Welcome to The Book Report where we run down everything that happened in the month and update you on challenges, giveaways, reviews and more!
For the first time in several years I am actually running ahead on my reading challenge! Unfortunately it has come in the place of sleep. Many a night I am up anxious about everything going on so I read to escape. Sometimes I read something good and sometime I read books that probably I wouldn’t pick up if I was actually fully awake.
The kids are all home from school and university! So I had to quickly set up desk areas for us all to have a place to work on school lessons. My craft room was sacraficed for my college kid, but the side effect is we finally got in there and cleaned up the room that has been a mess for many years. I already had a U shaped desk from when our local Sylvan went out of business. It’s meant for me to sit in the center with the kids along the outside. I cleaned off one side of it for my son, and my other daughter uses a corner when she has to login or take a test. She is a little more finicky….will see how her grades go with all of this. The college student will finish up her semester at home doing online classes and last week I barely saw her. She studies a lot which is good, but I never saw this schedule because she was at university. The other two just finished spring break. Their school schedule till May is just Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Today is their first day back. Three days a week for school that normally is five days. This is going to get interesting.
Today is also my middle child’s birthday! Social distancing birthday. I am hoping to set up some twinkling lights with her gifts and a cake. Like a comfy area just her own for the day. Fingers crossed it all goes ok today!
March came in and created chaos not only for everyone being home. We had a leak in the basement, but two years ago we had a pipe burst outside of the house that caused out water bill to go over $1000. We installed a sensor that detects water and humidity levels. Luckily we saw the message 3 hours after the device sent it (we had do not disturbed on at night).
That same day, my daughter came in the back door yelling the dog got out of the fence. We recently had a privacy fence put in around Christmas from problems with our neighbor who is also a cop. Long story about those issues that I won’t get into. So a section of the fence blew apart. My husband and I were able to put it back together, but it was just another issue with the installation.
One more extremely bad thing happened in my family, but due to the sensitive nature of it, I am not going to get into it other than it has devasted my family. We are trying to heal and that’s about all I can say for the moment if ever about it.
Every I described here happened within the same week. Yes, homeschooling, moving home my kid from college, flooding basement, fallen fence, bad thing happening, and my husband’s birthday….all in a week. Throw in every non-essential store being closed, restaurants going to take out only and then the e-learning being extended till May 1. This is why I wasn’t sleeping at night. I would get 3-4 hours and then be awake for another 3 hours and get maybe 1 more hour of sleep if I was lucky. Everything going on in my life left me wide awake and unable to sleep.
So, yeah, my reading numbers are up. How are you doing?
December – My Reading Breakdown: 4 Kindle Unlimited,9 re-reads, 1 Book Tour, 1 ARC
- Favorite Book Read: Tie – The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott and Broken by Rebecca Zanetti
- Favorite Authors I Read in March: Cherise Sinclair, Kylie Scott and Rebecca Zanetti
- The Series That Never Ends: 0/5
- Bad Boys of Romance: 6/30
- Literary Pickers: 10/40
- Books ‘N Tunes: 10/40
- Review Writing: 12/90
- Reading Challenge: 47/150
- Audiobook Challenge: 0/10
Sophia Rose’s Update
Beware the Ides of March indeed!
I can’t help getting a bit introspective and recalling stories my gran told me about living through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, WWII rationing, and more. I feel more connected to her than I’ve ever been since she passed even though there is really no comparison between her past and my present situation. Funny story… there is the corn nut neighbor a few blocks over who shakes his fist at the new regulations as government propaganda and plotting (read conspiracy) and explains as I try to maneuver around him and get back on my brisk walk just what he suspects (he stopped just short of alien invasion) this pandemic scare really is. Anywho… let’s hang tough! And, thank you to all the health care, first responders, pharmacists and more who are arrayed on the front lines. Greatly appreciate, you!
COYER’s back early! Yay! Michelle and Berls brought back COYER Quarantine to give us some fun and cheer so of course I signed up. It’s from March 23-August 31st. I want to do all the Readathons, Buddy Reads, and Facebook activities I can. My overall goal is quite ambitious- 70 books.
You can still sign up if you like: https://www.becausereading.com/coyer-quarantine-edition-booklovers/
My March reading is still off a bit. The ennui is still there. I read and listen to books each day, but I can’t knuckle down and focus for long. I also seem to have a weird aversion to reading anything I planned to read at the time. But, I am getting books read and I take great comfort and joy from losing myself in my books. March Reading Total: 24 books
Reading Breakdown: 4 NetGalley (98%), 11 author/publisher requests, 1 KU, 8 TBR pile, 7 audio, 4 new to me authors, 5 first in series, 3 last in series
Reading Challenge Update:
Because Reading’s COYER Quarantine: 2/70 books
Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release: 32/100 books
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Books Are My Heart’s Library Love: 5/12 books
Austenesque Lovers TBR: 11/50 books
My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR: 32/100 books
Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Spring: 11/16 books
Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends: 3/11 books
Passage to the Past’s Historical Fiction: 31/100 books
Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers: 58/100 books
Under the Covers and Peace Love Books’ Romanceopoly: 27/78 books
Caffeinated Reviewer’s Audio: 23/100 books
Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes: 12/50 books
Book Girl of Mur y Castell and Carole Rae’s Random Rambling’s Romance BINGO: 20/25 books
First quarter of the year is in the books. How are you doing with your reading Challenges or Life Challenges? Do Tell!
This Month’s Reviews
Did you miss a review? No fear! Here’s what we wrote about.
- [1 Mar] A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes ★★★½
- [2 Mar] Judgment in Death by J.D. Robb ★★★★
- [6 Mar] Unforgiven by Jay Crownover ★★★½
- [7 Mar] Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker ★★★★★
- [8 Mar] I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden ★★★★
- [9 Mar] Sedona Seduction by Lisa Kessler ★★★★
- [10 Mar] The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott ★★★★
- [11 Mar] Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen ★★★★
- [15 Mar] Death of an Aristocrat by Anya Wylde ★★★½
- [15 Mar] Trouble With the Earl by Olivia Kane ★★★½
- [16 Mar] Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen ★★★★
- [17 Mar] Auctioned to the A-Lister by Taylor Holloway ★★★★
- [18 Mar] Into the Dark by Karen Rose ★★★★★
- [19 Mar] Flashed by Zoey Castile ★★★
- [20 Mar] Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★★½
- [21 Mar] Protecting What Is Mine by Lucy Score ★★★★
- [22 Mar] Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh ★★★★½
- [23 Mar] The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren ★★★
- [24 Mar] Of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson ★★★★½
- [25 Mar] With This Heart by R.S. Grey ★★★★½
- [26 Mar] Line of Fyre by Cara Bristol ★★★★
- [27 Mar] Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong ★★★★½
- [28 Mar] Mad About You by Stephanie Bond ★★★★
- [29 Mar] Ship to Shore by Elizabeth Adams ★★★½
- [30 Mar] Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs ★★★★★
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