Bookmark Monday (#73)


Bookmark Monday
Description: Do you have a bookmark you want to share? Just take a photo and link up in the linky!

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My Theme: Animals Found in Australia

Theme this week brought to you by the ex husband and awesometastic friend LORD BAUMEISTER!

As always, click on the image to go to that etsy/redbubble/society6 page!fishbreak

Magnetic Page Keepers - wombat - bookmark
Beige Glitter Platypus Planner Clip, Vinyl Platypus Paper Clip, Planner Paper Clip, Accessory For Planner, Teacher's Gift, Animal Paper Clip
Seven Little Aussies Australian Animals Easy Beginners Cross Stitch Pattern PDF
Planner Accessory - Kangaroo/Pink & White Dot Page Marker (Bookmark) For Personal Planners, Calendars, Books, Cookbooks, etc
Animal Lover Bookmark, Funny Echidna Bookmark, Cute Bookmark, Gift for Reader, Gift for Bookworm, Bookmarks for Books, ribbon bookmark


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!




Book Blitz, Teasers, and Giveaway: Hopechest


(The SOS, #4)

Kailee Reese Samuels
Publication date: July 4th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Kaci agreed to the most important question of her life.

And then she had her fiancé taken hostage.

He played her game and trained for battle.

And now he is completely unprepared to lose.

Loving her once, Sal fell for her eccentric, wild pixie. She used her abilities—aiming her target to get revenge—but Kaci stumbled into a dangerous love, putting Sal through a gut-wrenching hell.

Can Sal ever forgive her sins of the past?

With the questions on the table, one inescapable truth looms before their relationship. His calculating mind and intimidating body built for the greater good, leaving Sal changed. No longer the curious submissive boy of the past, his new outlook is one of defiance, kink, and control.

Will Kaci embrace the changes – or – is the end closer than she ever imagined?

There is nothing he can do—

No praying on his knees for forgiveness

No bargaining with the devil to save their relationship

In this heartbreaking battle, Sal will lose.

In the fourth and final book of The Story of Salvatore, Sal Raniero begs to reverse the clock as reality leaks into his perfect bubble. With his love of the fetish world shoved to the backburner, he learns not only the meaning of love, but how precious time is.

The war begins when Sal rages into Sugargrove—

Nothing safe from his wrath

Nothing sacred in his path

…including the Hope he longed to keep.

Goodreads / Amazon


Author Bio:

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.


KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

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Gemina: BOOK, HOW DARE YOU End Like That?!


Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Gemina
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
672 Pages
Science Fiction / Young Adult
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Get a copy here!


The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” 

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


See my review for ILLUMINAE (The Illuminae Files #1) by clicking the cover below:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Quick Reasons: I SWEAR, these books will be the death of me!; super entertaining, snarky, and heart-wrenching; complex, frustrating, endearing characters; the roMESS in this read is SO WORTH IT; OH MY PENGUINS ALL THE PLOT TWISTS OF EVER; someone please tell me you’re buying me book 3 for my birthday?!

AHHHHH. AHHHHHHHHH. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I feel like if I let myself, I could spend this entire review just screaming and none of you would even come close to understanding the amount of feeeeeeelings I’m feeling right now because words just…. they fail me. They fail me so hard core right now I can’t even. I am so…just… GAH, THIS BOOK SERIES! I swear, it’s going to be the death of me–all the plot twists and turny-loops and “you thought you knew what was coming?! you thought WRONG!” ness. Seriously, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff know how to weave a topsy-turvy, confusing, twisty tale…and keep readers enthralled throughout. This installment was absolutely no exception!


These characters are super entertaining and endearing. While I found myself (inexplicably? or perhaps not, given how much I ADORED him in Illuminae) missing AIDAN through a large portion of this read. Of course, once he made his appearance (and stuck around!) I was a very happy penguin and could focus more completely on the rest of the crew, who were just as vibrantly written and stubbornly AWESOME as I’d been expecting. I don’t quite know how Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff managed it, but they wrote a sequel that both stands apart from it’s predecessor and yet somehow fills in at least a few of the questionable gaps. I just… I am in absolute awe.


The plot is fast-paced and so twisty, you’ll find your heart has broken and been mended at least half a dozen times within the span of just a few pages. No, really Penguins–this is not an over-exaggeration at all! I was on the tippity tops of my toes throughout this entire read, begging to know what was happening while at the same time trying desperately to close my eyes to the events because SO MUCH HEARTACHE! I screamed at my book–numerous times. I pleaded, and threw tantraums (over facebook chat, at least), and laughed and rallied and then fell apart all over again. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are BRILLIANT at writing intensely entertaining, dramatically realistic, gut-wrenching shotgun reads, and OH MY PENGUINS, I cannot wait to lay my hands on Obsidio next year. I need it.


I just… If you haven’t heard me wax poetic about the beauty that is Illuminae, hear me now. Pick up this series! The characters are entertaining and lovable, the plot is action-packed and so full of surprises, and you will–guaranteed!–find yourself flinging the book in anger at least once, but probably more like a thousand times, before the end. I definitely recommend this series to lovers of science fiction, uniquely formatted reads, and super epic world-saving journeys. The wormhole is open, Penguins; the fate of reality rests on your readerly shoulders now!



Galentines Day with the Penguin


HELLO HELLO to all my loyal bookish penguins (and a big hello to my NONbookish penguins, as well, because I was raised to be polite and not turn my beak on others.  Or something like that… I don’t know, some of the things I was taught growing up have subsequently been lost–those pesky little politeness pebbles!)

“BEEEEEETH!” I hear you whining.  “Why did you call us here today?  What do you even WANT, how can you even have time for anything you’re working like a maniac and don’t have enough hours in the day for all the things you must MUST do so WHAT DO YOU WANT?!”

