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My TBR Pile: February 2021

Posted February 4, 2021 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments


So, every month I put a list together of the books that I either need to read for review or the books that I want to get around to reading (finally). I’m also trying to be more responsible with my Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape subscriptions so I’m going to post my TBR Pile on the blog so you guys can keep me honest. This year, I’m going to start breaking my TBR Pile up into different sections so that I know which books I’m reading for what because in my old age, I need the reminders.

Here’s a breakdown of how I did on last month’s TBR Pile.
Previous Month Stats


Books to Read: 8 | Books Read: 5
Books Unread: 3 | Pages Read: 1,959
Favorite Read: The Bridge Kingdom | Least Favorite Read: The Intimacy Experiment

To be honest, I thought that reading 8 books last month was too high a goal to achieve but I went with it anyway, thinking that I could push myself to accomplish it. I need to knock that shit out because I’m averaging about one book read per week and I’m reading more quality books so I’m good with that. I’m also still able to watch my kdramas and Naruto and all of the BTS content so seriously, I’m good with the lot of books that I read last month.

This month I think I’m going to finish up my reading goals from last month. I’m going to read Wicked Fox and The Earl Takes a Fancy and then read my buddy reads with my all of my friends.

Here’s a breakdown of my reading plan for February. Wish me luck!

February’s TBR PILE

Buddy Reads


The Beast of Beswick (Everleigh Sisters #1) by Amalie Howard
Training Camp: Twig by Wesley King and Kobe Bryant
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

During the pandemic, I started reading books with my So Cal book blogging friends since we’ve managed to get together for zoom calls every month. The first couple of months I didn’t read the books cause I was in a huge reading slump but I’ve managed to get our books read the last couple of months so I’m thrilled to keep this reading goal alive. This month, we’re discussing The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard. We’ll see how I like it.

With my besties group, we’re continuing Training Camp. We’ll be reading the next short story in the book, Twig’s story and I’m looking forward to jumping right back into that world.

The last book on my buddy reads list for February is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’m reading this book with my buddy Ames and it’s another book that comes highly recommended by our friend Holly so I’m really looking forward to seeing how that one turns out for me. I’m really into fantasy books right now so I have high hopes.
Review Pile


Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

I’m being very careful about the books that I request for review. I’m requesting less and less these days because I don’t want to be on the hook for so many reviews. This month, I’m reading Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane and I’m hoping that it’s another delightful treat that I’m come to expect from Mhairi McFarlane.
TBR Pile


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

These two books were on my TBR pile for last month but I never got around to reading them. I still want to read them so they’re on the tbr pile for this month. I’ve started Wicked Fox and so far, so good.

What books are on your TBR pile for February? Anything good that I should keep my eye out on? Please share the books you have on deck to read next month.

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The Monthly Recap: January 2021

Posted February 2, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows, and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

January was a chance for me to start fresh. I have personal goals, financial goals, and professional goals (mostly to be nicer to my coworkers) and I wanted to find a balance between all of the things that I like. Books, dramas, movies, and now, music. I’m still working on perfecting that balance but I’m getting there and that makes me happy.

Here’s what my month in January looked like…
Monthly Stats

Books

Books Read: 5 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 1 | Books Received for Review: 5 | Reviews Posted: 3
Highest Grade: The Bridge Kingdom | Lowest Grade: The Intimacy Experiment

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 2 | Dramas DNF’d: 2
Dramas Reviewed: 2 | Boyfriend of the Month: Lee Su Ho from True Beauty
Favorite Drama: True Beauty | Least Favorite Drama: Lovestruck in the City

Movies

Movies Watched: 3 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 0
Favorite Movie: The Call | Least Favorite Movie: The Forgotten

What I Read


The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.5 out of 5
The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.25 out of 5
Training Camp: Rain by Wesley King and Kobe Bryant | 4.25 out of 5
The Roommate by Rosie Danan | 4 out of 5
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan | 4 out of 5
What Movies I Watched


The Forgotten | 3.25 out of 5
Finding Ohana | 2.5 out of 5
The Call | 4 out of 5
What Dramas I Watched


True Beauty
Run On | DNF
Lovestruck in the City | DNF
Sweet Home | 4.25 out of 5
What I Reviewed


Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.5 out of 5
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay | 5 out of 5
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon | 4.5 out of 5
Record of Youth | 3.75 out of 5



2 Cool 4 Skool, O,RUL82?, & Skool Luv Affair
Dark and Wild by BTS
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 & 2 and Young Forever by BTS
Eye Candy Friday


Kim Taehyung, V from BTS



Min Yoongi, Suga from BTS



Jeon Jungkook, Jungkook from BTS



Kim Seokjin, Jin from BTS

What I Posted
Happy New Year!
The Weekly Recap (156)
My TBR Pile: January 2021
The Weekly Recap (157)
The Weekly Playlist (1)
The Weekly Recap (158)
The Weekly Playlist (2)
What I Got


The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

And there you have it…the month that was January 2021 in all of the things. How was your month? Did you read or watch anything good? Did you read or watch anything bad? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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The Monthly Recap: August 2020

Posted September 2, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows, and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit.

