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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 (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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Loved and Loathed (August 2016)

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August 2016

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Also, a lot of

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AND, in the last 48 hours at least, A LOT MORE OF

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Because my blood sugars have been super stupid and I am sooooooo tired of it.  BLOOD SUGARS, BEHAVE!  Please?

According to goodreads, I read 10! books in August.  Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ve posted all the reviews FOR said books–several of them read at the end of the month are going to be posted the week I’m on vacation (YAY vacation–it starts next week!)

These books were (titles will take you to their goodreads page–I’m changing this post up just a SMIDGE because why not?):

The Duchess Guest (Jordinia #1), by C.K. Brooke

Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles #2), by Karissa Laurel

This Is Me., by C.E. Wilson

Summerlypse, by Gerardo Delgadillo

Hunter, by Sarai Henderson

Unlocked, by Margo Kelly

The Tokyo Cover Girls (The Tokyo Cover Girls #1), by Jackie Amsden

Stained, by Abda Khan

The Grove, by Elizabeth Guizzetti

In the Land of Broken Time, by Max and Maria Evan

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Summerlypse, by Gerardo Delgadillo

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

Hunter, by Sarai Henderson

Unlocked, by Margo Kelly

The Tokyo Cover Girls, by Jackie Amsden

Stained, by Abda Khan

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 August, I read:

Stained, by Abda Khan

A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe

Summerlypse, by Gerardo Delgadillo

Loved (5 Penguins):

None this month, unfortunately!

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 (May 2016)

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May 2016

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I…

AM SOOOO NOT SORRY!  I’m obsessed, what can I say!?

Well…besides HELLO!  And welcome to another Loved and Loathed.

Holy penguin beaks, guys–May went by SOOPAH fast, did it not?  I feel like I blinked and POOF!  Gone.  Done.  Over with.  What even IS that?!

I read 12!? books in May.  They are:

–Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3), by Rebekah L. Purdy
–Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4), by Suze Winegardner
–Camp Midnight, by Stephen T. Seagle
–Valentina, by S.E. Lynes
–The Cilantro in Apple Pie, by Kimberley Nadine Knights
–The Boy with Words, by C.E. Wilson (technically 2 books in one volume)
–Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, by Caleb Krisp
–This Old Heart of Mine, by A.J. Compton
–Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2), by Intisar Khanani
–Tail & Trouble, by Victor Catano
–Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1), by Christi J. Whitney
–Shadow (The Romany Outcasts #2), by Christi J. Whitney

Let’s just dive straight into this thing, shall we?

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Absolutely none because…ARCs!  And review requests!  And blog tours!  And…absolute madness, I tell you!  MADNESS!

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

Tail & Trouble, by Victor Catano
The Cilantro in Apple Pie, by Kimberley Nadine Knights
Valentina, by S.E. Lynes

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 May, I read:

Anya and the Shy Guy (Backstage Pass #4), by Suze Winegardner
Valentina, by S.E. Lynes
The Cilantro in Apple Pie, by Kimberley Nadine Knights
This Old Heart of Mine, by A.J. Compton
Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2), by Intisar Khanani
Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1), by Christi J. Whitney
Shadow (The Romany Outcasts #2), by Christi J. Whitney

Loved (5 Penguins):

This Old Heart of Mine

Other things I loved in May:

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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 (March 2016)

 

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March 2016

Another month come and gone, and I…have learned pretty much nothing.

I kid, I kid!  Sort of.

But really, March wasn’t anything spectacular on the real-life front.  Because… I have no real life.  It’s ALL fiction, all the time up in this joint!  No, really.  I’m not kidding this time.

Which means a warning is in order.  This is NOT going to be short and sweet, like February was.  I read 16!!! books this month.  Like…wuuuuuuut?!  So let’s break it down.

Loved (5 Penguins):

Equal Parts (Supernova, #1)

The Uninvited

A Monster Calls

The Forbidden Wish

The Cresswell Plot

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)

Touch

Jeez, that’s SO MANY!

Loathed (1 Penguins):

Moondancers (The Beautiful Creatures of Beverly Hills #1)

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

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

Wolfcry (The Kiesha’ra: Volume 4), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, by Brian Katcher
Spider Game (GhostWalkers #12), by Christine Feehan
Not if I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom
Epitaphs (Echoes #2), by Therin Knite

I mean…I read more, but this completes the challenge so.

2016 Debut Author Challenge

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

The Forbidden Wish, by Jessica Khoury

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 March, I read:

The Uninvited, by Cat Winters
Extra Parts (Supernova #1), by Emma Winters

And there you have it!  A not so quick and simple glimpse into my March 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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Loved and Loathed (December 2015)

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December 2015

Yeesh, I haven’t done one of these in SO LONG!  I decided this morning that I should probably go ahead and do the thing, so here I am!

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

Loved (5 Stars):

The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson
Flawed, by Cecelia Ahern
Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Firsts, by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Loathed (1 Star):

None this month!

Other Reviews:

Girl of Myth and Legend, by Giselle Simlet (3 Stars)
Obsidian, by Jennifer Armentrout (3 Stars)
Slippery Things, by Lane Baker (3.5 Stars)
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard (3.75 Stars)

The Fall Up, by Aly Martinez (4 Stars)
Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas (4 Stars)
Echoes, by Therin Knite (4.5 Stars)
#Nerd, by Cambria Herbert (4.5 Stars)


Anticipated January Releases

(click the covers to go to goodreads!)

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

This Is Where It Ends

The Love That Split the World

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

The Killing Jar

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Teen Frankenstein


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Yeah, that’s right–I totally owned my Goodreads Challenge this year!  I’m shooting for 100 in 2016… think I’ll make it?

