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The Monthly Recap: May 2021

Posted June 8, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 9 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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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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