Monthly Wrap-Up: August – 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 we’ve read, any other posts we may have had, and our most popular Instagram posts..

*We linked this post to the October Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*


Jen’s Life:

✮ The last three months have been a whirlwind.  My oldest qualified for state in swimming and my youngest got chosen to be on the All-Stars team for soccer, so sports have continued to be 6 days a week for us.  We also got to watch The Blue Angels, go to a concert in South Lake Tahoe, do rock wall climbing, visit Southern California and have so many play dates with friends and family dinners that make my heart oh so happy.  Today I’m looking forward to watching my kids trick or treat with their friends while I get to walk around while chatting with my friends.  Happy Halloween everyone!


What We Read:

5 Stars:
The Awakening: As Told by the Boys by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Never Enough Cowboy (Creedence Horse Rescue #4) by Jennie Marts
Dissent: A Charity Romance (Prove It by Lauren Stewart)
Hat Trick Heart (Thunderclap #1) by Ella Market
The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) by Stephanie Garber
The Sweetest Game (Southern U O’Brien Brothers #3) by Cookie O’Gorman
House of Beating Wings (The Kingdom of Crows #1) by Olivia Wildenstein
Dauntless (In Vino Veritas #6) by Victoria Denault
Spells for Lost Things by Jenna Evans Welch
Forbidden Legacy (Fallen Fae #1) by Theresa Kay

4.5 Stars:
Much Ado About Dukes (Never a Wallflower #2) by Eva Devon
Wildfire (In Vino Veritas #1) by Garrett Leigh
Unmanageable (In Vino Veritas #3) by Leslie McAdam
Wonderland (In Vino Veritas #5) by Rachel Ember
Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy (Avalon Bay #1)
A Little too Late (Madigan Mountain) by Sarina Bowen
The Unmarked Witch by Miranda Lyn
A Little Too Late (Madigan Mountain #1) by Sarina Bowen

4 Stars:
Stealing Infinity (Stolen Beauty #1) by Alyson Noel
Underdog (In Vino Veritas #4) by L.A. Witt
Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy (Avalon Bay #2)
The Perfects by Rachel Van Dyken
A Little Too Close (Madigan Mountain #2) by Rebecca Yarros

3.5 Stars:
The Dark King (Deviant Kings #1) by Gina L. Maxwell

3 Stars:
Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

2 Stars:
A Year to the Day by Robin Benway



Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Chelsea’s Choice – The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) by Stephanie Garber
I am crumbling, tumbling, disintegrating into a pile of ash as I slowly lose my mind over what this evil. Chaotic. Out to freaking KILL me author has done to my not-so-innocent soul. That’s right. She got me. She got me BLEEPING good.



Jen’s Choice – House of Beating Wings (The Kingdom of Crows #1) by Olivia Wildenstein
With a richly imagined world, a dark and luscious story and characters that were brilliantly done, House of Beating Wings was a phenomenal start to a new series!  This story kept me glued to the pages and consumed my every waking thought.




Arielle’s Choice – Hat Trick Heart (Thunderclap #1) by Ella Market
Second chance romance, friends to lovers, a great supporting cast, the perfect amount of drama, and men groveling, lollll. This might be Ella Market’s first book but if THIS is her baseline for quality writing, I honestly can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.



Cassie’s Choice – Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy (Avalon Bay #1)
Good Girl Complex literally came out of nowhere and surprised me in all the best ways possible. I struggle to find (and love) contemporary romance books. I’ve had a handful launch their way into my favorites, but so, so many have been 3 stars or less. I’m so happy this one was a winner and has made excited to read more of Elle Kennedy.



Other Posts:

COVER REVEAL: The Sweetest Game by Cookie O’Gorman
GIVEAWAY & BLITZ: The Sweetest Game (Southern U O’Brien Brothers #3) by Cookie O’Gorman




Here were our most popular posts last month, from each of us ♥.


So this was our last few months….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?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful last few months. And cheers to November being fabulous for all of us!

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  1. Esther @BiteIntoBooks

    I can’t wait to read the new Olivia Wildenstein book!

    Have a great November 🙂
    Esther @BiteIntoBooks recently posted…October Wrap up – Book Haul & What to Expect Next MonthMy Profile

    • Jen

      It was absolutely amazing! I can’t wait for you to do that too!

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Wow, October was truly a busy month for you, Jen – packed with all kinds of good stuff. The Blue Angels were here week before last and the crowds were so overwhelming that we didn’t even attempt to go. It was actually so crowded that they had to close the gates on the base because they had reached the safety limit of vehicles/spectators. I think that was a first!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…The Sunday Post #309 | October 30, 2022My Profile

    • Jen

      Oh WOW! That’s how it was in the Bay Area when I was growing up in CA. It was always so ridiculously busy that we would never go. But here, we got front row easily for me to setup our lawn chairs. It was amazing! I hope they come back again in 2024!

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    I didn’t really get to do much in October – especially not Halloween/Fall wish, but it was still a pretty good month overall. I got a lot of spooky season reads in and that will be continuing this month.
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…{Book Review} Kingdom of the WickedMy Profile

    • Jen

      Yay for getting in lots of spooky seasonal reads!

  4. Ann

    That a lot of books read. The Ballad of Never After sounds like a good read.
    Have a great November reading month.
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    • Jen

      The Ballad of Never After was so amazing but now I’m desperate for that final book. Hopefully we get a release date soon *cries*.

  5. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    Busy last month or so for sure! And some good books read, some on my TBR as well. I hope November is going well for you so far!
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up #92 – November 6th, 2022My Profile

    • Jen

      Thank you so much, Lisa!

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