Well, if you didn’t know already…


“Wha…. What even are you…. Have you LOST your beak completely, woman?!”  I’m sure you’re thinking.


Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. As Leslie herself explains on the show:

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SEEEEE?!  It’s totes a thing.  And I’m here to tell you some of the EPICAL AWESOME that would be Galentines Day for me and my fellow bookish penguins, because YAY FUN!

First and foremost…. It’s hard to keep track of all those RSVPs when you’re a penguin, am I right?  You don’t have the nifty fingers to clench them in your fists; cell phones are a TOTAL NO GO around water; and messages in tuna fish?!  Whoever heard of slowing down enough to read your food before eating?!?!?! HONESTLY.

Having similar party issues?!  No worries–just check out Eventbrite !  They have all the tools you need to make your get-together sparkle like the bow ties your fanceh penguin mates should be wearing on Valentines Day (just for you, of course!)

Now then, let me introduce you to….

GALENTINES DAY!…Epic Penguin Style

As I’ve already said, this party of awesome would be open to ALL MY BLOGGISH PENGUIN PALS because seriously, even the fanceh penguins need to get together with friends? (I know, I know, this totes contradicts the title of the thing, but HOOOOONESTLY let’s just let everyone have all the fun okay?! OKAY?!?!)

To start the night off right, what’s better than HARRY POTTER COCKTAILS?!?!?! (yes, yes, this is aaaaaaall going to be fandom based.  Because BOOKS, you!  Books!)

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I mean…don’t those just look DEEEELICIOUS?! (click the image to go to the webpage for recipes and tastiness!)

These would be followed by….

Discworld Delicacies


Discworld Desserts

I mean, obvs I won’t be charging my pals to eat the food, and I’d have to toooootally figure out my own menu because PLAGIARISM IS BAD FORM PENGUINS! … but DISCWORLD FOR THE WIN!  (No, seriously.  The menu would be Discworld, because I win like that)


Would be done while also enjoying the wit and wiles of one Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bennet, courtesy of my favorite youtube series of ever…

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Because honestly, who could ask for a better night with the pals than this?!

(Also, for all the fanceh penguins groaning in the background…you’ve been warned?  Don’t come if you don’t wanna?  Or, you know, grab some brooms and go play Quidditch in the yard instead.  Your choice.)

Of course, we’d probably also do other stuff and things.  Like what?!  Well…these are just a feeeeeeew ideas:

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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Babel Fish Bottle

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Alice in Wonderland “Drink Me” Necklace

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Fandom Crayon Art

I mean…. COULD IT GET ANY BETTER than all of this epic?!  Because I certainly don’t think so!

What are some of YOUR ideas for Galentines Day, penguins?  Feel free to share them with me below, and remember to go check out Eventbrite for all your party planning/RSVP tracking needs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!



Top Ten Tuesday (#42)


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Last week’s theme: Top Ten Favorite Movies

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But as usual, IIIII want to go a different direction ENTIRELY.  Instead, I give you:

The Right Ways to Give Thanks as Book Penguins

Because HAPPY TURKEY DAY, penguins!

Are you partaking in the merry gobbler?  It’s okay if you are–we’re totally different from those waddlers, after all!  Also, if you don’t have turkey, you can’t have pie, and today is ALL ABOUT celebrating pie!  Best just be safe–eat the bird and be thankful it’s not you on that table! (though let’s be honest…. I’ve never heard of anyone eating penguin.  We’re just too fluffy and fancy and adorable, I guess!)

Speaking of giving thanks, today’s the day to do it!  So let me just set you all on the path to awesome and lay you the ways a book penguin does exactly this!


I mean, electronic communication is the greatest invention since tuna fish!  You don’t have to leave the igloo, there are no icky stamps to get caught in your beak, there’s no fight to make your wings GRASP THE PEN ALREADY…and you can, in essence, be completely anonymous!  The pros far outweigh the cons, I think.

I always like to include kind gestures in mine.  For instance… “I will watch your kids sleep, if you let me!” and “Let me stare at you while I clean your windows!”

Of course, no one ever takes me up on these?  Maybe I should work more on my word choice and less on flailing prettily…


And by this, I mean own literally every scrap of a word that has ever even considered falling out of the mouths of your favorite authors.  How?!  Well, get creative!

For one, you could follow them on every social media site ever.  Just copy/paste every status update, every tweet, every response comment….. (and if you’re feeling really inspired, you can THEN craft love notes to yourself from their words.  It’s meant to be, I tell you!)

OOOOOOR you could just pull a Misery and tie them up in your spare bedroom.  Blame the screaming and weird noises on the television, your family and friends will NEVER know the difference!


In which I mean:  insult them in every possible way, because HELLO?!  You only pick on the people you love, right?!  Go ahead, call them mop buckets full of glitter glue.  Tell them their writing is the worst thing to happen since glow in the dark stars were invented…and by worst, you mean you want to make constellations on your ceiling with them.

And then!

Do the most horrible thing you ever could…and leave them a high star rating.

Just punishment, after all.  How DARE they make you love them so hard.  Now you have to share it with the world!

Okay, okay…so MAYBE there’s a reason people always shoot down my ideas.  You have to admit, though–I got spunk!  But let’s be serious for a minute, because there ARE ways you can thank the authors and publishers you work with and admire.  Here are some actual ideas:

–tweet out your love.  Remember to mention using the @name format, so they can see your kind words!

–snap a picture of those ARCs and share, share, share!

–mention how great they are on Facebook!

–send a thank you email?  I don’t know if this is even a thing, but…I think if you’re really close to the authors/publishing agents, you could get away with it.

But most importantly–keep being the awesome, lovely book penguins you already are!  This is more than thanks enough!

Happy Thanksgiving, guys.  Go eat a bird.