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My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016

Posted December 30, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

One of my blogging buddies (who doesn’t blog all that much any more *sad face*) brought this book meme to my attention a few years ago and I used to do it all the time but stopped for…I don’t know what reason but I’m bringing it back because I feel like it.

The directions are simple. Using only titles from the books you read in 2016, complete the prompts below. Try not to repeat a book title.

My Life According to the Books I Read in 2016:

Describe yourself:
Good Girl by Lauren Layne

How do you feel:
Undecided by Juliana Keyes

Describe where you currently live:
Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Back to You by Jessica Scott

Your favorite form of transportation:
Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Your best friend is:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

You and your friends are:
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

What’s the weather like:
Ruthless by Lexi Blake

What is life to you:
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Favorite time of day:
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Your fear:
Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

What is the best advice you have to give:
Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne

Thought for the day:
For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

How I would like to die:
Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

My soul’s present condition:
Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

My family is:
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Ha! I sure did have fun with that one. I giggled my way through working on that post so that shows how mature I’m being right now. Try it out on your blog and share your links in the comments. I’d love to see how this works out for all of you lovely bloggers out there.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Posted August 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

This topic was a no brainer for me. I’m going to list the hell out of the top 5 books I’m hoping like heck that I get to read before the year is up. I’ve been looking forward to these reads for one reason or another and for some unexplainable reason, I haven’t gotten around to them yet.

1. 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 reviewed (that I’ve seen at least) it has loved it. Even Ames really liked it so I’m hoping to get this book read soon. I’m excited.

2. Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

This is another book that I’ve been seeing everywhere and it’s receiving some fantastic reviews so I’m hoping to get this one read. It’s going to be one of my reward reads for when I get my review pile down. Wish me luck. 🙂

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I’m really looking forward to this book because 1) it’s a Kasie West book and 2) it’s getting a lot of great reviews. I’m really looking forward to digging into something light and fluffy and this one fits the bill just right.

4. Idol by Kristen Callihan.


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?


As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since way before it came out. I read an excerpt for it and immediately wanted it so don’t ask me why I haven’t read it yet even though it’s been out for months. Clearly I have issues.

5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata.

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”

This was going to be the longest season of her life.

My Bestest Blog Buddy Ames at Bookish Ames has read and loved this book. It comes highly recommended and she never steers me wrong so I’m hoping to get this book before the year is up.

What books are you hoping to read before the year is up?

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