The Book Report June 2020

Posted June 30, 2020 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

April and May I didn’t give updates on. It wasn’t that I wasn’t reading as much as I had a lot going on in life and I wasn’t organized. The bad news is my mom fell and injured herself while having a delusion of playing tag with her grandkids, who weren’t there. A neighbor found her covered in blood and she was admitted to the hospital. She was alright, but she has dementia and can’t get around without a walker now. We pushed how long she could stay at home by herself along with the COVID restrictions. We are in the process of finding a good Dementia Assisted Living Facility for her to reside in. Some perspective. She thinks her husband is alive and he died 6 years ago. She thinks my phone number is his and calls him between 10-25 times a day. By calling him, I mean me. So I apologize for not being around more. I have things planned and I work on them when I have time. It’s the best I can do at the moment. Reading is my escape and I tend to do it at night when I can’t type or watch TV for fear of waking others. That seems to be the only thing I am good at in the middle of the night, lol.

June – My Reading Breakdown:

  • 5 Kindle Unlimited
  • 7 Purchased
  • 1 ARC

Best of…

  • Favorite Book Read: Two books by the same authors – My Ex’s Baby and Play Dirty by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliot who also write as Taryn Quinn
  • Most Impactful Book Read: Healing the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair
  • Silliest Book Read: Rancher Bear’s Baby – the name says it all
  • Most Comedic Book Read: Disorderly Conduct by Rebecca Zanetti – more of a comedic mystery than romance and the author notes this before you read it!


  • The Series That Never Ends:6/5 – Still reading on the Dark Protector’s Series
  • Bad Boys of Romance: 7/35 – I need to find some bad boys!
  • Literary Pickers: 19/45 – Time for some searching
  • Books ‘N Tunes: 17/30 – Half way there!
  • Review Writing: 24/100 – I need to catch up
  • Reading Challenge: 82/150 – staying ahead!
  • Audiobook Challenge: 0/5 – I don’t know if I will ever get going on this challenge.

Sophia Rose’s Update

For those that this was the longest, dreary month of their lives, I apologize for that not being the case with me.  I blinked and June was gone.  I know much happened in the world at large and much happened on the home front and, yet, it was a passing remark from my husband wondering whether he’d get next Friday off for 4th of July weekend that clued me in that June was nearly over.  I can’t seem to plan ahead that far.  Gah!

Though the virus rages, I did two semi-normal things this month beyond what I have to do to maintain.  I took one of the cats to the vet (though, the procedure was definitely not normal- drive-up only) for a shot.  He is a forgiving guy and didn’t hold the trip to the vet or the shot against me.  I also got to go see my husband’s nephew play in a baseball tournament.  We all sat properly separated in the bleachers and along the fence and the ballplayers didn’t mingle or slap hands at the end of the game.  It was fun to watch a game.

The garage project of replacing rotting boards is nearly there.  Two more new boards to paint and hammer into place (okay, I don’t hammer, I just hold in place- it’s the nearly blind gal using a heavy weapon that gets them all nervous).  

Garden is nearly ready to produce good things.  I had flowers and then I had little green maters and cukes all in one day it seemed.  So far little Peter Cottontail has left my carrots alone (though he does love to twitch his ears and tease the cats that they can’t get to him.  No sign of the peppers yet, but they always like to make a grand entrance.

Father’s Day we broke tradition and didn’t cookout.  It was sweltering out and my husband had no desire to stand out there over a hot barbecue-r, even for grilled steak, so we ordered take out Chinese dishes and ate in the A/C.  We also stopped by to visit his stepdad and called my dad long distance.  Another good one that I can be thankful for all the great guys in my life.


On to books…

The good news is that I think my reading slump is gone.  I’m probably never going to be caught up- mostly because I keep accepting nearly every ARC or sale waved under my nose-, but at least I won’t drop further and further behind.  That said, I still struggle hard to read the books I put onto a list.  I’m just going with whim.

