Loved and Loathed (December 2016)


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



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


(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


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.


NONE this month–yay!


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!



Loved and Loathed (January 2016)


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


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!