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Loved and Loathed (December 2016)

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December 2016

I don’t know about all of you penguins, but I had a pretty spectaculous December!  As I mentioned before, I hung out with Keith’s son, Jasper, over the Christmas holidays.  We also had Jasper’s half-brother Mitchie–and let me just tell you, they WORE me out so hardcore!  It was a ton of fun, though, and I adored them both as much as they seemed to love me (I mean, I’m not trying to be arrogant here, but seriously…I was the chosen favorite for that weekend)

So we spent a large part of Christmas Eve “playing”…and by playing, I mean we became dragons, and our cave was underneath the dining room table, and we were hiding from the rest of everybody.  (Everybody being Keith, his sister, and his parents)  My back and tailbone hurt something fierce from sitting on hard wood floors at an awkward, slightly stooped angle…but the kiddos really enjoyed that I crawled around on the floor with them and hid beneath the table.  We ended the night with story time, and Jasper trying very hard to convince me to let him sleep with me downstairs.  It didn’t work out for him, but it was super adorable at the time–he’s got that quiet pouting, pulls at your heartstrings thing down pat.

I also spent a good amount of time talking with Keith’s mom, mostly in the early morning hours before Keith and the rest of the family woke up.  Overall, I feel like they got a good sense of who I am, and I’m hoping they approve of me as much as they seem to.

So…Christmas holidays and the move?  Definite LOVE.  Why don’t we take a look at some of the other things I’ve been up to?

I managed to read 9 books in December, which isn’t all that bad considering everything that’s been going on.  I’ll probably finish at least one more today (it’s currently the 30th, as I’m writing this) and maybe another tomorrow, so let’s just round up and say I read 11, okay?  That sounds good.

The 9 so far were (click the titles to go to GOODREADS!):

Four Real, by Alyssa Turner

The Red Pearl, by C.K. Brooke

Smoke Sky (Dark Sky #0.5), by Amy Braun

The Last Valentine, by Felix Alexander

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1), by Elise Kova

Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1), by Emma Scott

November Snow (Bad Bloods #2), by Shannon A. Thompson

The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), by Audrey Greathouse

Pumpkintown Perils (Wild Wild Witch Mystery Bundle Book 1), by Aubrey Law

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

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)

The Last Valentine

Smoke Sky (Dark Sky #0.5)

The Red Pearl

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(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 December, I read:

The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), by Audrey Greathouse

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

NONE this month!  What even did I do here?!?!

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 December, I read:

The Last Valentine, by Felix Alexander

Four Real, by Alyssa Turner

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Unfortunately, I had NO 5 penguin reads this month!  What the heckles is even UP with that, I mean seeeeeeriously, two months in a row?!  Hopefully I’ll have at least one in January.  Hopefully.

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NONE this month–yay!

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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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Loved and Loathed (November 2016)

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November 2016

GUUUUUUYS!  November is OVER.  I have TWO WEEKS!!!!! left of work.  I have THREE WEEKS!!!!!!! left before I leave the town that has been my home for practically 5ever and set out on a new adventure.  I just… I KNOW I was complaining about how slowly time seemed to be moving, but then today happened, and I realized… No, there’s really not that much time left, what the heckles, where did it even, WHAT AM I DOING?!

Don’t get me wrong–I’m SUUUUUPER excited about the changes soon to take place.  One of my siblings lives something like 4 hours from Indy, and has already started talking about driving out to meet up with me.  I haven’t seen her in like…ten years?  More than?  so aside from A NEW START and NEW EXPERIENCES, I’m also getting the chance to see and maybe get to know family that I before now haven’t really had the opportunity to.

But…I’m also super nervous.  Which, I mean, who wouldn’t be in my position?  I’m leaving what has, for pretty much my entire life, been my safe zone.  My nest.  I left for five years for college, but I was only on the other side of the state–not SEVERAL STATES AWAY.  Also, there are other things to worry about–like finding a job (I’ve already got a list of places to start applying to, soon).  Like finding new insurance (I mean, fortunately I’d probably be doing this anyway seeing as it’s going to be a new year blah blah)

But with the insurance thing… I don’t know what’s going to happen there, because of Trump taking over office in January.  I don’t know what his plans are, aside from “pulling” Obamacare……..thanks to which I HAVE insurance in the first place.  It’s kind of terrifying, actually–with the chronic illnesses I have right now, I can’t just let things slip.  This is my LIFE–as in life or death–we’re talking about.  Without the medications I take 4+ times a day, I will die.  Without the help of insurance to afford said medications, I’m not sure I can afford to pay for them myself, which leads back to…. I will die.

