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Monthly Recap: May 2017

Posted June 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Personally, I’m so glad that May is behind me. It started off great but then it kind of went downhill for me. Some big ass truck hit me on my way into the office and then I suffered from a reading slump and I just wasn’t in the mood for much. My nephew RJ came into town for Memorial Day weekend and that was a lot of fun and now it’s June. Woot! Summer is close.

What I Did

Road Trip to Utah: May started off with a road trip to Utah for Baby Caiden’s blessing. As a family, we set off on Thursday and returned home on Monday. It was nice to get away from home for a little bit and just relax with the family. We met Chance’s girlfriend Emily and hung out with Chloe and Markus and had a fun weekend away.

RJ came to California: May ended with a visit from my nephew, RJ. RJ lives in Colorado but is attending BYU Idaho so he drove into town with his friends from school and we hung out with him over the long weekend. I love spending time with family and RJ is one of my favorites!

My Work Moved: Another reason I’m glad that May is behind me is because I spent a huge chunk of the month packing up my entire office by myself. That was not fun but we’re in our new space, everything is accounted for and I have set up the new office the way that I want to set it up so I’m happy about that. I also love that my boss built us an employee lounge, complete with couches and bean bags and we’re getting a TV so woo hoo!! We’re a social office and a lot like the staff on The Office (the US one) so the lounge is perfect for us! I seriously love my job when I’m not packing up everything. Ha!

What I Read

1. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
2. The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
4. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
5. Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
6. Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5
7. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

Total Books Read: 7
Total Pages Read: 2,391
Highest Grade: 4.25
Lowest Grade: 3.25, DNF
Part of a Series: 6
Standalones: 1


3 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 4
DNF: 1


Contemporary: 3
Fantasy: 1
Historical: 1
Paranormal: 1
Young Adult: 1


eBooks: 2
eARCs: 5


Bought: 0
Gifted: 2
Publisher/Author: 5

What I Reviewed

What I Bought

I only bought one book in the entire month of May. That should make my bank account happy. Ha!

What I Got for Review

Reading Challenge Updates

April and May have been terrible months for me, reading wise and it’s showing in my reading challenges. I’m on track for Goodreads but the others? Not so much. I really need to catch up this month and get back on track. Wish me luck!

What I Watched on TV

What Movies I Watched

1. Before I Fall (2017) | 4 out of 5
2. The Outcasts (2017) | 3.75 out of 5
3. Gifted (2017) | 5 out of 5
4. Table 19 (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
5. Date with Love (2016) | 3 out of 5
6. Summer of Dreams (2016) | 3 out of 5
7. Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
8. Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
9. The Perfect Catch (2017) | 4 out of 5
10. Love on Ice (2017) | 3.25 out of 5
11. Can’t Buy My Love (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
12. Love at First Bark (2017) | 2 out of 5
13. Before We Go (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
14. King Arthur (2017) | 4 out of 5
15. Lion (2016) | 4 out of 5

What I Listened To

Both of these songs got mad love on my Apple Music. I listened to them a lot all month long.

What I Loved

I spent a lot of time playing this game on my phone. It’s an old phone game that the kids used to play all the time but these days, I’m all by my lonesome playing it. I can’t stop playing though. I’m trying to get to 10K and I’m soooo close.

There goes my life in the month that was May. How did your month go? Do or see anything good? Read any great books? See any fabulous movies or watch any great TV Shows?

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Week in Review (58)

Posted June 5, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments

If you’re visiting today, you’ll see that things look a little different around here. I needed a change and thought that changing the blog look up a bit was the way to go so I did it. I’m happy with it so it’ll stick for the next little while.

This week was for prom prepping and CIF Championship softball games and hanging with my besties in Temecula, at the prettiest wineries that I’ve ever been to. I’m so glad that I made the drive out (it’s an hour and a half drive for me) to see my Book Binge gals, Casee and Holly because the last time we were all together in the same place was back in 2005. That’s more than 10 years. Sheesh. Still, we came together like no time has passed and we laughed the day away and enjoyed eachother’s company. So much fun!

What I’m Currently Reading

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

My book club is reading this sexy book for our June discussion and it’s been so long since I’ve read this book that it’s reading like a first time read. I forgot how sexy Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series is and how compelling the world was. I also forgot the synopsis of this book and reading it again, a lot older than I was the first time I read it, it’s a different experience and one that I’m not yet sure how I feel. I’m not mad but I’m not much of anything else right now either. We’ll see how it pans out. I should be done with this book by tomorrow but haha, I’m having fun reaquainting myself with Julian of Macedonia…haha.

