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
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.
- [3 May] Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs ★★★★½
- [4 May] From Alaska With Love by Ally James ★★★
- [17 May] A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes ★★★½
- [26 May] Broken by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★★★
- [29 May] Close Up by Amanda Quick ★★★★½
- [30 May] Rescuing the Ranger by Nicole S. Patrick ★★★½