So…I’m nervous.  But I’d be nervous even if I was staying where I’m at, so it’s all good.

Also, I’m COLD.  In the last week or so, we went from the awesome 50-60 degree weather….to snow, and wind, and 20-30 degrees, and…. I mean, it’s Wyoming.  It’s November.  We SHOULD have been freezing a long time back, honestly, but…. Can’t I be a WARM penguin?!  Isn’t that a thing?!

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According to goodreads, I managed to read 12!  books this month.  Honestly, I expected that number to be a lot lower.  Also, I’ll be finishing a book after posting this, so let’s say 13, because it’s still November.

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

November Rain (Bad Bloods #1), by Shannon A. Thompson

Damned If I Don’t (The Harker Trilogy #2), by Erin Hayes

The Kiss that Killed Me (The Tidal Kiss #1), by Kristy Nicolle

Magic Poetry, by Píaras Ó Cionnaoith

The Bad Boy Bargain, by Kendra C. Highley

The Boxer and the Butterfly, by Sasha Hibbs

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2), by Jenny Han

The Spot on the Wall, by Rob Santana

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, by Jenny Lundquist

In a Gilded Cage, by Mia Kerick

Immortal Writers, by Jill Bowers

Love Addicts Anonymous (Part 1), by J.C. Reed

Piper Perish, by Kayla Cagan

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 November were:

Piper Perish

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone

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 November, I read:

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2), by Jenny Han

LOL I only read one book I “already” owned.  OOPS?!

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

Immortal Writers, by Jill Bowers

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 November, I read:

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2), by Jenny Han

In a Gilded Cage, by Mia Kerick

The Boxer and the Butterfly, by Sasha Hibbs

Loved (5 Penguins):

Unfortunately, I had NO 5 penguin reads this month!  What the heckles is even UP with that, I mean seeeeeeriously?!  Hopefully I’ll have at least one in December.  Hopefully.

Loathed (2 Penguins):

(because I totes just realized, DUH, I don’t DO 1 penguin reviews anymore?!  So let’s switch it to 2 penguins, yes?  Yes.

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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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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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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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Loved and Loathed (July 2016)

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July 2016

Pretty much all of that, yes?  Yes.

So.  I only read 9 books this month.  Not the best ever, but given what’s been going on, I’m cool with it.  They were (click the titles to go to my reviews!):

Girl in the Shadows (Girl on a Wire #2), by Gwenda Bond

Sticks & Stones, by Abby Cooper

Of Light and Darkness (Of Light and Darkness #1), by Shayne Leighton

Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2), by Amy Braun

Everything that Makes You, by Mariah McStay

The Voyage to Magical North, by Claire Fayers

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, by Karole Cozzo

Fire Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #5), by Christine Feehan

Future Shock (Future Shock #1), by Elizabeth Briggs

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Fire Bound, by Christine Feehan

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

The Voyage to Magical North, by Claire Fayers
Future Shock, by Elizabeth Briggs
Everything that Makes You, by Moriah McStay
Sticks & Stones, by Abby Cooper

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 July, I read:

Future Shock, by Elizabeth Briggs
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, by Karole Cozzo

Loved (5 Penguins):

Everything That Makes You

Sticks & Stones

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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Loved and Loathed (June 2016)

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June 2016

Alright, alright, enough of THAT nonsense!  Let’s get chugging!

According to goodreads, I read SIXTEEN! (that’s right, 16!) books in June.  Holy PENGUINS, fuzzballs–that’s a crazy amount, even for me!  How did I even…I don’t know.  They are as follow (in order from first one read to last)

Just a Few Inches, by Tara St. Pierre
Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles #1), by Jadah McCoy
Supremacy (Supremacy #1), by Christin Lee
The Masterpiecers (Masterful #1), by Olivia Wildenstein
How to Make Out, by Brianna Shrum
Of Better Blood, by Susan Moger
Under My Skin, by Laura Diamond
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1), by Ransom Riggs
Whisper (Whisper Trilogy #1), by Dana Faletti
Change Places with Me, by Lois Metzger
Freakboy, by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1), by Amy Braun
Alice Takes Back Wonderland, by David D. Hammons
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
Zero (Zero Series #1), by Morgan Dark

I just… I don’t even knoooooow!

