Category: Books

The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020

Posted August 19, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So here’s what my June and July 2020 month in books, movies, and shows looked like.
Monthly Stats
Books Read: 1 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 4 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 6
Highest Grade: Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend | Lowest Grade: Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend

Dramas Watched: 15 | Dramas DNF’d: 4
Dramas Reviewed: 3 | Boyfriend of the Month:
Favorite Drama: Fight for My Way, Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon, Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo and Suits | Least Favorite Drama: When the Camellia Blooms

Movies Watched: 5 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 3
Favorite Movie: Midnight Runners | Least Favorite Movie: Be with You
What I Read

Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden | 4.25 out of 5

Yeah, you’re seeing that correctly. I’ve only read one book in two months. What’s sad about this is that the book that I read was a novella with only 91 pages. I blame k dramas. All I wanna watch, all I wanna do is watch more k dramas. I will say that I enjoyed this short and super sweet romance by Lucy Eden. She’s definitely on my wishlist, I want to read more of her stuff after reading and enjoying Mike and Jordyn.
What Shows I Watched

Fight My Way | 4.5 out of 5
Kill Me, Heal Me | DNF
Playful Kiss | DNF
The King: Eternal Monarch | 4 out of 5
Stranger | 3.5 out of 5
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | DNF
Where the Camellia Blooms | 3.25 out of 5
Big | DNF
Revolutionary Love | 4 out of 5
Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon | 4.5 out of 5
Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo | 4.5 out of 5
The K-2 | 3.5 out of 5
Cheese in the Trap | 2.5 out of 5
My First First Love | 4.25 out of 5
My First First Love 2 | 4.5 out of 5
Suits | 4.5 out of 5
W | 3.5 out of 5
Abyss | 3.75 out of 5
Life | 3.75 out of 5

I went to town on some k dramas in the last couple of months. Of the 19 shows that I watched, my favorites of the bunch are Fight for My Way, Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon, Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo, and Suits. I enjoyed all four of those shows equally and I can’t choose a favorite between them. They were all SO good. Loved them all.

My least favorite shows are all of the ones that I DNF’d. Some I wasn’t in the mood for, but others just drove me crazy and didn’t work for me so I quit them. That list is Playful Kiss (ugh, the hero was a dick, the heroine was a ditz and I couldn’t do it), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (wasn’t in the mood for this one), Big (not a big fan of the teacher/student relationship),
What Movies I Watched

The Suspect | 4.5 out of 5
Midnight Runners (2017) | 5 out of 5
The Man from Nowhere (2010) | 4.25 out of 5
Juror 8 (2019) | 4.25 out of 5
Be with You (2018) | 4 out of 5

My favorite of movie of the last two months (hell, of the year) is hands down, Midnight Runner, with my boys Park Seo Jun and Kang Ha Neul. They were everything in this movie and I loved every single second. Holy cow, this movie was the bomb.

If I had to choose a least favorite, it would probably be Be with You even though I really liked it. I just liked it the least of the movies that I watched in June and July. Still, super good.
Eye Candy Friday

Park Saeroyi from Itaewon Class
Kim Shin from Goblin
What I Reviewed

Itaewon Class (2020) | 5 out of 5
Crash Landing on You (2019) | 4.5 out of 5
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
Train to Busan (2016) | 4 out of 5
Parasite (2019) | 4.5 out of 5
The Divine Fury (2019) | 4 out of 5
What I Purchased

Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
My Truth by Don Benjamin
The One by John Marrs
What I Got for Review

Shine by Jessica Jung
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

There you have it, what my June & July 2020 in books, movies, and k dramas. How did yours go? Did you read your newest favorite book? Did you watch your newest favorite movie or k drama? Did you read or watch anything that you absolutely hated? Did you get anything that you’re super anxious for? Share all of your details in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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The Weekly Recap (149)

Posted August 10, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments

I’m really late with this update but it’s been a pretty weird last week so it couldn’t be helped. But better late, than never right? I hope everyone is okay and that you guys are enjoying your weeks. I’m still not reading but I’m powering through these k dramas. I think I have a problem guys. I don’t actually see it as a problem since I’m really loving the heck out of all of these dramas. So let’s get to the last couple of weeks in what I’ve been watching.
What I’m Currently Watching

Dr. Romantic

Starring: Han Suk Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin, Kim Min Jae, Jin Kyung, Im Won Hee, Kim Hong Fa, Jang Hyuk Jin, Lee Young E, Byun Woo Min, Yang Se Jong, Choi Jin Ho, Kim Jung Young
Year Released: 2016
Genre: Medical Drama, Romance

