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Monthly Wrap-Up – November

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights were –

I finally posted our family Super Hero Halloween picture.  We even dressed up our two little dogs *sequels!*  You can see the picture here.
My parents, brother, Grandma, Aunt and Uncle all live 10-17 minutes away from us now, so we finally don’t have to travel 10+ hours for the holidays anymore.  Thank goodness!  We drove a few minutes to my parents house for Thanksgiving, and cooked and played games all day.  It was a fabulous day!
We decorated our house for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving!  I love cranking up the Christmas music, having the fire going and celebrating the holidays.  The boys helped decorate the tree and there’s definitely little clusters of ornaments right at their height level lol.

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate!  And cheers to a December filled with lots of happiness!

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

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What Brittney, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Renegades by Marissa Meyer

4.5 Stars:
Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer
The Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) by Annette Marie
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Everless by Sara Holland
Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray

4 Stars:
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
Cursed (Beholder #1) by Christina Bauer

3.5 Stars:
Haven by Mary Lindsey

2 Stars:
Dating-Ish (Knitting in the City #6) by Penny Reid
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

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Our Favorite Books of the Month:

 Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer  (Chelsea’s Choice)
Total opposites, these two grow closer and closer, not realizing that the person they crave talking to most every day is one of their worst enemies. Dark, misunderstood Declan and popular, uppity, miss goody-two-shoes (so he thinks) have found the ultimate connection. But in real life, they continue to clash.

 

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer  (Brittney’s Choice)
This was SO fun, twisty, and fast paced. And visual. Meyer is so insanely creative – we saw that in her Lunar Chronicles series that I loved – and I would argue that this might even be stronger (though no one can replace Thorne.) All the prodigies have crazy cool powers – ones that I would have NEVER thought of. The whole plot is brilliant.

 

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Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray  (Jen’s Choice)
I know without a shadow of a doubt that each time I pick up one of her books that I’ll laugh, cry, sigh and fall in love.  And that’s exactly what happened when I read this friends to lovers romance.  Run Away With Me was a beautiful story that was filled with hope, friendship, family and love.  

 
 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For November

 

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Giveaway:

✮All three of Mila Gray’s books, signed for the release of Run Away With Me by Mila Gray.  Enter here.

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Added To Jen’s TBR:

I.  Yeah.  My TBR is out of control.  And I didn’t even include the ones that don’t have covers yet *cries*.

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So that was our November. 🙂   Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or did we share the same favorite book? 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 and cheers to December being just as fabulous!

**We linked this post to November Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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Monthly Wrap-Up – October

Life:

I felt like I captured hundreds of pictures of our lives this month!  Some of my highlights were –

On October 16th, 16 years ago, I met my husband at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.  I shared a picture of us back in college, you can see it here
My little family of four went to the US Airforce Thunderbird show and it was beyond amazing!  Here’s a picture of my oldest high-fiving one of the pilots – here.
We visited Southern California, where my hubby’s from, since my oldest was on Fall Break.  I forgot how much I missed the ocean.  It was crazy hot, 105 (that’s freakish weather for down there fyi) but I was soooo happy!  Here’s a few of the pictures we took while down there, one, two, three, four.
I got to meet one of my favorite authors EVER, TH Hernandez, and got my books signed.  Oh my gosh, I was a huge rambling mess, but it was the most amazing experience!  I’m hoping to do a post about this in November! 🙂
And to all of those that celebrate Halloween, here’s hoping you have the best night ever!  We’re dressing up as a family of super heroes (even our doggies have costumes woohoo!), I can’t wait!

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay
Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa Kay
Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

4 Stars:
Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin

3.5 Stars:
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

3 Stars:
Legion (Talon #4) by Julia Kagawa

 

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Favorite Books of the Month:

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black (Brittney’s Choice)
What a delightfully dark, twisty novel.  If you know anything about me, I’m all about the court politics & intrigue, villains & anti-heroes, and schemes within plots within schemes. This book had my name written ALL over it.

 

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Shattered Stars (Broken Skies #3) by Theresa Kay (Jen’s Choice)
Shattered Stars was a brilliant and emotional conclusion to the Broken Skies trilogy!  It was action packed, emotionally gutting and I found myself on the edge of my seat desperately needing to know what was going to happen next.  I can’t recommend this series enough!

