The Monthly Recap: October 2018

Posted November 6, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

November is here guys, can you believe it? It’s my birthday month and Thanksgiving month and a time to be grateful to be alive. I hope November treats you all well but before I move on to a new month, let’s take a look back at what October brought for me.

What I Did

October was a relatively quiet month for me. Well, Caiden was here for a week and that was a lot of fun but for the most part, I stayed close to home and relaxed. I did go to a Dodgers game against the Atlanta Braves (we won!) and it was Kershaw Day so Clayton Kershaw pitched for 8 full innings before Kenley Jansen came out to close the game and ice the win. It was a lot of fun with a lot of die-hard Dodgers fans enjoying a ballgame together. There were lots of high fives, excited cheers and booing for the opponent going on and I loved it all. We sat in the All-You-Can-Eat Pavillion and had all the Dodger dogs we could eat (we only had 1). Grandal hit a home run in our section but it was a few rows in front of us so we didn’t catch it or anything.

October was also for the Primary Program. It’s one of my favorite Church days of the year. The Primary kids put on a program each year in October and the kids get up to recite their parts and sing songs and it never fails to make me cry. We had two kids participating in the Primary Program and it was their first time being in it but both Ahbrey and Brooke did so well on their parts. They recited it in Samoan and they were so scared but they did it!! We celebrated with brunch afterward and that’s always a good time.

Halloween was the same as every year. We had chili and lots of food, the kids went trick or treating with the men while the ladies cooked and watched the Lakers game. It was a fun and relaxing month and I read some books!

What I Read

1. Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Fight or Flight by Samantha Young (eARC) | 4 out of 5
3. Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
4. Shadow and Ice (War of Gods #1) by Gena Showalter (eARC) | 2.5 out of 5
5. Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven (eBook) | 4 out of 5
6. Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of5
7. Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
8. The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
9. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
10. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks. It’s the first book in the Montgomery’s & Armstrongs series and holy cow it hit me with every single feel in my body. I loved the story, the romance and I came to love both families so much. It was hard to see it in the beginning but I came around. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Shadow & Ice by Gena Showalter. It was slow going and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I hoped I would. I probably won’t continue the series. *shrugs*

What I Reviewed

Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 5 out of 5
Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5
Say You’ll Stay (Return to Me #1) by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5
America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter | 2.5 out of 5
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan | 2.5 out of 5
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin | 3.25 out of 5
Hot Dad by Whitley Cox | 1 out of 5

What I Bought

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Player by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Sleep Over by Serena Bell
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis
You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

How was your month in books? Did you read anything that I should keep my eye on? Are you looking forward to reading anything next month? Share in the comments!


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2 responses to “The Monthly Recap: October 2018

    • She’s very popular with the women in my book club so I think you’ll enjoy her stuff, Zee. You should definitely give her a try though I prefer the McCabe Trilogy over her Montgomerys & Armstrongs one.

      I hope you’re having a fabulous November!

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