Monthly Wrap-Up – June


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 four 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.

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from June were –

School is out and summer is here.  It’s my favorite time of the year!  My kiddos and I, along with a group of my mommy friends and their kiddos, go to the beach a few days a week and then the local pool once a week.  Being out doors is our favorite way to spend summer.  Here are two pictures of some of my favorite beaches that we go to.  Beach #1 and Beach #2.
It was the birthday of where we live, so our town celebrated with a huge parade and then a carnival.  My oldest, who is 7, was braver than me and went on all the rides he was tall enough for like Extreme Scream….a ride that takes you up high and then drops you.  No thank you.  I was scared enough on the Ferris Wheel, my 5 year old was telling me to be brave lol, and the swings I kept closing my eyes and my oldest was saying open your eyes mommy this is fun!  At least I have a year before we have to go on all of the rides again lol!



What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster
Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Sugar and Spice (Glitter and Sparkle #3) by Shari L. Tapscott
War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard

4.5 Stars:
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
A Boy Like You (Like Us #1) by Ginger Scott
Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

4 Stars:
The Bet (The Bet #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

3.5 Stars:
All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

3 Stars:
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne




Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
I think this is my favorite book in this series.  I recommend, recommend, recommend. Read them all from the very beginning if you haven’t already. They may not all be easy to read (especially Loren and Lily’s books) but to me, it’s so worth it.



Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman  (Cassie’s Choice)
This book blew my out of the water. Haha, see what I did there?  The writing style is near perfection. Without being overly descriptive and wordy, the author clearly paints an image of everything we (the reader) sees.



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.






Sugar and Spice (Glitter and Sparkle #3) by Shari L. Tapscott (Jen’s Choice)
Sugar and Spice made me laugh, smile and fall hopelessly in love with these characters.  And when I closed the book, I was left wanting to spin circles with my arms out and smiling up at the sun.  Seriously. It was that adorable!





Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For June
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Decided to DNF
Welcome Post: Say hello to my dearest friend, Cassie!
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books On Our Summer TBR




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


Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I’m contemplating going to a book signing in San Francisco next year.  So a lot of the books I added to my TBR are from authors that will be attending the event. 🙂


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: 17
Goal: 16-20



Beat The Backlist
Team Book Bard!
Status: 13
Goal: 15-20



Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I tried some books this month and ended up stopping, they just weren’t for me.


So that was our June. 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 June too. And cheers to July being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Samantha

    I’m so jealous of your beach time! Sadly, I live in nowhere beachy at all. Enjoy your books!
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    • Jen

      We were both raised near the ocean in California so we knew we’d have to live near a beach or else we’d both go a little crazy lol! It’s one of my happy spots….I need sand in my life. 😉 Thank you!

  2. Greg

    I’m the same way on some of those carnival rides! Not a fan lol. Especially sudden drops, um no. Nice beach pics too, I love that beach #1! Looks beautiful there!

    Bring Me Their Hearts and Something in the Water look awesome!
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    • Jen

      Yes!! No to sudden drops lol!! You can see 70 feet down in the water, so it makes our beaches even more pretty. Thank you!

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Your kid is braver than me. I’m terrified of rollercoasters and really tall rides. I’m envious that you have a beach. The nearest one to me is 1000 miles away. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great July!
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    • Jen

      I use to be as brave as him, I have no clue what happened to me lol! Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful July too!

  4. Raven@dreamy addictions

    Your kids are so brave and adorable, Jen! 😁 It looks like you had an amazing month. Hope your July is even more better and happy reading! ❤️
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful July too! So far it’s been a ton of fun!

  5. ShootingStarsMag

    Sounds like you all had a great month. I really want to read the Like Us series- so yay for giving the third one 5 stars.

    The town parade/carnival sounds like fun. I don’t really ride many rides either though – terrified of heights over here. haha

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    • Arielle

      Yesssss!!! Have you read their other books??

    • Jen

      Of course we get in the ferris wheel and then it stops at the very top. ACK!! I was ready to be done then lol!

  6. Karla Strand

    Wow, that is a lot of romance! 😉 Glad you enjoy it and your kids let you have time to read! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Jen

      Aw I’m sure they’d love to give me time to read but we’re always go-go-go so I don’t ever read during the day. The only time I have for reading is at night once they are asleep. That’s why I only get through 1 maybe 2 books a week. 🙂

  7. Annemieke

    Extreme Scream…yeah no thanks haha. Sounds like your Summer is off to a good start.
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    • Jen

      RIGHT?! My thoughts exactly LOL!

  8. Tina

    I am jealous that you can take your little ones to the beach so often. I’m no where near the beach. I plan on reading To Kill A Kingdom this month so all this positive reviews make me want to jump to it right now.

    I hope ya’ll have a wonderful July!
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    • Jen

      That was one of our huge requirements for wherever we ended up, since my husband and I were both raised near beaches/the ocean/and lakes in Cali. Beaches are my happy place so I desperately need them in my life. ♥ Hoe you enjoy To Kill A Kingdom!

  9. Danielle Hammelef

    I love the beach and wish we lived closer to one. The closest I get is a city park on a lake. We do have a pool close by to swim and stay cool though. Yes, outdoors is the best way to spend the summer. I enjoy reading outside as long as the mosquitoes stay away.

    • Jen

      I’m happy to hear that you have a city park on a lake and a pool close by, those sound wonderful! Ugh, I hate mosquitoes. When we moved here almost 12 years ago there weren’t any mosquitoes in Northern Nevada. We didn’t even have to give our dogs heart worm medicine unless we went back home to California. But in the last 4 years they’ve made their way here and I just hate them.

  10. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I love rollercoasters, but sometimes those little carnival rides make me really nervous!
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    • Jen

      Funny thing….I actually did a speech report in college of carnival rides vs amusement park rides and their safety. Spoiler alert – carnival rides are actually a lot safer and assessed way more than amusement parks. It doesn’t seem right but it so is lol! 🙂

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