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Chelsea’s Choice)
What followed was a story that had me hooked from the start and became possibly one of my favorites of the year. I finished in record time (since that’s now becoming two weeks for every book I read!!!) and devoured every word. I laughed and swooned and my heart went into overdrive. What else can you ask for?

 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For October

 

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Added To My TBR:

Oh. My. Gosh. I seriously need to ban myself from adding books to my tbr lol!  This last month *covers eyes* it just didn’t stop.  And I didn’t even include the ones that have covers.  Sigh.

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Did you read any of the same books we did? Or did we share the same favorite book? If not, what was your favorite? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful October and cheers to November being just as fabulous!

**Linked this post to October Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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Monthly Wrap-Up – September

Life:

September flew by in a blur with our lives consumed with soccer and swimming!  I’m so happy to say that both of them are loving soccer!  And my oldest is now brave enough to go off the high dive at the swim center.  So now we get to watch both of our kiddos do synchronized jumping off the high and low diving boards, it’s hilarious and entertaining to watch!

And the end of September marks my favorite food season!  Summer is my favorite season, but fall has all the food filled with yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice.  And in case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with it.  Here’s a picture I posted on Twitter showing my latest shopping trip at Trader Joes, you can see it here.   And that’s only the beginning since I pulled out all my recipes for what I’m going to bake/make.  Now my husband is not a pumpkin fan.  But each year I’m slowly converting him, even if he’s rolling his eyes the whole time.  The best thing is I caught him two nights ago having a late night bowl of Pumpkin O’s (like Cheerios) muahahaha.

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month.  That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman
The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins

3.5 Stars:
Thunderstruck by Brenda Drake
The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

3 Stars:
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

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Favorite Books of the Month:

Here’s the thing, I can’t choose between a Paranormal book and a Contemporary book.  They’re worlds apart and encompass so many different elements, so here are the two best books of the month –

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (Jen’s Choice)
The creatures and curses were not only unique, but an eerie combination that at times terrified me.  There were so many moments of subtle humor that had me laughing out loud and kept a smile on my face.  And when you add to that characters that won my heart, well Black Bird of the Gallows easily became one of my favorite books from this year!

 

Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman (Jen’s Choice)
If you adore YA romance that makes you smile, laugh and leaves you feeling oh so happy, then I highly recommend Ninja Girl!  And Adorkable too, if you haven’t read that one yet.

 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For September
TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books We Loved Before We Started Writing Reviews
TOP TEN TUESDAY – What’s On Our Fall TBR
BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAYS – Our Favorite Female Leads
BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Darkest BBFs
BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Most Tortured BBFs

 

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Giveaways:

COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY – Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Added To My TBR:

Here are some of the books I added to my TBR in September.  I’ve realized that I always tend to add more books to my TBR than I’m able to read in a month lol.  And just a heads up – I don’t include books that don’t have a cover yet.

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Did you read any of the same books we did?  Or did we share the same favorite book?  If not, what was your favorite?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful September and cheers to October being just as fabulous!

**Linked this post to the August Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

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Monthly Wrap-Up – August

Life:

School has started, and we’re already in the 3rd week (how did that even happen?!).  My oldest is in 1st grade and my youngest started Pre-K.  And confession time….. I cried on both of their first days back to school.   Is it horrible that I’m still not ready for them to grow up?  It doesn’t help that I had come to love our summer schedule……every week was filled with beach days, pool days, and lots of days with my Grandma.  It was perfect.  It’s taking a little while to get use to our new schedule of school, soccer, swim lessons, play dates and Grandma time.  Though I always feel like I’m driving somewhere.  Anyone else feel like that too?

Ohhhh in case you missed it on Twitter, I had a huge disaster in my kitchen.  You can see it here.  I was in a rush and had to be at my oldest son’s school in 45 minutes to volunteer, then we had was swim lessons, and then I was hosting a party at my house.  Whoops.  I guess there’s a first for everything lol.  Here’s hoping you have never had a disaster like that!