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

Of Better Blood, by Susan Moger
Just a Few Inches, by Tara St. Pierre
Artificial, by Jadah McCoy
Supremacy, by Christin Lee

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 June, I read:

The Masterpiecers, by Olivia Wildenstein
Freakboy, by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
Of Better Blood, by Susan Moger
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Alice Takes Back Wonderland, by David D. Hammons
Artificial, by Jadah McCoy

Loved (5 Penguins):

Of Better Blood

Every Heart a Doorway

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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Loved and Loathed (April 2016)

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April 2016

Another month come and gone, and all I can think is:

My life has become a black hole of routine.  Get up.  Shower.  workworkworkworkwork.  Come home.  blogblogblogblogblog.  Try to keep up with all the awesome you guys put out there.  (emphasis on the word TRY)  Eat dinner.  Turn off computer.  Spend time with the hubby.  Sleep.

Start it AAAAAAAAAAAALL over again.

When did I become such an old old old lady?  Why… Why are you laughing at me?

On that note, let’s mosey this right on along shall we?

Loved (5 Penguins):

Wrecked

Holding Smoke

Loathed (1 Penguins):

None this month!  Yay!

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Absolutely none because I took on the ARC April Challenge instead.  Oops!

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

Wrecked, by Maria Padian
Midnight Burning, by Karissa Laurel
Surviving High School, by Lele Pons
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, by K.N. Smith

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 April, I read:

Sunbolt, by Intisar Khanani

And there you have it!  A not so quick and simple glimpse into my April reads!

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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A Review of Wild Cat (Leopard People #8), by Christine Feehan

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Goodreads Rating: 3.99 Stars
395 pages
Jove Publishing
Get a copy here!

In the new Leopard novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cat’s Lair and Leopard’s Prey, passions explode like wildfire when a young woman’s feral instincts are ignited by a man who’s too dangerous not to desire…

A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.

Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.

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Quick Reasons: this book is crap; what the HELL happened to your writing, Feehan?; I’m supremely disappointed; trigger warning: lots of abuse, both emotional and physical; I just… I don’t even know what the hell this is

There will be no favorite quotes section for this review, because the entire book is pretty much varying degrees of either “super loud, obnoxious, rude yelling and cruelty” or “sex scenes that did nothing for me.” I refuse to try to find even the most salvagable quotes in this book, because it’s pure crap and I’m not happy about it.

First off: Feehan, what the HELL happened to your writing?! You used to be good. I’ve been reading her books since I was a senior in high school; up until the last year, I’d NEVER ONCE been disappointed with her novels. But the last…three? four? I’ve read have only gone downhill. This one is particularly bad—the “hero” is an abusive, manipulative asshole; the romance doesn’t exist at all; I didn’t once connect to either of these characters or their story… Nothing about this book makes me want to read more of her stuff. Which is sad, because I already bought her other new release.

There’s a fine line between “sexy” and “abusive” – between “dominating” and “control freak.” Feehan stepped over that line with this book…and made the read absolutely awful. I’m not going to sugar coat it: all this book is, is angry abuse/emotional manipulation…and sex I didn’t care a lick for, because there was absolutely no passion in it. The characters are flat. Elijah is a HUGE douche canoe, and I don’t say things like that hardly ever…but I LOATHED him. I absolutely could not stand him, at all. What happened to “building up the passion,” Feehan? What happened to “sensual chemistry” and “sexy foreplay” and making your story COUNT for something?

I just… Ugh. This book is 400 pages of pure ick and stomach-churning yuck, and I don’t recommend readers new to Feehan’s paranormal worlds start with this—trust me, her earlier work is much better. This crap she’s been spouting lately? I don’t know what’s up with it, but I’m beginning to think perhaps she’s hit her writing wall. Maybe she just has nothing new to add. Maybe she needs to step back, stop publishing five plus books a year, and instead refocus on the morals I thought she started out wanting to keep in her writing: that sex isn’t everything. That dominating males don’t have to be asswads. That there IS still passion in romance.

