Week in Books (42)

Posted November 21, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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For the last two weeks, my boss has been on his honeymoon so his work once again became mine and I’ve been super busy with everything under the sun that I’ve gone home so stinkin’ exhausted. He’s back in the office today and this is what I look like:

Last week was for getting my blog shit together. I’m taking the month off of Top 5 Wednesday because the topics this month are freaking hard and I can’t be bothered to put my thinking cap on for that madness so I’ll bring that back next month. I also caught up on my reading. The past couple of weeks, I only read 2 books but I’ve caught up on that this week. Thank goodness. My reading numbers were looking sad to end the year.

I also did my very first planner spread for the last week and I was super happy with the way that it came out. I’m building up my planner accessories collection so I’ve been on Etsy and at Michaels and planning a trip to Hobby Lobby (closest one to me is 45 minutes, wahh!) and watching YouTube videos and cyber stalking my favorite planner enthusiasts on IG. I’ve got it bad. I started a new IG to separate my blog stuff from my family stuff and my first post was this one:


Currently Reading

Idol (VIP #1) by Kristen Callihan.


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?


As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

My bestie Bookish Ames and I are going to buddy review one book together every month and next month’s book is Managed by Kristen Callihan. I’m so behind because I haven’t read Idol yet but I’m reading it now so I’ll get to Managed this week. So far, I’ve only read the first chapter but I’m hopeful that I’ll get some reading in tonight and that I’ll enjoy this one. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Callihan so far and I’m positive I’ll enjoy this one too.


Shut Up and Kiss Me (Lost Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
First Step Forward (Grand Valley #1) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to Downed by Jen Frederick. It was the book that I was hoping we’d get when I found out that we were getting Ace’s book. I loved hating Ace in Matty and Lucy’s book so I wasn’t ready to like him so soon but I need to have more faith in Frederick’s abilities because she wrote another fabulous contemporary NA romance that I ate right up. I loved it to pieces.

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Ace from Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick.

Ace was my favorite hero of the week. I loved him to pieces and am really surprised to say that. I wasn’t expecting to love him as much as I did but I did. He was such an asshole in the last book that I wasn’t surprised when people were annoyed to be getting his book so soon but I liked the sort of branch out spin off from Western to Southern. Jen handled that wonderfully and Ace changed enough in the right way without taking too much away from who we know him to be to work for me and I just loved him.

His heroine is my book girlfriend of the week. Bryant was fabulous!


Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5

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New to My Bookshelves

Delicious (Marsdens #1) by Sherry Thomas
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan

New to My Review Shelf

Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick
Bad Boy by Elliot Wake

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?

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8 responses to “Week in Books (42)

    • Rowena

      Hi Grace!

      I don’t watch Project Runway but that gif explains how I’m feeling this week. I’m probably the only employee in the world that is thrilled their boss is back from vacation. Ha! Thanks, same to you!

  1. Sounds like you have been busy my friend. I never got into the planners, but they are super cute and it looks like fun. One day I would like to do scarp-booking. Glad you are caught up with reading. I was hoping to make my year goal by end of November, but not sure. I am having way to much fun helping my daughter and loving my grand babies. I need to try Elliot Wake. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Rowena

      I have been pretty busy lately and with my daughter’s basketball season underway, I’m going to continue to be busy. I’m just hoping that my reading won’t slow down because I have books that need reviewing soon. Yikes!

      What was your goal? I know that you have far surpassed my goal, Ha! I’m a slow ass reader!

      Thanks, same to you!

  2. Okay, you’ll have to do a more up close and personal post about your planner! I’ve been curious about it and want to start one for myself but I just don’t know the best way to start one.

    I’d love some pointers!

    • Rowena

      Oh Joy, that makes me so happy. I just recently got into decorative planning and I’m obsessed. I blame my friend Ames and Nereyda. Their bullet journaling posts and pictures have made me wish I was artistic but since I can’t draw a straight line (even with a ruler), I’ve found my own happy with my happy planner.

      My planner was going to be just my family and personal planner but I’ve found that I prefer to use my planner as my blog calendar/schedule/planner. I plan out what I want to post each week and buckle down and get it done. I have daily to do lists for the blog (cause you know there is always something blog related to work on) and writing it down really keeps me on track.

      You want some pointers? Stickers! Lots and lots of stickers! They’ve got inspirational stickers, to do stickers, checklist stickers, habit tracker stickers and you’ll just go nuts with them but they make your planner functional and pretty so it’s a total win. 🙂

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