The Book Report October 2018

Posted October 31, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 14 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 Halloween!

October is one of my favorite months, but I have to say this wasn’t the month for me, especially on the reading front. I did manage to get a lot of posts ready for 2019, brainstormed some new adventures and even made a quick trip to Disney World with my kids! Happy Halloween from Anna, Elsa and Spiderman in front of the Magic Kingdom.

My Day Job

I went back to my old ways, but mostly because my day job picked up and guess what? I worked and didn’t get paid. Yep, this has me re-evaluating if I want to continue to be a travel agent.

It’s that time of year when you come up with business plans and I have never done that. As I put my heart into the plan, it was torn to pieces by someone who thought I was too conservative on my goals. Goals I feel they want so they can get more prestige for their company. Which is right for them to do and to push me, but I faced hard realities when I wrote it. I faced that I don’t have the sales this year. So I tripled my amount of sales I want to get next year and if I am brutally honest it was more than that if you take out the sales I made to myself that I can’t continue to do in 2019. I considered my geographical area and we are mostly blue collar worker or farmers. I don’t live in an area like New York with tons of rich people, or any other town like that. So, yeah, I have set a deadline for me to double my sales by or it’s me going back to being a stay at home mom who blogs.

UPDATE: I did have a meeting with my boss right after I wrote this and she thought I was over pushing the amount that I increased it to, so I put it back. She said the numbers I put would be better for a third or fourth year in the business. Oh, well, I guess the first person (her husband) just figured I needed to be pushed harder.

I also was participating in Blog Ahead. I love this event, but it does take time to create 30+ post. Time away from reading. Throw in a research trip for the job above and I sit here these last few days of October struggling to get my 30+ posts. I am currently at 25 posts and I hope to get 5-6 more done before the day is over. I have prepped a ton of them the other day, so I am going to push to finish them up and hit my goal!

Reading…well I pre-ordered the Hell out of Amazon, and have only read one of those books. Books I am dying to read, but just haven’t had time. I see November being a month for me to step back and try to read more. I love writing reviews and the business I run, but I really miss reading!

Oh, and I spent last night making 7 batches of churros that I worried would go soggy by morning to help my daughter with her Spanish class assignment. Sure enough, they weren’t as crisp on the outside and soft inside as they were last night. I hope the teacher sees the effort she and I both put into this. In fact, I got a pretty bad grease burn on my hand to prove it wasn’t that easy. I got smart finally after I got a second burn on my arm for it. Needless to say, I looked like a wreck with my left hand all bandaged up with moist towels to help take the burn feel off. My older daughter thinks I have second degree burns, so keeping it dry and wrapped up is the name of the game today. Luckily I can still type even though I have to rest my wrist on the table.

Is it time for turkey and pie?

Who’s ready for pumpkin pie? **Raises hands** I am not a fan of all the pumpkin things, but pumpkin pie is one of my favorites. I bought the ingredients yesterday and heavy whipping cream to make my own whipped cream. I am an over achiever at times as most times I just buy whipped cream. Oh, well, I really wanted to have something fresh and good. Just letting my hand heal and I will be in the kitchen making my fall favorites! Maybe I will dig up some recipes to share, although most are from what I have found rather than family hand me downs.


Back to reading and books…see my October was all over the place. So here’s to a new month with more books!

My Reading Breakdown:  1 NetGalleys (95%), 0 Kindle Unlimited,  1 audio book, 3 purchased books, 4 read total, 3 reviews written.


The Series That Never Ends: 4/6 – 67%
Bad Boys of Romance: 21/25 – 84%
Literary Pickers: 43/50 – 86%
Books ‘N Tunes: 33/25 – 132% – DONE
Review Writing: 49/50 – 98%
Reading Challenge: 110/135 – 81%

Sophia Rose’s Update

I reveled so much in the change of the season even if, yes, our leaves still are not turning.  Talk about late color.  As long as I get it, I will not mind.  October brought the release of Rational Creatures anthology in which I have a short story entry, the base of our shed in place for us to get the rest of it up this weekend (hopefully), the final harvest from the garden before it was plowed under, a trip to the orchard, donuts and cider, and our first fire in the fireplace.

My Kindle Unlimited trial will end just before this post goes up.  I have decided to cancel, but keep the option open for later in the new year when I have more time to spare for books not on my shelf, review commitments and real life.  I’m going to look in to subscribing and cancelling after a few months at a time.  If anyone else has done it that way, let me know how it worked out for you.

I had a good time participating in Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer’s Fraterfest Readathon and the mini games and challenges from participating hostesses.  My goal was to read five (not so) scary books and I hit that goal easily.

