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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!

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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Instagram:

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

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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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

 

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

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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. 🙂

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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**

Monthly Wrap-Up – March

 

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!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from February were –

We got slammed by two different snowstorms….one was 5 feet and the other was 6 feet, which meant that the boys didn’t have school, yay!  Our roads are always fine with 4×4 or AWD, so we went and picked up my mom.  Then we spent the day playing in the snow, sledding and going to our favorite ice cream sandwich shop.  You can see a picture of the boys and I in our winter wonderland HERE.
My youngest turned 5 *sobs hysterically*.  We played baseball, hide and seek and jumped on the trampoline and then repeated everything all over again.  It was such a fun day, but definitely bittersweet that he is already this old.
Me and a group of 16 friends went and watched #IMomSoHard.  It was amazing being surrounded with a few thousand moms in the audience and we laughed so hard we had tears pouring down our face.  If you are a fellow mommy and haven’t seen their videos on their facebook page, I can’t recommend it enough.  They are beyond hilarious and we can’t wait for them to go on tour again to go to another show!

 

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What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots #1) by Cindi Madsen
The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
The Girl With the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #1) by Katherine Locke
The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

4.5 Stars:
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

4 Stars:
Crossing Hearts (Cross Creek #1) by Kimberly Kincaid

3 Stars:
✮ An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber (Arielle’s Choice)
THIS WAS SO GOOD. I spent a good four hours this morning finishing this book, completely ignoring everything else around me an I can’t say that I regret it. I mean seriously, the only part of this book that I didn’t like was when it ended…

 

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (Chelsea’s Choice)
This book owned my heart. This book touched my soul. This book possessed me so wholly that I walked around everywhere with a smile on my face and a skip in my step-literally-just because I was so excited I got to read more of it.

 

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The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Jen’s Choice)
The Prophecy was a stunning conclusion to the Titan Series!  It was action packed, emotionally gutting and completely addicting!  This is going down as one of my favorite series ever!

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Other Posts:

I helped do a guest post on a Goodreads Tutorial.  You can read the post on Avalinah’s blog here.
Our Most Anticipated Releases For March
COVER REVEAL – Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books That Surprised Us, In A Good Way
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books On Our Spring TBR

 

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Instagram:

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

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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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: 5
Goal: 16-20

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Beat The Backlist
Status: 4
Goal: 15-20

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Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I’ll get to this eventually. There’s a few authors attending RT who have books at my library. 🙂

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So that was our March. 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 March too. And cheers to April fabulous for all of us!

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

Monthly Wrap-Up – February

 

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, books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR and updates on my Reading Challenges.

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from February were –

We’ve had so much puppy time this last month!  My Aunt & Uncle, who live near us, got a puppy.  Her name is Zoey and she is the most adorable little girl in the world.  You can see a picture of her here.
On Valentines my oldest surprised his BFF with flowers.  Oh my gosh, her expression was so adorable and I love that they have such a strong, beautiful friendship!
My youngest had a huge break through at the pool.  He takes weekly lessons and he can now swim free style across the smaller pool.  And then he went and jumped off of the diving board, without a life jacket, and swam to the steps in 10 feet of water.  I am SO proud of him and how hard he’s worked toward that.  

 

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What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
From Lukov with Love
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes
Tempests and Slaughter (Numair Chronicles #1) by Tamora Pierce
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

4.5 Stars:
Return Once More (The Historians #1) by Trisha Leigh
Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake
About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

3.5 Stars:
We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

3 Stars:
This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

From Lukov with Love (Arielle’s Choice)
The verbal sparring that went on between him and Jasmine was HILARIOUS. Oh man I was dying so many times laughing because of the horrible crap they said to each other..and his nickname for her. Lol, sigh.

 

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Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes (Chelsea’s Choice)
More than once I couldn’t breathe. More than once I had to put the book down, take a breath, release it, and just try to breathe because my heart was furiously pounding out of my chest, my stomach was in knots…

 

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About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5) by Jill Shalvis (Jen’s Choice)
There was an intense, sexual chemistry between the two of them.  It was so much fun watching their slow burn romance play out.  And I loved that slowly overtime, a true friendship started to emerge between the two of them.

