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!


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





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.


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.




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!


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.





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

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Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

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!

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  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m glad homeschooling is going well! History was my favorite subject in school. Have a great February!
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much! And now I can understand why people say that, it’s such a fascinating subject! Wishing you a wonderful February too :).

  2. Sam@wlabb

    It’s awesome to hear that homeschooling is going well for you. I like hearing success stories! I am jealous you have the new Shalvis (I adore her books). I want the new Thorne too. Can’t wait to see what you think.
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    • Jen

      Thank you! Homeschooling during the pandemic has worked out so well, thank goodness. And ohhhh no, so I added those books to my tbr list on Goodreads. I don’t have a few of those books yet, they’re just new to my tbr list. But Arielle has already read Second First Impressions and loved! Here’s hoping we both do too. 🙂

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    Glad to hear homeschooling is going well!! I applaud you for enjoying Math. LOL

    I own Kingdom of the Wicked and Roommate and hope to read both soon.

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    • Jen

      YAY thank you! I always have loved math…..I even took an upper level calculus class as an elective in college because I was so sad I didn’t need to take anymore math. I’m such a goober lol! After that I switched back to dancing for electives lol. Ohhhhh can’t wait to hear what you think!

  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    That’s great that home schooling is going so well. And that you are sharing your love of history! Like Arielle, Roommate was my favorite read of January, too. So good! I love seeing Where the Lost Wander on the TBR. I adore Amy Harmon and that one was one of my top reads of 2020.
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, I’m so happy with how well our homeschooling has been going! I added that book to my tbr because of your review, it sounded AMAZING!

  5. Mallory @ Mallory Books

    I loved Unchosen too! I think it was my top read fo January, tied with Addie LaRue.

    • Jen

      You and Cassie had so much fun reading that book, I really need to discover it!

  6. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    Dating Makes Perfect and Unchosen are ones I can’t wait to read! Looks like you added some good books to your TBR as well this week. We’ve had a little bit of snow, then warm days, then a little bit of snow, etc. We’re currently in a snowy time, but it’s supposed to be really cold for a few days now which is different than what we’ve had so far this winter. My post is in the link below!
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    • Jen

      Here’s hoping you have a lot of fun reading Dating Makes Perfect! It’s definitely a book I’ll be rereading down the road. And thank goodness for some warm days mixed in with snow, that always makes winter more bearable. 🙂

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I was surprised how much I liked teaching my kids history too. I always thought of history as being boring, but it can be interesting with a fun curriculum. Glad homeschooling is going so well for you!
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    • Jen

      I completely agree! History in HS and college bored me to tears. I wish I would have had this type of learning when I was younger, it makes learning fun! Thank you so much, me too!

  8. Danielle Hammelef

    Feet and feet of snow! We finally got our first blizzard this past week and it dumped 10 inches here and brought subzero temps. I love that you are enjoying homeschooling. I just received a copy of Unchosen and it sounds amazing. I also still need to get my hands on You Have a Match. I hope your February is going well!

    • Jen

      Tahoe usually gets 400+ inches of snow in the winter, so my boys get lots of hours spent sledding on our driveway lol. And yay for getting some snow too ♥. Thank you, I’m so beyond thankful it’s been going so well. Here’s hoping you enjoy Unchoosen and can get your hands on a copy of You Have a Match!

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