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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from February were:

The area I live by has had SO much snow!  As of February 22nd, when I typed up this post, Lake Tahoe had received almost 250 inches of snow.  That is just for the month of February.  Here are some of my snow pictures throughout the month….picture 1picture 2  and  picture 3.
I went to the #sfggae19 last month, which is a book signing in San Francisco.  I had SO much fun and met some of my favorite authors!  I’m working on a wrap up post right now, but I almost didn’t think I was going to be able to attend.  We were hit with the worst storm ever. We got 41 inches of snow in under 8 hours, and of course it was when I was driving there Friday.  The weekend totaled almost 9 feet of snow, so it was fun trying to come home too lol.  Here’s a picture of me trying to get back home here.
My kiddos had ski week off from school, so we worked on learning how to snowboard.  Their enthusiasm was so much fun and I was so proud of how far they came!

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Bad Intentions (Bad Love #2) by Charleigh Rose
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen
Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


4.5 Stars:

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight #2) by Katherine Arden

4 Stars:

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo
The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 (The Boyfriend Whisperer #2) by Linda Budzinski
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden
The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black


3.5 Stars:

To Dream Is To Die (Dead Dreamer #1) by Sarah Lampkin


3 Stars:

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake


2 Stars:

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight #1) by Katherine Arden

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) by Lauren Stewart (Jen’s Choice)
Darker Water was a steamy, heart-felt story that constantly had me smiling.  Just within those first few pages, I was already laughing and obsessed with our two main characters.  It all flowed so seamlessly and I devoured it in no time at all. Darker Water became an instant favorite and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t pick it up sooner.  Especially since I bought this book four years ago.

 

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The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy (Arielle’s Choice)
This was everything I wanted it to be AND MORE. Guys. At this point I could literally read Elle Kennedy’s grocery list and probably fall in love with it. She is the queen of hilarious banter and steam and I am all here for it.

 
 
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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen (Chelsea’s Choice)
Upon finishing this, I looked up this author and immediately added the original mafia book this author wrote a while ago (people said to) because she is clearly a genius who knows how to cut the boohockey (Friends lol) and get straight to the lustful, hate-filled, passionate enemies to lovers I-Hate-You-But-I-Have-To-Make-Out-With-You-Because-You-Are-So-HAWT ness. Oh….did I not mention this is enemies to lovers?? MY BAD.

 

 

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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


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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 being fabulous for all of us!

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from January were:

My oldest turned 8 *cries*.  Time is going by so fast!  He wanted to spend his birthday go-karting and then having all of our family over for pizza and cake.  It was such a fun day!
My youngest lost his first tooth and he wondered out loud if every single house has a tooth fairy that lives under it. 😉
The four of us have been obsessed playing different kinds of board games that we got for Christmas.  And it’s been so much fun having game nights together.  My favorite so far is Walls and Warriors, my husband is obsessed with Anti-Virus, the boys love Twister and we all love Otrio which is like a suped-up tic tac toe.

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson
The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Tangled Like Us (Like Us #4) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4.5 Stars:
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


4 Stars:

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis
Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black (Chelsea’s Choice)
You love the first, you anticipate the second, and then wonder what’s to come with the third-but you can’t ever really know if that author is going to do what you want. Yes, I have MANY favorites. YES, lots of things happen that I like and that placate me. But rarely-VERY RARELY-does an author do every maniacal thing I could possibly imagine-and even take it farther than I could even fathom. And this is what Black did. She came. She wrote. She F****** conquered.

 

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Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (Jen’s Choice)
Only a Breath Apart was a beautifully, emotional story.  It held my heart in the palm of its hand and I kept finding moments here and there that stole my breath away.  This book was filled with heartfelt characters and friendship, love, forgiveness, bravery and finding oneself was a huge part of this story.  

 

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Tangled Like Us (Like Us #4) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
Lololol I’m in so deep with this family it’s not even funny at this point. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more, to say the least. I have been wanting Jane and Thatcher’s story since the time Thatcher made sure all of Jane’s cats were safe when they escaped the townhouse. We never truly saw much from him other than a tough and stoic exterior so you better believe I was dying to dive into his POV.

 
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Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson (Cassie’s Choice)
“Even If I Fall” by Abigail Johnson is a hauntingly beautiful YA novel about love, family and forgiveness.

 

 

Instagram:

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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


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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 being fabulous for all of us!

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!

 

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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

 

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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!

 

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

 

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

  

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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

 

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Instagram:

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…..


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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?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful December too. And cheers to January being fabulous for all of us!

Monthly Wrap-Up – November

 

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from November were –

My youngest is in Kindergarten and I swear he brought home every germ last month.  First it was a cold, then it was the flu and then croup.  Thankfully we were all healthy by Thanksgiving, but it was a rough road to get there.  And hopefully that means we’re good for the rest of the year?!  Fingers crossed!
I discovered a new favorite cookie while baking.  They are Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction (Chelsea and I are both love with her recipes).  A snickerdoodle with caramel inside….oh my gosh, yum!  I highly recommend them if you adore baking and snickerdoodles.  You can find the recipe here.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents house.  My parents, brother, aunt, uncle and my Grandma now live by my husband and I so we only have to drive 18 minutes to celebrate the holidays.  It was such a nice, relaxing day with family and my boys had so much fun!

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
Not So Nice Guy by R. S. Grey
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray (Chelsea)
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray (Arielle)


4.5 Stars:

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
You Had Me at Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #2) by Jennie Marts

4 Stars:
Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer
Arrogant Devil by R. S. Grey
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
#Murdertrending (Murdertrending #1) by Gretchen McNeil

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas (Arielle’s Choice)
I swear to God I spent this entire book crying, laughing, heart racing, scared out of my wits, clutching my heart or throat because I was damn invested in what I might find on the next page. If some evil person were to tell me that I was only able to read one author’s books for the rest of my life, it would be hers.

 

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager  (Cassie’s Choice)
I was breathless up until the last page and I was left fully satisfied. I cannot wait for future books from Sager if his first two novels are an indication of what’s to come next.

 

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Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray  (Chelsea’s Choice)
When I love something, I love it with every fiber of my being…and this series deserves all the praise. I just hope I can last until that final book comes out…because Ms. Bray literally holds my heart in the palm in her hand.

 

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 Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken (Jen’s Choice)
I loved how they toyed with each.  I loved the games they played. But I loved the passion between them the most.  It was crazy addicting and created so many explosive scenes bursting with sexual tension.  

 

 

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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For November
Backlist Books We Want to Read
Platonic Relationships In Books We Love

 

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Giveaways:

5 Copies of Caught Up In A Cowboy by Jennie Marts

 

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Instagram:

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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


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

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.

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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 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

 

 

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Other Posts:

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

 

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Giveaways:

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

 

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Instagram:

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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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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