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The Weekly Recap (161)

Posted February 16, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 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.

Off the Blog

What I Watched

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 3: Always and Forever | 4 out of 5
The Uncanny Counter | 5 out of 5
Time to Hunt | 4 out of 5
Burning | 3.5 out of 5

What I Read

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho | 4 out of 5
Time Magazine Collector’s Edition: BTS | 5 out of 5

What I Listened To

Love Yourself: 轉 Tear
Skool Luv Affair
BE

What I Got

Love Yourself: 承 Her
Love Yourself: 轉 Tear
Love Yourself: 結 Answer

I’m collecting all of the BTS albums (the actual albums, not just on Apple Music or whatever) and so far, I’ve got the first three (2 Cool 4 Skool, O,RUL82?, and Skool Luv Affair) then I have the special edition of the Skool Luv Affair and the BE album. This weekend, I added these three albums to my collection so it’s been a super great week for me in terms of my BTS collection. As far as photo cards? I got a J Hope, a Jimin, and a Suga so woo hoo for more photo cards! I’m still waiting for a V since he’s my bias but I get just as excited for any photo card so I’ll patiently wait for my turn to nab a V photo.

On the Blog

Eye Candy Friday

Park Jimin
Jimin, from BTS

What I Reviewed

Nothing. I really need to start writing more reviews and posts. Yikes.

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (160)
Eye Candy Friday: Park Jimin, Jimin from BTS

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (159)

Posted February 1, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

This week, there was a funeral in my family and I sat through the 7 hour funeral feeling bad for my niece. My cousin’s grandson passed away last month and they were finally able to lay him to rest on Friday. He was the same age as my Lukey so I’ve been thinking about Luke a lot lately. Hold your babies close because you just never know.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…

Off the Blog

What I Watched

Run BTS: This week’s Run BTS follows the boys as they play games. In order to go home, they have to complete all 14 games and let me tell you, Suga, Jin, and J Hope are terrible at games. I laughed plenty of times watching the boys try to finish and win the games and just…failing. When Jin and RM watch V make his way through the laser games so smoothly and without hitting the bells, it was super funny.

True Beauty: This show continues to make me smile with each and every episode. It hasn’t been super perfect because I feel like Im Ju-gyeong be doing the most when trying to hide her bare face from everyone. But I’m really liking the romance between her and Lee Su-ho and though I do enjoy the friendship between her and Han Seo-jun but for me, and this is coming from someone who didn’t read the webtoon, I’m Team Su-ho through and through.

Naruto: I started watching this show because my friend B Nice wanted to show some love to our other friend Therese because we’re constantly forcing Therese to do things that we love and she does it (I have the best friends) so to show her that we love her, we both started watching Naruto because it’s Therese’s favorite show. B Nice and I started it together but B Nice has blown way past me. I started watching it on Netflix and for some reason, I could not understand what the heck is going on so everyone told me to watch it on Hulu, and even though it’s the same show, it’s heaps better on Hulu. Now that I’m all caught up on everything, I’m finally understanding what the heck is going on and who is who so yesss I’m enjoying it so much more now.

Sweet Home: I binge-watched the entire first season this weekend and enjoyed every single minute. This just might be the year that I get into horror stuff because I’ve watched a couple of movies and now this show and I think I’m hooked. I’ll review this one soon.

The Forgotten | 3.5 out of 5
The Call | 4 out of 5
Finding Ohana: | 2.5 out of 5

What I Read

The Roommate by Rosie Danan | 4 out of 5
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan | 4 out of 5

What I Listened To

Map of the Soul: Persona
Map of the Soul: 7

On the Blog

Eye Candy Friday

Jeon Jungkook
Jungkook from BTS

Kim Seokjin
Jin from BTS

What I Reviewed

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.5 out of 5
Record of Youth | 3.75 out of 5
Scandal of the Year by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.5 out of 5

The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1 & 2, Young Forever

What I Posted

The Weekly Recap (158)
The Weekly Playlist (2)
Eye Candy Friday: Jeon Jungkook, Jungkook from BTS
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Seokjin, Jin from BTS

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Monthly Plan: September 2020

Posted August 26, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 4 Comments

I’m changing up my Monthly TBR Pile feature since I want to add the movies and shows that I plan on watching as well. From here on out, The Monthly Plan will feature all of the books, movies, and k dramas that I plan on watching each month. I’ve always been the kind of person that plans out the stuff that I’m going to read and watch and I’ll continue to track all of that stuff here.

So, here’s my battle plan for the month of September. I’m super excited about all of these and hope that I actually get around to reading the books listed below. Check it out.

Books to Read

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Shine by Jessica Jung
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
The Perfect Rake by Annie Gracie
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

I’m in a three-month reading slump and I’m hoping and praying that September is the month that I kick the slump and get at least these five books read. Of all the books on my TBR Pile, these are the ones that I’m most interested in reading right now so wish me luck, yeah?

