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Stacking the Shelves (#47)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Bau is coming to town today to get the rest of his stuff (all…two? boxes worth)  I guess we’ll be hanging out or something, I’m not going to make him drive the 6 hours here just to turn around and kick him out for a 6 hour trip back.  We’ve already agreed to be nice to each other while he’s here (there’s been some…moments, lately, of not-so-nice) so I guess if he reneges on his agreement I can kick him out.  😉  But I’m hoping he sticks to the plan lol.

I HAVE FIVE!!!! days of work left and then like three days to clean a bit and then….AND THEN!  Keith will be here.  It just… I don’t even… I’m trying not to think about it too hard, because the closer we get, the more terrified I feel.  Not for any specific reason–I’m not scared about living with him, or anything like that.  But… I’m about to up-heave my entire life?  And that’s terrifying to me, as I’m so used to staying in the safe zone.  This is a GOOD move for me, I know it is–and once we’re on the road, I’ll be fine.  It’s just getting over this little “before” hurdle I’m having trouble with.

My mom had her surgery on Monday.  She had a second carpal tunnel done on her right hand, and an ulnar nerve impingement done on her right elbow.  She’s in this HUGE…er…cast-like thing?  but so far she seems to be doing fine.  She goes back to work today (Saturday).

We had to go in to learn the new safes at work yesterday.  They’re suuuuuuper easy and I probably could have figured out how to do it on my own, buuut it’s probably good we did a bit of training.  Though honestly… I only have five days left?  So it doesn’t really matter one way or another.

And…I think that’s about it!  I have a TON of cover reveals, blitz posts, and other fun stuff scheduled to come in the next few weeks (YAY!)  Also, been working on my reviews–slowly but steadily getting through those ARC backlogs, though… I keep adding more on.  OH WELL, this is my life now!  I’m totally cool with that!

How are you guys?!

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from publishers/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours)

Capturing The Captain (American Pirate Romances Book 1)

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)

Fifteen Seconds of Normal

from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for review)

(HUGE thanks to Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse for the hot tip on these two!)

Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1)

All In (Full Tilt, #2)

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from instafreebie

Black Beauty (Everleaf #0.5)

free on kindle

Coal (Everleaf #1)

Iron Breakers: Stag's Run

(these next three came in a bundle, free on Kindle; interested in picking the bundle up?  CLICK HERE! )

Demon Street Blues (Wicked Good Witches #1)

Alpha Knows Best (Wicked Good Witches #2)

Bye Bye Bloodsucker (Wicked Good Witches #3)

recentpurchased

Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)

Warrior Witch  (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)

The Forgetting

Double Take

Roots and Wings (City Limits, #1)

Sunshine and Rain (City Limits, #2)

All We Have Left

The SnowFang Bride (Snowfang #1)

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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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Sunday Post (#35)

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The Sunday Post
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Description:  The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

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HELLOOOOOOOO, and welcome back to Penguin Paradise!  Let’s see… I haven’t done a “MY WEEK: IN GIFS” for a while, so let’s do that, shall we?  This week, there was a lot of…

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And rinse, and repeat, and start it all over again!

Except today.  Today there was also a lot of:

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I got all my Christmas gifts ordered; they should be arriving within the next week or so, which is SUPER exciting!  I know, I know, I’m SUPER early on the shopping front, but…I like shopping early and getting it done?  And seeing as I’m moving BEFORE Christmas, I wanted to make sure I got gifts before then.  Cause, y’know, thinking ahead!

And…I don’t really have much else to update you all on.  I need to start reading again…but I’ve been blog hopping, and writing up blog posts, and… EH, WHO has the time for this stuff?!

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Immortal Writers

The spot on the Wall

ThisWeek'sPenguins

Loved and Loathed (October 2016)

Top Ten Tuesday (#39)

Monthly Need To/Want to Read (November 2016)

Weekly Wishlist (#3)

Dear How-To Penguin…(#1)

Villainous Love Songs (#27)

Friday Fever (#2)

The Friday 56 (#2)

Stacking the Shelves (#41)

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Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall #1), by Elena May

Under a Million Stars, by Rita Branches

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic #1), by Danielle Annett

Kissed by Fire (Blood & Magic #2), by Danielle Annett

Burned by Fire (Blood & Magic #3),  by Danielle Annett

The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon

Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth

Love Addicts Anonymous (Part One), by J.C. Reed

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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Loved and Loathed (October 2016)

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October 2016

YOU GUYS…. I am so tired.  I’m slightly anemic (which reminds me, I forgot to take my vitamin–hang on!)  Okay, as I was saying–I am slightly anemic, which is really not a big deal in my world because I’m slightly anemic pretty much every couple of months (I should just get into the habit of taking a vitamin every day, but…) and while I’m beginning to feel more like myself, I’m still suuuuuuper tired by the end of my work day and have, therefore, taken more naps the last week or so than I usually do.  Oops?

