Month: December 2016

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 5 Comments

One of my blogging buddies (who doesn’t blog all that much any more *sad face*) brought this book meme to my attention a few years ago and I used to do it all the time but stopped for…I don’t know what reason but I’m bringing it back because I feel like it.

The directions are simple. Using only titles from the books you read in 2016, complete the prompts below. Try not to repeat a book title.

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016:

Describe yourself:
Good Girl by Lauren Layne

How do you feel:
Undecided by Juliana Keyes

Describe where you currently live:
Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Back to You by Jessica Scott

Your favorite form of transportation:
Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Your best friend is:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

You and your friends are:
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

What’s the weather like:
Ruthless by Lexi Blake

What is life to you:
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Favorite time of day:
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Your fear:
Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

What is the best advice you have to give:
Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne

Thought for the day:
For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

How I would like to die:
Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

My soul’s present condition:
Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

My family is:
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Ha! I sure did have fun with that one. I giggled my way through working on that post so that shows how mature I’m being right now. Try it out on your blog and share your links in the comments. I’d love to see how this works out for all of you lovely bloggers out there.

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My Review of Someone Like You by Lauren Layne…

Posted December 16, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

…went live this morning on my book blog, Book Binge.

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #3
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Check out my review here:


Happy Friday!

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What I’m Looking Forward To in 2017

Posted December 15, 2016 by Rowena in Family, Miscellaneous | 12 Comments

2016 is slowly ticking down and as always, I’m reflecting on the year. The ups and the downs, because let’s face it, there were a lot of downs but personally, there were a lot of ups too. My family was blessed with a new addition in my nephew Rocky. My niece Chloe married her Prince Charming. Chance and RJ returned from their missions safe and with honor. The girls are all doing well in basketball. I turned 36 and this blog turned 1. I’m blessed and a huge part of the reason I’m blessed are these guys pictured to the left.

To close out the year, my niece Chach has put together a list of activities that she wants to do as a family before she leaves on her mission next month. First up, we went to see the temple Christmas lights and we watched some videos in the Visitors Center where Chach bore her testimony and made everyone cry. This week, we’re going to our town’s Candy Cane Lane where we’ll see more Christmas lights, drink more hot chocolate and take more pictures with Santa and just be together. The kids will love it and I’m sure us adults will too. It’s always a good time with Team Wilson Gang.

I’m looking forward to all of the family activities we’ll do to wrap up the year but here’s a list of things that I’m looking forward to in the new year.


Getting skinny from all the dieting and exercising I plan on doing in the new year. Ha! Don’t laugh, I’m for reals going to do it. Or, I’m like, 80% sure this is the year I actually do it. Haha.

Chach leaving for her Mission in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The people of Brazil are lucky to be getting one of my favorite kids. There is no one more genuine and likable than Chaylene and she’ll be leaving us to go and do work. I’m proud of that kid!

Brenna graduates from High School. I’m low key freaking out about June 2017 hitting me because my daughter will be graduating from high school and starting the rest of her life as an adult. She’s the same age I was when I had her. Someone hold me. But even with how much freaking out I’m doing, I’m looking forward to celebrating her hard work.

Becoming a Great Aunt. Chloe is pregnant and will be having her baby in March (I think) so I’m ready for a new baby to love and cherish!


There are quite a few movies coming out that I’m looking forward to but here’s a short glimpse into that madness…

My boo thangs Jax Teller Charlie Hunnam and Dylan O’Brien (I know, Cougar Alert! Ha!) have movies coming out next year that I’m super excited about. My favorite Dylan O’Brien character will probably always be Stiles Stilinksy on Teen Wolf but after seeing the pictures coming out of him in American Assassins, I can really get behind supporting him and going to see this movie. You know, because the story looks so interesting. 😉

But I’m also looking forward to all of the other movies listed. Justice League, Logan, Table 19 looks really funny, the trailer for Gifted made me cry so I’m on board for that one and Beauty and the Beast, anybody??? Of COURSE I’m going to see that one.

And though I haven’t read the book for Before I Fall, that’s not going to stop me from seeing the movie. Looks good.

TV Shows

Taken (NBC): This one looks really good and holy cow, I just noticed that it’s Rolo from Vikings as the main character. Lovin’ it! I’m so going to watch this.

Chicago Justice (NBC): I adore the other Chicago shows so I’m really looking forward to watching this one. Especially because Antonio is now a part of this show. I can’t wait!

Sense8 (Netflix): I feel like we’ve been waiting such a long time for this show and umm..I’m right, we HAVE waited a long time for this damn second season but we only a little while longer to wait (fingers crossed) so woo freaking hoo!

Riverdale (The CW): With Vampire Diaries ending after this season, I’m going to need a new show to take its place. This one looks like it because…LUKE PERRY! Team Dylan McKay is back in the house! Yay!

Famous in Love (Freeform): This is a book and it’s being turned into a TV Show. This book nerd is definitely watching it. I hope it’s better than Pretty Little Liars and Shadowhunters. I wasn’t a fan of either of those shows.

Alright, there you have it…some of the stuff that I’m looking forward to in 2017. This post is already long enough so I’ll probably do a list of Books that I’m looking forward to on my book blog, Book Binge. I’ll let you guys know when that goes live.

What movies and TV shows are you looking forward to next year? Anything good that I’m missing?? Let me know!

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