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The Monthly Recap: December 2018

Posted January 8, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

What I Did

December was for Christmas and then New Year’s Eve. This year, Bren, my Dad and I were on our own for Christmas so we really just lazed around and enjoyed having the house to ourselves. No cleaning up after a million people. No waiting around for everyone to leave so that you can crash. Just the three of us arguing over what we’re going to eat and binge-watching Hart of Dixie and golf.

On the Sunday before Christmas, my sister Delene and I, along with our kids went to Church to watch my Dad sing in the Ward Choir and…

The choir is sitting up on stage, facing the congregation so if you’re sitting up there, the congregation can see everything you’re doing. My Dad and my friend’s Dad are probably worse than little Primary kids. They were messing around all throughout Sacrament, laughing it up, making faces and all I could do was shake my head. That freaking old man. They were making faces at the back of the speakers back and heavy sighing during the prayers and just making everyone laugh. After Sacrament, I tell him that he needs to be more reverent during Sacrament and he told me to shut up. LOL.

Caiden came down for another visit to his California home and it was nice to have him around for a little bit. He only stayed for almost a week but hey, I’ll take what I can get. It’ll probably be April before we see him again and we’ll be in Utah instead of him coming to California and I am A-Okay with that.

For New Year’s Eve, I stayed in and binge watched the heck out of Game of Thrones. I’m going to re-watch the entire series before it comes back on with new episodes in April. I’m back to hating Joffrey but surprisingly, I don’t hate Sansa with this viewing. I’ve hated her throughout all of my other viewings but not this one. I still don’t want her to Jon though.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 6 | Books DNF’d: 0
Books I Purchased: 3 | Books I Got for Review: 1 | Books Reviewed: 10
Highest Grade: 4 out of 5 | Lowest Grade: 1 out of 5

What I Read

1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (eBook) | 4 out of 5
2. Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley (eBook) | 1 out of 5
3. The One You Fight For (The Ones that Got Away #3) by Roni Loren (eARC) | 4 out of 5
4. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (eARC) | 4 out of 5
5. Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader (eARC) | 4 out of 5

Book Boyfriends

Benito Rossi from Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
Reid Campbell from My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Dallas Walker from Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

What I Reviewed

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs | 5 out of 5
Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger | 1 out of 5
Fall by Kristen Callihan | 4.25 out of 5
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas | 3 out of 5
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren | 4 out of 5
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
Save the Date by Carrie Aarons | 2 out of 5
My Best Friend’s Ex by Hazel Kelly | 3 out of 5
Friends with Benefits by Hazel Kelly | 4 out of 5

What I Got

Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
Jock Rule by Sara Ney
Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan
Merrily Ever After by Jenny Holiday
It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday
One and Only by Jenny Holiday

What I Got for Review

Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

So how was your December? Did you get all of your end of the year reading done? Did you get anything I should add to my wishlist? Share your month in books and real life with me in the comments!


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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: October 2018

Posted November 6, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

November is here guys, can you believe it? It’s my birthday month and Thanksgiving month and a time to be grateful to be alive. I hope November treats you all well but before I move on to a new month, let’s take a look back at what October brought for me.

What I Did

October was a relatively quiet month for me. Well, Caiden was here for a week and that was a lot of fun but for the most part, I stayed close to home and relaxed. I did go to a Dodgers game against the Atlanta Braves (we won!) and it was Kershaw Day so Clayton Kershaw pitched for 8 full innings before Kenley Jansen came out to close the game and ice the win. It was a lot of fun with a lot of die-hard Dodgers fans enjoying a ballgame together. There were lots of high fives, excited cheers and booing for the opponent going on and I loved it all. We sat in the All-You-Can-Eat Pavillion and had all the Dodger dogs we could eat (we only had 1). Grandal hit a home run in our section but it was a few rows in front of us so we didn’t catch it or anything.

October was also for the Primary Program. It’s one of my favorite Church days of the year. The Primary kids put on a program each year in October and the kids get up to recite their parts and sing songs and it never fails to make me cry. We had two kids participating in the Primary Program and it was their first time being in it but both Ahbrey and Brooke did so well on their parts. They recited it in Samoan and they were so scared but they did it!! We celebrated with brunch afterward and that’s always a good time.

Halloween was the same as every year. We had chili and lots of food, the kids went trick or treating with the men while the ladies cooked and watched the Lakers game. It was a fun and relaxing month and I read some books!

What I Read

1. Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4 out of 5
2. Fight or Flight by Samantha Young (eARC) | 4 out of 5
3. Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
4. Shadow and Ice (War of Gods #1) by Gena Showalter (eARC) | 2.5 out of 5
5. Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven (eBook) | 4 out of 5
6. Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen (eARC) | 4.25 out of5
7. Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.75 out of 5
8. The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) by Julia Quinn (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
9. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
10. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks. It’s the first book in the Montgomery’s & Armstrongs series and holy cow it hit me with every single feel in my body. I loved the story, the romance and I came to love both families so much. It was hard to see it in the beginning but I came around. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Shadow & Ice by Gena Showalter. It was slow going and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I hoped I would. I probably won’t continue the series. *shrugs*

What I Reviewed

Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 5 out of 5
Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5
Say You’ll Stay (Return to Me #1) by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5
America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young | 4.25 out of 5
Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare | 4.75 out of 5
Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter | 2.5 out of 5
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan | 2.5 out of 5
Dearest Clementine (Dearest #1) by Lex Martin | 3.25 out of 5
Hot Dad by Whitley Cox | 1 out of 5

What I Bought

Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan
Player by Staci Hart

What I Got for Review

Sleep Over by Serena Bell
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis
You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn
Illegally Yours (Laws of Attraction #2) by Kate Meader
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

How was your month in books? Did you read anything that I should keep my eye on? Are you looking forward to reading anything next month? Share in the comments!


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