The Book Report April 2018

Posted April 30, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 10 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

April turned out to be a better month for me blogging. I got 8 reviews written which is amazing for me. I also read 12 books, but a caveat..2 were children’s books as I help my son get to his AR (Advanced Reader) goal for this last grading period. My Kindle logs them as read books on my account. Maybe I should start a kids book review site for him and I…haha.

I am currently at my last full team dance competition. Writing this from the hotel. Last month I was at Disney for dance as well. Next week is a shorter dance competition with my daughter doing her solo. So hopefully, dance things will wind down. May is typically a chaos month in my household. So many birthdays, anniversaries, AP testing, finals, end of school, Mother’s Day…and heading out on our family vacation. So if I disappear for too long…maybe send a search party?

Spring is playing games with the weather. Good thing I haven’t planted anything, but I do have to say my lilies never bloomed. They are just nice green bushes of leaves without the yellow blooms. It’s going to be sad if they don’t bloom. Last month we ended with our water in line breaking right outside of our home and getting a $1200 bill. I am still waiting on the bill for the repair before I find someone to fix the landscaping. The budget didn’t grow unexpectedly so I might not have enough to get it fixed until next year. I really miss my bushes they destroyed 🙁

Hoping the weather is great for everyone and May brings us warmer weather and good books to read!

My Reading Breakdown:  2 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 1 DNFs, 1 audios, 0 Kindle Unlimited, 8 purchased books, 8 reviews written. Total read: 12


The Series That Never Ends: 0/6 – 0%
Bad Boys of Romance: 5/25 – 20%
Literary Pickers: 10/25 – 20%
Books ‘N Tunes: 7/25 – 28%
Review Writing: 12/50 – 24%
Reading Challenge: 45/135 – 36%

As we get close out 33% of the year gone, I need to step up a few of these challenges. Hoping I can find a closet to hide in to get a few more reviews written!

Sophia Rose’s Update

Cautiously, I put forward that Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods this past week.  Alternating rainy days and sun have brought out the green and the blooms.  And the allergies.  Haha!  I have gotten a chance to get out in the yard and clean up the fallen branches after the last ice storm, rake up after winter and loosen the soil for May planting.  Rule of thumb around here is after Mother’s Day (US) if you want to be safe from frost.  I’m putting in tomatoes, two kinds of peppers, and cucumbers this year.

On the writing front, I worked on a new story and it’s with a few beta readers now and then off for edits in June.  I had a deplorable case of spring fever and could not get this latest to cooperate for the longest time, but it is done and I’m pretty happy with it though I know we’ll work it hard during edits.

For April, my reading total was 43.

Reading Breakdown:  13 Netgalley (97%), 17 author/publisher requests, 1 library, 19 TBR, 8 audio, 12 new to me authors, 11 new series, 3 end of series, Romance (Historical, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, PNR, Sci-Fi, YA, Fantasy, UF, Dystopian), Other Genres (Non-fic, Mystery, Women’s Fic, Sci-Fi, His Fic), Settings (England, US, New Zealand, Jamaica, Cuba, France, South Africa, The Netherlands, Australia, Cornwall, Other worlds, Space, Ireland, Canada), Voice (3rd POV omniscient, 3rd POV limited, 1st POV)

Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Book Views’ New Release:  71/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends: 4/12 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander:  ½ books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the Books:  14 books left

My Reader Block’s Mt. TBR:  59/75 books

Austenesque Lovers:  32/50 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame: 2/6 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 20/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 96/100 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It:  4/12 posts

Caffeinated Reader and Hot Listen’s Audio:  30/50 books

As Told By Tina’s Let’s Read Indie: 54 /41 books COMPLETED

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie:  9/10 books

Angela’s Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love: 7/12 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout: 7/15 categories

Caffeinated Reader’s Take Control TBR:  13/20 books Ended

Books That Stood Out:

Sit, Stay Love by Debbie Burns CR- Easy and Light, but Heartwarming

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon HF She makes writing HF look easy

Contraband Hearts by Alex Beecroft, M/M HR- character development, historical authenticity

White Hot by Ilona Andrews, UF, Action, Twists, Chemistry

Save Me by Cecy Robson, CR, sensational grand finale

So happy to welcome Lorna to our review team this month.  She’s a fabulous review and great book pal so I can’t wait to get her reviews right here on Delighted Reader.

How was your April?  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!

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

Good job on the month Sophia Rose!!!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Thanks, Debbie! I was really feeling my oats and read a ton. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Sure sounds like you both are keeping busy.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

We sure did. April was a big project month for me and I loved distracting myself with reading. 🙂

Carole's Random Life
3 years ago

You both have so much going on. Shari – I was just looking at our May calendar and must admit that it looks a little scary with so much going on. This end of the school year stuff is not for the faint of heart. Sophia Rose – Congrats on your story. It looks like you had a great reading month and I am glad that spring finally came around 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, its a crazy month coming for Shari.

Thanks for the congrats, Carole. 🙂

3 years ago

Wow – great reading month for both of you!

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Yowsa, it was. Thanks, Karen. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Woo sounds like you’ve been busy! Exciting on the book and getting some outside work done. We can plant a little earlier here and things are already coming up which is pretty neat to watch 🙂 Hope yall have a great May!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, that April just whizzed by, but getting stuff done off the project list is great. 🙂