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Villainous Love Songs (#21)

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Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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Edward Cullen
(The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer)

Because THINK ABOUT IT, penguins–think about it, and the lyrics aaaaaaall start to make sense!  He loves her, so that’s ONE form of heart-tearing…but he’s so so sooooooo “bad” for her, which is another form of heart-tearing.  He wants to be with her…but he hurts her when he is.  SO MANY LEVELS OF HURT.

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(Ferngully)

Warning:  This song is DARK, man.  But Hexxus?  Also dark.  And this pairing?  Well, if you’ve seen the movie and remember how it ends, you’ll understand exactly why this pairing makes SO MUCH SENSE.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#38)

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My Theme: The Mighty T-Rex!

Because…I needed to feel a bit bigger than I am tonight.  Who better to show me how, than the King of the Dinos?!

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T-riffic T-Rex Turquoise Ribbon Bookmark

T-Riffic Ribbon, by ChristyBows

There’s something appealing and gorgeous about the silver charm against the blue beading?  I just…So pretty!  Who says Kings can’t wear fine jewels, anyway?

T-Rex Paper Clip Bookmark

T-Rexified, by StayMagicalStudios

These are just absolutely adorable–can you imagine them peeking out at you from the top of your current reading obsession?  NEEEEEEED!

Baby Rex, by BeedooTOO

I know there’s a watermark in the middle of this, BUT HELLO, someone call 9-1-1 because these babies just ran away with my heeeeeeart!  They’re frikkity-frackle adorbs.

Big T-Rex Magnetic Bookmark, Tyrannosaurus Rex Paper Clip for Planners or Cookbooks, Kawaii Dinosaur Page Markers for Books and Reading

BIG Rex, by FunUsualSuspects

And where there are babies, there MUST be a family (I mean…you know, unless you’re in the middle of a Disney movie.)  I sort of love the silly chompers on this guy!

Dino Slider, dinosaur, t-rex, purple dino, headband, bookmarker, calendar marker, scapbooking supply, hair bow, baby hair bow,

pe(R)pl(EX)ed, by KendrasBowtique

And finally, a little splash of color–because why not go purple?!  I mean really, who says the big bad can’t wear pretty colors?!

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Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#28)

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Happy Sunday, everybody!  I am SUUUUCH a terrible blogger, I haven’t done a Sunday Post in a few weeks now…and I haven’t really done an IN-DEPTH post in over a month.  OOPS!  I hope you can all forgive me!

I’ve been SUPER into poetry and inspirational words lately, so I thought I’d share a few of my personal favorites (from the last few weeks, at least)–I’m sure some of you might appreciate them! (I hope?)  Also, PRETTY ART!  Because why not!?

Okay, so I guess I should have said, “Here, have some sunsets and a few pretty words!” but still.

Other than that… Life keeps trucking.  Bau and I got the movies split up last week; we’ll work on books and whatever else crops up this week; and next week…. I’m both excited, because YAY vacation!…and trying not to think about it, because the same day I fly out, the divorce is finalized.  It’s surreal, right now.  I don’t think I’ve quite wrapped my head around what’s happening.  It’s surreal, and I’m terrified, and…well, if I’m being honest, I’m trying not to overwhelm myself.  So there’s that.

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A Mortal Song

Gilt Hollow

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Bookmark Monday (#37)

Friday Finds (#36)

How To: React to a Steal of a Book Deal Like a PRO

Stacking the Shelves (#33)

How To: Freak the FRACKLE Out Over Scary Video Games

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In the Land of Broken Time, by Max and Maria Semin

I know, I know–I’ve been slacking a bit on my reviews.  BUT, I’m ahead for the week I’m gone, which is when a LOT of reviews were due, soooo…there’s that?  Just keep your eyes peeled, basically–you’ll be seeing reviews from me soon!

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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How To: Freak the FRACKLE Out Over Scary Video Games

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I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING!

“Beth!  You JUST posted a how to yesterday, are you sick?!  Is the world ending?!  Have you run out of tuna fish?!”

