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The Monthly Recap: November 2018

Posted December 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

November was a pretty busy month for me and my family. Birthdays, holidays and a missionary farewell that we had to prepare for but man did I have a great November. Lots of family around and even though I got into it with one of my doctors, I still had a great ass November.

What I Did

The month of November is a very popular birthday month in my family. We celebrated many birthdays this month, mine included. I’m a year older guys and I feel every single one of those years. LOL. This month was also for celebrating Cheridan as she prepared to leave the fam for a year and a half to serve her mission in San Jose. The week leading up to when she left for the MTC was spent as a family, doing whatever she wanted. We saw Ralph Breaks the Internet (pictured above), we rode bikes on the beach, did karaoke as a family, got our roll bounce on at the skating rink and we ate all of her favorite things. So, as you can see, we had a really good time doing what we always do together, laugh and clown each other.

Thanksgiving for the family was here in L.A. since everyone was in town for Cheridan’s farewell. We had lots of food, lots of people, and a big ass mess when all was said and done. Thank goodness there’s a million of us to clean up. Haha, we had fun though.

Cheridan is at the MTC in Mexico City right now, learning how to speak Spanish so that when she gets to San Jose in January, she’ll know how to speak Spanish like a pro (haha, or well, you know what I mean). She gave a great farewell talk on the day of her farewell and it was well attended by family far and near, as you can tell from the picture above. That picture was taken right after Sacrament meeting and we’re missing Chloe and Markus who had to rush home to check on the palusami that Markus and the boys made for our Sunday dinner. Team Wilson Gang rolls deep.

What I Read

1. Sleepover by Serena Bell (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
3. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
4. Wait for It by Mariana Zapata (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
5. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 3.25 out of 5
6. Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas (eBook) | 3 out of 5
7. Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
8. My Best Friend’s Ex (Beta Brothers #1) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
9. Friends with Benefits (Beta Brothers #2) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 4 out of 5
10. Save the Date by Carrie Aarons (eBook) | 2 out of 5
11. My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 4 out of 5
12. Ache for You (Slow Burn #3) by J.T. Geissinger (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Wait for It by Mariana Zapata because I adored the romance, the characters and the author’s writing style. She hasn’t disappointed me yet and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the new year.

My least favorite book is the last book that I read last month. Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger. The heroine ruined this book for me because she was a whiny little asshole who jumped to every conclusion under the sun. It was annoying as hell and even in the end, she wouldn’t give the hero the benefit of the doubt and I wanted to smack the shit out of her.

Book Boyfriends

Raj Sen from Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh
Adam Hauptman from Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs
Caleb Scott from Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

What I Reviewed

Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.25 out of 5
The Haunting of Hill House, Season 1 | 4.5 out of 5
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata | 4.5 out of 5
Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks | 3.25 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (The McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks | 4.5 out of 5
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin | 3.5 out of 5
Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin | 4 out of 5
Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven | 4 out of 5
Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
The Other Miss Bridgerton (The Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn | 4.25 out of 5
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 4 out of 5

What I Bought

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn
Forgotten Sins (Sin Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti
Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney
The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner
Off Season (The Off Series #6) by Sawyer Bennett
The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lily Valente

What I Got for Review

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin
The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

What I Listened To

What Movies I Watched

Wonder (2017) | 4.5 out of 5
The Hate U Give (2018) | 4.5 out of 5
Searching (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
The Holiday Calendar (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Loved

We took Caiden with us to Brenna and Kenna’s game last week Monday and I thought it was the cutest thing when he spotted Kenna on the court. I snapped a really quick picture of him pointing and yelling for Kenna from the bleachers.

How was the month of November in your lives? Did you have a great reading month? Did you do anything fun over the Thanksgiving break? Share in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: August 2018

Posted September 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

What I Did

August was for hanging out with my best friend Theresa and exercising and we went to our very first City of Los Angeles event and had a blast doing what we do best…eat. We went to the Los Angeles Taco Festival near Downtown L.A. and even though I only ate one taco, it was a damn good taco and I’ve been craving more of it ever since. Now if only we can find where that taco place is. Ha. I also joined a new online book club that I’m enjoying the heck out of so big ups to Nick and Renee for brainstorming that to life. 🙂

What I Read

1. The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy (re-read) (eBook) | 5 out of 5
2. Dying to Please by Linda Howard (re-read) (eBook) | 4 out of 5
3. Midnight Rainbow (Rescues #1) by Linda Howard (eBook) | 4 out of 5
4. Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5
5. The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy (eBook) | 4 out of 5
6. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau (eBook) | DNF
7. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
8. Down with Love (Laws of Attraction #1) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 3.25 out of 5
9. Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
10. When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins of All Season #2) by Lorraine Heath (eARC) | 4.5 out of 5
11. Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G (eBook) | 3.25 out of 5
12. All the Way (Romancing Manhattan #1) by Kristen Proby (eARC) | 2.5 out of 5
13. Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey (eARC) | 4 out of 5
14. Castles (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (re-read) (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
15. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
16. The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare (eARC) | 4.75 out of 5
17. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
18. The Breakup (Jordan Brothers #2) by Erin McCarthy (eARC) | 3 out of 5
19. In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks (eBook) | 4 out of 5
20. Kulti by Mariana Zapata (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
21. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 5 out of 5
22. Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (audiobook)
23. Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis (eARC) | 3.75 out of 5

I read 23 books in the entire month of July. That includes audiobooks, re-reads and books that I’ve been meaning to read but never got around to. I think this is the most that I’ve read in a month EVER and man, that makes me happy. I’m shooting for more of the same in September so wish me luck! 🙂

My most anticipated book was a book that doesn’t come out until November but I got it for review now and couldn’t stop myself from reading immediately and that was Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews. It was a fabulous read and introduction into Catalina as a narrator and I cannot wait for more from her.