I dressed up for work today!  I don’t have pictures yet, my boss is supposed to send me them sometime–hopefully she remembers!  Which  unfortunately means you cannot oggle me in all my glory.

Of course, my customers had some…interesting…things to say.  See, I stuck some fake flowers down the front of my shirt ( I went as Spring, guys, let’s not make this dirty! )

The first guy that made awkward comments came in and the following happened:

Customer:  Let me rearrange them for you!
Me:  Why, so you can hide my face behind them?
Customer: No, so I can see what’s down there!
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Of course, this is the guy who ALSO told me my coworker, from certain angles, looked like she was dressed as a sex toy, so…. ( she was a unicorn, guys )

The SECOND guy came in, was all holly jolly, took a look at me, and goes…

Customer: You got something…growing, there. *gesticulates*
Me: Ayup!
Customer: Does that mean they haven’t been touched in a while?
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Basically, my customers are dirty old men.  It made the day interesting, though!  Though most people assumed I was a Flower Child–yay me for thinking outside the box?! XD

Annnnd…yeah, that’s pretty much it.  Let’s get into the wrap up!

I somehow went a little OFF MY FREAKING ROCKER in October and signed up for every possible thing EVAAAAAR!…. and somehow managed to do all the things without stressing myself out too much?!

I read 25 books, guys.  TWENTY.  FIVE.  Do you…How did I even?… I managed to go out with my mom, even, and keep my job, and do other human things like watch Netflix…. How did I do this?!?!?! And can I do it again?! (cause, y’know, why not?)

Are you ready?  Here’s the list (click the titles to go to goodreads):

Under a Million Stars, by Rita Branches
Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall #1),  by Elena May
Wyvernhail (The Kiesha’ra: Volume 5), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Elf, by Max Dune
The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon
Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic #1), by Danielle Annett
Kissed by Fire (Blood & Magic #2), by Danielle Annett
Burned by Fire (Blood & Magic #3), by Danielle Annett
The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet, by Natasha Farrant
Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth
Girl on the Brink, by Christina Hoag
The Masterminds (Masterful #2), by Olivia Wildenstein
The Summer I Became a Nerd (Nerd #1), by Leah Rae Miller
Romancing the Nerd (Nerd #2), by Leah Rae Miller
Amber Sky (Dark Sky #0.25), by Amy Braun
A Fabrication of the Truth, by Katie Kaleski
The Duchess Inheritance (Jordinia #2), by C.K. Brooke
When, by Victoria Laurie
Frost, by M.P. Kozlowsky
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han
Songs of Seraphina, by Jude Houghton
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1), by Colin Meloy
Rise of the Chosen (Lifeblood #1), by Anna Kopp
Untitled Beauty (Somewhere-in-Between #1), by C.E. Wilson

Cover Love

Because there are some GORGEOUS covers out there, I’m adding a new section to my loved/loathed posts!  My favorite covers in October were:

Saving Hamlet

The Bone Sparrow

Under A Million Stars

TBR Challenge Update:

(all titles will take you to my reviews!)

#RockMyTBR Challenge

I am going to TRY to read at least 5 books I already own each month.  In October, I read:

Wyvernhail (The Kiesha’ra: Volume 5), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The Summer I Became a Nerd (Nerd #1), by Leah Rae Miller

Romancing the Nerd (Nerd #2), by Leah Rae Miller

When, by Victoria Laurie

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han

Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1), by Colin Meloy

2016 Debut Author Challenge

I’m going to try to read at least 1 debut book/author every month (maybe more!) In October, I read:

Rise of the Chosen (Lifeblood #1), by Anna Kopp

Songs of Seraphina, by Jude Houghton

Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth

Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall #1), by Elena May

The Elf, by Max Dune

A Fabrication of the Truth, by Katie Kaleski

2016 Diverse Reads Challenge

I’m trying to read more diverse books.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind for each month–I’m hoping for at least two, but we’ll see what happens! This also isn’t excluding any other books set for the month that also fit the challenge!  In October, I read:

A Fabrication of the Truth, by Katie Kaleski

Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han

The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon

Loved (5 Penguins):

The Bone Sparrow

Untitled Beauty (Somewhere-in-Between #1)

Loathed (1 Penguins):

None this month!  My streak continues!

