The Book Report November 2018

Posted November 30, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 16 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

Happy Holidays! It’s that wonderful time of year we get Hallmark movies you husband wants to play drinking games with, the kids push the thankful piece of your mind and time seems to not be your own. It also brings about peppermint hot chocolate, fire place fires, snow, wrapping gifts, cookies baking everywhere and so much more. I love it all.

I participated in HoHoHoRAT holiday and winter readathon for the first time! I put together a list of six books to read over the course of the week. I finished up four of them and started a fifth. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to six, but I was still happy with how much I did get read. That just means I have another holiday book to look forward to reading!  Thank you to Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and her helpers for putting on a wonderful event!

Reading was a late night event for me this month or the pick up line at school. To say I am tired during the day is true. I just want to read and I found most of the time I had to stay up late if I wanted to read. So maybe I will sleep a bit now and close my update, lol.

Reviewing didn’t go as planned. I spent a lot of time prepping the blog for 2019. No design changes, just getting ready for some new events that I can’t wait to tell you about.

My Reading Breakdown:   3 NetGalleys (94%), 0 Free Books, 1 Kindle Unlimited,  3 purchased books, 7 read total, 2 reviews written.


The Series That Never Ends: 4/5 – 80% (so close)
Bad Boys of Romance: 21/25 – 84%
Literary Pickers: 45/50 – 90%
Books ‘N Tunes: 33/25 – 132% – DONE
Review Writing: 51/50 – 98% – DONE
Reading Challenge: 124/135 – 91%

Sophia Rose’s Update

Happy Holidays to everyone!

I’m typing this early when it’s still Thanksgiving week in the US so some things I’ve got to project a guess about.

November has gone by swiftly for me.  We got snow the first day of the month and it has visited four times since along with some ice.  It sticks around a few days and then things warm a little so there has been no accumulation unlike the folks out East got.  I had some packages to get off to Rational Creature blog tour winners, packages for a few family birthdays and one birthday party here for my nephew’s sweet sixteen.  The shed project is nearly done and leaf duty is an ongoing battle.  My trees are bare so I know I’m raking other people’s leaves.  Oh well, good exercise.  One neighbor still has her Halloween décor up and another already has Christmas going wild at her place.  I’m aiming to put out my holiday decorations the day after Thanksgiving.

I’m going to be cutting it close to finish up my NaNoWriMo 50,000 words writing project, but I’m pleased with what I’ve got so far.  I’m at 41,000 words as of November 19th.

The HoHoHoRAT holiday and winter readathon just wrapped up.  Thank you to Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and her elves for hosting a fun event.  My goal was to read ten books and I hit eleven.  Happily, I finished all the review books and a few off my dusty TBR pile that I wanted to get to.

I am still working on Michelle and Berls’ @ Because Reading’s Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge.  I chose Ani Gonzalez’s Banshee Creek series because I needed three books to finish catching up.  I have one more book left to go and I’m pretty sure I can do it.

Next month, I’ll be jumping into Winter COYER (Clean Off Your E-Reader) Challenge that goes from Dec 1st through to March.  Right now the site is down so I can’t direct you there for the details, but I know Michelle and Berls’ @ Because Reading have good things planned with the challenge.

Now, before I chat my books for this month, I owe you all a TRUTH answer.  Thank you for being good sports and giving it your best shot.  For those who participated in my little Four Truths and a Lie game for this month’s Blog All About It, the lie was #1.  I did not get into it with a protester at Golden Gate Park.  That was my poor brother who got the brunt of a protester march when he was in the wrong place at the wrong time walking around the park before going to the SF Giants baseball game.  He was wearing a t-shirt sporting one of the Air Force bases my mom worked at.  For peace lovers, those folks sure had a funny way of demonstrating it.  You’d think they caught him killing kittens rather than wearing a shirt with an airplane on it.  Many shouted obscenities and other nasty stuff, one grabbed him by the shirt like they were planning to rip it off him and another shoved him back several feet before the police got there.  My brother was angry, but he didn’t say anything provoking from start to finish (which is impressive because he has a snarky tongue when he gets mad).

