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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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, 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*

 

Jen’s Life:

✮ Our youngest turned 8 this last month.  We took the day off from school (the advantages of homeschooling yay!), and celebrated the day with family, played games, had In N Out takeout and enjoyed the weather outside. 
✮ I’ve been doing a step challenge on Garmin, with my sister-in-law, since last month.  I decided to cut myself slack on the days I work out on the elliptical or the recumbent bike and watch The Vampire Diaries (soooooo good!!), so if I don’t hit 10k steps on those days then I’m fine with it.  But like last night, I was 2k steps short EEKS!  So there I am walking in place, next to our bed while reading a book, and my husband was staring at me like I’m crazy lol!
✮ Some of my favorite recipes I made this last month were Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina, Hamburger Noodle Casserole, Slower Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken & Triple Chocolate Cake.

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman
Heartscape (Vino & Veritas #2) by Garrett Leigh

4.5 Stars:
The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer

4 Stars:
The Marquess and I (Forever Yours #1) by Stacy Reid
Headstrong (Vino & Veritas #3) by Eden Finley

 

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:
 

Arielle’s Choice – Heartscape (Vino & Veritas #2) by Garrett Leigh
Heartscape resonated deep within my bones.  Just thinking about how obvious their love for each other was just makes my heart so happy *cries* lol. Such a great book!

 

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Jen’s Choice – The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly BlackWallflower by Cookie O’Gorman
I’m sorry but I can NOT  pick a favorite between a fantasy and a contemporary lol.  It is impossible!  I LOVED both of these books with my whole heart and soul!  If you’re a fan of YA fantasy or enemies to lovers, then definitely pickup The Cruel Prince!  And if you’re a fan of young adult romance or fake dating then you gotta add Wallflower to your tbr!

 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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Books Added To Jen’s Goodreads TBR This Month:
 
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So this 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. And cheers to April being fabulous for all of us!

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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, 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*

 

Jen’s Life:

✮ In February we played a lot in the snow.  One of my favorite places to go sledding, by our house, can be seen here.  And you can catch a picture of my doggie best friend Bentley here just because ♥.
✮ My sister-in-law challenged me to get 10k steps a day with her and today is day 3 for me.  So pleeeeease think happy thoughts for me that I can keep up with her since she’s already been doing this for 25 days.
✮ Some of my favorite recipes we made this last month were these sugar cookies and this frosting to go on top of them for Valentines Day.  I’ve used both of those recipes for as long as I can remember.  We also loved these brownie cookies, yum!  And when our boys had a slumber party over at my parents, Andy and I made this lemon spaghetti which my boys aren’t a fan of and Andy and I love lol!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

4.5 Stars:
Slapshot (Moo U #2) by Rebecca Jenshak
Rescuing Harmony Ranch by Jennie Marts

4 Stars:
Blue Skies by T.L. Martin
The Spinster and the Rake (Never a Wallflower #1) by Eva Devon
Blindsided (Moo U #1) by Victoria Denault
Holdout (Moo U #3) by Jaqueline Snowe
The Problem With Cupid (Holiday Romance #2) by Robin Daniels

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:
 

Jen’s Choice – The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros
The Things We Leave Unfinished was an emotional powerhouse that quickly enraptured my heart.  The story was hauntingly beautiful and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters.  This is easily one of my top favorite reads of the year and if you love romance, then you should definitely have this one on their tbr.

 

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Arielle’s Choice – Slapshot (Moo U #2) by Rebecca Jenshak
I knew it from the first few times that he was mentioned in Blindsided and it was so good to have it confirmed: Lex Vonne is one of my all-time favorite male leads in a romance.

 
 
 
 

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Instagram:

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

 
 
 
 
 
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So this 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. 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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, 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*

 

Jen’s Life:

✮ We officially hit the halfway point for the school year, a few weeks ago, and homeschooling has been going amazing well.  I’m very thankful that the curriculum I picked out for my boys last summer has been such a great fit.  Math is still my favorite subject to teach, but I’m shocked that I’m loving history so much.  They looooooove history and their love for it is definitely contagious.
✮ We’ve just been playing in our feet and feet and feet of snow lol.  We made a snow jump on our driveway and our kiddos have spent countless hours just going off of that jump again and again. LOL!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid
The Forever Girl (Wildstone #6) by Jill Shalvis
My Clarity (My Clarity #1) by M. Clarke
Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair

4.5 Stars:
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

4 Stars:
Roommate by Sarina Bowen
Christmas Cliche by Tara Sivec
All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) by Adalyn Grace
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

 

                

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Cassie’s Choice – Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
This book was so many things: scary, funny, emotional and thrilling. It had so many wonderful characters, was well-paced and totally intriguing. I had a hard time putting it down and loved how everything came together at the end.

 
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Chelsea’s Choice – Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) byKerri Maniscalco
Sometimes a story is just picked up at the right time, for the right person, and in a moment that someone needs them the most.  This is THAT book, I am THAT person, and I needed this book more than I needed my next breath.