What I Read

Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the week is hands down The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean. Holy smokes that book was good. So stinkin’ good. Gah. I can’t even put into words how much that book wrecked me. *sigh* Malcolm was everything and going into this book, I never would have said that. Sarah MacLean’s redeem game is strong.

I liked all of the books that I read so I’m not going to pick a least favorite. 🙂

Book Boyfriend of the Week

Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven from The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

I honestly thought that this week’s book boyfriend would go to Drew Lawless from Revenge by Lexi Blake. I adored the hell out of him and loved the fierceness with which he loved his family and his heroine, Shelby but then I read The Day of the Duchess and was reunited with the punk ass dick head who broke Sera’s heart from A Rogue Less Taken and holy cow, I wasn’t prepared for Marcus. I wasn’t prepared for his story, for his history and for his reasons for acting the way that he did but most importantly, I wasn’t prepared for the scene at the end when everything comes to a head. I wasn’t prepared for all of the tears that I shed for him, for his love for Sera and for the sorrow he felt at their past. OMG, I’m tearing up again. Well done, Sarah MacLean. Well freaking done.

What I Reviewed

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

5/30: Week in Review (57)

What I Got

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Watched on TV

I’ve been watching random episodes of Friends before bed and cracking up every single time. Brenna has taken to watching episodes with me and she had no idea that it was such a funny show. Before she had no interest but I’m glad to see that’s changing. I love and miss these guys!

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF

I watched John Wick again with my nephew Chance. Don’t mess with John’s dog. 🙂

I think I’m all burnt out on Hallmark movies because the last couple of movies I watched, I didn’t finish because I was bored. The guy in The Art of Us is hot stuff but even he couldn’t save my interest while watching that movie.

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

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Monthly Recap: April 2017

Posted May 9, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 4 Comments

April was a really bad month, blogging wise for me. I just couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm to write anything or read anything for that matter. I’m hopeful that May will be better.

What I Did

  • Book Binge Turned 10! My book blog, Book Binge turned 10 last month and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I’ve been blogging for 10 freaking years.
  • I went to San Jose for Brenna’s last Ninja Tournament. Brenna is wrapping up all high school tournaments and April was for her last Asian League tournament ever. I’m not mad about that but I wasn’t supposed to go on this trip. It was a spur of the moment trip that I’m glad I took. It was a relaxing weekend of basketball and I enjoyed myself.
  • Relay for Life. This year was the fifth year that my family participated in our local Relay for Life walk. We walk in remembrance of loved ones that have lost their lives to cancer and we walk in support of my nephew RJ who is a cancer survivor. It was another busy weekend but it was also a very fulfilling weekend. We walked for 24 hours and I walked a lot more this year than any other year and that made me happy.
  • We met Baby Caiden. Chloe and Markus came down for the walk and to introduce their bundle of joy to the California family. I love this little boy so very much. He’s adorable.
  • Jarred’s having a boy! My nephew Jarred and his girlfriend are having a baby boy! His little boy is going to be the cutest little hockey fan ever!

What I Watched on TV

The usual shows that I always watch. I didn’t pick up any new ones.

What Movies I Watched

I didn’t watch any movie in the entire month of April. At least none that I can remember. Yikes.

What I Listened To

For the Lovers Album by Tenelle. This album got a lot of play time in April. I think my kid is tired of hearing this album but it’s a great album. Great island music and I love it.

What I Read

April was an abysmal reading month for me. I just wasn’t in the mood to read anything so I really didn’t. Here’s what I did read though.

1. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas | DNF
2. Dreaming of You by Lisa Klelypas (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
3. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
4. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
5. An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | 4 out of 5
Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann (Retro Review) | 4.75 out of 5
Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review w/Holly) | 4.25 out of 5
The Thing about Love by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Broken by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review w/Ames) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Bought

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 by Whitney G.
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Fast Track by Julie Garwood
All Played Out by Cora Carmack
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood
Heat Wave by Karina Halle
The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan
The House Mate by Kendall Ryan
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

What I Got for Review

Wired by Julie Garwood
How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

What I Loved

Classic Chicken Salad (with no cheese) from El Pollo Loco

This salad is the bomb and I love the hell out of it.

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