Monthly Wrap-Up – October


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, and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from October were –

We went to Disneyland for fall break!  It was the first time my two little boys had ever been to Disneyland and we also went with my Mom and Aunt.  It was the most amazing time ever and I’m already counting down until our next time.  We spent a full day at Disneyland.  Then the next day at Disneyland California Adventure Park and then the third day going back on all of our favorite rides at both parks.  It was the perfect amount of time and I still can’t believe how much we walked….close to 10 miles each day.  Here’s a hilarious picture of us on Splash Mountain here and here’s one of us after we ate at Flo’s Cafe (Cars Land) here.
We saw the Blue Angels perform and they were breathtaking!  My two little boys even got to meet all of the pilots after the show and get their autographs.  I’m so beyond thankful for that day!
Halloween!  I adore everything Halloween!  Usually we dress up as a family every year.  You can see our costumes from last year here.  But this year I was sick, so only my kiddos dressed up.  My boys dressed up as Mario from Mario Brothers.  Yes, they were both Mario, there was not a Luigi lol.  And my four legged kiddos dressed up as Superdog and Hotdog.  You can see my little doggies picture here.



What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc. #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas
Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

4 Stars:
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
If the Summer Lasted Forever by Shari L. Tapscott
The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O’Gorman

3 Stars:
Losing the Field (The Field Party #4) by Abbi Glines




Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Jen’s Choice)
You guys, Luc was the ultimate book boyfriend.  While I never ever thought I would say this, because Daemon has been my #1 bbf for the last four years, Luc not only challenged him but he has grabbed first place.  I feel so disloyal saying that, but Luc was beyond amazing. And I can see countless others falling for his charm too.



Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas (Arielle’s Choice)
Basically this book was just…soo good. All of the new things we learned too. You CAN’T skip this. No way. Like I got to the end and all I could think about was how much Maas has grown as a writer. There was nothing about this book that I didn’t like. And I loved what she added to the overall scheme of how the war will play out too, omg.



99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (Cassie’s Choice)
All hail Sally Thorne! She, along with Marianne Zapata, have made me come to appreciate well-written modern romances. For a girl that loves her dystopian and thrillers, this is a big switch in my normal reading habits. I was gifted “The Hating Game” by Chelsea for Valentine’s Day and I absolutely loved it. So much that I’ve read it a few times now. So when I found out Sally had another book coming out, I had to get my hands on it.



 Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (Chelsea’s Choice)
Annnnnd the hype is officially real. It’s not often I love a book as much as I did the first, but, here, I was a goner. At the beginning I was like eh, okay, LET’S GET TO SAM AND EVIE AND JERICHO AND WHAT’S UP WITH THAT DRAMA AGHHH BRING IT ON. But then, as the story progressed, I just…I died a little. All of a sudden I didn’t want to rush through everything (well…maybe the scary-more on that later) and I cared so deeply about dear Henry and even Ling, that you couldn’t pay me to put it down.
**Runner Up** – The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray




Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For October
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Authors We’d Love to Meet




BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer




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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I just keep adding books to my tbr lol…..


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

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  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m so envious that you went to Disney! I went when I was a kid, but I barely remember it. I’m glad the kids had a good Halloween. I hope you have a great November!
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    • Jen

      It’s such a magical place, I was amazed at how it still felt magical at my age. ♥ I hope you are able to visit there again someday and I’m wishing you a wonderful November too!

  2. Annemieke

    Sorry you were sick during Halloween. That always sucks. But yeay for going to Disneyland. When Merijn is older I want to plan a trip to Disneyland Paris some time.
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, but at least I was healthy for Disneyland. I’d much rather miss Halloween than that, so it all worked out in the end. 🙂 Awww he’ll LOVE that! It’s such an amazing experience!

  3. Raven

    It looks like you had a great month, Jen! I’m sorry you were sick during Halloween! That really sucks! Your pups looks so cute in the costume!
    I’m super excited for 99 Percent Mine! I can’t wait to read it! I really need to finish the Lux series soon so I could catch up with the spin off. I’m so glad the KOA has finally released, now I can’t wait to binge the whole series!

    Hope you all have an amazing November and Happy reading! 🙂
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much! It’s funny how much my dogs love their costumes lol! Callie didn’t want to take her little dress off when it was time to go to bed HA! And yes, I can’t wait for you finish the Lux Series so you can start on Luc’s journey, it was beyond amazing!

  4. Danielle Hammelef

    Your trip sounds so much fun. I’ve never been to Disney. You will have memories to treasure always. I didn’t dress up this year for Halloween, other than wear butterfly wings during my Jazzercise class. I adore pets in costume. So cute! I love your pups’ expressions too.

    • Jen

      That’s one of my favorite things, all the memories we’ll have forever from that trip. ♥ Butterfly wings sound adorable, I love it! And thank you so much!

  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Disney! I’ve never been to Disneyland (only Disneyworld)—I’d like to go sometime.
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Nicole! And I hope you guys are able to visit sometime, it’s such a magical place, even as an adult. ♥

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