The rest… are true of me.  I should clarify that when I say ‘strung out’ I mean that as a short term situation while I was healing from a sports injury and we discovered I was rather sensitive to the meds prescribed.  LOL  The weapon in my face was when I was down in Monterrey, Mexico doing a building project with a group when Americans and other foreigners were told we needed to leave because it was too dangerous for us to be there during an unstable election period.  They were right because we got stopped leaving one state, Nueva Leon and heading north into Tamaulipas.

Shari was right that the other two truths were camping adventures.

So, books!  My November total is:  33 read

Reading Breakdown:  9 NetGalley (98%), 10 author/publisher requests, 10 audio, 1 KU, 2 borrows, 2 library, 9 TBR pile, 10 new to me authors, 9 new series

**Reading Challenge Updates:

Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release:  192/200 books

Delighted Reader’s Series that Never Ends: 12/13 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander: 1 of 2 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  114/150 books

Austenesque Lovers TBR: 66/75 books

Caffeinated Reader and Hot Listen’s Audio:  87/100 books

** If I completed a challenge to the top level then I removed it from the update list.  I will do a full recap at the end of the year.

It’s that time of the year for Reading Challenge sign-ups so be watching for some that might tickle your fancy, particularly a bunch we host here at Delighted Reader

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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Tracy Terry
3 years ago

About to start my month of festive reading. It’s been a while since i participated in the Christmas spirit challenge but have 10 books begging to be read over December.

Thank you for a wonderful catch up. You certainly had a busy November

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Terry

Oh fun! I had a nice long string of holiday reading myself so I hope you enjoy your books, too, Tracy.

Yes, November was busy, but most of it were things I wanted to do so that’s all right. 🙂

Shari Jung
3 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Terry

Enjoy! I have a list of 11 books I need to finish this month to hit most of my goals! Just keep reading!

3 years ago

November was a total bust for me. Not to sound like a cliche country sound but we had to put my dog to sleep and I cant’ read when I’m depressed. I’m a cleaner so my house got an overall instead lol

My husband is on vacation in December so I don’t expect it to go much better but I’ve had a great reading year so it’s ok.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Now, that is something that would leave me with little desire to read as well. Our pets have always been family and I know that is double true for you, Karen. Yay for time off with the hubby. Books will be there when you have time, but time together is hard to get. 🙂

Shari Jung
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

I am so sorry to hear this. My family has 2 dogs: Mason 10 and Pluto 1. Mason is a Newflound and their life expectancies are only 10 years. He’s small for that breed, but still a large dog. He’s been limping a lot and moving slower. It’s going to hurt so much when we have to say goodbye. I have decided to start adopting older dogs in the future and giving them the best life o can give them. I was in Pets Mart last weekend and wanted to take them all home. Unfortunately we have an ordinance limiting… Read more »

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

You both had an awesome month and I love that you both enjoyed the HoHoHo readathon.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Definitely, Kimberly! And, your readathon is one of the highlights of my reading year. 🙂

Shari Jung
3 years ago

Thank you! I loved being a part of it even though I only got 4 of the 6 read. I knew 6 was a long shot!

3 years ago

I’m impressed by both of you! I’m so behind on everything and while I am still reading/listening, it’s like pulling teeth to get me to write a review. And I am getting even worse about commenting on blogs. Hopefully after I get home from my trip and after Christmas things will change.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

No worries, Lorna! You’ve got a lot going on and you can always turn your reviews in when you get back in the mood with them. 🙂 Look forward to those when they come.

Enjoy your trip and your holidays, too!

Shari Jung
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I totally get it! I so want to comment on blogs but get distracted a lot. I tried all day yesterday to work on things, but my kids kept interrupting me. Now I have a cold and feel awful. I don’t want to write and hardly want to read. Going to be fun finishing up the year.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Sounds like you both had busy Novembers. I wish I could stay up late reading like Shari but I need my sleep or I cannot function. Great job with the challenges. I hope you both have a great December!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’m a night reader mostly and some in the afternoon when I get home, but mornings? Blurg! LOL

Thanks, Carole! I know you are killer busy with work, the kiddoes music and college so wishing you some peace during your December. 🙂

2 years ago

Shari- great job on the winter reading challenge. I feel like I haven’t read in awhile, so I need to get back into the groove.

Sophia Rose: I hope you got to 50k last month; if not, that’s an awesome number!


herding cats
2 years ago

The different decorations at homes can be so funny. That’s how our neighborhood is still! And gah the leaves. An ongoing battle for sure. Hope yall are having a great December so far!