The Book Report November 2020

Posted December 1, 2020 by Shari in The Book Report / 11 Comments

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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

November will go down as a bad month once again!

Mom was in the hospital for over two weeks with congestive heart failure. At one point we were convinced she was dying because she wouldn’t wake up. We learned they were giving her sleeping pills to calm her down for a CAT scan and just didn’t stop giving them to her. A week later she was ready to leave, but she wasn’t walking and the doctors felt she needed more therapy. Throw in COVID was shutting down open spots in facilities and no one would take her for therapy. After being accepted and denied from one center twice, we ended back at where we started and she was moved there the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. My learning from all this? I get to see more of my mom when she is in the hospital than when she is in a long term facility.  Over the two weeks, she was only allowed one visitor a day, and my brother and I alternated going. Now she is in a new place, she is quarantined for 14 days and even after that, we have to sit outside a window if we want to visit her. Thanksgiving I wasn’t even allowed to talk to her, Facetime or see her. I understand not wanting to spread COVID, I just don’t understand why we can’t Zoom or Facetime on holidays. So now I am writing letters and putting them in Christmas Cards to send her. She doesn’t remember much, but she does still know who I am.

Then on Thanksgiving, I made my first Thanksgiving Dinner for just us. At lunchtime, my daughter noticed the ice was really watery. I just thought she touched off the water instead of ice and didn’t think much else till later. Later, the same daughter calls out to me that the floor is wet in front of the fridge. And with that, we found out the fridge wasn’t maintaining a temperature below 50 degrees. Everything in the freezer was melting and none of the food in the fridge was cold enough to save. Everything had to be thrown out to the tune of 6 trash bags of food. Most fridges are on backorder until January or February depending on the features you want. We ended up getting one for delivery on December 2, but we lost all the food I made on Thanksgiving day and had nothing but what was in our garage freezer and the pantry.

Finally, my Macbook needs an upgrade, but with a 128 GB drive, there isn’t enough room to install it. Even after I uninstalled all of the software, there still wasn’t enough space to upgrade it. This has caused me to run behind on post here. I once again installed all the software back and will figure something out later. Damn Apple. Oh, and my printer which has lots of paper keeps sending me messages it is out of paper.

Hopefully, things will shape up in December. The tree is up, the lights around the house are strung and I finally found a place to display my Disney collection of Christmas houses!

Reading has been going well. I stumbled upon a couple of authors I have been binge reading and finding all their stories sound the same but with different names and settings. The first book was interesting. The second book somewhat. The third book…yeah, I figured out it was a rinse and repeat situation.

Onto the statistics.

December – My Reading Breakdown:

  • Kindle Unlimited = 8
  • Purchased = 2
  • NetGalley = 1
  • Audible Extra = 1/2 (listened and read)
  • Free = 1
  • Total Read: 12

Best of…

  • Favorite Book Read: Bayou Dreaming by Lexi Blake – never judge a book by it’s cover or a person’s outward personality
  • Silliest Book Read: Owning Their Pet by Marlee Wray – just a silly story I spent more time skimming than reading
  • Most Comedic Book Read: Semi-Sweet on You by Erin Nicholas – second chance on love with light moments to enjoy.
  • New Author to Love: Piper Stone – maybe – I have read quite a few, but the last one made me question reading any more.

Challenges

  • The Series That Never Ends: 14/7 – Dark Protectors– Done 
  • The Series That Never Ends 6/6 – Ashes & Embers – Done
  • The Series That Never ends 9/9 – Masters of the Castle – Done
  • Bad Boys of Romance: 34/25 – Done
  • Literary Pickers: 58/45 – Done
  • Books ‘N Tunes: 35/30 – Done
  • Review Writing: 68/100 – Not sure I am going to finish this goal.
  • Reading Challenge:  181/150 – Done

Sophia Rose’s Update

I’m prepping this just a few days before Thanksgiving (US) and of course my thoughts go to what I am thankful for.  Among all my personal and family blessings, I have to say that I am utterly thankful for you- my online book buddies.  Getting lost in book world is one of the biggest comforts I’ve had all year long.  

