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The Monthly Recap: June 2021

Posted July 6, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 4 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.

June was a busy month, as seems to be the norm for me these days. Brenna quit her job, interviewed to work with me at my job, and got the job so I’ve been training her since her first day. We made a long weekend trip to L.A. to see my Dad and hang out with my siblings for Father’s Day and Bren’s been here in Las Vegas with me for the last three weeks. My niece graduated from high school as well but I wasn’t able to make it out for her graduation and that bummed me out a little bit but I was able to see her and hang with her while I was in L.A. so that made me feel a little better.


I also found out that my sister is selling her house and downsizing since all of her kids have moved out so when I went out to L.A. I got to see all of the upgrades she’s done to her house and the house looks great. It’s going to be weird going to L.A. and not going to my sister’s house since that was the house that everyone congregated to. I’m sure we’ll all fill up the new place once she moves so the future is changing. Still, I’m happy for her.

I did manage to consume loads of things though so here’s a look at the month that was June, for me.
Monthly Stats

Books

Books Read: 7 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 0 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 2
Highest Grade: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas | Lowest Grade: To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 2 | Dramas DNF’d: 1
Dramas Reviewed: 0 | Boyfriend of the Month: Han Joon Hwi
Favorite Drama: Law School | Least Favorite Drama: –

Movies

Movies Watched: 8 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 0 | Boyfriend of the Month: –
Favorite Movie: The Curse of La Llorona | Least Favorite Movie: Annabelle
What I Read


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 12 (Print) | 4.75 out of 5
To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne (e-ARC) | 3.5 out of 5
Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas (e-ARC) | 4.75 out of 5
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase (e-Book) | 4 out of 5
Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners #3) by Lisa Kleypas (e-Book) | 4.25 out of 5
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (e-ARC) | 4.25 out of 5
So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park (e-ARC) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas. It was pretty much everything that I hoped it would be and I really enjoyed diving back into the The Ravenels series. It was also good to see some familiar faces from The Wallflowers series. Lots of fun. My least favorite read of the month goes to To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the other books that I read.
What Movies I Watched


The Conjuring (2013) | 4 out of 5
Annabelle (2014) | 3 out of 5
The Nun (2018) | 3.25 out of 5
Annabelle Creation (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) | 4.25 out of 5
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) | 4.5 out of 5
The Conjuring 2 (2016) | 4 out of 5
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) | 3.25 out of 5

Last month, I watched The Conjuring series with my best friend, Theresa. We made a weekend of it and though she didn’t finish (or did you, Tita?), I did. My favorite movie of the bunch would have to be The Curse of La Llorona. Sure, the characters drove me crazy but I liked the story behind everything and the characters in this movie didn’t drive me nearly as crazy as the characters in the other movies. My least favorite of the bunch goes straight to Annabelle. The movie was just okay. Sure, I jumped from time to time but for the most part, I just wasn’t that interested in what was going on. Meh.
What Dramas I Watched


Law School (2021) | 4 out of 5
Doom at Your Service (2021) | 3.5 out of 5
Nevertheless (2021) | DNF

I didn’t finish a bunch of dramas last month and that was mostly because I’m watching a bunch of shows as they’re airing instead of watching shows that have already finished. Of the shows that I finished, my favorite was Law School and my least favorite goes to the show that I didn’t even finish the second episode for, Nevertheless. I wasn’t in the mood for that so I think I’m going to skip it for now.
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (168)
The Monthly Recap: May 2021
My TBR Pile: June 2021
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Do Ki
The Weekly Recap (169)
What I Reviewed


The BTS Listen: RM
The BTS Listen: Agust D



Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho | 4 out of 5
The Intimacy Experiment (The Roommate #2) by Rosie Danan | 4.25 out of 5

How was your month in all the things? Did you read or watch anything good (or bad)? Share in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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The Monthly Recap: May 2021

Posted June 8, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 12 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.

My sister in Colorado came out to Vegas for a week in May for her son’s volleyball tournament so I was able to hang with her and attend my nephew’s volleyball games. Games that I normally would have watched on Facebook Watch so it was good to see Kainoa in action. He played well and even though he got beaned in the face so hard that it knocked him off his feet, he survived and is alive to tell the tale so alls well on that end. Helen came with her daughter, Genna and I spent most of that week with Genna. Helen stayed at the hotel and attended team dinners and what not but not Genna. Genna stayed with me the entire time that she was here. She’s almost 12 years old and we fought like sisters and made up like only sisters could but the best thing about us being together for that entire week was Genna is hella Army now.

So Kainoa had three games each day of the tournament. To keep Genna busy (she gets bored easily and didn’t really want to go to the games), we listened to music on my phone. We switched off picking the songs that we listened to so she would listen to a song and I would listen to a song. Every single song that I chose was a BTS song. On Friday, all of Genna’s songs were by Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande. By Sunday, all of her songs were BTS songs. She spent a lot of time over the weekend, watching the easy lyrics videos to learn the songs herself. Her favorite songs are Save Me, Anpanman, and Butter. She was here when Butter debuted and we had a successful comeback weekend. I knew I raised my little Army right because, by the end of the weekend, she knew how to stream Butter correctly to make sure that her streams counted toward the chart numbers. I was so proud. LOL.


She fell completely down the BTS rabbit hole too. Not only was she listening to BTS music, but she was also watching BTS music videos, Run BTS episodes, the funny compilation videos on YouTube, and she chose a bias as well. It was funny because she woke up one morning and came to my room, turned on the Butter video on my TV and said, “Aunty Wena, I found my bias. It’s JK. I just really like him.” I was so happy that I sent her home with some BTS posters, a promise to help her build up her own BTS merch shelf and everything. Seriously, I was so proud.

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

Books

Books Read: 7 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books Purchased: 6 | Books Received for Review: 2 | Reviews Posted: 1
Highest Grade: Demon Slayer, Vol. 8 | Lowest Grade: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Dramas

Dramas Watched: 2 | Dramas DNF’d: 3
Dramas Reviewed: 0 | Boyfriend of the Month: Kim Do Ki from Taxi Driver
Favorite Drama: Taxi Driver | Least Favorite Drama: So I Married an Anti-Fan

Movies

Movies Watched: 1 | Movies DNF’d: 0
Movies Reviewed: 0
Favorite Movie: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train | Least Favorite Movie: N/A

What I Read


Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume One | 4.25 out of 5
Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume Seven | 4 out of 5
Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume Eight | 5 out of 5
Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume Nine | 4.25 out of 5
Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume Ten | 4.25 out of 5
Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Volume Eleven | 4.5 out of 5
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He | 3.75 out of 5
What Movies I Watched


Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba, The Movie: Mugen Train | 5 out of 5
What Dramas I Watched


Encounter (2018) | DNF
Youth of May (2021) | DNF
So I Married an Anti-Fan (2021) | DNF
Bon Voyage, Season 3 (2018) | 5 out of 5
Taxi Driver (2021) | 4.5 out of 5
What I Reviewed


Heart and Seoul by Jen Frederick | 3.25 out of 5

And there you have it…the month that was May 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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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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