The Book Report September 2018

Posted September 30, 2018 by Shari in The Book Report / 19 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

Welcome to Autumn! I am so ready for cooler weather, warm cider and days wearing more than a t-shirt and shorts. It also brings about the end of the first quarter of school, well for my son at least. My daughters go my semesters. It’s official! My oldest is doing rotations in the medical field. This program at school allows her to work in different departments getting a feel to see if she want’s to continue what she has planned or maybe switch to something else. She had the PEDs in the hospital at this time and I can’t wait to hear more without hearing more since she can’t talk about it. Yep, I can’t ask about her day due to HIPAA laws.

We started some new features on the blog this month like what I am pre-ordering. I invited Sophia Rose to join me if she wants. Some weeks we will have a post and if we don’t have any pre-orders for the next week, we won’t post. We also started two recommendations features: Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package. Both are monthly fee programs where you can “check out” books/audio books each month for a flat fee, but there are only certain books in the program. I know for Kindle Unlimited, I have been burned a lot on what I have gotten, so I wanted to start sharing the good books I do find from time to time. I just started the Audible Romance Package, but I already have noticed over 100 audio books I want to listen too! Hoping I don’t get burned on those!

Reading was fun, but also took a back seat to a lot of brainstorming on jump starting the blog with fun things to do. I also got a few reviews written and I am happy that I am sticking to writing them instead of going months without writing one. Doing good to staying up on my goal this year.

October starts the Blog Ahead movement from Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup. At this point I am going to keep it simple with 31 scheduled posts, but if I can get more, I will more than likely keep it going. The more the better, right?

What are you reading? Ready for the pumpkin spice craze? I have stayed away from it so far. But it is time for warm drinks and reading, so off we go to read!

My Reading Breakdown:  1 NetGalleys (95%), 1 Kindle Unlimited,  4 purchased books, 7 read total, 10 reviews written.


The Series That Never Ends: 3/6 – 50%
Bad Boys of Romance: 20/25 – 80%
Literary Pickers: 42/50 – 84%
Books ‘N Tunes: 32/25 – 128% – DONE
Review Writing: 46/50 – 92%
Reading Challenge: 106/135 – 79%

Sophia Rose’s Update

Happy Fall, Y’all!  I’m typing this a few days after Autumn became official and can’t get over how swiftly we’re putting September in the books.  We finally had that Yard Sale we’ve been building up to for a few months and it was quite the success.  There was enough left over that we’re going to try to squeeze one more yard sale in soon- hey, the stuff is already priced and ready so it won’t be as much trouble.  Each day on my walks, I note that there is a little more crispness in the air and less sweltering heat plus bonus, it was finally cool and less humid enough to get the windows open.  The local fruits and veggies are most available at the moment and I’ve enjoyed using fresh in my cooking and baking this last week especially since our growing season here in southeast Michigan got a late start.  Ah, yes, do I love fall!

September also began the blog tour on the Rational Creatures anthology I was published in so forgive me if I’m hit or miss out in bloggisphere and social media at times.  It doesn’t release until Oct 15th, but I’m already excited to see the early reviews.

On to book news, I finished strong with COYER at the end of August meeting or exceeding all my goals and look forward to winter COYER.  Right now, I’m anticipating my first spooky reading event because I’ve signed up for the Fraterfest Readathon over at Kimberly’s Caffeinated Reader blog.  It’s Oct 11-16th.  Here’s the sign up if you wish to check it out:

For September, my reading was up and the total is:   39 books read

Reading Breakdown:  7 Netgalley (97%), 10 author/publishers, 6 Kindle Unlimited, 1 library, 5 audio, 16 TBR pile, 15 new to me authors, 16 new series, 1 DNF

Reading Challenge Update:

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audio:  63 books COMPLETED will push for 75

Austenesque Lovers’:  57/75 books

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

Angel’s Guilty Pleasure’s Library Love:  12/12 books COMPLETED leveling up

My Reader’s Block’s Mt. TBR:  104/150 books

Unconventional Bookworm’s New Release:  149/200 books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie:  13/20 books

Simply Angela’s Outlander:  1 of 2 books

Under the Cover’s Romance Roundabout:  14/15 categories

Delighted Reader’s The Series that Never Ends:  10/12 books

How did you do for your Summer Reading Challenges?  Doing any new challenges this fall?  Read any fab books for September?  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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3 years ago

You guys are putting in some serious work with your reading and challenges! The blog is always looking so fun too! Happy Sunday and looking forward to October! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  RO P

You are so right. Shari does a sensational job making the blog a lovely place to visit. This reminds me… I owe her a list of favorite KU books.

Hugs back and a well wish for an Outstanding October, Ro!

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I love Fall too and I like some pumpkin spice things like cookies. Not a fan of the drinks for the most part though. Looking forward to cooler temperatures for sure.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I love pumpkin spice muffins and the fall weather. 🙂 I don’t drink coffee or tea so the only fall flavored drink I do is hot cider.

3 years ago

I noticed some of the new features already, they look fun! I am also happy autumn is here with the cooler weather. That sounds interesting how your oldest can try out different departments to see what she likes best. @Sophia, glad to hear the yard sale went well. You read a lot this month and only 1 DNF, that’s great. I am doing great with the new release challenge too, will have to check at how many books I am. And I am excited you got to read one of Carol Van natta’s books this month, she’s become one of… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Thank you, Lola! It was great sorting through my things and pulling out stuff that I didn’t want or need, but then able to make a bit of money when I got rid of it. Naturally, it didn’t all sell, but I donated the unsold stuff to a charity shop and a church. Oh yes, I enjoyed her Pet Trade story, but it was seeing your wonderful reviews that made me push Carol Van Natta’s books to the top of the pile finally. Loved the prequel and book one. I am waiting on book two for audio review. You’ve been… Read more »

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

I am so glad to hear that you signed up for the Romance Package on Audible….I LOVE it so much!! And yes there are so many goodies on there.

Congrats Sophia on being published …so happy for you darling!!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Thanks, Renee! We’re out on blog tour now and getting giddy over the release in a few weeks. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I have been enjoying the new features on the blog. It can be hard to find the gems in some of the reading programs. You are both doing great with your reading and stats. Have a great October!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It is so beautiful and sharp. Shari does a fab job. I like her creative mind that is always thinking of new posts and fun stuff to add.

Yes, we did great with our reading stats.

Happy October, Carole!

3 years ago

I’m not great at challenges so I only do the generic Goodreads one. I read my 100 book goal and just raised it to 150.

I can’t wait for fall weather but it doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon here.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Carole Rae
3 years ago

Yayy for fall!!

Shari Jung
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Fall for the win!