The Book Report July 2020

Posted July 31, 2020 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

Hot July out of the way and onto hot August here. Moved my mom into a Dementia Living situation and it isn’t going well. Time will tell. School is going back in session in August. We had a choice of in-person or online, but they made the online so bad, there really wasn’t a choice for education. I heard a rumor that our health director says we will spend more time out of school than in because COVID will spread quickly through the schools. Not what a mom wants to hear, but it is a rumor.

Reading has slowed down some this last week as I am making big decisions for a lot of people and then just can’t get lost in some of the books I want to read. Hopefully, things are going better for everyone else!

My Reading Breakdown:

  • Read: 12
  • Reviewed: 12
  • Kindle Unlimited: 8
  • Purchased: 2
  • NetGalley: 1
  • ARC: 2

Best of…

  • Favorite Book Read: Guardian’s Grace by Rebecca Zanetti – I may have skipped two books in the series to read this one.
  • Addictive Series: House of Kalmar – not a great series, but it was addictive!
  • Blast From the Past: Blushing Violet by Ann Mayburn – felt like reading an author I hadn’t in a while


  • The Series That Never Ends: 14/7
  • Bad Boys of Romance: 13/25
  • Literary Pickers: 32/45
  • Books ‘N Tunes: 20/30
  • Review Writing: 36/100

Sophia Rose’s Update

The 4th of July has come and gone so swiftly.  I feel like it happened last month.  Then again, I feel like it shouldn’t be the end of July.  We had an isolated holiday.  It was super hot so we nixed our cookout and had take out.  Then we sat out in our lawn chairs after dark, eating frozen fruit bars, and watching a few of the neighbors shooting up their fireworks.  It was pretty impressive.  I’m convinced that one guy on the street over must be a closet millionaire or practicing to be a spectacular pyro-technician because he did fireworks two weekends in a row and these were those impressive ones that launched pretty high and changed colors for about a half hour straight both times.

When the governor announced that we were mandatory for masks through at least mid- August and my husband was already mandatory at UPS all this time, it occurred to me that we might need more than one mask each.  I bit the bullet and hit Etsy for some fun, fashionable masks in a men’s XXL (hubby has a big noggin).  Our current masks were frayed and played out. We decided to go for whimsical so he picked patriotic and Detroit Tigers baseball and bet you’re not surprised that I went for country bandana and Jane Austen.  If you are selling masks or there is a great charity who are selling them, let me know and I’ll happily support your business because I have a feeling I’ll be buying some more in a bit.

Garden is really producing on the cucumbers and tomatoes.  I am loving it.  I’ve had enough to put a bushel basket out for the neighbors and give some of it to friends.  We’ve enjoyed BLT sandwiches, salads, veggie omelets, and I’ll be making up salsa as soon as I get enough cilantro from the herb garden.

On the book front, I’m back in the saddle and the reading and concentration struggles are a thing of the past.  This is good because I’ve been catching up review arcs and showing no self-control about accepting more.

July reading and listening total:  32

Reading Breakdown:  9 NetGalley (97%),  14 author/publisher requests, 1 library, 1 Prime, 7 TBR, 12 new to me authors, 8 new to me series, 6 finished/caught up on a series

Reading Challenge Update:

Because Reading’s COYER Quarantine- 56/70 books

Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release- 101/100 books COMPLETED  New goal 200 books

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Books Are My Heart’s Library Love- 11/23 books

Austenesque Lovers TBR 27/50 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR- 50/100 books

Because Readings Reading Assignment Summer- 13/16 books

Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends- 8/8 books COMPLETED New Series Goal Linnea Sinclair’s Dock Five Universe sci-fi series 0/4 books

Passages To the Past’s Historical Fiction- 74/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers- 93/100 books

Under the Covers and Peace Love Books Romanceopoly- 59/78 books

Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Audio- 58/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes- 28/50 books

Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell and Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings’ Romance BINGO- 21/25 books

Redbubble Free Reading Challenge Ideas

Are you looking for a good personal summer reading challenge idea?  Or for fall, winter and spring for that matter?

RedBubble Life has several challenge printables they have available for readers.  Read through the post about how to find the right challenge for you and then peruse the free printable challenge downloads. 

Check it out:

Shout out to Elsie for sharing this opportunity with our readers!


How’s your summer (winter in the southern hemi) going?  Hitting your reading and blogging goals?  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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1 year ago

@ Shari, sorry to hear the situation with your mom isn’t going well. The whole school situation with COVID sounds difficult. I hope it goes well and hopefully if things have to go online they improve that. @ Sophia, sounds like you had a nice 4th of July celebration. That’s greta when you have a neighbor who has a lot of cnie fireworks so you can just watch those. My mom made two masks for me in case we need them, but here they arne’t used much except for in public transport. It is handy to have more than one… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it was fun to watch the cool fireworks around us. I don’t go out as much and mostly walk where I need to go, but I wear a mask in our grocery store and around any friends at the grad parties I get to when we have to be close to strangers. It’s nice not to keep handwashing and drying the same mask each night. Love the fun designs.

1 year ago

It’s amazing how all out some people go with the fireworks. We had a pretty amazing show here too just from the neighbors! And BLT sandwiches are the best, especially with stuff from the garden. July did fly by, hard to believe it’s August already.

Also best of luck with the dementia living situation. That is so hard. It’s very scary too with the back to school situation. So much uncertainty now. Best of luck with your situation.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Yeah, some of the neighborhood shows really blew my mind. I love fresh tomato season for BLT sandwiches. Yum!

Carole Rae
1 year ago

A good month for sure!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Lots of little blessings to enjoy even if some big stuff wasn’t great. 🙂

1 year ago

Yall had a good reading month!
Happy reading in August ‘)

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sharonda

We will definitely give it a go. Thanks for dropping by, Sharonda! 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Doing good ladies!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Thanks Carole! Have a great August!