My favorite book of the month probably goes to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, and When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath. All books were review books and I loved them all.

My least favorite book of the month is the book that I DNF’d. Mr. Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau. I didn’t connect with anything or anyone so I let it go. It wasn’t for me.

Book Boyfriends

Tavish McKenzie from A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Colin “Fitzy” Fitzgerald from The Chase by Elle Kennedy
Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Matt Cannon from Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

What I Reviewed

Dying to Please by Linda Howard
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Paradise by Judith McNaught
The Chase by Elle Kennedy
The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
The Meg (2018)
Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G.
Castles by Julie Garwood

What I Posted

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Chase by Elle Kennedy
The Weekly Recap (97)
The Monthly Recap: July 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
The Weekly Recap (98)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
The Weekly Recap (99)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught
The Weekly Recap (100)
My TBR Pile: September 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

What I Got

Hot & Bothered (Out of Uniform #1-3) by Elle Kennedy
A Little Bit of Hot (Out of Uniform #9.5) by Elle Kennedy
Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #7) by Elle Kennedy
The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy
Untamed by Pamela Clare
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Finding Dandellion by Lex Martin
Bad Reputation by Stephanie London
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly
Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly
The Wild Heir by Karina Halle
Red Card by Carrie Aarons
The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn
The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
Jock Row by Sara Ney
Office Mate by Katie Ashley
Pretty Venmon by Ella Fields

What I Got for Review

America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon
Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

What Movies I Watched

1. The Meg (2018) | 4 out of 5
2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Watched on TV

Sharp Objects is a show that I wanted to watch as soon as I found out that Chris Messina was in it. Too bad the show was too weird for me to get past the third episode so I quit it. I’m still watching Suits and surprised at how much I’m enjoying it. I’m even loving the new additions to the show. Good stuff. I’m also watching Take Two and enjoying that still even though it’s pretty cheesy. I really like Rachel Bilson so I’m mainly watching it for her.

What I Listened To

What I Loved

Just like July, what I loved the most in August was having this guy around…

There you go folks, the month of August in my life. How did your August treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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The Monthly Recap: July 2018

Posted August 7, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

What I Did

Family pictures: My month started off with family pictures on the beach in Redondo Beach. I thought it was going to take much longer than it actually took. There are 9 of us and we all have hella kids between us but we were done within 3 hours. We almost made it through the entire shoot without any issues but then little Caleb fell into the ocean with his cast so between his family pictures and the rest of our big family pictures that we took a couple of hours later, his shorts are 8 shades darker but he’s still a cutie patootie.

The picture above is one with just my siblings and my Pops. We’re missing my sister Ingrid but everyone else is there and I really like this one.

Here’s a picture from me and Brenna’s shots. It’s my favorite. I love the background with the Palos Verdes cliffs, it’s a gorgeous shot.

David’s Funeral: My month ended with a funeral for one of my good friends David. He suffered from depression and struggled with it for a while. I’m going to miss him but am glad that he’s finally at peace. It was really good to see everyone that came out to pay their respects. Lots and lots of our friends from Church came out, which was nice because everyone is so spread out. We have people in Utah, Arizona, all parts of California but everyone came home to say their final goodbyes to David and that made me happy for him.

What I Read

1. Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane | 4.25 out of 5
2. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely | 4 out of 5
3. Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5
4. Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | 3 out of 5
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
8. A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole | 4.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriends

Michael Phan in The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Hunter Cross in I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Peter Kavinsky in P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Peter Kavinsky in Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

What I Reviewed

Good Kids (2016) | 3.75 out of 5
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5 out of 5
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 4 out of 5
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts | 4.25 out of 5
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5
Double Standards by Judith McNaught | 4 out of 5
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
The Kissing Booth (2018) | 3.25 out of 5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (92)
Monthly Recap: June 2018
Can’t Wait Wednesday: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath
Week in Review (93)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Down with Love by Kate Meader
Week in Review (94)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Week in Review (95)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G
Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to David
The Weekly Recap (96)
My TBR Pile: August 2018

What I Bought

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons
Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke
Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan
Book Boyfriend (Book Boyfriends #1) by Claire Kingsley
Cocky Roommate (Book Boyfriends #2) by Claire Kingsley
The Soldier Prince by Aarti V. Raman
Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane
Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Reads #3) by Whitney G.
Beginner’s Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) by Kate Clayborn
Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn
Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau
Mr. Hotshot CEO (Kwan Sisters #2) by Jackie Lau
Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

What I Got for Review

All the Way by Kristen Proby
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

What I Listened To

These are the three most listened to songs for me in the month of July. I have so much love for all of these songs.

What I Watched on TV

I enjoyed each of the shows I watched, even in some parts, 13 Reasons Why Season 2. There was a lot going on and while I was still frustrated with how shitty those kids were, in the end, I’m glad that I watched it. Suits and Take Two are both great shows that I’m really liking and Kims Convenience cracks me up. Goodness I love Asian comedy shows and movies.

What Movies I Watched

1. Forever My Girl (2018) | 4 out of 5
2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
3. How it Ends (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) | 3.75 out of 5
Locke (2013) | 3.25 out of 5
Blackway (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
The Loft (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
Love, Simon (2018) | 5 out of 5
The Commuter (2018) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Loved

Having this guy around…

There you have it, the month of July in my life. How did your July treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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