The Book Report February 2019

Posted February 28, 2019 by Shari in The Book Report / 16 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

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

Howdy, all!

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.


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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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Carole rae
3 years ago

I remember when my grandpop had to move in with us when he was sick. Lots of work 🙁

I hope you’re feeling better!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Thank you, Carole! I think we’re doing better lately. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

Shari….I am so sorry to hear about your mother and how much its wearing on you. Hope the situation gets better for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers this month

Sophia—-we should just nickname you Lumberjack Sophia hehe At least you got what needed to be done despite the teen antics hehe

Looks like you got some great books read and I still have Linda Broday’s book on my kindle I need to read but keep forgetting about it. Will read it this weekend especially since I know how much you loved this one.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Ha, yeah, I was lucky I didn’t chop off one of my own limbs. LOL

3 years ago

Aww…I do hope the situation gets better all around.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nasreen

Thank you for your well wishes, Nasreen. 🙂

herding cats
3 years ago

Goodness what a month. Hopefully mom will improve quickly with the rehab and cooperate a little better with what she can do. Frustrating to go through I know.

Sophia sounds like you made good use of your winter months 🙂 Hope you have a fun March!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yes, winter is some of my most productive times of the year. It felt good to get several things done. I’ll have to wait to do windows and the floors when I can have things opened up, but at least I’m shuttling some of the clutter and disorganization away. 🙂

Thanks for the well wishes, Anna!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Shari – I am so sorry to hear that your mother’s recovery has been a lot rougher than you expected it to be. My dad had a valve replaced in his heart when I was 15 and he was only 49. It was rough. I saw this incredibly strong man reduced to someone who was helpless. He stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks but then was sent home. My mom couldn’t take any more time off work so I spent a lot of time taking care of Dad since it was the summer. It was hard then and I… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Haha! Yeah, not going to be a lumberjack when I grow up. 🙂

La La in the Library
3 years ago

Shari: ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))

Sophia Rose: I love Chili and cornbread. Yum! Our tree came down ASAP because I was tired of the cat pulling it over. Ha ha.

Have a wonderful March!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL, yes, cat attacks on the tree would be a big motivator. I think I’m going to tweak the chili recipe. It was a little bland to me.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

So sorry to hear about the difficulties with your mom, Shari! And I hope everyone in your family is over all their sicknesses, Sophia. Sounds like your Dare You event went really well, though, so at least you had something good come from the month. 🙂