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The Monthly Recap: February 2019

Posted March 12, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

It’s been a long couple of weeks for me. Lots of family stuff, on top of some work stuff going on that just has kept me busy and that is the reason why this post is coming to you guys so late. I’ve also been in a bit of a blog slump as well. This month’s recap is mostly going to be a bookish one, I think I’m going to move this post to a more bookish one and leave the personal recap to another post. These posts are really long with just the book stuff so I’m going to separate these for the time being.

Now, let’s get to the bookish goodness, shall we?

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 11 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 3 | Books Received for Review: 12 | Reviews Posted: 15
Highest Grade: Huge Deal by Lauren Layne | Lowest Grade: Bad Reputation by Stefanie London

What I Read

1. Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
2. Risk, The (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
3. Assist, The (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak (eBook) | 3 out of 5
4. Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne (eBook) | 5 out of 5
5. Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, The (Mckenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
6. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (eARC) | 4 out of 5
7. River Marked (Mercy Briggs #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
8. Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 4 out of 5
9. Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London (eBook) | 1 out of 5
10. The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang (Audiobook) | 5 out of 5
11. Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London (eARC) | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne because Kennedy and Kate were the bomb and I couldn’t get enough of their story.

My least favorite read goes to Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London. Honestly, that whole series left a bad taste in my mouth but the romance in the first book saved the entire book for me, whereas this book just pissed me off left and right and that continued on in the third book before I just closed that book for good and never went back to it. Gah.

Eye Candy Friday

Kennedy Dawson from Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
It Takes Two (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.75 out of 5
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #4.5) by Jenny Holiday | 4.5 out of 5
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3 out of 5
Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G. | 3 out of 5
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata | 4.25 out of 5
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.75 out of 5
Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath | 4.75 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (The Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley | 4.25 out of 5
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry | 4.25 out of 5
The Assist (Smart Jocks #1) by Rebecca Jenshak | 3 out of 5

What I Purchased

The Date Dare by Tara Sue Me
Tomboy (The Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn
Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Team Player by Julianna Keyes
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island #0.5) by Meg Cabot
The Austen Playbook (London Celebrities #4) by Lucy Parker
The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy
The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

There you have it, the month that was February in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: December 2018

Posted January 8, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

What I Did

December was for Christmas and then New Year’s Eve. This year, Bren, my Dad and I were on our own for Christmas so we really just lazed around and enjoyed having the house to ourselves. No cleaning up after a million people. No waiting around for everyone to leave so that you can crash. Just the three of us arguing over what we’re going to eat and binge-watching Hart of Dixie and golf.

On the Sunday before Christmas, my sister Delene and I, along with our kids went to Church to watch my Dad sing in the Ward Choir and…

The choir is sitting up on stage, facing the congregation so if you’re sitting up there, the congregation can see everything you’re doing. My Dad and my friend’s Dad are probably worse than little Primary kids. They were messing around all throughout Sacrament, laughing it up, making faces and all I could do was shake my head. That freaking old man. They were making faces at the back of the speakers back and heavy sighing during the prayers and just making everyone laugh. After Sacrament, I tell him that he needs to be more reverent during Sacrament and he told me to shut up. LOL.

Caiden came down for another visit to his California home and it was nice to have him around for a little bit. He only stayed for almost a week but hey, I’ll take what I can get. It’ll probably be April before we see him again and we’ll be in Utah instead of him coming to California and I am A-Okay with that.

For New Year’s Eve, I stayed in and binge watched the heck out of Game of Thrones. I’m going to re-watch the entire series before it comes back on with new episodes in April. I’m back to hating Joffrey but surprisingly, I don’t hate Sansa with this viewing. I’ve hated her throughout all of my other viewings but not this one. I still don’t want her to Jon though.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 6 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books I Purchased: 3 | Books I Got for Review: 1 | Books Reviewed: 10
Highest Grade: 4 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 1 out of 5

What I Read

1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (eBook) | 4 out of 5
2. Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley (eBook) | 1 out of 5
3. The One You Fight For (The Ones that Got Away #3) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 4 out of 5
4. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (eARC) | 4 out of 5
5. Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriends

Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
Reid Campbell from My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

What I Reviewed

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs | 5 out of 5
Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger | 1 out of 5
Fall by Kristen Callihan | 4.25 out of 5
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas | 3 out of 5
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren | 4 out of 5
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
Save the Date by Carrie Aarons | 2 out of 5
My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly | 3 out of 5
Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly | 4 out of 5

What I Got

Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
Jock Rule by Sara Ney
Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan
Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday
It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday
One and Only by Jenny Holiday

What I Got for Review

Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

So how was your December? Did you get all of your end of the year reading done? Did you get anything I should add to my wishlist? Share your month in books and real life with me in the comments!


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