As an emotionally charged, uplifting medical drama, “Dr. Romantic” probes into seemingly cliched values regarding what makes a meaningful life. The story centers around a once-famous surgeon at the top of his field who suddenly retired to a secluded, countryside hospital. Those who cross his path learn about the values of life and comforts of love.
So recently, I watched Abyss on Netflix and came across Ahn Yeo Seop. I really liked his character, Cha Min, and thought he did a great job portraying him. So while I was browsing for a new show to watch, I came across Dr. Romantic 2, which he stars in. I’m interested in watching that show but first, I thought I’d get to know the world that Dr. Romantic 2 is about so I started this one. I ain’t gonna lie, I wanted to beat the shit out of the two main leads (Kang Dong Joo and Yoon Seo Joeng) in the early days of the show but they’re coming around. I’m really, really liking their character growth and I’m really enjoying the main character, Boo Young Joo. He’s the best doctor ever!
What I Watched

Abyss | 3.75 out of 5
Life | 3.75 out of 5
Suspicious Partner | 4.25 out of 5
My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 3.5 out of 5
Save Me | 3.75 out of 5
Tempted | DNF
One More Time | 2 out of 5
The Witch | 4.25 out of 5
What I Reviewed

The Divine Fury | 4 out of 5
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim | 4.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (148)
What’s On My Radar for Next Week

Dr. Romantic 2
While You Were Sleeping
The Great Battle

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

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Eye Candy Friday: Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne

Posted February 14, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Eye Candy Friday is all about the heroes and heroines that I’m loving and wanting to spotlight right now. Sometimes I’ll do full-on gush fest posts on why I love these guys, sometimes I’ll post pictures of what I think they look like and that’s it but if they’re featured here, the one thing that will be constant is I loved the hell out of them and want everyone to know. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

First and foremost, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you are all celebrating it however the hell you want to celebrate it.

Eye Candy Friday: Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren LayneMarriage on Madison Avenue
by Lauren Layne
Series: The Central Park Pact #3
Published by Gallery Books on January 28, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Third Person
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.

Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.

But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?

Today’s eye candy is Clarke West from Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne. You can read all about what I thought about Clarke’s book here.

Hero Casting
The Central Park Pact

Have you read Marriage on Madison Avenue? Did you love Clark West as much as I did? Who is your favorite character this week?


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My TBR Pile: February 2020

Posted February 13, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 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.

This month’s post is coming to you guys a little late because I had a slow start to the year. I blame that completely on my need to spend time with Baby Matalasi and Caiden while they were here for most of January. They were just too cute and so much fun to be around that I found myself wanting to be around them all the time. I also spent the last week of January until now in a state of mourning over the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi.

I’m a long time Laker fan and a fan of my hometown of Los Angeles and Kobe was a big part of growing up in L.A. I’ve seen him grow from a cocky asshole NBA player to a mature man who was raising four young daughters and loved being their Dad. I never had a personal connection with him but I was a huge fan of the way that he put the Lakers on his back and carried us to victory more times than I can count. I was a huge fan of the person that he became later in his career with the Lakers. How he did everything for us fans both on and off the court. I was a huge fan of the way that he made time for everyone. He helped young NBA stars on the rise, coached his daughter’s basketball team, supported his other daughter’s volleyball team, had Disney dates with his younger daughters, helped D1 colleges around the country but he also made time to coach up a small Christian college in Costa Mesa that my niece attended. He was pulled in so many different directions and yet, he made time for everyone and he was so gracious about it all. He was loved by the city of Los Angeles and it showed in the outpouring of love that we’ve seen everywhere we go. Murals have popped up everywhere from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica to Downtown L.A. We’re in mourning and very protective of those he left behind. My thoughts and prayers haven’t strayed very far for Vanessa and the girls in the time since the accident and I doubt I’ll ever stop thinking and praying for them.

Kobe Bryant was L.A. and we miss him something fierce.

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

Books to Read: 10
Books Read: 10
Books Unread: 0
Pages Read: 3,164 | Hours Listened: 0
Favorite Read: Chasing Cassandra | Least Favorite Read: The Kissing Game

I read all of the books on my TBR Pile from last month. Sure, I cheated a bit since I read all of those books in January and the first part of February but still, I finished them all! Woo hoo! My favorite read from that bunch of books is Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas. I really enjoyed that one and loved seeing Cassandra and Tom figure out how to be together. Lisa Kleypas always writes great historical romances so I wasn’t surprised that I enjoyed this one. She did well on that one. My least favorite book of the bunch goes to The Kissing Game by Marie Harte. That one was just…not for me.

