Monthly Wrap-Up – October


I felt like I captured hundreds of pictures of our lives this month!  Some of my highlights were –

On October 16th, 16 years ago, I met my husband at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.  I shared a picture of us back in college, you can see it here
My little family of four went to the US Airforce Thunderbird show and it was beyond amazing!  Here’s a picture of my oldest high-fiving one of the pilots – here.
We visited Southern California, where my hubby’s from, since my oldest was on Fall Break.  I forgot how much I missed the ocean.  It was crazy hot, 105 (that’s freakish weather for down there fyi) but I was soooo happy!  Here’s a few of the pictures we took while down there, one, two, three, four.
I got to meet one of my favorite authors EVER, TH Hernandez, and got my books signed.  Oh my gosh, I was a huge rambling mess, but it was the most amazing experience!  I’m hoping to do a post about this in November! 🙂
And to all of those that celebrate Halloween, here’s hoping you have the best night ever!  We’re dressing up as a family of super heroes (even our doggies have costumes woohoo!), I can’t wait!

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:
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay
Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa Kay
Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

4 Stars:
Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin

3.5 Stars:
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

3 Stars:
Legion (Talon #4) by Julia Kagawa



Favorite Books of the Month:

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black (Brittney’s Choice)
What a delightfully dark, twisty novel.  If you know anything about me, I’m all about the court politics & intrigue, villains & anti-heroes, and schemes within plots within schemes. This book had my name written ALL over it.



Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay (Jen’s Choice)
Shattered Stars was a brilliant and emotional conclusion to the Broken Skies trilogy!  It was action packed, emotionally gutting and I found myself on the edge of my seat desperately needing to know what was going to happen next.  I can’t recommend this series enough!


Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Chelsea’s Choice)
What followed was a story that had me hooked from the start and became possibly one of my favorites of the year. I finished in record time (since that’s now becoming two weeks for every book I read!!!) and devoured every word. I laughed and swooned and my heart went into overdrive. What else can you ask for?

Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For October



Added To My TBR:

Oh. My. Gosh. I seriously need to ban myself from adding books to my tbr lol!  This last month *covers eyes* it just didn’t stop.  And I didn’t even include the ones that have covers.  Sigh.


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 October and cheers to November being just as fabulous!

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





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  1. Kim Barker

    I LOVE the pics you shared Jen! I’m so glad this has been such a wonderful month for you and your beautiful family. Happy Halloween!👻

    • Jen

      Thank you! I’m so happy we had so many highs in October! It’s been a rough year and I so appreciate all the happy moments we were able to have! ♥

  2. Raven

    Happy Halloween! You really had an awesome month, Jen! I’m so excited to start Broken Skies trilogy. I have an ARC of Unearthed and I’m planning to read it on December. I’m so excited for you to read An Enchantment of Ravens, and One Wish Away! I loved both of them and I really hope you enjoy reading them! Anyways, I hope you have a great November and Happy Reading! 🙂
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    • Jen

      I’m SUPER excited to see what you think of Unearthed! I’m sooooo excited about that book, and I have my fingers crossed it’s as amazing as her other series!! I can’t wait to see what you think about it!

  3. Theresa Hernandez

    You were NOT a rambling mess! I had a blast talking to you about books, and movies, and just life!
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    • Jen

      LOL thank you for that! I had SO much fun talking with you too! Best visit ever!

  4. Annemieke

    Your Halloween costume sounds like so much win!

    And seeing how you feel about The Cruel Prince makes me excited for that book now. 😉

    • Jen

      Halloween was SO much fun! I love dressing up for Halloween as much as my two little boys do lol! #NeverGrowUp 😉

  5. Evelina

    Aww, that pic of you and your hubby looks so cute 🙂 me and my Bf actually have an anniversary today too!
    And it seems like you hauled A LOT of books 😀 I almost didn’t haul that many this month, but then failed on the last day, haha 😀
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  6. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    It sounds like you had a busy October. I hope you’re having a great November and enjoying all your new books.
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    • Jen

      Such a busy October, but that’s how I love it. 🙂 Thank you!

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I saw your pics on Twitter last month (including the adorable one of you guys in your Halloween costumes)—seems like your family had a great October!
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    • Jen

      Such a great October! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. ♥

  8. danielle hammelef

    California sounds so good right now. I love the ocean and warmer temps. I’m happy you got to meet one of your favorite authors!! I know I enjoy meeting authors and going to book signings.

    • Jen

      My sister-in-law texted me that it’s supposed to be 86 tomorrow in Southern California, oh my gosh! It’s warm here too and I’m probably the only one wishing for the snow to come back to Tahoe lol! It’s so much fun meeting our favorite authors! I’m so glad you’ve gotten to do it too!!

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