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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For February
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books That Have Been On Our TBR the Longest and We Still Haven’t Read
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Favorite Hate to Love Romances
COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY – Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & PRE-ORDER LAUNCH – Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Could Re-read Forever

 

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR:

Except for the first two books, these are books I added to my TBR because the authors will be attending RT this May.  I’m hoping to get through as many of them as possible, and I can’t wait to meet these authors in just a few months!  Now I just need more time to read between now and then……

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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: 4
Goal: 16-20

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Beat The Backlist
Status: 2
Goal: 15-20

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Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I’ll get to this eventually.  There’s a few authors attending RT who have books at my library. 🙂

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So that was our February.  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 February too. And cheers to March fabulous for all of us!

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

Monthly Wrap-Up – January

 

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, books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR and updates on my Reading Challenges.

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from January were –

This month my oldest turned 7 *sobs*.  I don’t know how time goes by so fast *sobs some more*.  Since it was during Christmas Break, we spent the day doing everything he wanted to do.  We played soccer, baseball, went bowling and had family back at our house for pizza.  For dessert we had chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cups inside and a chocolate buttercream frosting on top.  YUM (recipes linked)!
We went to the Children’s Museum in Reno and got to see Sue the T-Rex who is the  largest, most extensive and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex.  My youngest was a little scared but eventually warmed up and my oldest kept saying her teeth had to be the size of bananas lol!  If you’re ever in the area with little ones, I highly recomend that museum.  It was so much fun and we spent part of our day there.
And I’m so excited I get to be an Auntie again.  My bestie came over to our house a week ago, took a pregnancy test, and then we bawled our eyes out because it was positive!  This will be and her hubby’s second kiddo and I can’t wait to be in the delivery room again and meet him/her this fall!

 

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What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

4.5 Stars:
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

2.5 Stars:
The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne (Jen’s Choice)
Runaway Groom was hilarious, sigh worthy, crazy at times and so much fun!  If you’re a fan of the Bachelor, Bachlorette or Lauren Layne, then I have a feeling you’re going to absolutely love this book!

 

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Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes (Chelsea’s Choice)
This series, while easily dismissed by those who aren’t truly enraptured by one of the characters, has a way of really getting under your skin. It’s not so much the scenarios, though those are of some note as well, but about the characters and the deep-rooted connections you make with them.

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Arielle’s Choice)
The entire book was so fast paced and intense, I was glad that the ending more or less was a gradual set up for more bat-shit craziness to ensue in the next book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

 

 

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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For January
TOP TEN TUESDAY – New-To-Us Favorite Authors We Read For The First Time In 2017
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)
ANNOUNCEMENT-Welcome to Instagram!
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Our Bookish Resolutions/Goals
A Special Welcome To Our Newest Star-Crossed Lady!
2017 Favorite Singles
2017 Favorites From A Series

 

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Giveaways:

Win a digital copy of READY TO RUN (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne
Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card for the release of Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

 

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR:

Um.  Yeah.  I may have a HUGE addiction for adding books to my tbr.  But between my co-bloggers, bloggers I follow and my book reading buddies here and in Cali my tbr is officially doomed lol!

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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: 2
Goal: 16-20

 

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Beat The Backlist
Status: 0
Goal: 15-20

I’m currently re-reading two books, that are backlist books, so I’ll get to start the 1st of February off with 2 books on my status.

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Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

This month I have been working my way through ARCs, but next month I’m going to start diving into authors who are attending RT this May and a few of them have books at my library.

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So that was our January.  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 January too. And cheers to February fabulous for all of us!

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

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 Chelsea and I have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.  And from this month on, I’ll also be including Reading Challenges that I’ve joined.

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from December were –

The first weekend of December we went on the Polar Express.  My kids are obsessed with the book and the movie, so I’m beyond grateful that we live near one of the few places in the US that has a true Polar Express.  My 4&6 year old dressed up in their pjs and we got to board a train that took us to the “North Pole”.  Along the way they act out the book, read it to us, sing the songs and we get to sip hot chocolate and eat delicious cookies.  When we get to the North Pole, Santa joins us on the train and visits with every little boy and girl.  It’s so much fun and I love that my kids believe it’s truly magical!  I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
I hosted both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house.  It was a very different Christmas, since it was 60 degrees here.  I live by Lake Tahoe, so it should be snowing or at least cold.  But instead we were outside playing baseball and Nerf Lazer Tag (such a fun toy!!).  This year was definitely a first with us not being bundled up or sledding before our Christmas Dinner, but we ended up having such a fabulous time!
I have to share that Chelsea, my co-blogger, got me the most fabulous non-bookish Christmas present ever.  It’s a t-shirt with my life motto on it.  I couldn’t stop laughing when I opened the box and I’m contemplating wearing it 24/7 because it’s just oh so perfect!  If you want to see a picture of me in my new shirt it’s here.  And in case you aren’t familiar with that quote it’s from Legally Blonde lol!
I made these Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies.  They were so easy to make and soooooo yummy!

