The Book Report February 2018

Posted February 28, 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

Where did February go? It went by so fast and I really can’t remember most of it. My husband traveled to Germany, California and is currently in Paris at the moment. Single Mom roars! Dance kicked off last weekend with our first competition and I have another this weekend and next. Oh, and did I forget to mention I started a work-at-home job? I am still in training, but I am hoping to get it off the ground in a week or two. Hopefully I can share more about it next month.

I did get 15 books read, but I need to subtract a few. I am helping my son with his AR (Advance Reading), which he is really behind on. So we have been reading books on my iPad and they automatically add them to my read books. Of the 15 books, only 10 are actually my books.

My Reading Breakdown:  1 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 1 DNFs, 1 audios, 1 Kindle Unlimited, 6 purchased books. Oh, and yeah 5 children’s books.


The Series That Never Ends: 0/6
Bad Boys of Romance: 1/25
Literary Pickers: 3/25
Books ‘N Tunes: 2/25
Review Writing: 5/25
Reading Challenge: 27/135

Sophia Rose’s Update

The Month of Lovers went by in a flash and a bang- and I mean that literally, we had thunder snow a week ago.  I got some more organizing done- tossed, recycled, gave away, and set aside for the late spring yard sale I’m planning.  My vacuum died a hero after ten years of sterling service so he has been replaced by a similar model who has already proven his pretty turquoise blue-bodied worth.  A new published writing opportunity has landed in my lap with a release this fall.   I’m excited and can’t wait for the new story to come to me so I can begin pounding out the words.

Reading this month has had its fits and starts.  I was determined to continue reading more off my own shelf and I did (it has become apparent that I struggle to be in the mood still for older books on my physical and Kindle shelves so some have just been removed without an attempt or it was a struggle to finish them).  However, I slipped off the wagon and also took a stack of reviews, bought 3, and one-clicked some freebies, too.  Some were irresistible and some were new to me and caught my eye.  I’m easily seduced, what can I say.

I signed up for Kimberly at Caffeinated Reader’s March Take Control of your TBR Pile Challenge because… need I explain.  Haha!  Here’s the link if you want to check it out and maybe sign up:


February Reading Total: 39 books

Reading Breakdown: (I have filched a few of these stats from Lola @ Lola’s Reviews)  9 Net Galley (97%), 20 author/publisher requests, 1 library, 15 TBR pile, 8 audio, 2 end of series, 12 beginning of series, 10 new to me authors, romance sub-genres (historical, sci-fi, dystopian, romantic suspense, contemporary, young adult, new adult, lgbtqa, urban fantasy), Settings (US, England, Space, Scotland, Canada, Greece, Cuba), POV (1st, 3rd omni, 3rd limited, multiple), Book Length (1 short story, 12 novella, 26 novels)

Reading Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Book View’s New Release: 27/101 books

COYER Winter Switch: 63/30 books COMPLETE

Delighted Reader’s Series:  2/12 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander: 0/2 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read All the Books:  15 remaining books

My Reader’s Blocks’ Mt. TBR:  41/75 books

Austenesque Lovers: 15/20 books

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

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 12/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 69/100 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It: 3/12 prompts

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audio:16/50 books

As Told By Tina’s Let’s Read Indie: 31/41 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie:  6/10 books

Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love: 4/12 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  2/15 categories

Books That Caught My Eye:

Year One by Nora Roberts, powerful dystopian paranormal blend

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, she’s upped her game and dug deep

Edge of Darkness by Karen Rose, darker, well-handled mental health elements

Virtue by Victoria Vane, impressive immersion into the Highlander historical world

Heat Trap by JL Merrow, talented use of comedy and series development

How was your February?  Are you on track with your reading and challenges?  Read anything great or lousy?  Do Tell!

February 2018 Reviews

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

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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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Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

Wow what a great month you have both had.

Shari—so cool your husband is traveling…Paris is a beautiful city and good luck with your new at home job–AWESOME!!

Sophia—SO MANY BOOKS!! I almost matched you. hehe And so many challenges you are working on, that is so cool and doing so good so far too!! 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It was fantastic. TGPUL always gets me excited to welcome all the authors, but also gave me time to get caught up on personal reading while the event was going on. 🙂

Thanks, Renee!

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

It sounds like such a busy month for both of you. I am amazed by how much both of you were able to accomplish. Shari – It sounds like you really had your hands full with all of your husband’s travels. I am exhausted just thinking about it 🙂 Sophia Rose – Congrats on the new writing opportunity. I will look forward to hearing more about it soon. Have a great March!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Thanks, Carole! I’m really excited about this opportunity. I’ve got a couple pages of ideas that are coming and this is always the fun time when a story starts forming. 🙂

You have a great Lucky Month, too.

4 years ago

Wow! Looks like you guys are both making money moves for this month with the writing, yard sale and work from home business going on, and still managing to get in lots of reading. Kudos to you both and Happy March! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

It’s that high energy that comes in time for Spring, right? Thanks for cheering us on, Ro. 🙂

4 years ago

Good luck with your work at home job Shari! Sounds like a busy month with your husband not being there and dance kicking off.

@Sophia neat you got some organizing done. Too bad your vacuum died, but that’s nice you got a new one already. It’s nice seeing your reading stats and it’s fun to see the break down of which different countries, genres and such you read.

I hope March is a good month for you both!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes! I always feel better when I’ve gone through and set things to rights and gotten rid of what is not in use. My new vacuum is working out great and I was glad that I found what I needed much less than I expected.
It was fun adding a few of your stats in with my usual ones.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Whew Feb did fly by and March has done the same for me. I don’t know how it’s going so quickly! I swear it was just January. lol

Glad yall found some good reads this past month. Aw on the vacuum, Sophia! The new one sounds pretty. Mine is a boring greybrown. ::snort::

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, I can’t believe we’re already on the backside of March. I think its because of a few projects that I feel time is racing me to the finish.

Oh, my vacuum is a studly fella. I wish his attachments hose were longer, but other than that, he’s a champ. Grey brown… yeah, not such an eye catcher, but I won’t say it out loud so he gets his feelings hurt. 😉