Monthly Wrap-Up – April


During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the three of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR and updates on my Reading Challenges.

♥ Enjoy!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard but Arielle had her baby girl on April 10th.  She is the most beautiful, little girl ever!  Chelsea and I are so happy for Arielle and her husband! ♥♥♥

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from April were –

We finally took our littles to their first real baseball game.  It seemed fitting since they play it at least five days a week, ha!  They had so much fun cheering on the Reno Aces.  We lucked out too, it was a gorgeous day in the mid 70’s and the boys got to watch the Aces win the game.  It was the perfect day!
I celebrated my birthday on April 10th….also the same day Arielle had her little girl.  My day was filled with take-out Mexican food and cheesecake – my favorite food ever!  My five year old was sick, so we ended up just celebrating it with the four of us at home.  But that following weekend we got to have again Mexican food and cheesecake with all my family that lives here.  Best week ever!
Last month I learned how to give my bestie shots so she doesn’t go into early labor.  She’s only 18 weeks pregnant but I’ll give her a shot every week until she hits 37 weeks in September.  I was super nervous because the needle is a little more than 1 1/2″ long and the nurse had told me to “just pretend you’re throwing a dart into her“.  WHAT?!  But it was a lot better than I ever could have imaged…..besides the prep work which takes a long time since the medicine is so thick.  But regardless, I can do it so that’s what matters, yay!



What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Glitter and Sparkle (Glitter and Sparkle #1) by Shari L. Tapscott
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

4.5 Stars:
The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2) by Annette Marie
Shine and Shimmer (Glitter and Sparkle #2) by Shari L. Tapscott
Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts

4 Stars:
Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body (Page Turners #1) by Jennie Marts
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

3.5 Stars:
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot




Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren (Arielle’s Choice)
Seriously, please read this book. It’s such a sweet story of two young people that are soul mates who have connected over books and words and who find their way back to each other even after tragedy rips them apart. I really think it would be impossible to be disappointed.



To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Chelsea’s Choice)
Guys. I adored this book. And the writing-it was seriously out of this world. Savage. Unrelenting-the most vicious kind of poetry. If I could write, and, believe me, the last few books I’ve read have made me pine for it so, this is exactly how I’d want to write.






Glitter and Sparkle (Glitter and Sparkle #1) by Shari L. Tapscott (Jen’s Choice)
Glitter and Sparkle was the cutest book ever!  If you’re a fan of Cookie O’Gorman, or even the feelings you got while watching the movie Clueless, then you definitely have to give this one a try!




Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For April
TRAILER – Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Loved but Will Never Re-Read
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books That Take Place In Another Country




We thought it would be fun to share Chelsea & Jen’s most popular posts for April. And they are….


Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:


Reading Challenges:

This is the first year I’ve EVER joined a Reading Challenge. I went through Nicole’s huge list of reading challenges – check it out here – and found three that sounded absolutely perfect for me. Here’s where I am so far….

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
Status: 9
Goal: 16-20



Beat The Backlist
Team Book Bard!
Status: 8
Goal: 15-20


Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I actually read two books this month from the library, but their reviews are scheduled for next month.  So next month. 🙂


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

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful April too. And cheers to May fabulous for all of us!

**We linked this post to March Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    It sounds like you guys had a busy month. Happy birthday(s)! I hope you have a great May.
    Aj @ Read All The Things! recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Killing Lions For Books?My Profile

    • Jen

      Thank you!♥

  2. Vee @ Under The Mountain

    New baby! I love babies, as long as they’re other peoples. I’ve had one and never plan to have any more, she’s enough of a handful!

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

    • Jen

      That’s exactly what my Aunt says lol!

  3. Raven

    Amazing Wrap Up! Belated Happy Birthday, Jen! You guys had read great books this month. I can’t wait to read To Kill A kindom, and also Glitter and sparkle which sounds so cute btw. I already have Love and other words on my TBR but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really need to get to it ASAP. I’m looking forward to read Spies, Lies and Allies this month. Let’s hope I love it! I loved Caraval, Air Awakens series, Our dark duet, Flame In the Mist, and Starry Eyes. I hope you enjoy reading them!
    Hope you have an amazing May and happy reading! 🙂
    Raven recently posted…May Most Anticipated Releases! [2018]My Profile

    • Jen

      Thank you so much! Glitter and Sparkle is so freaking cute! I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of her books…she has a fantasy series that is already complete and I need to find time to read that! I’m so glad you loved the Air Awaken Series and all of the other books too, they all sound like something I would love and I’m hoping that is how it turns out! *fingers crossed*

  4. Jennie Marts

    Wow! What a month! I see some of my favorites in your list of recently read books! Thanks so much for including mine in your list! <3 This post made my day! 🙂

    • Jen

      Oh of course! I’m so glad I got to meet you at RT and I’m hoping to get a post up this weekend recapping everything that happened. Also I’m looking forward to jumping back into your Page Turners Series, I can’t wait to see what happens to Maggie! ♥

  5. Sophie

    OMG I would have been so nervous if I had to give shots!!!!! Kudos to you and I see you had a great reading month!

    • Jen

      It’s so crazy that the prep work for the shot is more nerve wracking than the shot itself. I never would have guessed that. Thank you!!

  6. Fafa's Book Corner

    Awesome wrap-up!

    • Jen


  7. Kim

    That was some month! Congratulations Arielle and Happy Birthday Jen!😙

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Kim!

  8. Annemieke

    Such a big month. Congrats to you Jen with your birthday. And lots of love to Arielle and her baby girl.
    Annemieke recently posted…Dancing out of April 2018My Profile

    • Jen

      Thank you so much!!

  9. Tina

    Happy Belated Birthday! My birthday is the day before yours. It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday despite the little one being sick. The Reno Aces were just in town last week playing our team (Chihuahuas), I haven’t had a chance to go see them play this year but my sister loved one of the players on the Aces.

    I had to get those shots when I was pregnant with Little 3. It took forever for the insurance to approve them so for me they didn’t really help me because I got them pretty late into my pregnancy. I hope everything runs smoothly for your best friend.

    I hope ya’ll have a wonderful May!
    Tina recently posted…The April 2018 Wrap UpMy Profile

    • Jen

      Happy Belated Birthday! April is the best month for birthdays! And yay for your sister getting to see the Reno Aces play, that’s awesome! I’m looking forward to us catching another one of their games!

      Insurance, ugh. I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to get them with baby 3, insurance definitely drags their feet approving this drug. At 6/7 weeks pregnant the doctors had my bestie start the approval process with her insurance. She finally got approved I believe it was either week 16/17 in her pregnancy, seriously right in time before her first shot. It’s not right. I’m sorry!

  10. Rebecca

    Happy birthday for April! Sounds like you read some great books in April. Off to check out Love and Other Words – your high praise has me intrigued!

    • Jen

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I still need to read a Christina Lauren book, and that one sounds like a fabulous way to start!

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