Movies to Watch

Miss Baek
A Company Man
The Table
The Wailing
Tune in for Love

I’ve had my eye on these five movies for a while now but I’m going to actually watch them in September. I’ve become a big fan of So Ji Sub, thanks to my friend B Nice and I’m making my way through his filmography so watching A Company Man is a must for me. I’m also a new fan of Jung Hae In so I’m definitely going to watch Tune in for Love since it stars him and my girl Kim Go Eun. Lots of great movies to look forward to in September.

Shows to Watch

Her Private Life
One Spring Night
My Shy Boss
Signal
Extracurricular

I’ve had these shows on my radar for the last few weeks and the more I think about it, the more I want to watch them. I haven’t seen anything with Park Min Young in it since What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim so I’m eager to dig into Her Private Life. And don’t mind if I do check out another one of Jung Hae In’s work in One Spring Night. Nick suggested Signal a little bit ago so I’m mighty interested in checking that one out and September is the month that I’ll finally get around to it.

There you have it, my plan for the month of September. What are some books, movies, and shows that you’re looking forward to? Share in the comments!

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading

Posted November 19, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday started over at The Broke and the Bookish back in 2010 but has moved over to That Artsy Girl. Each week, a topic is chosen and participants share their top ten lists on their blogs or if you don’t have a blog, you can leave your lists in the comment section of your favorite book blogs.

This week’s topic is:

Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now)

So this week’s topic is the topic mentioned above but that was too hard. I couldn’t think of 10 things that changed for me over the years, in my reading life. So I changed the topic to meet my needs. Ha. Instead of sharing 10 things that have changed over the years for me, I’m going to list 10 books that I never would have read back in the day. When I first started reading romance, I read a lot of historicals. I’d say that for the first year or so, all I read were historicals and the contemporaries that Judith McNaught had released back then. I read everything by Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey. It wasn’t until the next couple of years that I started to really get into contemporary romances. Once I started reading and enjoying contemporary romances, for me, I never went back. Contemporary romance remains my favorite genre of romance to read. But back then? I wouldn’t have touched a paranormal romance. Urban Fantasy? Yeah right, that would have never happened. Steampunk? Hahaha, yeah..no. It took Holly years to get me to read most of the books on this list but that is the biggest change in my reading life…I now read a lot more paranormal and urban fantasy books. I enjoy them and don’t see that changing any time soon.

Here are the books that made my top ten this week. Check it out:

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 406
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1) by G.A. Aiken
Released on September 1, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on October 1, 2009
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on March 27, 2007
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 261
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs
Released on May 7, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Released on March 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin, Roc
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 433
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

s a “cassandra sangue,” or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut–a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard–a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
Released on November 1, 2011
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power – and fear – of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harris
Released on April 29, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 420
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in a new spellbinding trilogy…

Power can change a person…

For months Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause… and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

Revenge can shape a person…

Josiah Mason is a Powerful witch and the leader of a secret coven with a shared goal: to destroy an ancient enemy who has ruined many lives. Josiah lost years to this man, and his sole focus is revenge. He’s prepared for every contingency—except encountering a beautiful new witch who understands nothing of the immense Power building within her or the attraction she wields over him.

Danger can bring them together…

When divorcing her husband, Molly uncovers a dangerous secret he’s willing to kill to protect. She turns to Josiah for help, and they discover a connection between Molly’s husband and Josiah’s enemy.

As they work together, a spark ignites between them that threatens to become an inferno. But Molly is done compromising herself for any man, and Josiah’s mission is his top priority. And the enemy is cunning, cruel, and drawing ever closer.

As the danger escalates, so does the tension between them. Is a lasting relationship possible? Will either of them live long enough to try?

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
Releases on December 3, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh pivots in a new direction with her first mainstream thriller that will be sure to keep readers on their toes.

Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And despite the changes brought on by a bump in tourism–the shiny new welcome sign at the town line and a decidedly less shiny new police presence–Golden Cove appears much as it ever was: a small settlement on the savage West Coast of the South Island, populated by all the remembered faces and set against a backdrop of lush greenery, jagged cliffs, and crashing waves.

Detective Will Gallagher knows all about ghosts; his own chased him out of a promising career in Christchurch, landing him as the sole cop in a quaint town where his most pressing concerns are petty theft and the occasional drunk. When Golden Cove resident Miri Hinewai goes out for a run and fails to return, Will finds himself heading up a missing person’s search that rapidly escalates into an official investigation after this case is connected with similar ones from the past. As an outsider, Will begins to rely on Anahera’s knowledge of the area and its residents to help him delve into Golden Cove’s secrets, and to determine whether it shelters something far more dangerous than just an unforgiving landscape.

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings #1) by Nalini Singh
Released on September 5, 2006
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley Sensation
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 334
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

What about you? Are there any books that you would have never read before but because your reading tastes have changed, you’ve read them now? What does your list look like? I’d love to read all about it in the comments so please share with the class!

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