To which I respond:  “Well, not really.  I certainly hope not, I have more penguin-ing to do!  YESYESYES IT’S A DEFINITE PROBLEM!  Also I can’t find my hoard of pebbles; how do they always disappear overnight?!”

The truth is, this penguin decided to start a horror of a video game last night…in the dark…with headphones on instead of listening to it through the tv speakers…

Let’s just say, I’m both TERRIFIED and ABSOLUTELY ADDICTED all at once.

What is the game, you ask?

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This one.  THIS.  THIS GAME!  Oh my penguins, penguins, this game will knock the floof out of your little penguin chests without even really trying.  And it’s AWESOME.

 But it got me thinking–I talked, yesterday, of how to flail like a penguin.  But what about the other emotions?!  I mean, even penguins get scared sometimes.  Feel pain.  Are sad.  So, let’s focus on one of those, yes?  I give you:

How to Freak the FRACKLE Out Over Scary Video Games

(we’re not even going to TALK about the fact that Bau was sitting next to me laughing his butt off the whole time, because ROOD.  ROOD, DUDE.  Rood!  I should make him go tuna fish hunting for this hungry penguin as punishment…)

So.  I started the game, and at first, it was all like:

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And then…creaky noises, weird notes, flickering lights, which led to…

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But see…that was only the PROLOGUE!  I didn’t even know.  I had no idea.  Once chapter one started, it became more like all of this:

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Uhm.  So…I stopped just after Chapter Two started.  I intend, at some point today probably, to keep on trucking, but…

Needless to say, this game?  Total awesome.  BUT OH MY PENGUINS, HORRIFYING!

What have you guys been playing lately?  Have any game recommendations you think I should consider?!  Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, happy book-ing!  And remember–it’s okay to freak the frackle out like a human now and then.  Even penguins need to scream sometimes.

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Stacking the Shelves (#33)

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HAPPY SATURDAY, PENGUINS!

Wow, that was maybe just a smiiiiiidge overly enthusiastic.  I apologize.

I think I also promised to tell you guys aaaaaaaaall about my weird family drama that cropped up this week?  But… long story is long, so let’s just leave it at this:  I had dinner with my family twice.  The first time was SPECTACULOUS.  The second time, my brother’s new girlfriend came with.  It was supposed to be focus on the new girlfriend and get to know her better night.  Right?!  RIGHT?!…

It became Grandma preferred to focus on BETH night and make everyone else uncomfortable.  Because that sounds like fun, right?  WRONG.  Basically, my grandma threw herself off a cliff and dragged me with her because why not.

YAY, long story magically shortened!  Let’s move on, yes?

Recently Received

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In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey

Amber Sky (Dark Sky #0.25)

Sign of the Green Dragon

from subscription boxes

A World Without You

Belzhar

The End or Something Like That

Recently Purchased

ebooks

The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)

The Dark Monk (The Hangman's Daughter, #2)

The Beggar King (The Hangman's Daughter, #3)

The Poisoned Pilgrim (The Hangman's Daughter, #4)

The Werewolf of Bamberg (The Hangman's Daughter, # 5)

I know, I know, I bought FIVE ebooks all at once what the heck is wrong with me?! BUT PENGUINS–they were all on sale?!  And buying all five, at the same time, actually saved me even MORE money.  I bought this entire series for $7.45 !!! Which is just… a steal of a book deal, okay?  So go ahead and judge me if you want–I still won here.

What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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In the Land of Broken Time: Time May Break, But Make Sure You Learn From It

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In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey

52 Pages
Self-Published
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2016
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Get a copy here!

This book is about the adventures of the boy named Christopher, the girl named Sophia and retriever Duke. By chance they found themselves in a balloon, that took them into a fairyland, where mysterious events happen.

Children wanted to find the way home. The heroes had to solve a lot of mysteries. They learned interesting ways of time measuring and found a time machine.

