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The Weekly Recap (157)

Posted January 11, 2021 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments


Happy Monday, everyone! Considering what happened last week in D.C., I’m not sure how many people are having happy days these days. We’re living in some seriously weird-ass times and I’ll just be over here, distracting myself with books, kpop, and kdramas. Last week was a pretty sad week, first the madness in D.C. and then Tommy Lasorda died so it was a sad week for Dodgers fans everywhere.

My friend B Nice surprised me this weekend with a surprise visit and it was so good to see a familiar face from home. We had a girl’s night in and watched the BTS 5th Muster Magic Shop fan event and it was such a fun night. The concert was such a fun concert and it was SO MUCH FUN to watch it with another BTS fan. I force Brenna and my sister Ingrid to watch it but I didn’t have to force B Nice. Thanks so much for coming over B Nice! I had a lot of fun and hope you did too.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…

Off the Blog

What I Watched


True Beauty | 4.5 out of 5
Run BTS | 5 out of 5
Naruto | 4.25 out of 5
BTS 5th Muster Magic Shop | 5 out of 5

This week was a great week of television watching for me and I enjoyed every episode that I watched. True Beauty is back and I enjoyed both episodes from this week. I like the second lead but not more than the first lead. Cha Eunwoo does the aloof hero so well and I’m here for it. This week’s episode of Run BTS was another funny one. I swear Jimin and JK stay making me laugh and seeing J Hope get frustrated trying to walk Jin and Suga through cooking a recipe and V’s dry sense of humor in this episode made for such a fun half-hour and I’m looking forward to this week’s episode.

I’m still making my way through Naruto, it’s slow going because I’m watching only about 5 episodes a night but I’m still laughing my way through the episodes and I still want to spank Naruto but he’s got a charm about him that I like so I’m here for his shenanigans.

My favorite thing that I watched was, of course, the BTS 5th Muster Magic Shop fan event concert. They sang most of my favorite songs that we don’t see them perform all that often so I was super happy. They sang Magic Shop!!!
What I Read


The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen | 4.25 out of 5
What I Listened To


The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 by BTS
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Young Forever by BTS
Wings by BTS
You Never Walk Alone by BTS

On the Blog

Eye Candy Friday


Kim Taehyung, V from BTS
What I Reviewed


Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
It’s Okay to Not be Okay | 5 out of 5



2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL82?, Skool Luv Affair by BTS
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (156)
The Monthly TBR Pile: January 2021
Eye Candy Friday: Kim Taehyung, V from BTS
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (155)

Posted October 19, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments


Happy Monday! Sorry for disappearing on you guys, one of my best friend’s Dad died and so my mind has been with her and her family. He was laid to rest last week and my friend is getting ready to go back home to Utah so yeah, I’ve been thinking about my friend. It’s never easy losing someone close to you so losing someone as close as your father is super hard and I’m trying to be available for her. On top of burying her Dad last week, they also celebrated his birthday without him.

As for me, I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it here on the blog but in two weeks, I’m moving from L.A. to Las Vegas so I’ve been getting ready for my move. Brenna and I are ready to start a new chapter in our lives and that chapter is taking us away from the only home the both of us have ever known. California is home, will always be home but I’m ready for a change so the countdown has begun.

Pretty soon, this will be me to L.A.


I’ll still be Lakers and Dodgers gang though and after last night…my Dodgers are going to the ship, y’all!! Oh man, I’m going to be a mess for the next series but holy shit, we came from behind to win this series and I hope that the Dodgers bring a trophy home just like the Lakers did. Let’s fucking go!!!!


Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I’m Currently Watching


Record of Youth
Tale of the Nine Tailed
Itaewon Class
BTS Bon Voyage, Season 2

I’m still watching Record of Youth and Tale of the Nine Tailed every week and they’re both really good. I was SO happy last week when my boo thang Park Seo Jun did his cameo on Record of Youth. The entire time he was on, I had a giant smile on my face and acted just like Hye Jun’s manager, Min Jae.

