The Wednesday Post (3)

Posted January 16, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

So I’ve been playing around with things that I want to do on this blog and I’ve been wanting to do a mid-week check in so that I can chat about the books that I’m reading that week. What’s working for me and what’s not but I also want to keep a running list of books that I cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on. I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog.

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Here are the books from my reading week so far.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner

I was hoping that I’d like this book a lot more than I did. I was bored with a lot of the last half of the book and the first half of the book, the heroine annoyed the shit out of me but the hero was the bomb and I adored him. So it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst book ever so..:()

What are you currently reading?

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward

My book club meeting is fast approaching (on Monday) so I really need to get this book read and a discussion prepped for it. I am not a fan of J.R. Ward so really…wish me luck!

What do you think you’ll read next?

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday

I have the third book in this series for review and it comes out next week so I need to hurry up and get this read as well. I’m looking forward to diving into this series since I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about it. Woot!

Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Wednesday Post (3)Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Series: The Central Park Pact #1
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on May 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Add It: Goodreads

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

I’m pretty thirsty for this book to come out already. I will devour anything and everything that Lauren Layne releases and I’m not even ashamed about that. She’s at the top of my favorite authors lists and I enjoy her writing style so much. I have every faith that this book is going to be the bomb so this is what I look like right now…

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to Passion on Park Avenue? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?


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The Weekly Recap (117)

Posted January 14, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

It was a pretty quiet week for me. I didn’t do much because the weather in L.A. is pretty dreary. Bren and Ken did have a game on Friday that I went to and I got into it with some punk ass white boy who was talking shit about Kenna like he knew anything about her. Calling her a lazy ass who doesn’t help her teammates like it was Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend can’t break a damn press. The thing about it though was she couldn’t get past one person who was guarding her really close. That girl was eating her up and stripping the ball from her time and time again. It is not Kenna’s fault that his girlfriend is a trash point guard and exposes herself with every game. The only bad thing about all of that was I went off on him about how his girlfriend is trash and his girlfriend’s family was sitting a few rows in front of me so now they know that I think their daughter sucks ass but *shrugs* it can’t be helped now. I meant it too but because her Mom has been nothing but nice to me, I felt a little bad.

Oh well. Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.

The thing about it was the boyfriend stood right in back of me, talking all of his shit about Kenna. Like he blamed Kenna for the loss but nope, that was a team loss and Kenna didn’t lead that game in turnovers so he better go somewhere with his dumbass. And why in the hell would you talk all this shit directly in back of Kenna’s family? How disrespectful is that? And Kenna would eat his girlfriend up if they were to go one on one so honestly…he’s an idiot. He was also analyzing the game like he was a coach or something and the fool doesn’t even play anywhere except the local parks and rec league.

Anyway, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (117)The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
Published by Kandi Steiner on October 18, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Pages: 393
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges: 2019 A through Z Challenge, 2019 GoodReads Challenge, 2019 New to Me Reading Challenge

Two season tickets. One genius idea. Zero interest in a relationship.

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

The Wrong Game is a stand-alone, angsty, enemies-to-lovers sports romance.

I’m about halfway through this book and am enjoying it though I’m not seeing what is presented in the blurb. I’m going to be reviewing this one with Holly so you’ll see what I end up thinking of the book as a whole on Book Binge soon. I hope this one continues to be good.

What I Read

Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan (Kindle Unlimited) | 4.25 out of 5
Right Where I Want You by Jessica Hawkins (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan. It was such a sweet and fun romance between two people that were perfect for each other. There’s some angst and even though the book was super short, the romance was done in a believable way and I just adored it to pieces.

What I Reviewed

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 4 out of 5
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (116)
The Monthly Recap: December 2018
The Wednesday Post (2)
My Personal and Blogging Goals for 2019

What I Got

Nothing new this week. I’m trying to get the books I already have read first.

What I Got for Review

Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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My Personal, Reading, and Blogging Goals for 2019

Posted January 10, 2019 by Rowena in Books | 20 Comments

I’m a little late with this because I’ve been planning and getting my stuff in order but I wanted to get this posted so that I can have it on hand for my monthly recaps. I’ll be tracking my progress throughout the year so I’m low key excited. Here are my personal, blogging, and reading goals for the year 2019.

