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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 this month were:

Totally not a highlight, but my computer died.  And I use to back up everything, and then spaced for the last few years.  I lost everything.  And then my brother, who is in IT worked on it for days and was able to recover 37%, I’ll take it lol.  So let my epic failure be your lesson, back up back up back up ha!
✮ We took our annual trip to visit my husband’s family in Orange County (Calfornia) and one of my high school friends who lives in Del Mar (little north of San Diego).  It’s always my favorite trip we take!  We hang out on the beach every day and surf, boogie board, read and play in the sand.  It was the best 8 days ever and I wasn’t ready to go home.  Here are some pictures…..
Here’s my husband getting barreled here
Here’s me and my kiddos playing around on the beach here.  Ohhh see the cream and green colored house behind us?!  Bethany Hamilton was having an event there and she was with her family on the beach just a few feet away from us!  We got to watch her surf and she kicks ass!!  She is such an inspiration to all ♥. 
And then here’s my 6 year old surfing here
And my 8 year old surfing here.

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Witchlands Box Set (The Witchlands #1-3) by Susan Dennard
The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sinful Like Us (Like Us #5) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski
The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

 

4 Stars:
Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

2 Stars:
Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson (Cassie’s Choice)
Every Other Weekend, my second Abigail Johnson novel I’ve read, was almost unputdownable for me. Not because it was a thrilling page turner, but because I was so invested in these characters I needed to find out what was going to happen next.

 

 

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The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts (Jen’s Choice)
I laughed, cried, sighed and fell madly in love, so it’s no surprise that The Book Worm Crush became an instant favorite!  

 
 
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The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) by Marie Rutkoski (Arielle’s Choice)
I ate up every word, every line, every page. Her writing has cast a spell on me and I honestly don’t even want to be free of.

 

 

Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for October. And they were….

 
 
 
 
 
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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 Octobert! 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!

 

Monthly Wrap-Up: September

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.

I know this is September’s wrap-up🙈, October’s wrap-up is coming tomorrow.  My computer died at the beginning of October and I didn’t get it back for almost two weeks.  I lost almost all my info.  Then we left out of state for a little over a week to visit family and friends, so I’m finally getting caught up on life.♥

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from last month were:

September was close to the end of our gardening time.  We did amazing for our first year.  We got over 400 tomatoes with just 3 plants.  30+ squash, 30+ zucchinis, 13 cucumbers, over 20 watermelons and a few heads of lettuce.  Spinach was our only failure.  Not bad for us not really knowing what we were doing lol.. You can see one of my gardening pictures here.
✮ We spent as much time as we could outdoors before the snow season hits.  Here’s us at the top of one of the mountains looking down at Lake Tahoe here.  And here’s another one where my besties and I went on a hike after we dropped the kiddos off at school here, yay for friend time!

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Helix (International Sensory Assassin Network #2) by Mary Ting
Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology by Charleigh Rose
Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMaster

4.5 Stars:
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
SERPENT & DOVE (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin

4 Stars:
The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young
Hitched: The Bachelorette (Hitched #1) by G.K. DeRosa
Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (Cassie’s Choice)
I love Cameron Bright. She is one of my favorite MC in YA books, all genres.

 
 
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Helix (International Sensory Assassin Network #2) by Mary Ting (Jen’s Choice)
If you love action packed stories, intricate characters and a story line that’ll keep you glued to the pages, definitely add this series to your tbr!

 

 

Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for September. And they were….

 
 
 
 
 
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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 September! 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?

Monthly Wrap-Up – August

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from the summer were:

We did a 9 day staycation before our kiddos went back to school.  We did tons of hiking, bike rides, beach time and my favorite was going on a new hike that led us to teaching our littles to jump off of the rocks into the lake.  You can see some of the pictures here, here and here.
✮ We celebrated tons of birthday and anniversaries this month!  It was my Aunt’s birthday, my Mom’s birthday, then my parent’s wedding anniversary, my Grandma’s birthday, my wedding anniversary and then my husband’s birthday.  We had soooooo many parties every weekend lol.  I think I’m officially ready to take a break from cake and icecream!

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Kulti by Mariana Zapata

4 Stars:
Mine by Courtney Cole
Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
✮ She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

3.5 Stars:
Coral by Sara Ella
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Kulti by Mariana Zapata (Chelsea’s Choice)
And this, ladies and Gents, is how you obliterate a reading slump.

 

 

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The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
Honestly the best part of this series, unique plot aside, is always going to be the characters. I can say that about any of their books, actually. They always take the time to curate this characters that anyone can find similarities with. They sink their hooks into your soul and never leave.

 
 
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Mine by Courtney Cole (Cassie’s Choice)
I seriously finished it in a few hours over two sittings. I couldn’t put it down.

 

 

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Other Posts:

COVER REVEAL: Broken Knight (All Saints High #2) by LJ Shen

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Giveaways:

✮ $50 Amazon giftcard – Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack
✮ Win (1) of (2) finished copies of SHE’S THE WORST by Lauren Spieller (US Only) – She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

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Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for August. And they were….

 
 
 
 
 
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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 August! 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 August too. And cheers to September being fabulous for all of us!

