Sophia’s Reading Challenge Update for June

Posted July 9, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 2 Comments


Sophia Rose Reading Challenge Update“Summertime…and the living is easy…” humming to a favorite tune.  Hmm, okay not yet, but in a few weeks I’m off to the mountains and forests to enjoy lakeside camping that always relaxes me like nothing else.  Anyone else got anything relaxing going this summer?  I already tapped into a few beach reads to get me in the mood, but for the most part I was just seriously tearing through my review pile.  So without further ado, here’s what I had going reading-wise this past month.


I read a total of 40 books.  Woohoo, kicking tail and taking numbers!


The breakdown:  17 new to me authors, 14 new to me series, 31 review requests, 2 end of series, 24 Net Galleys (87%)


Things I Noticed: 

–       I gravitate toward surfing stories in the summer.  Any recommends?

–       Someone’s (as in a publisher or promoter I’ve worked with before) list of reviewers got hijacked recently b/c I got hit with an unprecedented amount of individual authors I’m unacquainted with asking me to review their books in a wide variety of genres that I don’t typically read.

–       Some series should definitely be cut off sooner rather than later, but others are cut off too soon.  Got a series you wish had kept going?  Mine is Paula Altenburg’s Demon Outlaws

–       One should by favorite series novellas with gift cards b/c they generally aren’t worth the price per page otherwise.


Reading Challenges:

Herding Cats & Burning Soup’s Historical Romance:  49/40+  COMPLETED

Under the Covers’ Immortals:  4/4 categories  COMPLETED

Salacious Reads’ Interracial:  32/40

Salacious Reads’ Series:  7/4 series  COMPLETED

The Book Vixen’s Men in Uniform:  35/20  COMPLETED

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  59/75

Under the Covers’ Real Men:  6/7 categories (still working on the biker category)


Noteworthy Books

Debut Author  The Red Bikini by Lauren Christopher CR

Packs an Emotional Punch  The Captive by Grace Burrowes  HR

Evidence of Love by Elizabeth Rose RS

Hot & Hilarious  Hell’s Kitty by Eve Langlais  PNR

Awesome After the HEA  Arrest by June Gray  CR

Authenticity & Poignancy  Fair Play by Deeanne Gist  HR

YA Author to Watch  Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson YA-CR



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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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Sabrina K
7 years ago

WOW! That is a lot of books! Lately, I fall asleep whenever I try to read. It’s incredibly frustrating. Congrats on making it through so many!

Sophia Rose
7 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina K

Thanks! I’ve dozed over a few books too. Its the heat and humidity around here. 😉