The Book Report March 2020

Posted March 31, 2020 by Shari in The Book Report / 23 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

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

Best of…

  • 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:

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.

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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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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

March has definitely been a crazy month. Drastic drop in my listening time, but am finding more time for reading my ebooks. When I’m not engrossed in my Switch! Hope you guys and your families stay safe and healthy!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

It’s weird how it affects even our reading time or even our reading habits. Wishing you safety and wellness, too, Tanya! 🙂

1 year ago

I’m happy to hear you all are doing well! This has certainly been a month of adjustments and dealing with the ambiguity of this virus. The one big positive, more time with our families and more time to connect with each other!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Ethan

You are so right about the big positives of this. Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy April, Ethan. 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thank you! Wishing you and yours the same!

1 year ago

Good luck for everything!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

Thanks, Melliane! Wishing you well, too!

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Shari, I feel I am the opposite. I’m too anxious to read. D:

Sophia, oooo those conspiracy nuts.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

They’re out there (way out there). 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

Looks like a great month you had Sophia!!! Yeah this is taking me back to the stories that my grandparents told me about WWII and the Depression. I am hoping we won’t get that bad, I have faith that our leadership are capable in guiding us through this. I try not to get into the conspiracy theories too much. Looks like you got a TON of books read. Hope April is a smooth going month for you.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yeah, I try to keep zen about all this and trust, too.

Wishing you a great April, too, Renee!

1 year ago

Wishing you well, it is easy to read and blog now but in unfortunate circumstances. Stay well and safe!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Cindy

Thank you, Cindy! One day at a time, I guess. Wishing you well. 🙂

Karen Alderman
1 year ago

This hasn’t felt like the longest 3 months of my life. It just keeps piling on.

I haven’t been able to read much though. My brain can’t focus but I did finish a book the other day so progress lol

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen Alderman

Yeah between your move, your grief, and now this, you have been really socked, Karen. It really is tough to concentrate even on pleasure reading.

Take care and have a good April! 🙂

1 year ago

I know it’s been rough for everyone, but it’s good that we can turn to books for a quick way to escape whenever possible. Shari, sounds like so much is going, so I’m lifting everyone and every situation up in prayer. Nothing like having the kiddies home right?(lol) Sophia, I think there’s a lot of connection for many of us family members from the past. Wishing that you are all safe and doing well! Sending some social distancing hugs. RO

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  RO P

Yes, tough times, but not utterly hopeless and books are a comfort right now.

Thanks for the well wishes and sending some back of my own. Have a great weekend, Radiant Ro!

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

This month has been crazy. I thought I would get more reading done, but then I remembered I am now home-schooling my first grader while also figuring out how to provide instructional support for my Resource students by email, phone, video chat, etc. April is going to be a doozy too!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yeah, it’s actually tougher to get in reading and stay on a schedule. Hats off to you, Sarah! 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books

Shari – I am very sorry to hear that you had some devastating news to deal with on top of everything else. It would be really interesting to try to juggle everyone working out of the house all of a sudden. I don’t really see too much of my college kiddo either so I guess that is normal. Sophia Rose – I have often thought over the past few weeks that if my grandparents could deal with the obstacles they faced then I could deal with the issues now. Good luck with COYER! I hope you both have a wonderful… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

That is exactly why they have been on my mind. Thanks, Carole! Doing great at COYER so far.

1 year ago

Shari-When it rains it pours it seems for you right now. So sorry you are going through all of this. Sophia-corn nut?? Ha! He sounds kinda scary actually. It really is hard to concentrate on anything I try to do- listening. reading or even watching tv. I was staying 6 and even 7 books ahead of schedule on the GR challenge and now down to 4 ahead. Stay safe ladies!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yeah, he just stepped outside his house and walked toward me talking all the way. I wasn’t scared he’d hurt me, but I hoped he’d not get in my face and pass on the virus. LOL
Hard to focus for sure. Thanks, Lorna, and right back at you. 🙂