I was having a blast so I kept the themed readathon reads rolling by a spur of the moment entry into Michele and Berls at Because Readings’ Spooky Season Readathon.  I didn’t give much thought to this so my early goal was three books.  I’ve hit four and I still have time for more.

That brings me to my upcoming book related events in November.  As usual, I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month’s (NANOWRIMO) writing challenge which will mean I slip into writer cave and less on social media and blogs.

I will also be doing Michelle and Berls’ at Because Readings’ Read a Series in a Month challenge.  I picked the last three books in Ani Gonzalez’s Banshee Creek series.  Bet I made you bug-eye over the ‘series’ part.  LOL, but no, I’m not nuts and committed to three and they are not long.

Here’s the link if you wish to check it out:

Aaannndd, I’m doing the annual HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.  I am aiming for ten holiday or winter setting books.  Rather ambitious to be sure, but this readathon is a week and a half.

Here’s the link if you wish to check it out:


October Reading Totals:  46 books

 Reading Breakdown:  13 NetGalley (98%), 17 author/publisher requests, 12 Kindle Unlimited, 1 library,  11 TBR pile, 13 audio, 13 new to me authors, 8 new series, 2 end of series

Challenge Updates:***

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

Simply Angela’s Outlander:  1 of 2 books

Herding Cats Burning Soups’ Read All the Books:  64 Nalini Singh books COMPLETE

My Reader’s Block’s Mt TBR:  108/150 books

Austenesque Lovers:  63/75 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame:  8/9 books

Herding Cats Burning Soup’s Blog All About It:  12 topics COMPLETE

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer’s Audio:  78/100 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  15/15 categories  COMPLETE

*** If I finished as far as I can go or want to go in the challenge, I removed it from the list after the month I completed it.  I will do a full wrap-up of all challenges in December.

Whelp!  There you go.  How was your Halloween?  How are you doing on your 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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Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Shari – It sounds like you have been incredibly busy lately. I hope your day job picks up for you – it’s nice to make some money for your work!

Sophia Rose – Congrats on Rational Creatures! It looks like you had a really good reading month. Lots of challenges! I am going to have to decide how many books to try for with the Ho Ho Ho Readathon.

I hope you both have a great November!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Thank you, Carole! I’m pretty jazzed about the release.

I’m hoping to blaze through several review books for the challenge. I picked them up for the holiday mood and apparently I went a bit crazy with that. LOL

You have a nice November, too.

1 year ago

I just realized how lax I was in October with only two reviews. And none for Hot Listens. I think I am in a reviewing funk or something. I’m reading, but not reviewing much. Definitely need to get over that! Probably need to stay away from NetFlix and Prime movies too! You both have been so busy! I do love Fall, but I can’t do pumpkin anything.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh no, I hate funks. They make no sense especially when you’re not doing anything different, but they just happen. Now, see, I’ve got several shows saved that I need to watch, but just haven’t been in the mood. 🙂
Hopefully, you’ll get your reviewing mojo back soon.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh I have a DVR full of stuff saved. I try to watch some everyday. Thanks!

1 year ago
Reply to  Shari

I actually just wrote you before I even saw this. I’m going to be away for three weeks coming up but I am trying to keep up. But thank you!

Shari Jung
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

Have a nice trip. Sophia takes a month in the summer, but I spread my time out over the year. Somehow we still can’t schedule all of my husbands vacation. On a mission next year to try to take more with him since our oldest will be headed to college.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Shari, Setting yearly goals for growth is hard but I am glad things looks better once you sat down with your boss. I giggled about the preorders. I do this all the time and then they sit for 6 month, um YEARS even!

Sophia…you are crazy. I am doing the series challenge to and went with three audiobooks! I am excited for the #HoHoHoRAT.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

LOL, yes, I rather think I am. But, at least I get to have company in my padded room. 🙂
But, I actually doubled up on a lot of this so that the same books will work for more than one challenge and my reading is going to be about the same as usual.

herding cats
1 year ago

An eventful month! Congrats on all the posts getting done, ladies! And on the release, Sophia 🙂 That’s awesome.

I’m doing that with my KU. I had it for 3 months then taking 2 off to catch up on other books then will probably get it again for Dec/Jan after I’ve earmarked enough books to read for a month of it. Figure that way I’ll be sure to get my money’s worth.

Hope yall have a wonderful November and have lots of great books!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  herding cats

Thank you, Anna! Shari did great getting all the posts I threw at her formatted and in the queue. 🙂

Oh yes, I was ecstatic on release day.

Oh hey, did you see that KU is offering another 3-months for $.99 if you don’t have an active account. The offer’s good until Nov 30. Kimberly suggested holding off accepting to see if they offer an even better deal as a Black Friday or Cyber Monday special. And, holding off helps me get caught up on my own reads and reviews before I plunge back in again. 🙂