 

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Jen’s Choice – Her Wicked Marquess (Sinful Wallflowers #2) by Stacy Reid
An intricate tale filled with seduction and so much more than meets the eye.  By that first chapter, I was already obsessed and knew that this book was going to be an instant favorite.  The story brimmed with irresistible banter, charm, humor, romance and was so easy to devour.  If you love historical romance, then you definitely need to add this one to your tbr!

 
 
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Arielle’s Choice – Roommate by Sarina Bowen
Roderick stole the show with his bright and sunny personality and of course, since this is a Sarina Bowen novel, his FOOD. I swear I always wind up hungry after finishing her books and want to try making all these new things, lol.

 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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So this 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. 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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, 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*

 

Jen’s Life:

So this is kinda scary to share…..but the reason I disappeared at times and stopped doing these posts for the latter half of the year was because emotionally I was very broken.  I started and ended the year losing those I love, my Grandma who I was extremely close with my whole life.  And my little dog, who was more like a child to us for the last 14 years.  When you throw in a serious health issue that I still haven’t mentally dealt with yet.  To some of our family and friends getting scary sick from COVID.  And to me switching to being a teacher to our 2nd and 4th grader since there was no way I could subject them to distance learning again…..well I was an emotional mess to say the very least.  So this year I’m trying my best to heal or I guess start the path to healing.  This week I’m starting back up my 3+ mile walks and exercise to give myself sanity, spending all the quality time with those I love and just trying to find the joy in simple every day things like I use to.  I’m normally a person who is overly bubbly, talkative and smiles wayyyyy too much and I’d love, love, love to find that person again *fingers crossed*.  So if you’re working on yourself in 2021 too, hugs and here’s hoping we can get to where we want to go ♥.  Now onto all the bookish stuff…….

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1) by Jana Aston
The One Night Stand Before Christmas (Reindeer Falls #3) by Jana Aston
A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Saaba Tahir
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken

4.5 Stars:
The Darkest Temptation (Made #3) by Danielle Lori

4 Stars:
Holiday With You by Claudia Y. Burgoa & Grahame Claire
If You Give A Jerk A Gingerbread (Reindeer Falls #2) by Jana Aston


3.5 Stars:

Let It Snow by Cassie Cross

2.5 Stars:
Kissmass Eve by M.E. Carter & Sara Ney

DNF:
The Clause in Christmas byRachael Bloome

 

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 (Arielle’s Choice) – A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Saaba Tahir
I can tell you with 100% certainty that these books and these characters will stick with me in my heart and soul until I die. While this isn’t a light and fluffy series that can be re-read at any time during any mood, I know that I will be revisiting them for years to come. I really hope more and more people discover these books and you had better believe that once I start being able to see library patrons face-to-face again that I will be shoving this series at anyone who asks for a fantasy recommendation.

 
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  (Jen’s Choice) In a Holidaze, The Boss Who Stole Christmas & A Crown For Christmas

I’m totally cheating by picking three, but oh my gosh I desperately needed help finding the joy in Christmas last year.  And each of those books helped me immensely.  If you ever need help finding joy and Christmas cheer around the holidays, definitely pick up one of these.

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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So this 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. And cheers to January being fabulous for all of us!

 

Monthly Wrap-Up: May & June 2020

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

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from May & June were:

✮ We’ve been busy taking care of our garden.  My 9 year old built us three more planter boxes.  So we planted two kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, baby watermelons, radishes, carrots, cantaloupe, strawberries, lettuce and flowers.  It’s been so much fun going out there everyday and seeing all of the changes.  We have our first cherry tomato growing on one of the tomato plants, yay!
✮ We’ve gone to the beach twice and found a spot where we’re away from everyone.  I’m so happy my boys get to have something they’re use to,  since everything else in life has changed so much.  Like my youngest lost two teeth and was scared that the tooth fairy wouldn’t be able to come because of COVID-19, ugh.  It hurt my heart to even hear him say that, but my older son said that fairies can’t get our diseases and saved the day!
✮ Some of my favorite recipes I’ve made in the last two months were Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting, Seriously Fudgy Homemade Brownies, My Favorite Slow Cooker Chili, Baked Creamy Cheesy Chicken Flautas, Hamburger Noodle Casserole,

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What Arielle, Cassie, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette Marie
Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
GENES (International Sensory Assassin Network #3) by Mary Ting

4.5 Stars:
Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne
Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young

4 Stars:
Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

3 Stars:
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

 

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

GENES (International Sensory Assassin Network #3) by Mary Ting (Jen’s Choice)
An explosion of action and adventure, I was beyond addicted.  With characters I loved, new twists and turns, being on the brink of war and so much unknown, I was glued to the pages.

 
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Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young (Arielle’s Choice)
There were several reasons why I wanted to read this book immediately when it came out. Adrienne Young has not steered me wrong so far with her gorgeous writing, THE FREAKING COVER, and the mention of the sea being Fable’s only home and bam, I clicked the request button on NetGalley so fast.Just as I suspected, I was not in any way let down.
 

 

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

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