Tag: Book Tags

Holiday Dinner Book Tag

Posted December 6, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

I saw this holiday tag over at Grace’s blog this week and wanted to give it a go to try to get in the holiday spirit. The original blog post is over at Du Livre.

Auntie Brought a Pie

A book (or series) that is popular but you don’t care for

The In Depth Series by J.D. Robb

A long time ago, I tried to get into this series because so many of my favorite bloggers read and adored this series but I read the first book and wasn’t feeling it so I never picked up any of the other books in the series but it’s still hella popular with like 40+ books in the series. What even???

Time for the Main Course

Your favorite book(s) of the Year

Burn for You (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I have adored each and every single one of these books this year. They’ve all gotten 5 stars from me and for good reasons. They’re damn great romance stories. If you haven’t read them, fix that! I promise you won’t regret it.

It’s Time for a Toast

A debut author that you can’t wait to read more from

Helen Hoang

My favorite debut author of the year goes to Helen Hoang because I adored her first book so, so much. I loved the reverse Pretty Woman theme she went with for Stella and Michael. I loved seeing them fall in love with each other, just the way that they are. Their love was a special kind and I ate it right up. I’m looking forward to reading more from Helen Hoang. Her writing style is just fabulous.

Anyone for Dessert?

A satisfying fluff read

Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne

Are you guys surprised that Lauren Layne made the books tag cut? You shouldn’t be because I love the heck out of her writing and her characters and just her books overall. She writes my favorite kind of romances. Contemporary romances that are smart, fun and steamy. Runaway Groom is one of my 5 star reads this year because it hit all of my high notes. This was such a fun and fluffy read and I can’t recommend it enough.

We’re Having Leftovers

A book you would happily re-read over and over again

The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

For this one, I went with a book that I re-read this year and this book. I would happily read this book over and over and over again. I love it so much that I recommend it first to anyone looking for a great NA read. I’ve been on Brenna to read this book for ages and she’s slowly making her way through it and loving it too. Gah, G and Wellsy are the best!

Did you participate in this book tag? Share your posts in the comments and I’ll check you out for sure!

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018

Posted June 26, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 8 Comments

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of BookTubers videos on YouTube and everyone is doing this book tag and it looks like a lot of fun. A way to take stock of what you’ve been reading this year up to this point so I’m on board this train. The tag originated here and kind of took off from there. I’m seeing a lot of book bloggers participating too and I’m loving those posts so why not do my own?

Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
June 5, 2018
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I just completely adored this book. From the smart and strong heroine who loved her parents so much that she hired someone to help her be more comfortable with herself and with intimacy so that she can try to give her parents what they wanted…grandchildren to the hero who gave up his dreams to take care of those he cared about. There’s so much to like about this book and the writing itself is fantastic. So, so good.

Honorable Mention: My other 5 star read so far was for Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews and while I adored that book, I think I adored The Kiss Quotient just a teeny bit more. So Burn for Me gets a nod from me. Mad Rogan and Nevada were a fabulous duo and I cannot wait for November for the next installment in this awesome series.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

I’m reading a whole lot of series and these are my favorite sequels that I read so far, this year. Nate and Becca in Brooklynaire made me super happy, Sean and Dina in One Fell Sweep were another fabulous couple and I love the way that their story ended. Mad Rogan and Nevada are some of my favorite characters and each book in their series just kept the party going and I loved it all.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
June 5, 2018
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I’m so ready to read this book but I haven’t gotten a chance to pick it up. I hope to change that sometime soon. Wish me luck!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne
September 4, 2018
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Any reason to read a new Lauren Layne, I’m up for it. I really enjoyed Hot Asset so I’m really excited to read Matt and Sabrina’s book. Come to Mama!

Biggest disappointment

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say by Leila Sales
May 1, 2018
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Leila Sales has written some pretty great books in the past so I was really looking forward to this book. After I put it down, I couldn’t get over the whole thing so if you want to see all of the reasons I did not like this book, check out my review here.

Biggest surprise

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
October 28, 2014
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My friend Holly recommends books for me to read all the time and I never read them. Or, it takes me years to get around to reading them. It drives her crazy but I’m a slow ass reader anyway. So I finally got around to reading this book this year and I knew that I would probably enjoy it even though I don’t read a lot of urban fantasy, fantasy or even paranormal books. Well, I more than enjoyed it. I loved it. I was surprised at how much I loved it. Such a great series.

Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
June 5, 2018
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Ilona Andrews is new to me but I read one of her books last year so she doesn’t count. A completely new to me and debut author is Helen Hoang and already, I love the heck out of her work. I’m so anxious for The Bride Test.

Newest fictional crush

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
June 5, 2018
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Michael Phan. *swoon* Can you guys tell that I really loved this book?

Newest favourite character

Sophie Bigelow from The Hookup by Erin McCarthy
Stella Lane from The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I loved both of these heroines. They were strong women, who were smart and didn’t suffer fools without being annoying or bitchy. Love them both.

Book that made you cry

Hooked on You by Kate Meader
May 29, 2018
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There were a bunch of parts in this book that made me tear up and then just flat out cry. Seeing Violet develop relationships with both of Bren’s kids, in the beginning with Bren’s attitude toward Violet and then the scare that Violet got, the custody of the kids up in the air, there was plenty of stuff in this book that had me crying.

Book that made you happy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
July 25, 2017
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When I finished this book, I was over the moon. That last battle, seeing the Baylor family (all of them) really come into their own and seeing Arabella and Catatlina, even Bern and Leo, seeing them all grow into their powers and themselves. I just loved it all and I legit celebrated when I found out that we’re getting more books from the Baylor family. Yippy skippy!

Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Forevery My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
January 19, 2018
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I’ve only watched 2 book to film adaptations and of the two, this one is my favorite. This movie was good, the casting was great, the acting was good but it was the music that completely won me over. I still listen to that soundtrack whenever I can.

Favourite review you’ve written this year

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

My buddy review with Holly over at Book Binge is probably my favorite review that I wrote this year. So far, anyway. I laughed a lot while we were discussing the book.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

What? They’re beautiful.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

I’m a huge basketball fan so a basketball romance? I couldn’t wait for it to come out. I bought Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan the day that it came out but still haven’t touched it. I need to fix that because two of my faves together in one book? Yes, please.

I found The Real Thing by Cassie Mae while searching for romances featuring Polynesian characters. Brown folks need love too!! 🙂 I read that this book Samoan hero and my Samoan heart got excited. I’m trying to read more diverse romances and while searching for some gems, I wanted to search out some Poly love too.

Diamond Fire takes place at Connor and Nevada’s wedding….OF COURSE I WANT TO READ IT!

Have you already had your mid year book freak out? Share your posts and I’ll be sure to check them out.

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My Life in Books

Posted April 17, 2018 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments

I keep meaning to do a bunch of these book tags but never get around to it but when I saw this particular book tag on Grace’s blog, I wanted to give it a go and so I did.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne
Naughty Boss by Whitney G.
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Holy cow, I was scrolling for a long time to get to this title on my kindle. Being in your thirties is the pits. Haha. But I do love this book.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James

I live in Torrance, California but it was hard to find a book set here that I’d actually read so since Torrance is in L.A. County, I went for a book set in L.A. and Just the Sexiest Man Alive is one of, if not, my favorite books set in Los Angeles. Jason and Taylor are freaking great!

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

Powerful Greek, Unwordly Wife by Sarah Morgan

I’ve never been to Greece before and I really want to go. I’d love to eat authentic Meditteranean food. I’d also like to go to eat fish and chips in England, pizza in Italy, croissants in France and visit all of those other European countries.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

My favorite color is red and off the top of my head, this cover came to mind when I thought of red book covers. I so love this book.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

I have the fondest of memories from this book. The satisfaction I got from reading through to the end, seeing how Bridger and Scarlett’s journey came to an end?? I freaking loved it. This book broke my heart but that ending was so satisfying that whenever I see this book out in the wild, I smile because Bridger, man. I love that guy.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales

I had to keep putting this book down because I wanted to punch someone the further I got into the story. I kept reading because I had to know how all of this ended. I needed to know if the main character finally learns her lesson and ugh…the ending pissed me off so much. I’ll be reviewing that book this week on the blog so prepare yourselves for a very long rant.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment if you finish it?

Magic Triumph by Ilona Andrews

Probably this book because I haven’t read the first book in this series yet and I’m determined to read this entire series this year. It’s going to be a long journey but I’m here for it. Wish me luck.

Well, that was fun. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

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