 

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What Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Unknown (Unknown #1) by Wendy Higgins
Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Amour Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Resisting the Rebel by Lisa Brown Roberts

4.5 Stars:
#Nerd (Hashtag #1) by Cambria Hebert
Undone (Unknown #3) by Wendy Higgins

4 Stars:
Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina Bauer
Cherished (Beholder #3) by Christina Bauer
Crowned (Beholder #4) by Christina Bauer

3 Stars:
✮ Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas

 

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 Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Unknown (Unknown #1) by Wendy Higgins (Jen’s Choice)
Intense, gritty, emotional and a book I can’t recommend enough.  It’s unlike any other dystopian that I’ve read because we actually got to witness the demise of the world.  And I had no clue the depths my heart would ache watching this tale unfold.

 

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (Chelsea’s Choice)
This book, to me, was absolute perfection. A breath slowly releasing with each page that passed, calming me in a way not many books do anymore. It calmed my soul because, with every new moment, I felt like I was coming home. I don’t get to read fantasy often, so when I finally get to read one and it touches me in the way this novel did, it makes my heart sing.

 
 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For December
TRAILER & GIVEAWAY – Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
COVER REVEAL – Superhero High by TH hernandez
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Hope Santa Brings Us
Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag
✮ TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We’re Looking Forward to In 2018

 

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR:

This month was better, but I still added more books than I read this month.  Whoops.

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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.   I’d love to have friends join in a challenge with me, so if you sign up please let me know.   🙂

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – I love reading contemporary romance books, so I’m aiming for 3rd base, which means I plan on reading 11-15 contemporary books next year.  Although I have a feeling I can hit Home Run which is 16-20 contemporary books.

Reading Challenge Details:

Runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (books read prior to 1/1/2018 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2018.
The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
Use the hashtag #ContRom2018 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
To join this challenge, grab the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

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Beat The Backlist – This one sounds like so much fun and as of yesterday there was almost 400 bloggers signed up!  It’s all about reading books that were previously published.  So anything that was published 2017, or before that, counts.  And I own sooooooo many books that qualify for this!  

Reading Challenge Details:

In short, this is a reading challenge where your goal is to read backlist books (published prior to the current year). For 2018, it means reading any book that was published in 2017 or earlier. You have the entire year to read as many books as you can/want. YOU set your own reading goal and this challenge isn’t just for bloggers. You do NOT need to have a blog to participate. Any online social media account (Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will work, and if you have a blog you’re welcome to join in too!

Now to add a bit of a competitive edge, when you sign up for the challenge you’ll be randomly placed on a team. These teams will compete to see who can get the most points, and each month one winner will be drawn from the team with the most points to get a book of their choice (open internationally). You get points by reading books! And you can earn extra by posting a review to retail websites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc).

Each team will have their own Rafflecopter that you can submit your points through so it’s super easy, and you’ll be able to see which team is in the lead too. You don’t have to submit anything if you don’t want to, but it will help your team and better YOUR chances of winning a book of your choice so you may find it’s worth it!

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Library Love Challenge – My little boys and I go to our local library at the least once every other week.  Plus, I love that they have a fabulous on-line borrowing selection via Overdrive.  So I’m signing up for for Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books.  I know that I can definitely borrow at least a book a month from them!

Details:

Runs: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join any time.

Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 3rd, 2019 to enter your reviews in the linky and then the Rafflecopter. Go here to enter the giveaway: 2018 Library Love Challenge Review Link-ups.

Levels:

Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
Library Addict: Read 48 books
Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

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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?  Or do you want to join one of the reading challenges with me?   Pleeeeaaaassseeee lol. ♥

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful December too.  And cheers to having a fabulous New Years and here’s hoping 2018 is our best year yet!

**We linked this post to 2017 End of Year Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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