Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
August was a bust for me. Sent one kid off to college. Two kids off to school. My mom had another mental breakdown. My husband started traveling a lot. Son joined swim team and Cub Scouts. Daughter wants to go to more comic conferences. Oldest is trying to get used to college. Everything is taking longer and nothing is getting done. So that’s about all I have for August.
August – My Reading Breakdown: 2 NetGalley, 1 Free Book, 3 Bought Books, and 1 Kindle Unlimited.
The Series That Never Ends: 6/7 – 85% – Dirty by Jaine Diamond
The Series That Never Ends: 2/5 – 40% – Dark Protectors by Rebecca Zanetti
Bad Boys of Romance: 16/30 – 53%
Literary Pickers: 33/50 – 60%
Books ‘N Tunes: 28/35 – 80%
Review Writing: 42/75 – 56%
Reading Challenge: 67/150 – 45%
Audiobook Challenge: 9/5 – 170% doneNew Release Challenge: 16/20 – 80%
Try Something New Challenge: 21/50 – 42%
Blogger Shame Challenge: 2/15 – 13%
Sophia Rose’s Update
August has been a busy month. The first week and a half I was still out visiting family in Utah and camping out in some gorgeous places. I don’t want to give the impression that I was roughing it since we took my dad’s RV. He had an itchy foot so I was able to see scenery along highway 93 in Eastern Nevada (and the Extra-terrestrial Hwy) that included camping at Cave Lake and Cathedral Gorge. I walked the rail trail hike at Golden Spike Nat’l Park in Promontory Point, Utah, communed with nature at Moon Lake, Flaming Gorge, and Bear Lake campgrounds in Utah and saw some buffalo at Bear River State Park outside Evanston, Wyoming.
But, then it was back to Michigan and settling affairs after being gone for a few weeks. Amazing how much can pile up in your absence. Including a few dreaded dental work visits.
Then, a friend who is the local animal shelter gal, tapped me for a couple rescue cats. I hadn’t shared this, but my own old cat passed away so I was able to say yes. Bailey, a black and white 6 mo. male, was a feral so is slowly getting used to socializing with humans and Annie, a tabby-calico mix 14 mo female, came out of a bad hoarder house situation. Slowly, but surely they are coming out of their shells and look great after some early vet work to deal with the health and neglect issues that came from their circumstances.
On the book front, I haven’t been doing as much reading lately and its even been a struggle to want to pick up a book (gasp, I know), but I’ve still been working on my challenges (especially COYER) and trying to keep up with the new releases I picked up. Apparently, if you want me to say yes to your book for review, hit me up for August or September. I had no willpower and said yes to way more than I could possibly read by their release days. LOL
Anyhoots, on to my actual reading and numbers.
Reading Total for August: 15 Books
Reading Breakdown: 5 NetGalley (98%), 7 publisher/author requests, 2 TBR, 1 KU, 4 audio, 4 new to me authors, 2 new to me series
Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It- 8/12 prompts
Austenesque Lovers TBR- 34/50 books
My Reading Block’s Mt. TBR- 66/100 books
Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release- 117/200 books
Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends- 8/11 books
Because Reading’s A Year in Anthologies- 5 anthos
Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes- 41/50 books
Angela’s Guilty Pleausre’s Library Love- 20/23 books
Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers- 99/100 books
Under the Covers’ Romance-opoly- 18/36 books
Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Summer Semester- 6/6 books COMPLETED
Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listen’s Audio- 72/100 books
Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie- 14/20 books
COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt- 52/60 books
So! How was your August? Beating the heat? Busy or slow? Do Tell!
I think she meant to send me something more than images, but I forgot to ask before it posted!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [1 Aug] Rockstar Baby by Taryn Quinn ★★★★
- [2 Aug] Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
- [6 Aug] Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker ★★★★★
- [8 Aug] When I Need You by Lorelei James ★★★★½
- [9 Aug] Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance ★★★★
- [10 Aug] The Prophet by Amanda Stevens ★★★★
- [11 Aug] Summer on Moonlight Bay by Hope Ramsay ★★★★½
- [13 Aug] The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs ★★★★
- [20 Aug] The Empty Nesters by Carolyn Brown ★★★★
- [21 Aug] Dangerous Desires by J.T. Geissinger ★★★★½