I’m disappointed. And angry. I think I need to find a new favorite romance author…because Feehan’s just not doing it for me these days.

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread (Book Tag)

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The epically awesome Eve Messenger tagged me in this post right over HEAH!  Yes, the accent was totally necessary in this moment.

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books you’ve read. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads “read” shelf.*)
  • For each group of three books, decide which book you’d burn, rewrite, or reread. (A lot like “Kiss, Marry, Kill.”)
  • Repeat until you complete three rounds (or five)

Round 1:

Burn:

Planet of the Lawn Gnomes (Goosebumps Most Wanted, #1)

I mean…I like R.L. Stine well enough, but….this book’s gotta go.

Rewrite:

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

I was SO excited about this book!  Too bad it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Reread:

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

This first choice was REALLY difficult!  I didn’t really like this book, either, but…it’s the best of my options.

Round 2:

Burn:

Seeker (Seeker, #1)

I HATED, I HATED, I HAAAAATED this book!  Burn, baby, burn!

Rewrite:

The Martian

I mean…I love this book, so no worries, I won’t change much!  If…anything. >.>  Maybe I’ll just CLAIM I rewrote it?!

Reread:

I Am the Messenger

I really do need to reread this one.  IT MUST be done!  And soon!

Round 3:

Burn:

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Do I really need to explain this one?  No?  Good.  Cause I’m not gonna.

Rewrite:

Cryer's Cross

Also, this would definitely receive a cover make-over.

Reread:

Un Lun Dun

This steampunk-esque retelling of Alice in Wonderland is my JAM, man!  LOVE this book!

Round 4:

And the most difficult choice EVER:  three of my 5-penguin, all-time-favorite reads!…. Be still, my heart!

Burn:

Deathless

NO! NO! NO!  That ending?! I REFUSE.  I refuse so hard!  (but really…I could never burn this book…so gorgeous!)

Rewrite:

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Instead of rewriting, can we just…like…pretend this book didn’t kill me?!  Please?  I could never rewrite it and make it work so beautifully, but…MAH HEART!

Reread:

The Love That Split the World

Yup.  Yus.  That’s… That’s what I’m going to say.  But I had my fingers crossed behind my back THE ENTIRE TIME, so I win this round, game!  I WIN THIS ROUND!

I Tag:

Whoever the heck else wants to play, because I’m way too lazy today to link all the names.

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Loved and Loathed (January 2016)

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January 2016

For those who don’t know, Loved and Loathed is my equivalent of a wrap-up and glimpse-ahead.

January proved an AWESOME reading month for me!  I loved way too many books, loathed absolutely none, and discovered some other awesome things in the midst of it all!  That’s… That’s a good thing, right?!

I also started actively seeking out more mid-grade novels to read, because I like breaking up the heavier, more emotional books with quick, moral-tastic ones!  (No, that’s not a real word.  Sue me.)  Feel free to recommend me some mid-grade reads, if you’d like!

Loved (5 Penguins)

The Steep and Thorny Way, by Cat Winters
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow
Vinyl, by Sophia Elaine Hanson
This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
Trick, by Natalia Jaster
Grayling’s Song, by Karen Cushman
The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan
The Love that Split the World, by Emily Henry
Grumpy Cat, Volume 1, by Ben McCool

Loathed (1 Penguins)

None this month!


Loved Covers:

The Love That Split the World

The Gracekeepers

Inside Out & Back Again

Loathed Covers:

The Steep and Thorny Way

F*ck Love

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Loved Music:


Anticipated February Releases:

(click the covers to go to goodreads!)

The Forbidden Wish

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

Kill the Boy Band

Firstlife (Everlife, #1)

Symptoms of Being Human

After the Woods

The Word for Yes

So, what do you guys think?  What books did you love or loathe in January?  What are you most looking forward to being released in February?  Did you miss, reach, or overshoot your reading goal?

Feel free to leave me your thoughts, comments, whatever below–or to do your own Loved and Loathed post, if you’d like!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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