Man, I’ve missed watching him on my screen. I missed him so much that I started watching Itaewon Class again. My nephews RJ and Chance started watching it so I started watching it too. I still love that damn show to the moon and back. Along with my re-watch of Itaewon Class, I’m watching the second season of BTS Bon Voyage. The boys are in Hawaii and I normally watch it right before bed and I be cracking up, all loud and shit in the middle of the night because when Jungkook was singing Paper Hearts by Tori Kelly and then ran off with the money? That shit was so funny and then when Jimin started chasing him?? Hahahaha, oh man. I freaking love those boys.

What I Watched
I haven’t been binge-watching any Korean drama’s lately and that’s due, in large part, to discovering BTS. The more songs I hear by them, the more I fall in love with their music, with their message, and with every single member of the group. I have consumed so many different shows, songs, performances from BTS and show no signs of quitting any time soon. I’m complete Army now. Baby Army, sure, but Army all the same. It’s been so much fun diving into the BTS world and discovering new songs and I had no clue that I would enjoy singing in Korean. I get a lot of shit from my family but I don’t give a damn. BTS is the bomb and I hella love them. So this week, I’ll be sharing the Youtube videos that I’m watching and loving.


Hey Charlie | Can You Guess 60 BTS Songs By Emojis (Challenge): Watching Black YouTube react and discover BTS has been so much fun for me. Hey Charlie is probably my favorite BTS reactor. This guy is hilarious and I’ve found myself playing all of the BTS trivia games along with him, wanting all the smoke because I beat him on the emoji game, haha.


BTS LIVE TOUR 7 | BTS Magic Shop [Live Video]: Along with their shows like American Hustle, Bon Voyage, and In the Soop, I’m watching a lot of their live performances on YouTube and I caught all of their performances on Jimmy Fallon (for BTS week), the BBMA’s, the NPR tiny desk at home performances and every damn performance leaves me more and more in awe of how freaking good they are. They sing a lot of my kind of music and I love so many of their songs. This performance of Magic Shop is one of my favorites. Magic Shop is also one of my favorite songs right now. The boys did their thing with this one.


btsfilming | [ENG SUB] BTS – Ddaeng Live Performance (Vocal Line Vers.): This is probably my favorite performance of all BTS performances. I love how goofy they are and how much fun they’re having on stage and I’m not gonna lie, I laughed my ass off the entire time that I was cheering for Rap Man Jin. Mr. Worldwide Handsome had me dying but I was super proud of all of the vocal line because they killed the rap line’s song. I was shocked by how well V delivered Suga’s part of the song. I knew that Jungkook was going to kill RM’s part though. He ain’t the Golden Maknae for no reason. I loved every minute of this performance and cannot wait to see them live in concert.
Eye Candy Friday


Ri Jung Hyuk
Crash Landing on You

What I Posted
Eye Candy Friday: Ri Jung Hyuk

What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (154)

Posted September 21, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, TV Shows | 0 Comments


Last week was for learning the BTS fan chant, watching a whole bunch of BTS videos on Youtube, taking a night drive along the coast with my friend and talking about the shows we’re watching and the new BTS songs that we’re listening to and loving. We were so wrapped up in our talking that we missed the earthquake. Oh well.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I’m Currently Watching


Record of Youth
Do You Like Brahms?
BTS: Burn the Stage (The Series)
What I Watched


My Shy Boss | DNF
Master’s Sun | 3.75 out of 5
BTS: Love Yourself Concert in New York | 5 out of 5

Record of Youth, Episodes 3-4: Another solid week of new episodes of this show. I’m really enjoying the chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam. They look cute together, they’re a lot of fun to watch and I’m really liking the confidence that Sa Hye Jun is developing. I just know that his best friend is going to start liking Joeng Ha. Ehh, I’m not looking forward to that development but I am dying to see Grandpa modeling.

Do You Like Brahms?, Episodes 5-6: The drama is really picking up on this one and I’m here for it. I’m really enjoying the romance between Joon Young and Song a. I didn’t think I’d be into this show because I’m not a listener of classical music and the only music that I really listen to on the piano is Church music. But I can’t wait for this week’s episodes, I’m itching to find out how Joon Young is going to react to Song a’s confession. He better get it!!
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (154)Never Have I Ever
by Lauren Blakely
Series: Always Satisfied #3
Published by Self-Published, Lauren Blakely on July 30, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 378
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge

Falling for the enemy has never been so deliciously complicated in this standalone romance where a sexy single dad meets his unexpected match! Get ready for all the feels!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we're forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I'm falling for the enemy.