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Quick Reasons: action-packed, fast-paced adventure; the whimsy and wonder of this read took me back to my childhood; this mixes “fun” with “learning” and I adored that; some great lessons and morals passed along to readers; not real heavy on the illustrations–but the ones included are super adorable and add to the journey

HUGE thank you to Max and Maria Evan for forwarding me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

 

Now, I have a confession to make, dear penguins: this? Was my first children’s book done for a read and review. I mean, I’ve been reading middle grade for a while, but until this moment, had not picked up a children’s book in years (because they’re different, you know–middle grade and children’s books are not the same). Don’t get me wrong–this wasn’t due to some uppity or snooty reason. It’s just that I don’t have kids, I’m not real close to my family members who DO have small children, and I no longer work in a childcare service. I suppose I could still pick up children’s books despite all this, and I might, in the future–but until today, I hadn’t really even considered breaking into this genre for my reviews. And then I read the synopsis for THIS book. And I immediately changed my mind.

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The plot is fast-paced and action packed. Children of all ages (and I don’t necessarily mean just the small ones!) are bound to love the whimsy and wonder portrayed throughout this read. Some of the world-building, however, was a bit confusing for me overall. While I understand the children reached the alternate world through their hot air balloon ride…it was unclear exactly HOW the balloon got them there, or why the world is so similar and yet so different from our own. Of course, I could argue that this is the point–the imagination knows no bounds, and therefore might have played a huge role in a lot of the story, but… I don’t think that’s the case, personally.

 

There are also some great lessons and morals being passed along here. Things like being brave, doing the right thing, and supporting your friends even when things don’t go your way are all called into question and examined closely. Also examined are the differences between “good,” “evil,” and that shady “gray area” in between; try, try, and try again (failure is not an option unless you make it one); and appropriately managing your time. There are, I’m sure, others that I missed or am forgetting about–this book is FULL of lessons and morals, and I loved discovering each of them in turn!

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This is a whimsical, fun, entertaining read–and I’m sure parents and children alike will appreciate the action and the lessons found within the pages. While there are few illustrations, the artwork is adorable, vibrant, and lends even more action to the story/dialogue–as well as, in a few instances, playing key roles in the plot! I am so, so glad I gave this book a chance–and can’t wait to explore, in the future, other reads like it! I definitely recommend to lovers of magical whimsy, “races” to beat time, and moral-laden journeys of friendship and self-discovery.

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How To: React to a Steal of a Book Deal Like a PRO

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Because book penguins are ALL ABOUT saving money on our obsession.  I mean c’mon, we’re PENGUINS–we don’t get paid to be cute, usually, and our tuxedos don’t come equipped with pockets.

Generally, I’m all about making up lists and explaining, to the PERIOD, how to do all the things that I, as a professional book penguin, do best…but I feel this topic, in particular, calls for a list of a different sort.  Plus, my beak is just a bit full of pebbles–gotta find the perfect book mate, after all, and there are LOTS of pretty pebbles to go around!

So I present to you:

HOW TO REACT TO A STEAL OF A BOOK DEAL LIKE A PRO… IN GIFs!

because who needs words when you can have flails, anyway?!

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I mean….basically your life should  be full of flailing, falling over, pushing other penguins out of your way, annnnd convincing other penguins to dive down the dark hole of painful reads with you because SHARING IS CARING, OKAY?!  If I’m gonna hurt, SO ARE YOU!

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Friday Finds (#36)

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FRIDAY FINDS
Hosted By:  Babs @ Babs Book Bistro
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As  always, these are all epic finds under $2.00 $5.00 on Amazon Kindle!

I AM SO SO SORRY I haven’t been around much this week, penguins!  I really just…my social life?  is suddenly something that exists again?  I blame my family.  But I’ll tell you guys more about THIS tomorrow, probably, or in my Sunday Post, because… long stories are long.

So…I’ve been listening to some soft hip hop this morning.  Which is different for me–I guess I felt like changing things up, or something?  I don’t know.  But here are a few noteworthy songs I’ve discovered:

And now….let’s drop some books like we drop the mic, yes?!  Yes.

99 Cent Deals

Vinyl: Book One of the Vinyl Trilogy by [Hanson, Sophia Elaine]

Get it here!

I Love You, Beth Cooper (P.S.) by [Doyle, Larry]

Get it here!

