Monthly Wrap-Up – December


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 December Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from December were:

We hosted Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas Day for all of my family.  Our days were filled with a ton of games, we ate way too much food and relaxed.  I absolutely love how magical the holidays are to my two little boys.  It’s so much fun watching the joy they get from baking cookies, to building a gingerbread house and opening presents.  Speaking of presents, I took a picture of one of my doggies helping open a Christmas present that wasn’t his ha – click here.
Two of my childhood friends stayed with us back to back, along with their husbands and kiddos.  We live right by Lake Tahoe, so it’s the perfect place to vacation. We spent a lot of time sledding in the mountains and it even snowed on us one of the days.  The rest of the time we were busy playing more games and even playing baseball outside in a high of 19 degrees.  Wheeeee!
I made one resolution for 2019.  I just want to focus on happiness.  Spending time with those I love, reading great books and enjoying life.  It seems like a great resolution to try and work towards every day for the New Year.  So cheers to all of my bookish friends!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year!



What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose

4.5 Stars:
Smiling Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #2) by Katy Regnery
Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland

4 Stars:

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1) by Katy Regnery
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Loving Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #3) by Katy Regnery
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare



Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose (Jen’s Choice)
A forbidden love story that was filled with angst and had a strong hate to love vibe.  The characters quickly reached deep into my heart and it was so easy to feel every single one of their emotions. This book was exactly what I was looking for!



Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake (Arielle’s Choice)
HIGHLY recommend this series.



Evermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland (Cassie’s Choice)
Evermore was an excellent bookend to its companion, Everless.  I absolutely loved this book!



Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For December
✮  TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books By Our Favorite Authors That We Still Need to Read
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On Our Winter TBR
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books We Hope We Find Under Our Christmas Tree This Morning




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

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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 December. 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 December too. And cheers to January being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Christmas at Lake Tahoe sounds like the best thing ever. Good luck with your New Year’s resolution! Have a great January.
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    • Jen

      It’s the prettiest ever, such a winter wonderland. ♥ Thank you, I hope you do too!

  2. Raven

    Sounds like you had an awesome month, Jen! Your pup looks so adorable and huggable! I also have Seafire, and 99 Percent Mine on my TBR list! Let’s hope we both love them!
    Have a great January and Happy reading! 🙂
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    • Jen

      If you ask him if we wants a hug, he’ll wag his tail lol! And here’s hoping we both love Seafire and 99 Percent Mine *fingers crossed* Hope you are having a wonderful January!

  3. Danielle Hammelef

    What an excellent and fun month for you and your families. My favorite book of December was The Disasters by M.K. England and she sent me a signed ARC that I’ll treasure. My last book of 2019 was Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes and I carried over an ARC of Four Dead Queens into 2019 (hope to finish it this weekend and so far, highly recommended).

    • Jen

      I would treasure that too, that’s so amazing you got that sent to you, I’m so happy for you! Ohhhhh I keep hearing amazing things about Four Dead Queens, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I want to come vacation at your house! 🙂 Glad you had a wonderful holiday break and got to spend plenty of time with family (that pic of your pup helping with the presents is adorable, by the way).

    On another note, I HAVE to know how you got your embedded Instagram pics to show up side-by-side on your blog. I cannot, for the life, of me manage it!
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    • Jen

      If only Chicago was closer to Tahoe, then you could just drive here! Friends and family stay with us all throughout the winter so they can vacation in Tahoe. ♥ It’s such a beautiful place!
      Ohhhh I’ll dm you what we use! 🙂

  5. La La in the Library

    Your puppy wupper looks so innocent with the wrapping paper stuck to their mouth. 💜✨ I is magucal to celebrate Christmas with chikfren in the hiuse. I cannot wait for grandchildren. 👍✨

    Happy New Year and happy reading in 2019! 🎉
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    • Jen

      Totally innocent LOL! Wishing you a Happy New Year too!

  6. Donna

    I had fun over the holidays with my niece and nephew being in town. I’m so envious of your Instagram photos. I told myself that since I had all the holiday decorations out I would stage some book photo ops. Yeah. Didn’t happen. lol. See what I read in December at Girl Who Reads

    • Jen

      It helps that three of us take pictures and plan out our days of the month before it starts, then it isn’t so daunting. ♥ If it was just me alone I’d be awful at it lol! Hoping you’re having a wonderful January so far!

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