June Reading Total: 32 books


Reading Breakdown:  7 NetGalley (98%), 11 author/publisher requests, 2 library, 10 TBR, 2 Prime free borrows, 9 audios, 12 new to me authors, 4 new to me series


Challenge Updates:

Because Reading’s COYER Quarantine:  50/70 books

Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release:  80/100 books

Books Are My Heart and Angel’s Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love:  10/23 books

Austenesque Lovers TBR:  22/50 books

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

Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Summer Semester:  7/16 books

Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends:  8/12 books

Because Reading’s Can You Read a Series in a Month:  3/3 Lady Darby Mysteries COMPLETED

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction:  66/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers:  92/100 books

Peace Love Books and Under the Cover’s Romanceopoly:  51/78 books from both boards

Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Audio:  51/100 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes:  22/50 books

Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings and Book Girl of Mur-y-Castel’s Romance BINGO:  25/25 books COMPLETED so I’ve started over and have 12/25 books on the new BINGO board.


How’d your June go?  Any summer reading recs?  Are you getting any summer produce yet?  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

Good luck with the challenges! And also with the assisted living situation. That can be so hard. My family has a similar situation with my uncle, but when it’s your mom and so close to home it must be just so terrible. Sending good vibes and best wishes your way.

And good luck with the garden too. 🙂 We did the same thing for Father’s day. Takeout and it was nice.

Have a good week!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Thanks, Greg! Sounds like you had a great Father’s Day, too. Yes, so hard when it’s family and close like that. 🙂

1 year ago

I agree – where in the world has the month, and even the year gone? Seems like I took a quick naps in each month, and now that I’ve woken up again, we’re here in July, and the Hallmark Channel is doing it’s semi-annual Christmas movie celebration! Shari, I’m so sorry about your mom, and hope that you’re able to find a facility that you feel comfortable with. I know it’s got to be rough. Sophia, kudos on the garden. Everything I planted died(lol), so no green thumb for me. Sending lots of hugs to you both. RO

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  RO P

I don’t know if it’s because my routine has little variation or what, but it just flew by. 🙂 I could use some Christmas in July to feel cooler.
Thanks! I’ve had gardening years where it all keeled over on me. At least you tried. 🙂

Have a splendid one, Radiant Ro!

Angela @ Simply Angela

Shari, so sorry to hear about your mother. I’m currently going through a similar situation with my grandfather. Sending good thoughts your way.

Sophia, I’ve finally broken out of my reading slump as well. Hopefully, we’ll both be good to go on the reading front for the rest of the year.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

The slumps are awful, but at least they don’t last forever. Sorry to hear about your grandfather, Angela.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Looks like you are nailing the challenges!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

We do try. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

Looks like you had a great month of reading here. June wasn’t the best month for me, but not a bad one either. I have the same hardship in accepting ARC’s too, I just can’t stop and I just know I will never get caught up especially with so many of them historical’s and I have been struggling with those of late. Happy to hear you had a good Father’s day for your husband. It was a really hot day though. Hope you have a wonderful month of July and enjoy this weekend even if there isn’t much you can… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, finally able to concentrate for more than ten minutes at a time. It feels great getting my reading mojo back. Bummer your month wasn’t stellar, but glad it wasn’t horrific, too.
I read what you struggle with on the historicals and confess that that sort of thing quenches my desire to pick them up more often, too.

You have a good month, too, Renee!

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I still need to do my midway checkpoint loll #ivebeenlazy

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

No shame here! I have sluffed off on so many things lately. 🙂

1 year ago

Shari, Again I want to tell you how sorry I am about your Mom. That’s got to be the worse. Sophia, I’m glad you got over your slump. It took me a bit but I’m doing better than I was when the virus started. I’m just in a reviewing slump. Unless you count one paragraph ones on GoodReads. Enjoy your holiday ladies!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Thank you, Lorna! Oh no, a review slump after the reading slump leaves… I’ve struggled to review at times, too, but it’s usually specific books that do it to me.

Have a great 4th!

1 year ago

@ shari I am so sorry to hear about your mother, that sounds really tough to deal with. I hope you can find a good assisted living facility for her to stay. I am glad you can get some reading done at least to escape for a bit. @Sophia that’s nice you got to do two semi-normal thigns this month and that’s greta your cat is the forgiving sort. And that’s great you got to attend your Husband’s nephew’s baseball game while socially distancing. I am glad to hear your slump is gone and you seem to be doing well… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

Thank you, Lola!

It was nice to do some normal stuff even if it was restricted. And, yes!!! So glad the slump is gone.

You have a good July, too.