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Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

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 this month were:

✮ We did so many Christmas activities!  But my favorite was taking my two little boys, who are 6&8 and still very much believe in the magic of Christmas, on the Polar Express.  They got dressed up in their pjs, and the ride to the North Pole and back is beyond magical.  Singing, dancing, cookies, hot cocoa and then Santa boards the train when you arrive at the North Pole.  It’s always one of my favorite memories that we make each year.
My kiddos had 2 weeks off from school and we just played and baked the whole time.  I discovered I’m awful at Exploding Kittens (such a fun game!).  And my favorite cookies we made were Soft Caramel Snickerdoodles and my favorite non-Christmas dinner was My Favorite Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Recipe.  Links to the recipes when you click the name :).
✮ Chelsea got me the cutest Daemon (Lux Series by JLA) socks for Christmas here.  And I’m so excited she also sent me Holly Black’s latest trilogy here.  I hope I love it as much as her!!

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Watch Over Me by Mila Gray
Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) by Nina Bocci
The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana Aston
To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

 

4.5 Stars:
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

4 Stars:
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Hook (Neverland #2) by Gina L. Maxwell
The Trouble With Christmas by Robin Daniels
The Hitched Series by G.K. DeRosa
Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson

1 Star:
Slippers And Thieves (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #4) by Christina Bauer

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Watch Over Me by Mila Gray (Jen’s Choice)
The characters leaped off of the pages, the relationships burrowed deep into my heart and the story made me turn the pages faster. I absolutely loved Watch Over Me and I can’t recommend this book enough!

 
 
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 Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson (Arielle’s Choice)
THIS IS MY FIRST SANDERSON BOOK AND WOWWOWWOW. Can you tell I was blown away? Um, because I am. So much so that I am willing to write a damn good review when I haven’t done one in AGES.

 

 

 

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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 and this month was ummm yeah….I don’t even know 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 this month were:

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents, my brother, grandma, aunt and uncle.  It was such a wonderful time!  And of course we ate WAY too much food.  For dessert we had pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, peppermint loaf cake, chocolate peanut butter bars, and cookies.  Of course I had to have one of each.  Thank goodness for jeggings since they stretch when you eat ha!
✮ Doggy wise, it’s been rough.  Bentley had surgery the week before Thanksgiving to remove a possible cancerous growth.  The tests came back a mix between pre-cancerous and other parts benign.  So we just need to keep an eye on him and make sure it doesn’t come back.  Here’s a picture of my little boy here.
And Callie, my other dog, has had a gastrointestinal bug.  She’s on her third kind of antibiotics and it looks like we’re finally making head way!  But then she tore her ACL ugh.  They’re hoping she’ll go in for surgery the day after Christmas, since she has to be completely healthy before she can go under.  Here’s a picture of her here.

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

 

4.5 Stars:
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Wish Upon a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #4) by Jennie Marts

4 Stars:
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
Stealing Her (Covet #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts #2) by Sara Wolf
Twist of Fate (Heartbreaker Bay #8.5) by Jill Shalvis
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie  (Jen’s Choice)
A ton of fun, action packed and impossible to put down.  Just from that first chapter I was hooked and I screamed out loud best chapter ever!  Oh my gosh you guys, Annette Marie knows how to pull you in and continually have you begging for more.  

 

 

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Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward  (Arielle’s Choice)
What the BLEEP this is so cute *goes and cries and blames it on pregnancy hormones*. I had been in SUCH a reading rut, you guys. I seriously have like five books on my currently reading list on GR right now and I finished this gem IN A DAY.

 
 
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 The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Cassie’s Choice)
It was well-paced, the characters were incredibly engaging and the atmosphere was perfectly creepy.

 

 

Instagram:

We thought it would be fun to share our most popular posts for November. 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 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 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!

 

 

 

 

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