Something amazing happened at the end of the month. I started reading again and I’m hoping that I keep that same energy going into September. Everyone pray for me, please. 🙂 I finally had a mix of all the things last month so here’s what I’ve been up to in the month that was August 2020.
Monthly Stats

Books

Books Read: 2 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 1 | Books Received for Review: 0 | Reviews Posted: 0
Highest Grade: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews | Lowest Grade: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 13 | Dramas DNF’d: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 2 | Boyfriend of the Month: 2
Favorite Drama: Suspicious Partner | Least Favorite Drama: One More Time

Movies

Movies Watched: 6 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 2
Favorite Movie: The Witch: The Subversion | Least Favorite Movie: On Your Wedding Day
What I Read


Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
What I Watched

Dramas



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
Dr. Romantic | 3.75 out of 5
Dr. Romantic 2 | 4.25 out of 5
While You Were Sleeping | 4 out of 5
Something in the Rain | 2.5 out of 5
Vagabond | 3.25 out of 5
Still Seventeen | 4.25 out of 5
The Hospital Playlist | 4 out of 5
Train | 4.25 out of 5

Movies



The Witch (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
The Great Battle (2018) | 4 out of 5
On Your Wedding (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
Tune In for Love (2018) | 3.5 out of 5
Miss Baek (2018) | 2.5 out of 5
A Company Man (2012) | 3.75 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Go Yeon Woo from Suits



Ko Dong Man from Fight for My Way
What I Reviewed

Dramas



My Country: The New Age | 3.5 out of 5
Love Alarm | 3.75 out of 5

Movies



The Beauty Inside | 4.25 out of 5
The Gangster, The Cop, and The Devil | 2 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (149)
The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020
The Weekly Recap (150)
The Monthly Plan: September 2020
The Weekly Recap (151)

And there you have it…the month that was August 2020, in all of the things. How was your month? Did you read or watch anything good? Did you read or watch anything bad? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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The Monthly Recap: June & July 2020

Posted August 19, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books, movies, and Korean dramas. From what I read, what I watched, what I got, and the books, shows and movies that I need to get to. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read, what I want to watch and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So here’s what my June and July 2020 month in books, movies, and shows looked like.
Monthly Stats
Books Read: 1 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 4 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 6
Highest Grade: Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend | Lowest Grade: Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend

Dramas Watched: 15 | Dramas DNF’d: 4
Dramas Reviewed: 3 | Boyfriend of the Month:
Favorite Drama: Fight for My Way, Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon, Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo and Suits | Least Favorite Drama: When the Camellia Blooms

Movies Watched: 5 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 3
Favorite Movie: Midnight Runners | Least Favorite Movie: Be with You
What I Read


Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden | 4.25 out of 5

Yeah, you’re seeing that correctly. I’ve only read one book in two months. What’s sad about this is that the book that I read was a novella with only 91 pages. I blame k dramas. All I wanna watch, all I wanna do is watch more k dramas. I will say that I enjoyed this short and super sweet romance by Lucy Eden. She’s definitely on my wishlist, I want to read more of her stuff after reading and enjoying Mike and Jordyn.
What Shows I Watched


Fight My Way | 4.5 out of 5
Kill Me, Heal Me | DNF
Playful Kiss | DNF
The King: Eternal Monarch | 4 out of 5
Stranger | 3.5 out of 5
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | DNF
Where the Camellia Blooms | 3.25 out of 5
Big | DNF
Revolutionary Love | 4 out of 5
Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon | 4.5 out of 5
Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo | 4.5 out of 5
The K-2 | 3.5 out of 5
Cheese in the Trap | 2.5 out of 5
My First First Love | 4.25 out of 5
My First First Love 2 | 4.5 out of 5
Suits | 4.5 out of 5
W | 3.5 out of 5
Abyss | 3.75 out of 5
Life | 3.75 out of 5

I went to town on some k dramas in the last couple of months. Of the 19 shows that I watched, my favorites of the bunch are Fight for My Way, Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon, Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo, and Suits. I enjoyed all four of those shows equally and I can’t choose a favorite between them. They were all SO good. Loved them all.