Personal

Focus more energy on my health

2018 was the year that I finally took my health under control. I did a long awaited physical, ran all of the tests to find out what (if anything) was wrong with me and now I know. So now that I know what’s wrong with me, 2019 will be the year that I start to manage my health and focus my energy on getting my body and my health right. I signed up for a local low key gym with my bestie and my goal will be to go at least 3-5 a week so that I can make my 150 minutes of work out time a week. The gym thing is more me supporting my best friend than me wanting to go and work out but since I’m paying for the membership, I’m going to need to use it.

Drink more water

I don’t drink nearly as much water as I should and it’s the cheapest drink! Considering how cheap I am, I should drink more water and my doctor really wants me to develop healthier drinking habits so water, water, water it is.

Start budgeting and focusing on saving money

This is one of those goals that I set every year and every year I fail miserably at it. Well, I still need to do it and I’ve been reading different budget plans so I’m really going to make a go of it this year. For realsies this time.

Be a better friend

I am a creature of habit and honestly, if you’re not one of my coworkers or in my family then I could go weeks and months without keeping in contact with you. My best friend lives 10 minutes away from me and I only see her at book club. I want to nurture the friendships that I have in real life and even the ones that I have online. I want to be in the know on everything going on in all of my friend’s lives so that we don’t spend most of our conversations catching up. I don’t want to forget anyone’s birthday so I’m going to work on that too.

Stop being so petty

If you ask anyone that knows me, I’m a freaking petty ass bitch. If you piss me off, I’m going to get you back and more than once, Brenna has told me that I need to be nicer to those around me so this year…I’m going to try to not be so petty over every damn thing. Wish me the most luck on this one. I’m going to need it.

Blogging

Write more personal posts

I come across a lot of funny things that I want to blog about but I never do. This is the year that I focus more energy on writing personal posts. I want to write posts about what I’m laughing at, what recipes I’m trying and just other stuff. I’ve baked a few things that I really liked and were hits with my family so I’m going to write those recipes up and share them with you guys. Hopefully.

Write more posts ahead of time

I tend to wait until the last minute to write up posts all the dang time but I’m really going to work on that in 2019 because I need to get my ass in gear and organize my thoughts, my blogs and just every damn thing.

Finalize my Blogging Schedule and Stick with It

I keep changing things around here and 2019 is going to be the year that I finally choose which weekly memes and even naming my own weekly features correctly and stick with it. I’m going back to Eye Candy Friday instead of Book Boyfriend of the Week so that I can feature my TV and Movie Boyfriends on there too. I’m also going to combine a couple of weekly memes into one post that will go up on Wednesdays and you know, stuff like that.

Write a Review for Every Book I Read

I try to do this every year and 2018 was a really good year for this. I want to keep that same energy where my review writing is concerned in 2019 so wish me luck.

Start Posting on Instagram

I need to be more active on my Instagram account, both my personal one and my book blog one. I keep saying that I’m going to be better about it and I keep lying to myself and to my blogging teammates but no more. 2019 I’m going to get my Instagram shit together for real, for real.

Reading

Read more diverse romances

I’ve got a list of diverse romances that I want to read and I’m going to make more of an effort to pay attention to the diversity in the books that I read. I never did before but brown folks like me need love too so I need to look out for those books and read them.

Read at least 20 new to me authors

I tend to stick to what I know, reading-wise, and that needs to change. I want to find more hidden gems, even if I’ve been hiding them from myself. There are a lot of new to me authors on my TBR pile that I hope to finally get around to reading this year.

Read more books from my TBR pile

Like the budget goal, reading more books from my TBR pile is a goal that I set every year and most of the time, I fail but last year was actually a decent year for me reading from my TBR pile. I’m hoping to keep that party train going into this year. I even made up a fun reading challenge to track all the books that I read from my TBR pile.

Complete All of my Reading Challenges

I’m so hyped to be participating in reading challenges again. I took last year off from them and I got bored so this year, I’m jazzing up my reading with some fun reading challenges and I hope to finish them all.

Use Kindle Unlimited and Audible Romance Package

I pay for these monthly but I don’t read or listen to any of them unless it’s an author that I’ve been looking forward to or love. I need to make better use of these subscriptions because I’m wasting money as it is right now.

What are some of your goals for 2019? Share in the comments and let’s work on these things together!


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