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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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Week in Review (94)

Posted July 16, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

A few things happened last week that really knocked me on my ass. My workload has since tripled since my boss has been on vacation so I’ve been really busy and stressed over some work-related things and then as I was getting ready for work on Tuesday, my brother called me to tell me that one of our close friends died and it was sudden, unexpected and I’ve been thrown for a loop. So I’ve been dealing with that and trying to be there for my friends and it’s just been a hard week all around. I did manage to lose myself in books so I’m happy about that.

Now, onto the books…

What I’m Currently Reading
Week in Review (94)P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Also in this series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View: First Person
Pages: 337
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

It’s been an odd week. After the news that my friend David had passed on, I’ve been in a funky mood. I don’t want to go out, I don’t want to be around people but I did want to read. So I did. I was supposed to start A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole and while I still have plans to read it, I started my buddy review book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and I just kept right on reading the books. I finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before yesterday and immediately jumped into this one. So far, I’m really enjoying it and I’m really loving Peter Kavinsky. Gah, what an adorable book boyfriend. I love him.

What I Read

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely | 4 out of 5
Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5
Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | 3.25 out of 5
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I just thought it was the cutest story and I’m super stoked about the movie coming out next month.

My least favorite book is probabaly the Beth Harbison book because it was super slow and not at all what I was expecting or wanted. Oh well.

What I Reviewed

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | 4 out of 5
I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts | 4.25 out of 5

What I Posted

Week in Review (93)
Can’t Wait Wednesday: Down with Love by Kate Meader

What I Got

Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau
Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau

What I Got for Review

No new books for review this week. I still haven’t checked anything or requested anything. Maybe next week.

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


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