Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
I am going to keep things short because I really have been out of time. I know I say that a lot, but this time it was way over the top. In January my mom had open heart surgery and we didn’t expect her recovery time to go beyond a week or so. I don’t mean that in she would be fully recovered, but mostly that she would be walking and able to go home. After a week in the hospital she wasn’t walking. After 3 weeks at an acute rehab center, she still wasn’t walking hardly. She had to be discharged and I will say there is a lot more story to everything but suffice it to say our case worker didn’t give us all the facts nor do everything she said she would.
So at the four week mark after surgery, my mom came to live with me along with home healthcare. Pfft! All that help I expected never materialized and I became a 24×7 nurse to my mom and it took a toll on me physically and mentally. The stories I could tell of her doing things she wasn’t supposed to and falling. Needless to say she thought she had the ability to do things she didn’t have the ability to do. My brother found a short term rehab near his house (we live an hour apart). So after 3 weeks, she is moving back to a facility where she will get 2 hours of rehab 5 times a day.
She has lofty goals of being out to short term rehab in two weeks. She hasn’t really advanced enough to live on her own. So the next two weeks will be filled with me once again traveling to take care of her.
Sorry…hopefully in March I can get back into the swing of things. Until then, enjoy Sophia Rose’s update.
Sophia Rose’s Update
Hope your New Year is treating you well. I’ve had my turn with the sickies, I’ve got my Christmas decorations down before I had to use the excuse that the red and white stuff was really for Valentine’s Day, and I’ve cleaned out and organized a few closets during our cold snap. Homemade chili and corn bread were my first homemade meal to meet my goal of trying one new recipe a month. It was…okay. LOL
I am such a kid about my books and shows. I agonized over what was going to be my first read of the year and then ended up just grabbing a book that fit so many of my challenges all in one, That Girl Darcy by James Ramos. I got a fun Scooby Doo shirt for Christmas so of course I had to watch a Classic Scooby Doo episode with my t-shirt on and eat a packet of Scooby Doo graham snacks. You know… this might become a thing each year. Me and my husband’s nieces had a blast for our little impromptu Scooby-themed party.
For those who visit often, you noticed the new blog event we rolled out this year: I Dare You. This I Dare You highlighted the romantic thriller theme. We had a lot of fun planning and putting it together. I was thrilled (yuck, yuck) to read several books for the event with the thriller or suspense element. Hope you had the opportunity to drop by our special posts, Book Tag, Clue game (that the sensational Shari put together), and our reviews for the event. Our next, I Dare You event will be in June with the theme TBA. Hope you can join us with a book read, visits, or your own linked up posts.
Then, we have our fun The Great Pick Up Line Event for February. We were able to highlight several books and loved having the author’s visit this month with their #TGPUL quotes. It is one of my favorite annual events and Shari put in a wondrous effort to make it possible. Next year, it might become a shorter event because Real Life is kicking us in the tail lately.
I rounded out my February with another round of infection that the whole family shared, because we’re generous folk like that, and a series of ice and sleet storms that brought a huge branch down that just missed our house (and me, if it had come down about a half hour earlier). I spent this weekend helping to chop it down to size and get it out to the side of the road for the city boys (or enterprising neighbors with wood-burning stoves). What a blessing that it did no damage and I heard of no damage from my neighbors with their trees. Incidentally, I don’t think I’ll be making it as a lumberjack anytime soon. Saw-work is not one of my skill sets. LOL But, I got the job done, much to the amusement of the teens next door.
This brings me to books.
January Reading Total: 29 books February Reading Total: 37 books
Reading Breakdown: 8 NetGalley (98%), 13 author/publisher requests, 6 library, 29 TBR, 13 Kindle Unlimited, 19 audio, 1 book club, 12 indie, 16 new to me authors, 19 new series, 3 series finale
Code of Honor by Catherine Man, RS, great portrayal of a military RS and friends to lovers
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot, RS, new fav narrator and strong series
The Outlaw’s Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday, HR, strong western flavor and deeply emotional romance
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda, YA-thriller, new to me author that most amazed me
Reading Challenge Updates:
Because Readings’ COYER Winter: 76/60 books COMPLETED
Herding Cats Burning Soups’ Blog All About It: 2/12 topics
Austenesque Lovers TBR: 13/50 books
My Reader’s Block’s Mt TBR: 23/100 books
Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release: 22/200 books
Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends: 2/11 books
Because Readings’ A Year in Anthologies: 2/3 books
Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 11/50 books
Angela’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love: 6/12 books
Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 52/100 books
Under the Covers and Peace Love Books’ Romance-opoly: 11/39 books
Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Spring: 6/15 books
Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listen’s Audio: 21/100 books
Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie: 4/10 books
What has kept you busy this month? Any great reads? Do Tell!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [3 Feb] Hex Marks the Spot by Ani Gonzalez ★★★★
- [4 Feb] A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot ★★★★½
- [5 Feb] The Good Ones by ★★★★½
- [7 Feb] Slightly Married by Mary Balogh ★★★★
- [9 Feb] Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde ★★★★
- [9 Feb] Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley ★★★★
- [11 Feb] Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan ★★★★
- [12 Feb] Nevermore by Dannika Dark ★★★★★
- [14 Feb] The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride by Linda Broday ★★★★½
- [16 Feb] Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata ★★★★½
- [17 Feb] The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown ★★★★
- [18 Feb] Alien Mischief by Cara Bristol ★★★★½
- [19 Feb] All's Fair in Love and Mastery by Sparrow Beckett ★★★½
- [22 Feb] Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland ★★★★
- [24 Feb] Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★½
- [24 Feb] Kiss Me Darkly by Cecilia Gray ★★★★
- [25 Feb] The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros ★★★★
- [26 Feb] The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath ★★★★
- [26 Feb] Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★
- [27 Feb] My Favorite Cowboy by Donna Grant ★★★★