Here are some reading challenges I used to help boost my book count:

I SPY CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Read a book that contains a word in the title that fits each of the 25 categories below. If you’re having trouble with a particular category, ask other members what they are reading for it. You may also use the name of the series for up to three categories.

Here are the 25 categories with examples. The examples are just to get you started – any word that fits the category is fair game.

1. Color – red, crimson, indigo — The Golden Compass –Finished
2. Number – one, twice, third — Thirteen Reasons Why –Finished
3. Things That Grow – tree, rose, garden — Flowers for Algernon –Finished
4. Seasons – spring, fall, autumn — The Vanishing Season –Finished
5. First Name – Jacqueline, Robert, Ajax — Peter Pan –Finished
6. Places – country, empire, London — Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft –Finished
7. Body Part – hand, bone, mind — The Darkest Minds –Finished
8. Weapon – knife, poison, arrow — Horns –Finished
9. Body of Water – sea, river, pond — Sea of Shadows –Finished
10. Form of Water – ice, mist, rain– Water for Elephants –Finished
11. Product of Fire – heat, ash, flames — Daughter of Smoke & Bone –Finished
12. Celestial Body – sun, star, planet — Zodiac –Finished
13. Architecture – castle, bridge, house — Rooms –Finished
14. Senses – sight, touch, taste — Echoes –Finished
15. Royal Title – king, duke, emperor — The Iron King –Finished
16. Family Member – brother, aunt, parent — Sisters Red –Finished
17. Elements – fire, wind, air — The Fire Sermon –Finished
18. Time of Day – morning, dusk, evening — In the Afterlight –Finished
19. Metal – gold, bronze, steel — The Twistrose Key –Finished
20. Emotion/Feeling – love, fear, pride — The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender –Finished
21. Animal/Insect – dog, tiger, unicorn — Hawksong –Finished
22. Something to Read – book, story, newspaper — Clockwork Angel –Finished
23. Gender Identifier – wife, man, lady — The Raven Boys –Finished
24. Paranormal Being – vampire, angel, ghost — Phantom –Finished
25. Occupation – doctor, assassin, detective — The Dream Thieves –Finished

25/25

The Listopia Challenge (2015)

I’ll be attempting to work on the following:

Best Books Ever
1. The Lovely Bones –Finished
2. Water for Elephants –Finished
3. Flowers for Algernon –Finished
4. The Golden Compass –Finished
5. Clockwork Angel –Finished
6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time –Finished
7. Peter Pan –Finished
8. Thirteen Reasons Why –Finished
9. Delirium –Finished
10. Cinder –Finished
11. Throne of Glass –Finished
12. The Iron King –Finished
13. Eleanor & Park –Finished
14. Twilight –Finished

14/10

Goodreads Ultimate 2015 Reading Challenge

Here’s a tentative look at the books I plan to read for (most) of these:

1) A book with more than 500 pages— Eon –Finished
2) A classic romance— Pride and Prejudice
3) A book that became a movie— Peter Pan –Finished
4) A book published this year– Viper Game –Finished
5) A book with a number in the title— Thirteen Reasons Why –Finished
6) A book written by someone under 30— The Girl from the Well –Finished
7) A book with non human characters— The Twistrose Key –Finished
8) A funny book— Prom and Prejudice –Finished
9) A book by a female author— The Raven Boys –Finished
10) A mystery or thriller— The Hangman’s Daughter –Finished
11) A book with a one word title— Deathless –Finished
12) A book of short stories— Through the Woods — Finished
13) A book set in a different country — Clockwork Angel –Finished
14) A nonfiction book — Patchwork Poetry –Finished
15) A popular author’s first book— Everneath –Finished
16) A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet— Hawksong –Finished
17) A book a friend recommended— Valhalla –Finished
18) A Pulitzer Prize winning book
19) A book based on a true story— Memoirs of Cleopatra
20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list— Horns –Finished
21) A book your mom (or dad) loves— Swan Song
22) A book that scares you— White Space –Finished
23) A book more than 100 years old— Sense and Sensibility
24) A book chosen based entirely on it’s cover— The Predicteds –Finished
25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t— The Great Gatsby
26) A memoir
27) A book you can finish in a day– Goosebumps Most Wanted: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes –Finished
28) A book with antonyms in the title — The Ask and the Answer –Finished
29) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit —Zodiac –Finished
30) A book that came out the year you were born– Wyrd Sisters or Silence of the Lambs
31) A book with bad reviews — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time –Finished
32) A trilogy— The Darkest Minds Trilogy –Finished
33) A book from your childhood— Goosebumps: Revenge of the Living Dummy
34) A book with a love triangle— Volition –Finished
35) A book set in the future— Aberrant –Finished
36) A book set in high school— Beastly –Finished
37) A book with a color in the title— The Golden Compass –Finished
38) A book that made you cry– Water for Elephants –Finished
39) A book with magic— The Dream Thieves –Finished
40) A graphic novel– Locke & Key Vol 1: Welcome to Lovecraft –Finished
41) A book by an author you’ve never read before — The Ghosts of Heaven –Finished
42) A book you own but haven’t read yet— Something Wicked this Way Comes –Finished
43) A book that takes place in your hometown (or surrounding area)
44) A book that was originally written in a different language– Talisma –Finished
45) A book set during Christmas — The Golden Compass –Finished
46) A book by an author with your same initials— The Invasion of the Tearling
47) A play — Phantom –Finished
48) A banned book– Flowers for Algernon –Finished
49) A book based on or turned into a TV show — Beastly –Finished
50) A book you started but never finished — The Lovely Bones –Finished


So, what do you guys think?  What books did you love or loathe in December?  What are you most looking forward to being released in January?  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!