winner for my October TBR read is The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark. I will post my review during the month of October so you can see how I liked it. I am intrigued to read this one as 52 of my GoodReads friends marked it as a ‘Want to Read’ or ‘Read’ and those that read it rated it between one to four stars. Quite the spread of opinions, I would say. I didn’t actually read the reviews, but I wonder what end of the spectrum I will agree with when I finish it and put together my thoughts.


On the Horizon

-Shari and I are working on ideas for hosting a few reading challenges here at The Delighted Reader and I think I have two fun challenging ideas. Stay tuned.

-We’re also working on more games to entertain and amuse you. 😉

– Holiday Book Recommends will begin next month for Halloween and right on through the new year.

– Special Jane Austen Birthday post in December


Well, I was downright chatty today. Now, it’s your turn. What’s on your book-loving mind? Do share!


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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.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Dang girl. You are tearing through those books. That’s amazing. I’m a way slower reader than I would like. Blogging definitely takes a hit on mine. I read about 1/3 what I did per month pre-blog. That’s just…crazy!

And ack yes with you. Keep the nasty to yourself. No one needs that shared. Hope yall are all better now!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Yep, I have the advantage of being the one to actually run the blog and format the posts when it comes to time. I soooo appreciate that Shari does it for me.

We are much better thank you. Took its course and now we all get skittish around people who cough and sneeze. Haha!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Good good. Glad yall are doing better 🙂

7 years ago

Everyone wants to pass their sickNess on. I got folks in my house walking around sneeding and cought, I kindly go in my room and shut the door, lols.

Whew Sophia, you ate getting it done! I need to do my update…will probably be this weekend 🙂 I’m going back and comment on kiss kiss…that was such a fun post 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Yes, I should have locked myself in my room as soon as Daniel started hacking, but I thought it was just his usual allergies until I heard him mention that the cold medicine wasn’t doing any good and he fell asleep on my couch. Haha!

I’ll watch for your update and absolutely go have fun with the Kiss Kiss game. Hope you don’t kill off one of your really loveable bookish boyfriends. 😉

vvb reads
7 years ago

I like this update, especially the Books That Stood Out. Got some title for my tbr pile. 🙂

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

Why, thank you! Glad to be of assistance with the book recommends. I’ve gotten a few from your blog too so turn about’s fair play. 😉

vvb reads
7 years ago

I like this update, especially the Books That Stood Out. Got some title for my tbr pile. 🙂