February’s TBR PILE

Book Club

Devious Lies (Cruel Crown #1) by Parker S. Huntington
Released on December 14, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 702
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
From USA Today bestselling author Parker S. Huntington comes an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance full of revenge and a dash of fate.

“She could enjoy her pretty, perfect world a little longer. Soon enough, everything she owned would be mine.”

I had a plan to escape the friend zone.
Step one: sneak into Reed’s room.
Step two: sleep with him.

But when the lights turned on, it wasn’t familiar blue eyes I saw.
These were dark, angry, and full of demons.
And they belonged to Reed’s much older brother.

Four years later, Nash Prescott is no longer the help’s angry son.
I’m no longer the town’s prized princess.

At twenty-two, I’m broke, in need of a job.
At thirty-two, he’s a billionaire, in need of revenge.

Who cares if my family ruined his?
Who cares if he looks at me with pure loathing?
Who cares if every task he assigns me is designed to torture?

I need the money.
Simple as that.
I’ll suffer his cruelty in silence, knowing there’s one thing he wants more than revenge…

This year for book club is going to be the first year where a different member of the club is responsible for hosting the book club discussion and game. Normally, someone picks a book and where we’ll be meeting (we grab dinner out for our book club) and then I’d prepare a book discussion and game every month. But with my new job and how busy I’ve been over there, I’ve been struggling with book club discussions and games so this year we decided to share the responsibilities and I’m super glad about that. This month’s book was chosen by my friend Amie and she’ll be the first person outside of me and my friend Tasha to prepare a book club meeting. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. I’m also mighty curious about this one and I’ll be listening to it at work tomorrow.
Buddy Reads

Stange Love (Galactic Love #1) by Ann Aguirre: I’ll be reading this book with my buddies Holly and Ames. I’ve never read an alien romance before so this should be interesting.

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews: I’ll be reading this book with Holly this month. I’ve been meaning to catch up with this series and I just haven’t found the time to do it so thanks to Holly for letting me choose this one as our buddy read. If I’ve got someone depending on me to read it, I’ll read it. At least that’s the hope. Fingers crossed!

Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews: Ames is a gee because she’s helping me get the Kate Daniels series read by agreeing to read book 4 with me. I can’t wait!

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6) by Lisa Kleypas: Every month, my Book Binge blog mates try to read at least one book together and this month, we’ll be reading this one. I can’t wait to discuss this book with them.
Review Pile

Undercover Bromance (The Undercover Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams
Yours in Scandal (Man of the Year #1) by Lauren Layne
First Comes Scandal (The Rokesbys #4) by Julia Quinn
TBR Pile

Pulling Doubles (The Wright Brothers #2) by Christina C. Jones
Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christina C. Jones
Christmas with the Wrights (The Wright Brothers #4) by Christina C. Jones
Audiobook TBR Pile

P.S. It’s Always Been You, Pt. 1 by Lauren Blakely
Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely

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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The Wednesday Post (24)

Posted February 12, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tessa over at Wishful Endings and it was based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

I decided that I’m going to do a mashup of the Can’t Wait Wednesday and WWW Wednesday posts here on my blog. I’m bringing them together and calling it The Wednesday Post. Here’s what I’m up to this week.

WWW Wednesday

What did you recently finish reading?

One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

I enjoyed both books but The Upside of Falling was a little slow going in the beginning for me. I need to read more books by Therese Beharrie. I liked One Last Chance.

What are you currently reading?

Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams

I started this book yesterday and so far, it’s been a pretty easy read. I’m not over the top in love with it but it’s still enjoyable. I should be finished with this one after lunch so we’ll see if this holds up.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Strange Love by Ann Aguirre
Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington

I need to get cracking on my buddy reads and my book club book. The month is going by so fast and I can’t keep up but book club is on Monday so I need to give myself some time to get Devious Lies read so that I can be ready and win our monthly book club game.

Can’t Wait Wednesday

The Wednesday Post (24)The Earl Takes a Fancy
by Lorraine Heath
Series: Sins for All Seasons #5
Published by Harper Collins, Avon on March 31, 2020
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third
Pages: 384
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New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.

She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…

Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.

He’s looking to escape his title…

Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.

Together, they discover an unlikely love…

As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire...

I’ve been sitting on this review book because I needed to get through so many others but I’ll be reading this one soon and I can’t wait. I’m so looking forward to seeing who Fancy ends up with. Who is this earl that takes a fancy???

So, what are you reading this week? Anything good? Anything that you want to rant about?
Are you looking forward to The Earl Takes a Fancy? What other books are you looking forward to releasing this year?

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