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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.

The spot on the Wall

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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and some

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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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January Wrap-Up

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WordPress:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

I am going to TRY to read at least 5 books I already own each month.  For January, I’m thinking about the following:

Trick, by Natalia JasterFINISHEDReview
Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell –Did not get to.
Vinyl (The Vinyl Trilogy #1), by Sophia Elaine HansonFINISHEDReview
The Steep and Thorny Way, by Cat WintersFINISHEDTeaser Review
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky AlbertalliFINISHEDReview

2016 Debut Author Challenge

I’m going to try to read at least 1 debut author every month (maybe more!)  For January, I’m thinking one of the following:

The Love that Split the World, by Emily HenryFINISHEDReview
This is Where it Ends, by Marieke NijkampFINISHEDReview

And since that’s actually less than I thought there’d be, I may just read both!

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! For January, I think I’m leaning toward:

Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha LaiFINISHEDReview
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by Heidi W. DurrowFINISHEDReview

Goodreads:

These are more easily worked around (because I can use whatever books I read, pretty much, to fill the slots).

I Spy:  Book Titles Challenge

I already have a few for this planned above!  Those are:

8. Brave New WorldThe Love That Split the World
11. The Diary of a Young GirlThe Girl Who Fell from the Sky
20. Where the Red Fern Grows — This Is Where It Ends

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge:

Again, a few of these have already been slotted out above!  Those are:

2. A National Book Award winner — Inside Out & Back Again
20. A science-fiction novel — Vinyl

The TBR Randomiser Challenge:

And once more, a few have already been plotted for January! (Man I’m doing good!):

15. Inside Out & Back Again
16. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

So… I got to all but ONE of my TBR books, which is pretty epic in my opinion!  I also had some unexpected reads…  Those were:

And that’s it for January!  Sheesh, that’s a TON of books!

Keep an eye out for my February TBR in the next day or so!  How did you guys do on your TBRs this month (if you had them)?  Read any awesome books you’d like to recommend, if you didn’t have one?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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