The Book Report March 2018

Posted March 31, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 7 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 heading out early for a trip to watch my daughter dance at Disney. One of my daughter’s quit dance last week, so I am down to just one kid doing this. Long story, but dance wasn’t the fit for her with the instructor.

Well, I am officially trained on booking Disney Vacations as a Travel Advisor. Most of my time this month as been training…throw in some 3 dance competitions and I haven’t had much time to review or read this month.

Good news! I am excited to welcome Lorna to our review team. Hopefully we can get her up and going in April/May. Be on the look out for her official welcome and her first review.

My Reading Breakdown:  1 NetGalleys (95%), 0 author/publisher requests, 1 kids book, 0 DNFs, 0 audios,  1 Kindle Unlimited, 4 purchased 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: 3/25
Reading Challenge: 12/135

Sophia Rose’s Update

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m wearing my green and will be enjoying a plate of corned beef and cabbage later.  No green beer, sorry, guys!  Though, I am helping my guy cheer on his green-wearing Michigan State Spartans in March Madness if that counts, too.  LOL

I’m writing this one a little early to get it in before our intrepid Shari heads out on her much needed and well-earned family trip so my progress for the last few weeks of March will pile onto April.

Well, COYER Winter challenge is over.  I comported myself rather well and got a ton of older books off the Kindle and my Audio Shelf.  My goal was 30 and I hit 67.  Woohoo!

My mid-March reading total was:  22 books

Book Breakdown:  6 Netgalley (97%), 10 author/publisher requests, 4 audio, 1 DNF, 1 library, 6 TBR pile, 8 new to me authors, 5 new series, 3 series finales, Romance sub-genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQA, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi, and Historical Romance, POVs– 3rd person Omniscient and 1st Person, Settings:  Congo, US, Ireland, Canada, England, India, Scotland, Another Planet

Reading Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Book Views’ New Release: 43/101 books

Delighted Reader’s Series that Never Ends: 2/12 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander: 0/2 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Read all the Books: 15 books left

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  43/75 books

Austenesque Lover’s TBR:  18/20 books

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

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 16/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 83/100 books

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

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audiobook: 20/50 books

As Told By Tina’s Let’s Read Indie: 39/41 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie: 7/10 books

Angela’s Guilty Pleasures’ Library Love: 6/12 books

Under the Covers’ Romance Roundabout: 3/15 categories

Caffeinated Reader’s Take Control TBR: 6/20 books

Books That Stood Out:

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs, UF, for ongoing delivery of a strong series

Valor by Victoria Vane, HR, more than a nod to historical setting and great use of minimalism romance

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, YA Sci-Fi, sensational series finish

How was your March?  Lucky with any 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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4 years ago

I hope you both had a great March, and that April is even better.

Ooh I’d love to visit Disney again someday. Hope it’s a blast!


Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Thanks, Lauren! It was fast and I was distracted, but it wasn’t a bad month. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
4 years ago

You should visit some day! I know just how daunting a vacation to Disney may feel and how it hits the pocketbook. My services are free to clients. Disney pays my bill so you can relax and let someone else do all the work for you.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Looks like a pretty good reading month. 67 is crazy, Sophia! Safe travels, Shari. Hope yall both have a great April 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

For sure! From mid-Dec to the first week of Mar, I focused on those oldies. 🙂

4 years ago

My goodness, you guys sure have been busy, and you’ve recommended some great reads! Hugs…and happy April! RO

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

Thank you, Ro! Wishing you a splendid April, as well. 🙂 This whole spring will be busy, I believe.