The Weekly Recap (96)

Posted July 30, 2018 by Rowena in Books, Features | 10 Comments

I’m changing Week in Review to The Weekly Recap so that it matches my Monthly Recap post that I do up every month. I’m a person that needs things to match and I didn’t even realize that they didn’t match so I’m fixing it now. Better late than never, right? I’m not sure who to credit for the feature name The Weekly Recap but I know that Nick uses it over at The Infinite Limits of Love and so does Ari over at The Romance Corner.

Anyway, I got my new bed!!! I’m super excited since this is the first bed that I actually bought for myself. My parents bought my last bed and I’ve had it for forever so this new purchase was all me and I just love it to pieces. I also love that I’m not sleeping on the floor anymore. Woot!

Also, our family pictures came in so here is one of my favorites of everyone:

Our photographer was super great so if you’re looking for someone to do your pictures at an affordable rate, check out Drew at Lokeni Productions.

This week was also the week that we laid our friend David to rest and I thought his family did such a great job with his funeral services. It was evident how much he was loved and how many different sets of friends he had. Rest in peace, David!

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (96)A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #2
Also in this series: A Duke by Default
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on July 31, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Third Person
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Add It: Goodreads

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

I’m almost done with this book but most of last week was for my friend’s funeral and when I did read, I picked up To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han to read all of my favorite Peter Kavinsky parts. Brenna is reading this series so I’m following along with her and we’re discussing the books every day so I haven’t fully moved on from these guys yet.

I finally picked A Duke by Default up last night and read through about half of the book and then did some reading at the doctor’s office this morning so I should be finishing it up soon. Wish me luck.

What I Read

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5

It was a week of re-reading for me. I’m reading and discussing these books with Brenna and I’m super thrilled that she’s loving these books as much as I am.

What I Reviewed

The Kissing Booth (2018) | 3.25 out of 5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (95)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G
Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to David

What I Got

I didn’t get anything new this week. I haven’t had a chance to see what came out and what’s on sale. I’m sure that will change this week.

What I Got for Review

Nothing. I haven’t been on NetGalley or Edelweiss in a few weeks. I’ll need to check those sites out soon.

What Movies I Watched

Locke (2013) | 3.25 out of 5
Blackway (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
The Loft (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
Love, Simon (2018) | 5 out of 5
The Commuter (2018) | 4.25 out of 5

What TV Shows I Watched

I’m all caught up on Take Two and Suits and I’m enjoying what I’ve been watching so far on those two shows and I binge watched the heck out of both seasons of Kims Convenience. That show cracks me up because the parents remind me of my parents and I adore both Janet and Jung.

What Made Me Laugh

There you have it, my weekly recap. How was your week?


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10 responses to “The Weekly Recap (96)

  1. Yeah I hate sleeping on the floor or using an air mattress. Its nice to have a good mattress and bed. Hope you are loving it.

    And I am planning on buying Duke By Default tomorrow so I can’t wait to read it!!! Hope you are enjoying it.

    • Rowena

      Same. I hear that sleeping on the floor is supposed to be good for you but meh. I’ll take a nice comfy mattress over the floor any day… I am super in love with my new bed.

      Woot, it’s a great book. I hope you love it!

    • Rowena

      Thanks Grace, getting everyone together and to the beach was an ordeal but we did it and I love the results. I saved a bunch of things that made me laugh so I’m going to share them on the blog. Too funny!

  2. Your family picture is so lovely! I love the setting of it!
    I am really sorry to hear about your friend. The ceremony sounds like it was just the perfect one he deserved. Hugs to you! <3

    Ooh I was curious about It Takes Two since I like Rachel Bilson. I'm glad it's good so far. Also, Kim's Convenience sounds just the show for me. I'll add it to my to-watch list.

    I hope you have a good week, Rowena!

    • Rowena

      Thanks, Nick! I love those guys and am glad I get to spend my life with them. 🙂

      So far, I’m enjoying it though it’s a little cheesy. Still, I like it.

      Thanks, I hope you have a great week yourself. 🙂

  3. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    I’m almost done with Duke by Default and enjoying it! Love that photo of you and your family, it’s so big!

    • Rowena

      Oh man, Portia and Tav are the bomb. Portia is fierce and I want to be her when I grow up!

      Thanks, we’re a big ass Samoan family and I love each and every single one of those guys.

  4. Yay for a new bed! I love the new bed feeling and knowing you chose it and paid for it is pretty satisfying too. I cannot believe how many people are in your family photo. It’s really nice you all managed to get in one place and have the photo and it looks really good, but how do you even remember everyone’s name! I’m also currently reading A Duke by Default and now have a strong urge to go to Scotland, not gonna lie.

    • Rowena

      I am super in love with my new bed. It’s the most comfortable bed that I’ve ever had. If I could sleep my life away, I’d have the best bed for it. Haha.

      Yeah, we’re that big ass Polynesian family that shuts down every restaurant we go to. Hehe.

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