I'm not out to make friends. My goals are simple -- fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with...except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I've built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don't come around for guys like me...or do they?

We had another book besties zoom call last week and it was decided that we would read another book together and this was the book that was chosen. It’s a re-read for me but I’m excited to read it again. I absolutely LOVED it when I read it earlier this year so I’m looking forward to jumping back in.
What I Read


Shine by Jessica Jung | 4 out of 5

I finished this book this morning. It took me a while to get it read but I got it done and I’m glad that I finished it. Now I just need to write my review for it.
Eye Candy Friday


Jung Joon Hyung
Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo
What I Reviewed


The Man from Nowhere | 4.25 out of 5
Big | DNF
Tempted | DNF
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | DNF
Goblin | 4.75 out of 5
Fight for My Way | 4.5 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (153)
Eye Candy Friday: Jung Joon Hyung
What’s On My Radar for Next Week


Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Forgotten
Encounter

Discovering BTS has really put a damper on everything else in my life. I am loving them too much to focus on anything else. I don’t see myself becoming a k pop fan because if I get as obsessed as I am for BTS for another group, I wouldn’t have any time for anything else and I really don’t want that to happen. I mention all of that because these were on my radar from last week’s recap post and they’re back on my radar for this week. I’m going to get to these this week, for realsies.
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (153)

Posted September 14, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 2 Comments


I’ve gone down the rabbit hole that is all things BTS. I’ve got to be the oldest fan that they have (not true, I see old lady BTS Army TikTok) but dude, they’re a lot of fun. I blame Tae-hyung for wrecking my For You Page on TikTok. It’s all things BTS and Korean Dramas. I’m not that mad about it though because I’ve been enjoying watching all of their content. They’re fun to watch perform and now I’m even more annoying to Brenna because I used to just speak Korean phrases to her but now I sing to her in Korean too. LOL. The other day she was on my Etsy ordering some stickers for her hydro and she said that she’d buy me some so I chose my stickers and had to laugh out loud at our Etsy cart.

These are the stickers she got:


And these are the stickers I got:


She just shook her head and was like, “Mom, why are you like this?” Haha.

Now, let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (153)Shine
by Jessica Jung
Published by Simon Pulse on September 29, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge, 2020 New to Me Challenge

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl by way of Jenny Han in this knock-out debut about a Korean American teen who is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time, Girls Generation.
What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Get ready as Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Korea’s most famous girl group, Girls Generation, takes us inside the luxe, hyper-color world of K-pop, where the stakes are high, but for one girl, the cost of success—and love—might be even higher. It’s time for the world to see: this is what it takes to SHINE.

I’m picking this book back up. I started it a couple of months ago but wasn’t in the mood to read so I kept putting it down after every other sentence. I’m hoping that my reading slump is behind me now so that I’ll actually finish this one so umm..wish me luck? 🙂
What I Read


The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie | DNF
Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

I tried reading The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie to discuss with my book besties on our zoom call yesterday but I was just not that interested in reading a historical book right now so I quit that book after 6 straight days of only reading a paragraph each time I opened the book. I jumped into Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews instead and yeah, that was just what I needed to keep my reading slump at bay. However, it was the only book that I read last week.
What I’m Currently Watching


Record of Youth
Do You Like Brahms
My Shy Boss
What I Watched


One Spring Night | 3.75 out of 5
Prison Playbook | 4 out of 5
Burn the Stage: The Movie | 4.5 out of 5
BTS: Global Takeover | 4.25 out of 5



Record of Youth | Episodes 1 & 2: This show started off really strong as I’m already obsessed with the two main characters, already shipping them and waiting on pins and needles for today’s episode. I have to wait until my lunch hour to watch it but I’m actually struggling to decide if I should wait until tomorrow to watch both of this week’s episodes together or not. Who am I kidding, I’m not waiting to see Park Bo Gum in a new episode. Haha, silly me.