 

 

 

 

Monthly Wrap-Up – May, June & July

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from the summer were:

May – The weather was dreary and snowy, so we were counting down the days until it was hot and my boys were out of school.  Here’s a picture of me driving in another winter wonderland, here.
✮ June – My kiddos finished up school and I cried during my youngest’s kinder graduation.  Time goes by too fast!  Right after that we had over a month of out of state family and friends staying with us.  We live in an area where so many people vacation, so we usually have a ton of visitors.  We hiked, swam, biked, went to a baseball game and spent countless hours at the beach.  Here are some pictures from one of our hikes, picture 1, picture 2, video 1.
✮ July – July was just like June, but with no visitors.  So we got to spend every single day outside and playing around in Tahoe. My favorite thing was how many days we were at the beach, it was the perfect month ever. ♥ Here are some pictures from another one of our hikes – picture 1, picture 2.

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Worlds Collide (Sunset Rising #2) by S.M. McEachern
The Maddest Obsession (Made #2) by Danielle Lori
New World Order (Sunset Rising #3) by S.M. McEachern
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
Breakout by A.M. Rose
Superfan (Brooklyn #3) by Sarina Bowen
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard
Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey
Bad Influence (Bad Love #3) by Charleigh Rose
The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


4.5 Stars:

Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn #2) by Sarina Bowen
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn #1) by Sarina Bowen
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Kickin’ It (Red Card #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

4 Stars:

Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack
Say You Still Love Me by K. A. Tucker
On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romatics #1) by Nina Bocci

3.5 Stars:
Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

3 Stars:
You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

2.5 Stars:
You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber (Chelsea’s Choice)
There’s just something so magical about this series that goes beyond the actual, well, magic. The words transport you. The world makes you so thirsty for more. The boys are just so addicting and drag you in, even if you don’t want to…and the relationships make you stay.

 
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Bad Influence (Bad Love #3) by Charleigh Rose (Jen’s Choice)
Her writing is addicting, her characters are consuming and Bad Influence is my new favorite Charleigh Rose book!

 

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Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard (Arielle’s Choice)
Why. Aren’t. More. People. Reading. This. Series?!@?!?! WHY. I’m serious. Sooz’s writing is on an entirely different level than like 80% of the stuff currently out right now in YA fantasy.

 
 
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Hello GirlsHello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry (Cassie’s Choice)
From the opening chapters, I knew I was going to be hooked into this book.

 

 

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Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for May. And they are….

 
 
 
 
 
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June:

 
 
 
 
 
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July:

 
 
 
 
 
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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 May, June & July lol! 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 summer too. And cheers to August being fabulous for all of us!

 

 

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from March were:

We still have SO much snow!  Spring?!  Yeah right, it’s all a total lie here!  I finally took a picture in front of our snow berms.  That isn’t a hill.  There’s only houses 20-30 feet behind the berms.  You can check it out here.
We went to a Monster Truck Show.  My two little boys had an absolute blast, even though my oldest couldn’t believe that Grave Digger didn’t win, and they are already counting down till next years show!
My youngest turned 6.  On his actual birthday I brought cupcakes into his classroom and the weekend before we had a big birthday party with all of our family.  There was lots of chocolate cupcakes, In N Out burgers, baseball and bike riding.  He said it’s good to be 6 lol!

 

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard
Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by LJ Shen
Risky Play (Red Card #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Yard Sale by Charleigh Rose


4.5 Stars:

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber 
Dangerous Hearts (A Stolen Melody Duet #1) by K.K. Allen
Destined Hearts (A Stolen Melody Duet #2) by K.K. Allen
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

4 Stars:

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Make Me Bad by R. S. Grey
The Au Pair by Emma Rous


3.5 Stars:

We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott


2 Stars:

Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Arielle’s Choice)
I’m just going to hit the ground running here by saying that this is now one of my favorite books of all time. I honestly don’t even know how I’m supposed to review this?? Other than to just do my usual fangirl flail and hope I properly can get my feelings across to all of you about this wonderful, beautiful book.

 
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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Cassie’s Choice)
It’s sexy, it’s funny and it’s emotionally heart-warming.  I can’t wait to get this in printed form and read it whenever I need a pick-me-up. 

 

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Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by LJ Shen (Chelsea’s Choice)
I loved The Kiss Thief-more than was safe for my own health-but when I picked up this book? It sang to my soul and dragged me down into the watery grave of obsession, because I literally could not get enough of each word spoken on every page. It was like there weren’t enough words, yet they were all so perfect no more could be said. Which is the best kind of predicament to be in, naturally, for a book DEVOURER such as me. But now, of course, I’ve spiraled into a void I can’t get out of, because literally no other book is going to compare now. Like, ugh.

 
 
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Fraternize (Players Game #1) by Rachel Van Dyken (Jen’s Choice)
With hilarious humor, lovable characters and a story line that was to die for, Fraternize became one of my favorites by Rachel Van Dyken.  I easily found myself emotionally invested and I couldn’t stop the gasps, screams, happy tears or ugly crying that happened.  This book was absolutely everything.

 

 

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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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 being fabulous for all of us!

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