Monthly Wrap-Up – September


September flew by in a blur with our lives consumed with soccer and swimming!  I’m so happy to say that both of them are loving soccer!  And my oldest is now brave enough to go off the high dive at the swim center.  So now we get to watch both of our kiddos do synchronized jumping off the high and low diving boards, it’s hilarious and entertaining to watch!

And the end of September marks my favorite food season!  Summer is my favorite season, but fall has all the food filled with yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice.  And in case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with it.  Here’s a picture I posted on Twitter showing my latest shopping trip at Trader Joes, you can see it here.   And that’s only the beginning since I pulled out all my recipes for what I’m going to bake/make.  Now my husband is not a pumpkin fan.  But each year I’m slowly converting him, even if he’s rolling his eyes the whole time.  The best thing is I caught him two nights ago having a late night bowl of Pumpkin O’s (like Cheerios) muahahaha.

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month.  That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!


What We Read:

5 Stars:
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman
The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins

3.5 Stars:
Thunderstruck by Brenda Drake
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

3 Stars:
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz


Favorite Books of the Month:

Here’s the thing, I can’t choose between a Paranormal book and a Contemporary book.  They’re worlds apart and encompass so many different elements, so here are the two best books of the month –

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (Jen’s Choice)
The creatures and curses were not only unique, but an eerie combination that at times terrified me.  There were so many moments of subtle humor that had me laughing out loud and kept a smile on my face.  And when you add to that characters that won my heart, well Black Bird of the Gallows easily became one of my favorite books from this year!


Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman (Jen’s Choice)
If you adore YA romance that makes you smile, laugh and leaves you feeling oh so happy, then I highly recommend Ninja Girl!  And Adorkable too, if you haven’t read that one yet.

Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For September
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Loved Before We Started Writing Reviews
TOP TEN TUESDAY – What’s On Our Fall TBR
BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAYS – Our Favorite Female Leads




COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY – Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Added To My TBR:

Here are some of the books I added to my TBR in September.  I’ve realized that I always tend to add more books to my TBR than I’m able to read in a month lol.  And just a heads up – I don’t include books that don’t have a cover yet.


Did you read any of the same books we did?  Or did we share the same favorite book?  If not, what was your favorite?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful September and cheers to October being just as fabulous!

**Linked this post to the August Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**






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  1. Kim Barker

    Black Bird of the Gallows is definitely one of my faves of the month!😊

    • Jen

      Woohoo! I’m so happy we both loved that book *happy dance*!

  2. Raven

    I’m so glad you loved Black Bird of the Gallows, Ninja Girl and The Great Pursuit! I also loved these three books. I can’t wait for you to read Wolf By Wolf! It’s one of my favorite books and I hope you love it as much as I did. Angelbound, and Love unscripted are pretty good reads too and I really hope you enjoy them too.
    Anyways, I hope your October is even more better. 🙂
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    • Jen

      I really, really, really hope I love Wolf by Wolf too. That’s one of those few books that makes me reallllllly nervous to pick up. I have no clue why lol. So I’m definitely waiting until I’m in the right mood, since I’m a huge mood reader. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Angelbound and Love Unscripted! 🙂

  3. Evelina

    I read soooo little this month! I had so many life things going on, but I’m glad I at least kept the blog going. Let’s hope for a better October 🙂 and pumpkin is totally amazing. My favorite season is the autumn, cause it’s just so pretty, and there’s all that great food, and the weather is usually enjoyable too. It’s a great season 🙂
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    • Jen

      Isn’t it crazy how some months there’s like nooooo time for reading *cries*. That’s how I felt last month, but then this month I got sick last weekend and read 4 books lol. That’s the only way I can read lots of books is to get sick….the struggle is real lol. Have tons of fun enjoying your favorite season!

      • Evelina

        You read HOW MANY??? WOW! When I’m sick I usually can’t read too much, cause headaches and all that. I am definitely impressed! You’re a hero 😀
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        • Jen

          Well one was a Novella but still! I was shocked too! Usually I can read one book a week because of kids, multiple sports, family, play dates and volunteering so that had to been a record lol! I also watched a few movies too….Dirty Dancing and Clueless. ♥

  4. Annemieke

    Black Birds of the Gallows looks super interesting. I hadn’t heard of it before so I am for sure checking that one out!

    • Jen

      Black Bird of the Gallows was so much fun! I’m so happy you’re going to check it out! 🙂

  5. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m glad your kids had a good summer. I love pumpkin and fall foods, too. Have a great October!
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    • Jen

      I ♥ our summers! I’m already counting down to the next one lol! Hope you have a great October too!

  6. Tina

    I’m all about pumpkin! I haven’t tried Pumpkin O’s, but I’ve been curious about them. I love the cover of Ninja Girl! I see it’s on Kindle Unlimited so I’m going to have to borrow it soon. I absolutely feel the same, I feel like I add more books to my TBR then I actually read. I hope you have a wonderful October!
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    • Jen

      Oh yay! You definitely have to try the Pumpkin O’s. Although they are super addicting. I think we’re on box 6?! It’s so bad lol. And yes Ninja Girl is on Kindle Unlimited! So is the 1st book Adorkable. They’re both standalones, but if you haven’t read Adorkable yet I highly recommend you pick up that one first. Becks *sigh* he’s impossible not to fall for. ♥

  7. Sophie Alex

    I’m super excited about Black Bird of the Gallows, The Star-Touched Queen, and The Midnight Dance! The three of them sound amazing and super in the mood for fall.
    I also added Wolf by Wolf to my TBR as well as Invictus by Ryan Graudin because BOTH premises are looking very appealing to me. I love all of the amazing books that are being released!
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    • Jen

      I’m loving all of these amazing books that are being released too! It made September and now October so much fun! Here’s hoping you love all of the books you added to your TBR! 🙂

  8. danielle hammelef

    From your description of Ninja Girl, I have to read it and Black Bird of the Gallows seems like a fantastic read.

    • Jen

      Yes definitely! Pickup Adorkable by the same author of Ninja Girl if you haven’t read that one yet. It’s super cute too and they’re on Kindle Unlimited if you have that. 🙂

  9. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Your Trader Joe’s pumpkin haul made me laugh—I always love how many seasonal items like that they come up with. (And, if you haven’t gotten it yet, the pumpkin spice caramel corn is AMAZING!)
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    • Jen

      I love how many items they have too! And *gasp* I don’t even know about pumpkin spice caramel corn! My husband was there last night and looked for it and they said they didn’t have it anymore *cries*. It sounds amazing and I already have it on my list for next year, woohoo!

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