Tag: Book Tags

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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The GoodReads Book Tag

Posted August 16, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 5 Comments

Goodreads Tag

I saw this over at Unconventional Book Reviews and a bunch of other sites as well. It looked like something fun to do so I’m doing it myself. I can use a bit of fun right about now.

What is the last book you marked as “read”?

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen.

The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

As of last night, I marked Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen as read. I finished it and while I loved the hero Leo big time, I had a hard time with the heroine, Georgia, and her father. Far too many times, I wanted to punch them both in the face for the way that they were around Leo. He didn’t deserve the crap that they dished out to him (Georgia with her hold and cold attitude then the instant aggression from Georgia’s Father and the constant immaturity where he was concerned) but in the end, Leo finally got his happy ending so I was glad for him.

I’m really looking forward to the next book, Hard Hitter too. Bring on the O’Doul goodness. 🙂 I’m looking forward to him battling wits with Ari, the team message therapist.

What are you currently reading?


I’m reading Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarLane.

A laugh-out-loud romance from the author of the bestselling YOU HAD ME AT HELLO

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

I’m a huge fan of McFarLane’s work even though I’ve only read three of her books but it doesn’t matter because no matter what book of hers I read, I fall in love with the characters and the story and I’m very much looking forward to that this time around. I’m ready to laugh my tail off at the shenanigans I know are waiting for me in this book.

What was the last book you marked as “to read”?


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I have been seeing this book all over the blogosphere and everyone that has read it, has loved it. I want in on that goodness so as soon as I get my review pile down, I’ll be jumping into this book because it’s sitting all nice and pretty on my iPad. I can’t wait.

What book do you plan on reading next?


The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen.

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

My book club meets on Monday and I still haven’t read our discussion book so I really need to get that done. It’s a re-read for me but I don’t remember a lot about the book (only that I loved it) so I need to freshen up on the details. I’m looking forward to getting to know both Adam Hartley and Corey Callaghan again. I really love that my book club reads all romance, all the time.

Do you use the rating system?

I do use the rating system from Goodreads, on both Goodreads and my blog. We’ve always used a numerical rating system on Book Binge and it works for us.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge?

I am and I am failing spectacularly at it so far. I aint no quitter though, I’ll get it together before the year is up. I have enough faith in myself for that.

Do you have a wishlist?

I used to track my wishlist on Goodreads but I changed it over to Amazon so that I can gift myself books when my bank account allows it. So if you’re feeling generous, you can see my wishlist here. 🙂

What book do you plan on buying next?


The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy.

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

This book! I cannot freaking wait for this book to drop so that I can snatch it up and my review pile be damned. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book forever so the minute it’s up on Amazon, my pre-order will be on my kindle app and I will be the happiest Samoan lady in Torrance. Ha!

What is your favorite quote?

I have too many favorite quotes so I’m going to cheat and share my favorite quote from the last book that I read. Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen.

Leo Trevi, our hero says this quote that completely melted me.

“Fuck that,” he said. “You and I don’t have one-night stands. We have forever night stands.”

Now try reading this book and not falling head over heels in love with Leo Trevi. I dare you. 🙂

Who are your favorite authors?

I have lots of favorites but to name a few?? That’s going to be hard but here goes: Lauren Layne, Sarina Bowen, Julie James, Jen Frederick, Elle Kennedy, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, and Tessa Dare.

If you haven’t tried any of these authors, I highly recommend you fix that because they’re fantastic!

Are you a part of any Goodreads groups?

I do, but I’m not active on any of them. I don’t even know why I’m a part of them to be honest.

What could Goodreads do better?

Like everyone else that has done this book tag, my answer for this one is half stars. My life would be complete if Goodreads would just give us what we want. Jeez.

There you have it…my answers to the Goodreads tag. Did you do this book tag? Please share your links so that I can visit and read your answers! Ames, here’s an idea to do on your blog for your 30 Day Challenge!

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