The Book Report May 2020

Posted June 10, 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!

Sophia Rose’s Update

Hope it was a good Memorial Day for those in the US and a better month all around.  It was weird not having all the usual Memorial Day activities like the graveside decorations and ceremonies at the war memorial and a BBQ at the in-laws, but we still watched the special presentations and ceremonies on TV and had our own BBQ.  It was a scorching day so we missed having grammy’s pool to get in, but a water fight with the garden hose did wonders.

May… it was a fun one.  We had a ‘drive in’ wedding for my husband’s nephew back on the 2nd.  They got their church wedding and we all drove up to the church, parked in two parallel lines to make an aisle, and watched the ceremony on Facebook Live.  They concluded the ceremony with the Mother-Son and Father-Daughter dance and then the cake cutting before coming outside to walk down our aisle as we honked and held up signs.  They’ll have the best wedding story ever when people are telling those ‘top this’ stories.  It made one of the local news channel’s ‘feel-good’ metro stories.

The next day, we had my husband’s surprise 50th birthday car parade.  I made up cupcakes and cookies and put them in individual packs and kept my husband in the dark long enough for the city police, fire, and rescue to escort his family and friends past us in a 25 car parade.  He was so flabbergasted and could only stare with wonder at first.  But, seeing everyone for a social distance party was a big boost of encouragement.

I got to be in a family birthday parade like what came by for my husband a week ago.  It’s just as fun being one of the cars in the parade as watching one.

It was a good month of getting Do It Yourself stuff done around the house, too.  My newly sanded and stained coffee table is taking pride of place in the living room.  Before #StayAtHome, I had this long list of projects and chores that were all small budget stuff that just needed time and elbow grease.  It feels great to have almost the whole list done before the hot and humid summer days turn me into a listless slug- at least in the afternoon when it’s hottest.

On the bookish front, I still find myself unable to focus long so books and I seem to have a real aversion to reading what I put into my book plan (yes, this gets problematic for reading arcs or tour books in a timely fashion).  I’ve resorted to bribing myself (read the necessary book and then I can read any book I want).

I’ve been doing the Can You Read a Series in a Month reading challenge hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading.  I picked the Lady Darby series because I only had three left to get completely caught up on the series.  At the time I am writing this, I have two down, one to go, and six days to read it in so I think I’ll make it.

May Reading Total:  18 Books

Reading Breakdown:  5 NetGalley (97%), 6 author/publisher requests, 6 TBR pile, 1 library, 6 audio, 5 new to me authors, 3 new series

Challenge Updates:

Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Audio:  40/100 books

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile:  18/50 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes:  19/50 books

Because Reading’s COYER Quarantine:  37/60 books

Passages to the Past’s Historical Fiction:  50/100 books

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Books of My Heart’s Library Love:  8/23 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers:  80/100 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  46/100 books

UnConventional Bookworm’s 61/100 books

Because Reading’s Summer Reading Assignment:  2/12

Book Girl of MuryCastell and Carole’s Random Rambling’s Romance BINGO:  23/25 books

Under the Covers and Peace Love Book’s Romanceopoly:  43/78 books

Delighted Reader’s The Series that Never Ends:  6/12 books

Has summer temps arrived yet (for those in the Northern Hemi)?  Read any books you can recommend?  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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Romance Reader
1 year ago

I loved reading this whole report! Wow, you got so many things done!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Romance Reader

Yes! It felt great to get stuff accomplished and celebrate some milestones.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

How nice that you were able to celebrate in clever ways! Nice that you got some of your projects done before the heat settles in. Your coffee table looks beautiful! 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, it was a lot of fun getting creative both for celebrating and for projects. I love how stain covers up a host of sanding mistakes. 😉

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

That’s great that everyone is finding new ways to celebrate weddings and birthdays. We had an online birthday celebration last month. Awesome that your list of projects are almost done. I’ve noticed a lot of ppl doing those home projects now that everyone is stuck at home. I’m in the same boat on reading. I’ve been in a slump ever since the lock down. I just can’t focus or get into reading. Have a great June!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Exactly. My mother in law came up with the parade idea and our nephew’s in laws came up with the drive-in.
It is a good feeling to get stuff accomplished when the rest of life is so out of control.
Argh, that slump is so irritating, isn’t it?

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yes the slump is irritating. I’ve been going into a slump, then I’d read, then another slump. It’s crazy! I used to read a book every two days now to so much. Even with reviews I’m just not interested in doing them. At least I write some quick thoughts down in Goodreads.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Same here. My goal went from four books a week to two- or three if they are shorter and still I struggle. I’m not pushing it though b/c that would not help me get out of the slump and would likely make me start hating reading. 🙁

Carole Rae
1 year ago

May was a weird month. All of 2020 has been weird tbh.
And dang! You are rocking the challenges!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh man, it sure has. All hell broke loose after I wrote this post.

I’m not as motivated as I’d like to be, but yes, not doing too badly all things considered.