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My TBR Pile: July 2021

Posted July 7, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments

So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need reminders.

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBR Pile.
Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 7
Books Read: 4
Books Unread: 3
Pages Read: 1,239 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Devil in Disguise | Least Favorite Read: To Sir, with Love

I was supposed to read 7 books but I only managed to read 4 of the 7. I kept meaning to read my webtoons but I never managed to get that done. Maybe this month will be better on that front? Who knows. I’m pretty excited about the books that are on this month’s TBR pile. Lots of books that I’ve been pretty anxious to read so I’ll make a concerted effort to get these books read.

Here are the books I’ve lined up for this month’s TBR Pile.

July’s TBR PILE

Buddy Reads


Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long

Before the pandemic started, my book friends and I used to meet up to catch up with each others lives and chat about the books that we’re loving the books that we’re hating. We would meet up every chance we got and before e-books, we used to end our lunches in the parking lot and swap paperback books. We used to pack up our books that we wanted to share or were thinking of getting rid of, bring them to our girls lunch and go through trunk after trunk after trunk, getting new books to read. Goodness, I miss those days. They were so much fun.

Nowadays, we meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon and we chat. We still chat about books, but we also chat about our lives and anything else that comes up. We also read a book together each month and discuss it on our zoom call. This month, we’re reading and discussing Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long and I can’t wait!
Review Pile


Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

This month, I’m going to focus on getting these two books read from my review pile. So far, I’ve been doing such a great job of not downloading every book that I want on both Netgalley and Edelweiss and I’m caught up on my review pile so I’m able to read my August review books this month.

I’ve been waiting a long time for The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang so I’m really looking forward to getting that one read. Quan’s book!
TBR Pile


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 13
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 14
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 15

I never got around to reading these books last month since I just got my paperback copy of volume 13 last week so I can finally move on in the series. I finished book 12 (I read it twice) and now, it’s volume 13 time. Finally!

What books are on your TBR pile for July? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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My TBR Pile: June 2021

Posted June 10, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 8 Comments

So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need the reminders.

Here’s a peek at the books that are on My TBR Pile for the month of June.
Buddy Reads


Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
The Siren’s Lament by Instantmiso

I missed last month’s book club zoom meeting so I’m going to make a solid effort in reading this month’s book because I’m reading a lot more these days than I have in the last few months. I’m trying to hold on to my reading habit for all I’m worth…haha. Sometimes I feel like this…


The other book that I’m reading is a buddy read with my best friend, Therese. We were supposed to start our BTS Universe journey in June but I started reading The Siren’s Lament instead so I’m pushing our BTS Universe buddy reading adventure until next month.
Review Pile


To Sir with Love by Lauren Layne
Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas


I’m on my way to completing this part of my TBR pile for this month. I just need to review both of these and I’ll be solid for this month. Wish me luck on that.
TBR Pile


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 14

I started collecting the print books for my print library after I finished the first season of the anime and saw the movie in theaters. I’m hooked on these books so I’m going to continue the Demon Slayer party by reading these this month.

What books are on your TBR pile for June 2021? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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The Weekly Recap (162)

Posted February 22, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, Music | 6 Comments


The Weekly Recap is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a feature where I recap my week in books, movies, and kdramas. Since we’re still in a pandemic, I’m not doing much outside of my house and I really doubt you guys want to hear about my trips to the grocery store so stick around and let’s see what I got into this week.
What I Watched


A Love so Beautiful
Run BTS!
Sisyphys
What I Read


The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard | 4 out of 5
What I Listened To


What if I by Ailee



One Step by Hyolyn feat. Jay Park



24/7=Heaven by BTS
What I Got


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
What I Got for Review


The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Eye Candy Friday


Kim Namjoon
RM from BTS
What I Reviewed
Nothing again. Get it together, Wena!
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (161)
The Weekly Playlist (3)
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Namjoon, RM from BTS
What Made Me Laugh

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

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My TBR Pile: February 2021

Posted February 4, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments


So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need the reminders.