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month.  That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going and books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
The Invasion (The Union #4) by T.H. Hernandez
Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1)
The King of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #3) by Megan Whalen Turner
Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne

4.5 Stars:
Infinity (The Infinity Division #1) by Jus Accardo
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2) by Megan Whalen Turner
The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology #1) by Wendy Higgins

4 Stars:
Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly #2) by Lauren Layne
The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
Omega (The Infinity Division #2) by Jus Accardo
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen’s Thief #4) by Megan Whalen Turner

3 Stars:
Inferno (Blood for Blood #2) by Catherine Doyle
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

2.5 Stars:
Mafiosa (Blood for Blood #3) by Catherine Doyle

2 Stars:
Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1) by Catherine Doyle

1 Star:
The Game of King (The Lymond Chronicles #1) by Dorothy Dunnett

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Favorite Books of the Month:

The Invasion (The Union #4) by T.H. Hernandez (Jen’s Choice)
The Union Series continues to be one of my top favorites!  Especially since romance, action, torture, twists, friendship and political intrigue filled the pages!  So it was impossible for me to put this book down.

 

 Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1) (Brittney’s Choice)
You guys, I enjoyed EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. The whole book is so well written and holy crap, I think I jumped out of my bed a few times. Oh man. I wish I could say more, but there are some FUN plot twists.

 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For August

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Fiercest BBFs

BLOGIVERSARY + GIVEAWAY – Our Kindest BBFs

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Giveaways:

Win a $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card for the release of Ready to Run by Lauren Layne

Win Ebooks of lluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman, Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo, The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, Adorkable by Cookie O’Gormgan, Good Girl by Lauren Layne and Broken Skies by Theresa Kay to celebrate our 3rd Blogiversary

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Added To My TBR:

Here are some of the books I added to my TBR in August.  I’ve realized that I always tend to add more books to my TBR than I’m able to read in a month lol.  And just a heads up – I don’t include books that don’t have a cover yet.

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Did you read any of the same books we did?  Or did we share the same favorite book?  If not, what was your favorite?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful August and cheers to September being just as fabulous!

**Linked this post to the August Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction**

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up – July

Life:

This last month, my family and I did something we’ve never done before.  A staycation. 🙂  We live near Tahoe, and while I take the boys to the beach a few times a week, we’ve never truly explored all the hiking trails here.  And there are hundreds!  So we pulled out our huge list of places that we’ve been wanting to visit/hike and we tackled a few of them.  One of them was even a little over 5.5 miles on hard terrain and my 4 & 6 year old were able to do it, I was so shocked!  The scenery was beyond gorgeous.  In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, you can check out two of the pictures from one of our hikes here and here.  We’re doing another staycation this week but it’ll be a mix of hiking, pool and landscaping our backyard…boo on the latter lol.  Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful July too!

During our Monthly Wrap-Up we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month.  That’ll include what we read, any other posts we may have had, and books that we added to our ever-growing TBR.

♥ Enjoy!

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What We Read:

5 Stars:
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

4.5 Stars:
Shag Lake by Susan McEachern
Anomaly (Schrodinger’s Consortium #1) by Tonya Kuper

4 Stars:
Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper
Shag Lake Prequel: The Kiss by Susan McEachern
Death, and the Girl He Loves (Darklight #3) by Darynda Jones

3 Stars:
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

2 Stars:
The Hook Up (Game On #1) by Kristen Callihan

            

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Favorite Books of the Month:

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (Chelsea’s Choice)
This book was one of those that you devour, inhale every word….and just, I don’t know, exhale slowly in a contented breath. It’s a book that not only makes you giddy and happy, but makes warmth radiate from the inside out. It fills your heart with something akin to true love-believable true love-and you can’t quite let it go.

 

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Anna’s Choice)
Midnight at the Electric relates several stories entwined, stories about loss and courage and hope and choices. You jump straight into new characters’ lives and you just care instantly and isn’t it baffling? When I see that I can read an entire book without giving a damn whatsoever and that Jodi Lynn Anderson manages to create a connection between her characters and I in the span of 2 pages, I feel awed.

 
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Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For July
GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT – The Union Series by TH Hernandez

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Added To My TBR:

Here are some of the books I added to my TBR in July.  I’ve realized that I always tend to add more books to my TBR than I’m able to read in a month lol.  And just a heads up – I don’t include books that don’t have a cover yet.

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Did you read any of the same books we did?  Or did we share the same favorite book?  If not, what was your favorite?  Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful July and cheers to August being just as fabulous!

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