Life has been steady for me personally although within my husband’s family there was has been an ER visit for grammy and a case of Covid among the adult grandchildren that is still a concern.  The extended family will not toddle off ‘over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house’.  Instead, we’re staying in our separate family units and calling each other for the big day.  A few restaurants are doing full Thanksgiving Dinners so we’ve all chipped in for the grandparents and our Covid isolationists will get dinner delivered.  ☺

And, last weekend we had our first snowfall.  So pretty!  We got around three or four inches of big, fluffy snowflakes.

In bookish news, we finished the Mercy Thompson Readalong hosted by Anne @ Books of My Heart.  I had such a good time re-reading/listening to the whole series this year and ending with the latest release which was the only one I hadn’t read.  Stay tuned for news of next year’s readalong.

I’ve been participating in the #HoHoHoRAT hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and her fabulous Blogger Elf team.  I’ve got three of my six books read, participated in fun games at the elf blogger sites, and attempted to stay up with the Instagram Challenge as well.  It’s fun and helping me get in the mood for the holiday season.

November Reading Total: 28 books

Reading Breakdown: 10 Netgalley (97%), 10 author/publisher requests, 1 library, 8 TBR, 8 new to me authors, 9 new series, 2 end of series, 9 audio, 3 anthologies/boxed sets

Challenge Updates:

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Books of My Heart’s Library Love: 14/23 books

Austenesque TBR:  42/50 books

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  68/100 books

Because Reading’s Reading Assignment Fall:  12/16 books

Delighted Reader’s Series That Never Ends: 11/12 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers:  98/100 books

Under the Covers and Peace Love Books’ Romanceopoly:  77/78 books

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes:  45/50 books

Because Readings’ COYER:  82 books

Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release: 155/200 books

Caffeinated Reviewer: 99/100 books

Passages to the Past 109/100 books COMPLETED

Book Girl of MuryCastell and Carole Rae’s Ramblings’ Romance BINGO COMPLETED

This Month’s Reviews

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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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Carole Rae
10 months ago

Oh Shari. I’m sorry Nov was so bad for you! *virtual hugs*

Sophia, such a nice idea doing that dinner delivery!

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, hopefully it’s really tasty. 🙂

Shari
10 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Thank you Carole Rae!

Berls
10 months ago

Oh Shari. Can I just give you a hug? What a month. The situation with your mom is tough. I don’t get why they won’t allow you to zoom chat with her? Maybe it has to do with available staff/devices? but still! And then your fridge? All that food. Gah I’m so sorry! December will be better, gotta be! Sophia, sounds like y’all have a great thanksgiving plan. I hope it worked out. I hope the family members with COVID are doing okay. I cannot wait for us to have COVID behind us… well, for it to be like the… Read more »

Sophia Rose
10 months ago
Reply to  Berls

Sweet of you, Berls! Shari has thought of writing a book about the crazy life she leads. Hopefully, the year will finish out well.

Lover of Romance
10 months ago

Getting lost in a book has been a lifesaver especially this year right Sophia? Looks like you both had a good month here especially in reading. I am so jealous you got some snow….I hope we get some soon here. Hope you have a great month of December especially in getting the last books of the year read in.

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

Yes, it was neat getting snow twice now. 🙂 I struggle to concentrate, but I still like being lost in a book word. Thanks, Renee!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Shari, I am so sorry that you had such a bad month. My mother in law is in a facility and we have been having such a hard time getting to see her. They only do appointments on Saturday mornings and the visit is outside. So far they keep getting canceled because of rain. I hope you can figure something out to see your mother more.

Sophia Rose, I hope your family is staying healthy! Thanksgiving definitely looked different this year. I am so not ready for snow yet!

I hope you are both having a wonderful December!

Sophia Rose
10 months ago

It has been a year of being flexible about things, for sure, Carole. Haha, ready or not here it comes!

Thanks and you have a good December, too!