Olivia Twisted by [Barnes, Vivi]

Get it here!

$1.99 Deals

The Queen's Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by [Wheeler, Jeff]

Get it here!

The Thief's Daughter (The Kingfountain Series Book 2) by [Wheeler, Jeff]

Get it here!

The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 1) by [Pötzsch, Oliver]

Get it here!

The Dark Monk (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 2) by [Pötzsch, Oliver]

Get it here!

The Beggar King (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 3) by [Pötzsch, Oliver]

Get it here!

The Poisoned Pilgrim (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 4) by [Pötzsch, Oliver]

Get it here!

The Werewolf of Bamberg (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 5) by [Pötzsch, Oliver]

Get it here!

( Alternatively, you can go to THIS LINK HERE! and buy the entire series for less than $10 — in fact, they knocked off an additional $2.50 when I bought all five!  I only paid $7.45 !!! )

Partials (Partials Sequence Book 1) by [Wells, Dan]

Get it here!

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis: A Novel by [Parssinen, Keija]

Get it here!

$2.99 Deals

Good as Gone by [Gentry, Amy]

Get it here!

The Girl from the Sea: A gripping psychological thriller by [Boland, Shalini]

Get it here!

$3.99 Deals

Enchantress (The Evermen Saga Book 1) by [Maxwell, James]

Get it here!

The Hidden Relic (The Evermen Saga Book 2) by [Maxwell, James]

Get it here!

The Path of the Storm (The Evermen Saga Book 3) by [Maxwell, James]

Get it here!

The Lore of the Evermen (The Evermen Saga Book 4) by [Maxwell, James]

Get it here!

Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) by [Gabaldon, Diana]

Get it here!

$4.99 Deals

The King's Traitor (The Kingfountain Series Book 3) by [Wheeler, Jeff]

Preorder it here!

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by [Hammons, David D.]

Get it here!

Welp, there you go!  Some awesome reads for epic prices!  Have you guys read any of them?  Are there any you’re dying to read and bought immediately?  Let me know your thoughts below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookmark Monday (#37)

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My Theme: The Doctor

Because… Well, BECAUSE.  So there.

DOCTOR WHO BOOKMARKS Cross Stitch Chart Collection

Doctor Cross Stitch, by neverdyingpoet

I mean, for one–you can download the patterns instantly and make your own, if you’re savvy with a needle like that (I’m not.)  For two…YES?!  These are just so so great, I love them all equally.

Doctor Who Theme Bookmark--Crochet Scarf Bookmark--4th Doctor Insprired Bookmark--Striped bookmark

Very Long Scarf, by KayaLuCreations

This thing is the BEST.  THING.  EVAR!  Or…well, okay, Oreos and popcorn and floofy kitties and good blood sugar days are the best things ever, BUT THIS?!  This comes pretty close!

DOCTOR WHO 11th Doctor Bookmark with FIVE Charms (3.25") - Custom Orders Welcome

Eleven, by FandominionShop

My love for 11 runs deep.

Tardis Paint Bottle Necklace / Pendant / Bookmark / Earrings / Decoration / Keyring inspired by Doctor Who

Painting the Box, by EnchantedBottleCraft

Because who WOULDN’T want to wear a little of the TARDIS around their neck?!  I mean, even just the paint would be more than plenty to make my penguin heart go pitter patter!

Weeping Angel (Doctor Who) Bookmark

Weeping Wings, by AFandomDoodler

And last but not least, my FAVORITE VILLAIN of all the villains!  I just looooooove Weeping Angels–so soopah creepeh, but sooooo awesome!

Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Stacking the Shelves (#32)

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Happy Saturday, everyone!  I hope the last week has treated you all SO super well!

There’s…like, nothing? of importance to update you on this week–it was pretty quiet in my world, which I’m totally cool with all things considered!  I’ve been listening to a TON of music, though, so…have some songs!

And now…the books!

Recently Received

from authors

Stained

November Rain (Bad Bloods, #1)

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, #1)

Recently Purchased

ebooks

Palimpsest

Hunter (Hunter, #1)

What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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