Monthly Wrap-Up: April

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


Jen’s Life:

✮ I celebrated my 41st birthday last month.  You guys, I do not feel that old lol!  Since we didn’t get to celebrate my 40th with my family last year, this year my Aunt made me a unicorn cake and my Mom got me a unicorn pinata and balloons.  It was the best day ever!
✮ We got our seeds to start our garden, yay!  Since we live in snow country, by Lake Tahoe, we can’t plant them outside till the end of this month.  But we already have some started inside our house!  This year we’ll be growing tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, radishes, carrots, spinach, zucchini and yellow squash.


What We Read:

5 Stars:
Bombshells (Brooklyn #5) by Sarina Bowen
The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
When a Cowboy Loves a Woman (Creedence Horse Rescue #2) by Jennie Marts
Code (International Sensory Assassin Network #4) by Mary Ting

4.5 Stars:
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen

4 Stars:
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson
Overtime (Moo U #5) by Kat Mizera
Halftime (Moo U #6) by Kim Findlay
Darkroom (Moo U #7) by Kate Willoughby
Twisted Love (Twisted #1) by Ana Huang

2.5 Stars:
Gametime (Moo U #4) by Jami Davenport





Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Jen’s Choice – The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout & Code (International Sensory Assassin Network #4) by Mary Ting
I’m sorry but again I can NOT choose between a fantasy and a dystopian.  They’re so different and I loved both of them in very different ways.  The Crown of Gilded Bones was an epic continuation of the From Blood and Ash Series!  It gave me chills, caused tears to fall down my face, and made me to laugh out loud so much, sometimes at the most inappropriate times.  CODE was a heart pounding addition to the ISAN series!  With a gritty and rugged story-line, that held a lot of heart, this book was impossible to put down! 




Arielle’s Choice – Bombshells (Brooklyn #5) by Sarina Bowen
There are books that you read and something strikes you like a bolt of lightning while reading a certain line and you just…can’t breathe. I felt that way when I read the quote found above. “And I can’t fucking breathe.” Like who wouldn’t want someone to look at them and literally lose the ability to breathe because they are so stunned by what they are seeing in front of them. That line for me was the very moment that I knew Anton and Sylvie’s story was going to be something extraordinary.





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

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Books Added To Jen’s Goodreads TBR This Month:

So this was our April….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 April. And cheers to May being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Esther @BiteIntoBooks

    Congratulations on your 41st!! AGE IS JUST A NUMMBEEERR <3

    Love the Instagram picz 🙂

    Have a great May ^^
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Esther! Age is totally just a number! 🙂

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Happy belated birthday, Jen! Sounds like you had a great time and were spoiled well. 🙂 As much as I adore Corinne Michaels, I still haven’t read Say You’ll Stay. And the physical copy is sitting *right there* on my shelf. Maybe I can make time for it this month. Hopefully we’ll both love it!
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Tanya! Fingers crossed we both do!

  3. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Happy 41st! I hope your garden does well!
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    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Nicole!

  4. Lindsi

    Happy belated birthday! I haven’t read JLA’s newest series, but I’m always caught up on my Maas. 😉 Lovely pictures!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    • Jen

      I need to binge Maas! Thank you so much, Lindsi!

  5. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I have got to get started on the JLA series! My mom was really disappointed last year for her 65th birthday because she had planned to go to Las Vegas with her sisters in April, but of course it was cancelled due to the pandemic. My 50th is in 2022 and I want to plan a Vegas trip or something, but my mom is still kind of discouraged and told me not to bother in case things get messed up again. 🙁 Oh well, hope that you are having a good May.
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    • Jen

      Fingers crossed you’ll be able to celebrate your 50th in Vegas! Thinking all the happy thoughts for you!

  6. Danielle Hammelef

    Happy belated birthday! I would love a unicorn cake! Your garden sounds awesome with the variety. I just planted my vegetable garden this past weekend–two types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, cucumbers, beans, and eggplant. I took a risk and planted earlier this year after studying the long-range weather forecast. W are currently enjoying 80’s here in Michigan which is above normal for May.

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Danielle! Ohhhh peppers, beans and eggplant wow, I want to try peppers next year. I hope your garden did amazing this summer!

  7. John Smith

    Happy 40-plus years of life!

    I think I would enjoy giving “The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3)” a try–I very much enjoyed the other Jennifer L Armentrout book I’ve read, “The Darkest Star”!

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, John! Oh yessss! I loved The Darkest Star so much too and can’t wait to get Luc’s final book. Here’s hoping you enjoy her Blood and Ash Series too!

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