Monthly Wrap-Up: September & 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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, and our most popular Instagram posts..

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

Jen’s Life:

✮ In September we went hiking with some friends. It was 6 miles in the mountains and all 5 of our boys did great! It was so nice finally being smoke free, from the fires, and being able to get out and run around. You can see some of my pictures from our hike here.
✮ My youngest made All Stars for Soccer! If you aren’t familiar with that, it’s where local areas pick the best player or two from each of the surrounding teams and then make an All Star Team with them. He was so honored to be chosen and his team has been working so hard getting read for their upcoming tournaments! They’ll be going up against other All Star Teams from California and Nevada. I’m so proud of how hard he’s worked and he’s only 8!
✮ I love Halloween! We celebrated at my parents house the day before with a party and then trick or treated with family and friends the day of for hours. You can see two pictures of our costumes here and here.


What We Read:

5 Stars:
Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Fireproof (Busy Bean #8) by Delancey Stewart
Afterglow (Busy Bean #10) by Aria Wyatt
A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Boyfriend (Moo U #0) by Sarina Bowen
To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne
Office Hate by Rachel Van Dyken
Cupcake by Cookie O’Gorman

4 Stars:
Sidetracked (Busy Bean #7) by R.L. Kenderson
Footnote (Busy Bean #9) by Alexa Gregory
A Stormy and Sultry Sea (Witches of the Island #2) by Katie McGarry

3.5 Stars:
Doubletalk (Busy Bean #6) by Teralyn Mitchell

3 Stars:
A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie Mettner


Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Arielle’s Choice – Afterglow (Busy Bean #10) by Aria Wyatt
I’m just going to say it. This is my TOP, TOP favorite book in ALL of The World of True North series. I just really am going to need everyone to run and go read the entire series BUT ESPECIALLY this one. I could honestly gush all day. There is not a single part of this book that I didn’t like and you better believe that once there is an audio of this I will be SPRINTING to buy it so I can listen to Declan’s sexy Irish brogue in my ear holes. *shivers*


Jen’s Choice – A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Shadow in the Ember slowly seeped into my heart and consumed my every waking thought. I couldn’t stop the laughter from bubbling up at the most inappropriate times, the smile that kept appearing or the tears that kept falling down my face. This story became an instant favorite and is a must read for all fantasy lovers!


Other Posts:

COVER REVEAL: Much Ado About Dukes (Never a Wallflower, #2) by Eva Devon
COVER REVEAL: Home with You by Claudia Burgoa & Grahame Claire



Here were our most popular posts last month, from each of us ♥.


So this was our September & 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?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful September & October. And cheers to November being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    How exciting about your son’s soccer success! My son got chosen as part of the Special Olympics team that’s going to represent Illinois at the USA Games in Orlando in June. He’s excited!!!
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Nicole! And congratulations to your son, that is SO exciting! I can’t wait to hear how it goes next year ♥!

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Congrats to the little all star! I hope you’re having a great November and getting lots of reading done.
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, he had so much fun! Life is finally winding down and I’m hoping to get lots of reading done for the remainder of the month *fingers crossed*!

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Nice that the fires are no longer a threat and you can get out again. And congrats your your little one for being chosen for the all star team! Love the IG posts… so gorgeous!
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    • Jen

      Right?! So thankful we can breath and see the blue skies again, yay! Thank you so much, he was so honored and excited to be chosen! And aww thank you!

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Congrats on your son, Jen! That’s so exciting.

    I had a pretty decent reading month in October, but I always wish it could be better. hah A favorite was The Charm Offensive and I highly recommend if you haven’t already read it.

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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Lauren! And ohhh I loved that books cover, I definitely need to check it out. I’m so happy to hear it was one of your favorites!

  5. Danielle Hammelef

    Congrats to your son! That’s amazing and definitely a confidence booster and chance to improve his skills. I love hiking and we did that also the last week of October–through wooded trails and dunes out to Lake Michigan (the vertical drops to the lake were a bit dizzying but worth the uphill climbs). In October I FINALLY binged Brigid Kemmerer’s series A Curse so Dark and Lovely. I knew I’d love it and I did. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Danielle! Yes it is ♥. That sounds amazing! I’ve only ever explored the beaches of Muskegon back there, when we have visited family, but that sounds like a lot of fun!

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