My least favorite shows are all of the ones that I DNF’d. Some I wasn’t in the mood for, but others just drove me crazy and didn’t work for me so I quit them. That list is Playful Kiss (ugh, the hero was a dick, the heroine was a ditz and I couldn’t do it), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (wasn’t in the mood for this one), Big (not a big fan of the teacher/student relationship),
What Movies I Watched


The Suspect | 4.5 out of 5
Midnight Runners (2017) | 5 out of 5
The Man from Nowhere (2010) | 4.25 out of 5
Juror 8 (2019) | 4.25 out of 5
Be with You (2018) | 4 out of 5

My favorite of movie of the last two months (hell, of the year) is hands down, Midnight Runner, with my boys Park Seo Jun and Kang Ha Neul. They were everything in this movie and I loved every single second. Holy cow, this movie was the bomb.

If I had to choose a least favorite, it would probably be Be with You even though I really liked it. I just liked it the least of the movies that I watched in June and July. Still, super good.
Eye Candy Friday




Park Saeroyi from Itaewon Class
Kim Shin from Goblin
What I Reviewed


Itaewon Class (2020) | 5 out of 5
Crash Landing on You (2019) | 4.5 out of 5
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
Train to Busan (2016) | 4 out of 5
Parasite (2019) | 4.5 out of 5
The Divine Fury (2019) | 4 out of 5
What I Purchased


Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
My Truth by Don Benjamin
The One by John Marrs
What I Got for Review


Shine by Jessica Jung
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao


There you have it, what my June & July 2020 in books, movies, and k dramas. How did yours go? Did you read your newest favorite book? Did you watch your newest favorite movie or k drama? Did you read or watch anything that you absolutely hated? Did you get anything that you’re super anxious for? Share all of your details in the comments, I’d love to see them!

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The Monthly Recap: January 2020

Posted February 11, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features | 0 Comments


The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books. From the books that I read, the books that I got, and the books that I need to read. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read and I need these posts to keep me honest with my damn self because I be forgetting shit. So here’s what my January 2020 month in books looked like.
Monthly Book Stats
Books Read: 14 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 9 | Books Received for Review: 5 | Reviews Posted: 10
Highest Grade: The One for You | Lowest Grade: The Kissing Game
What I Read


1. Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue (eBook) | 4 out of 5
2. Grand Theft N.Y.E. (Heist Holidays #1) by Katrina Jackson (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. The One for You (The Ones Who Got Away #4) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
4. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn (eBook) | 3.75 out of 5
5. Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker (eARC) | 4 out of 5
6. The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
7. Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
8. The Witness by Nora Roberts (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
9. Getting Schooled (The Wright Brothers #1) by Christina C. Jones (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. The Kissing Game by Marie Harte (eARC) | 2 out of 5
11. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (eARC) | 3.5 out of 5
12. Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
13. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (eARC) | 4 out of 5



1. I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne (Audio) (Re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
What I Reviewed



Lady Derring Takes a Lover (The Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Anne Long | 4.25 out of 5
Marriage on Madison Avenue (The Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
The One for You (The Ones That Got Away #4) by Roni Loren | 5 out of 5
Grand Theft N.Y.E. by Katrina Jackson | 4 out of 5
Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue | 4.25 out of 5
The Kingmaker (All the Kings Men #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn | 3.75 out of 5
Headliners (London Celebrities #5) by Lucy Parker | 4 out of 5



Getting Played (Getting Some #2) by Emma Chase | 4.75 out of 5
The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole | 4 out of 5
What I Got



The Rebel King (All the Kings Men #2) by Kennedy Ryan
Getting Schooled (The Wright Brothers #1) by Christina C. Jones
Don’t Break Me by Ash Ley
Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
Crush, Interrupted by Zaida Polanco
Pulling Doubles (The Wright Brothers #2) by Christina C. Jones
Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christina C. Jones
Christmas with the Wrights (The Wrights Brothers #4) by Christina C. Jones
Devious Lies (Cruel Crowns #1) by Parker S. Huntington
What I Got for Review


Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
Heartland by Sarina Bowen
Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams
One Last Chance by Therese Beharrie
Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

There you have it, what my January 2020 in books. How did yours go? Did you read your newest favorite book? Did you read anything that you absolutely hated? Did you get anything that you’re super anxious to read? Share all of your details in the comments!

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