Do You Like Brahms? | Episodes 1-4: So I discovered BTS last month after realizing that one of the guys in the band was in Hwarang, one of the dramas that I started watching. I like the character enough that I looked him up in BTS and before I knew what was what, he became my bias in the group (with Suga a very close second bias and I don’t care if that breaks the rules, I love them both!) and I have listened and practiced singing all of the BTS songs that I like and there are a lot of songs that I’ve had to practice. Singing in English is easy but singing in Korean? That’s hard as hell but I’m happy to report that I can sing the shit out of my favorite BTS song, Just One Day. LOL. Anyway, all of that to say that I started this show because the main male lead is a friend of V’s from BTS….that’s why I started this show. I gotta support my biases friends and I’m glad that I did because the pacing of this show is a lot slower than Record of Youth but it’s just as good. It’s more focused on the characters and I’m really, really enjoying this one so far. I’m happy that I have a new episode to watch and I’ll watch that today too. Yippy skippy.
Eye Candy Friday


An Min Hyuk
Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon
What I Reviewed


Midnight Runners | 5 out of 5
Romance is a Bonus Book | DNF
Kill Me, Heal Me | DNF
Playful Kiss | DNF
Descendants of the Sun | 3.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (152)
Eye Candy Friday: An Min Hyuk
What I Got


Teach Me (There’s Something about Marysville #1) by Olivia Dade
40 Love (There’s Something about Marysville #2) by Olivia Dade
Swettest in the Gale (There’s Something about Marysville #3) by Olivia Dade
Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3) by Lauren Blakely
What I Got for Review


Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
What’s On My Radar for This Week


Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Encounter
Time to Hunt
What Made Me Laugh

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

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The Weekly Recap (152)

Posted September 7, 2020 by Rowena in Books, Features, Movies, TV Shows | 4 Comments


Utah is here in California and the house is noisy again. It’s been really quiet with everyone out of the house but Bren’s back from Colorado and the kids were home for the long weekend and are getting ready to head back to Utah but it’s been nice seeing everyone again. RJ and Kaleo came to town with the Utah crew (they’re from Colorado) and it was super funny to catch up with RJ. He is so full of life and so happy, you can’t help but be happy right along with him. I was able to get some reading done, along with some dramas and movies watched so I have stuff to report.

Let’s get into all of the things that I did last week…shall we?
What I’m Currently Reading
The Weekly Recap (152)The Perfect Rake
by Anne Gracie
Series: The Merridew Sisters #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on July 5, 2005
Genres: Historical, Romance
Point of View:Third Person
Pages: 361
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add It: Goodreads
Reading Challenges:2020 Goodreads Challenge

She ran from a brute...

Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters' chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke...But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

...into the arms of a rake

Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence's game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry...

In preparation for another friend’s zoom call this coming weekend, I need to get this book read. I started it yesterday and I haven’t gotten very far into it but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m going to power through.
What I Read


Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5

I’m finally reading again and that makes me happy. I finished two books and I caught up on the serial that Ilona Andrews is writing on their blog. The Aurelia Ryder story, which I think is going to be Blood Heir that will release in January. DEERRRREEEEKKKKKK!!! That’s all I’m going to say about that one. Well, that, and I LOVE IT!
What I’m Currently Watching

Prison Playbook

Starring: Park Hae Soo, Jung Kyung Ho, Lee Kyu Hyung, Ktystal Jung, Jung Hae In, Kim Kyung Nam
Year Released: 2017
Genres: Drama

With only days before his major league baseball debut, pitcher Kim Je-hyeok unexpectedly lands himself behind bars. He must learn to navigate his new world with its own rules if he wants to survive.

I’ve been very curious about this show ever since I found out that my boy Jung Hae In is in it. I love that guy so when I found out about this one, I looked it up and it sounds like a good one so I started it. So far, so good. I’m enjoying what I’m watching so far and I’m hopeful that it’ll keep my interest throughout the rest of the episodes as well. Fingers crossed, anyway.
What I Watched


Train | 4.25 out of 5
One Spring Night | 3.5 out of 5
Mulan | 4 out of 5
The Table | 2 out of 5
Eye Candy Friday


Noh Ji Wook
Suspicious Partner
What I Reviewed


The Suspect (2013) | 4.5 out of 5
She Was Pretty (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
What I Posted
The Weekly Recap (151)
The Monthly Recap: August 2020
Eye Candy Friday: Noh Ji Wook
What I Got


Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
Yours to Keep (Man of the Year #2) by Lauren Layne
What’s On My Radar for Next Week


Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
Forgotten
My Shy Boss
What Made Me Laugh

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

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