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBR Pile.
Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 8 | Books Read: 5
Books Unread: 3 | Pages Read: 1,959
Favorite Read: The Bridge Kingdom | Least Favorite Read: The Intimacy Experiment

To be honest, I thought that reading 8 books last month was too high a goal to achieve but I went with it anyway, thinking that I could push myself to accomplish it. I need to knock that shit out because I’m averaging about one book read per week and I’m reading more quality books so I’m good with that. I’m also still able to watch my kdramas and Naruto and all of the BTS content so seriously, I’m good with the lot of books that I read last month.

This month I think I’m going to finish up my reading goals from last month. I’m going to read Wicked Fox and The Earl Takes a Fancy and then read my buddy reads with my all of my friends.

Here’s a breakdown of my reading plan for February. Wish me luck!

February’s TBR PILE

Buddy Reads


The Beast of Beswick (Everleigh Sisters #1) by Amalie Howard
Training Camp: Twig by Wesley King and Kobe Bryant
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

During the pandemic, I started reading books with my So Cal book blogging friends since we’ve managed to get together for zoom calls every month. The first couple of months I didn’t read the books cause I was in a huge reading slump but I’ve managed to get our books read the last couple of months so I’m thrilled to keep this reading goal alive. This month, we’re discussing The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard. We’ll see how I like it.

With my besties group, we’re continuing Training Camp. We’ll be reading the next short story in the book, Twig’s story and I’m looking forward to jumping right back into that world.

The last book on my buddy reads list for February is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m reading this book with my buddy Ames and it’s another book that comes highly recommended by our friend Holly so I’m really looking forward to seeing how that one turns out for me. I’m really into fantasy books right now so I have high hopes.
Review Pile


Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

I’m being very careful about the books that I request for review. I’m requesting less and less these days because I don’t want to be on the hook for so many reviews. This month, I’m reading Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane and I’m hoping that it’s another delightful treat that I’m come to expect from Mhairi McFarlane.
TBR Pile


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

These two books were on my TBR pile for last month but I never got around to reading them. I still want to read them so they’re on the tbr pile for this month. I’ve started Wicked Fox and so far, so good.

What books are on your TBR pile for February? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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My TBR Pile: January 2021

Posted January 6, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 6 Comments


So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need the reminders.

I’m starting this up again because I’m trying to keep my reading up this year and I’m thinking that bringing this feature back (and keeping it strictly for books) might help me with that so I’m starting fresh.

January’s TBR PILE

Buddy Reads


The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Training Camp (Wiznard #1) by Kobe Bryant and Wes King
Blood Heir (Aurelia Ryder #1) by Ilona Andrews

I’m kicking off the new year with some buddy reads. I’m reading The Bridge Kingdom with Ames and I’m thrilled to be reading books again with my friends. I’m reading Training Camp by the late Kobe Bryant and Wes King with my friends Therese and B Nice. I’m also reading Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews with my book blog buddies Holly and Casee and I’m THRILLED to be reading this one. I absolutely love the Kate Daniels series and this spin-off features two of my favorite characters from the Kate Daniels books so woohoo!! I already read the book as soon as I got my hands on an eARC last month but I’m reading it again so that I can keep myself honest with this post.
Review Pile


The Roommate by Rosie Danan
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

I have some books left over from last year on my review pile and it is my goal this year to knock some of them off. I’m starting with the Rosie Danan books. I heard nothing but good things about The Roommate but I didn’t get very much reading done last year so it fell off my radar. I bought the book and will be giving it a go this month. While I’m at it, I’ll read the other Rosie Danan book that I got for review for this year’s release.
TBR Pile


Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho
The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath
Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep

I’m adding these three books to my TBR for this month because the first book is a series I want to start, the second is a series I want to continue, and the last is a series that I want to finish.

So 8 books is probably super ambitious of me but I’m still going to try to read all of them. Wish me luck!

What books are on your TBR pile for January? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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