What awesome books did YOU read last month?  How are you all doing on any yearly challenges you set for yourself?  Feel free to comment, or link me to your monthly wrap-ups below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#33)

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Description:  The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

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Another week come and gone, and it’s beginning to get cold in Wyoming.  They’re forecasting snow on Wednesday, which is just… NO.  NO snow.  NO SNOW EVAR!  Lol.  Seriously though, this is the time of year I loathe most–winter has never been a friend to me.

I am doing my best to keep my head up and my heart light, but I’m struggling a little.  I really don’t like living alone, and don’t have many people to talk to or distract myself with.  That being said, if any of YOU lovely people want to exchange facebook/twitter/tumblr/whatever information, let me know!  I’d LOVE to have more/new people to talk to.  And if you already have my facebook/twitter/tumblr/whatever information… WHY YOU NO USE IT MORE?!  I swear I don’t bite, no matter what the penguins say!

Other than that, I’m just trucking along.  Or…maybe crashing along? is more accurate at the moment.  I work, I schedule posts, I read and write my reviews…and then I start it all over again.  I mean, I’m not complaining–I seriously overbooked myself this month so it’s nice to be so far ahead.  Stiiiiiill…

How are you guys?  Read or watch anything awesome recently?!

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The Duchess Inheritance (Jordinia #2)

ThisWeek'sPenguins

Sunday Post (#32)

Bookmark Monday (#42)

Villainous Love Songs (#25)

Young Adult Book Heist (Blitz)

YOU GUYS!

Weekly Wishlist (#2)

Stacking the Shelves (#37)

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Rise of the Chosen, by Anna Kopp

Untitled Beauty (Somewhere-in-Between #1), by C.E. Wilson

Wildwood (Wildwood #1), by Colin Meloy

Songs of Seraphina, by Jude Houghton

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han

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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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Loved and Loathed (September 2016)

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September 2016

Let’s see how my month went (in GIFs because fun, duh!)

Let’s see…there was quite a bit of

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annnnnnd then some

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So…basically September was full of chaos and confusion!  Pretty much sums up my life lately, so yus, good.  Let’s move on!

According to goodreads (and I guess I’ll trust goodreads; I don’t know why it would lie to me?!) I read 10! books in September.  WHOO for doing no better or worse than August, I guess?!  (I mean let’s be honest, I could have done worse.)

Said books were (click the titles to go to their goodreads page):

A Mortal Song,  by Megan Crewe

Gilt Hollow, by Lorie Langdon

Sign of the Green Dragon, by C. Lee McKenzie

Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson

Somniare (Somniare #1), by D.T. Dyllin

In the Shadow of David, by Martin Baggen

Going Geek, by Charlotte Huang

Night Ringing, by Laura Davies Foley

The Counting-Downers, by A.J. Compton

Dark Water, by Sara Bailey

Cover Love

Because there are some GORGEOUS covers out there, I’m adding a new section to my loved/loathed posts!  My favorite covers in September were:

A Mortal Song

Somniare (Somniare #1)

The Counting-Downers

TBR Challenge Update:

(all titles will take you to my reviews!)

#RockMyTBR Challenge

I am going to TRY to read at least 5 books I already own each month.  In September, I read:

Since You’ve Been Goneby Morgan Matson

Gilt Hollow, by Lorie Langdon

2016 Debut Author Challenge

I’m going to try to read at least 1 debut book/author every month (maybe more!) In September, I read:

Dark Water, by Sara Bailey

In the Shadow of David, by Martin Baggen

2016 Diverse Reads Challenge

I’m trying to read more diverse books.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind for each month–I’m hoping for at least two, but we’ll see what happens! This also isn’t excluding any other books set for the month that also fit the challenge!  In September, I read:

A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe

Somniare (Somniare #1), by D.T. Dyllin

In the Shadow of David, by Martin Baggen

Loved (5 Penguins):

The Counting-Downers

See my review:
The Counting-Downers, by A.J. Compton

Loathed (1 Penguins):

None this month!  My streak continues!

What awesome books did YOU read last month?  How are you all doing on any yearly challenges you set for yourself?  Feel free to comment, or link me to your monthly wrap-ups below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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