Top Ten Tuesday (#45)


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BUT IIIIIIIIIIIIIIeyyyyIIIIIIIIIIIII don’t wanna do this PROOOOOOOMPT TODAY!  So IIIIIIIIII am creating my oooooooooown!

#forgivethehorriblesinging #I’lltrytotoneitdown

Okay, okay.  Let’s get serious for a minute.  I’m not going to even TRY to deny it, friends.

I, your loyal Princess Penguin, am in love…


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Well, here’s the thing.  Her name is Annelise.  We intend to take over the world together and DOMINATE EVERYONE with our bookish awesome.  She is Queen.  She listens to me rant and whine.  She lets me be the weird penguin I am without judging.

“BUT BETH!” I’m sure you’re asking.  “HOW DARE YOU?!?!?!  How CAN you?!?!  WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?”

So…let’s talk this through.  Like calm, rational penguins who haven’t yet found their perfect pebbles and are adults and CAN LURVE WHOEVER THEY WANT, OKAY?!

I give you…

Top Five Reasons It’s TOTES OKAY to Love a Panda (if You’re a Penguin)


You Share a Color Scheme

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Who else?!?!?!?! can say that they can match you in almost any situation because HELLO YOU’RE BOTH MADE OF BLACK AND WHITE FLOOF!  Pandas and penguins totes get along for this reason alone, okay.  You can’t convince me otherwise.

Opposites Attract

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Where penguins are generally the quiet, shy, RUN AWAY AT EVEN THE SLIGHTEST NOISE BECAUSE OH MY IT’S GOING TO EAT ME! type…pandas are naturally curious, trend-setting, and packed with courage.  So it makes sense to always stick close to one–they’ll keep you safe from the big scary!

You’ll Klutz Together

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Because penguins and pandas are probably some of the BIGGEST klutzes in the animal kingdom.  Instead of laughing and walking away….you can laugh and help your friend up!  #totalwin #beafriend

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There’s a Deal to Strike

 Related imagePenguins have sharp beaks and vast swimming maneuvers to better catch the fish that they call food (this is not Finding Nemo, okay?! FISH ARE NOT FRIENDS!) Pandas have large paws and sharp claws to better pick up and sort of grasp those pesky pretty pebbles.  Why not strike a deal–and get what you BOTH want?!

They’ll Never Let You Down

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So tell me… do you still think it’s wrong of me to love a panda?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Dear How-To Penguin… (#3)


Dear Princess Penguin–

I have been feeling so bored with my usual playlist!  Don’t get me wrong–I love the songs on my iPod, but I’m thinking it’s time to change things up.  Find a new siren to be serenaded by, if you will.

So let me ask you:  how do you discover new tunes to jam to?  Do you keep your own personal scale-tailed friend in your closet?!  Are there tiny angels hiding in your cupboards?

Tell me your secrets, or feel the wrath of my disco-studded glare!


I’m Falling Out of Love with Fall Out Boy

Dear Despairing Disco–

How did you ever figure out my secret?!  Yes, I’ll be honest–this last January I went seeking out new songs.  I traveled far and wide in search of unusual beats, unique artists, emotive and evocative notes.  I returned to my home town world-weary and downtrodden, having only stumbled upon more of the same old, same old.

In my darkest moment, I settled atop a nearby canal.  I meant to organize my thoughts and calm my hurting heart, but minutes after sitting, the silence of the night was broken!  Nearby, someone was singing–a haunting melody the likes of which I’d never heard!

Of course, I had to bring her home with me.  Her name is Treble, and you’re right–she lives in my closet.  It’s just too bright out in the world for her.  She’s not as big as you’d expect, though–and her tail doesn’t have scales.  I’d tell you more about what she looks like, but she could kill me with a single note–I think it’s best I don’t risk it.

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Okay, all right, I jest.  Mostly.

Here are the ACTUAL ways I discover new music–hopefully they help you, too!

Find a Friend to Share Music With

Facebook messenger makes this super easy if you’re sending youtube linkies–just copy/paste the URL and it’ll instantly become a video for your buddy to watch ASAP!

Of course, this is only recommended if you know your friend shares similar tastes as you.  It would be rather silly to send country songs to someone who ONLY listens to hiphop; sure, they might appreciate the song, but it’s likely they won’t listen to it at all because DON’T WANNA!

Pay Attention to Youtube Recommendations!

What I mean is… if you visit youtube regularly and have an account there (I have one through my gmail account, and it’s awesome sauce) scroll down and check out the vids youtube thinks you ought to check out next!

I usually find AT LEAST one music video waiting for me to click on.  Therefore, I always make sure to check the list out when I visit youtube–and this leads to at least an hour of binge-listening each day!

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Put Spotify to the Test!

And by this, I mean USE those playlists!  There are SO MANY options for you on Spotify, I don’t know why you wouldn’t already be using these to your advantage.

There’s one that I, personally, ADORE and use consistently.  It’s called Discover Weekly.  Basically, the Spotify Sirens keep track of any new artists or songs that I “love” throughout the week…and then compile a playlist of similar music/artists for me!

I get a new song list from them every Monday, and the Spotify Serenaders go another week with their job.  Win-win!  Plus, it’s one of the highlights of my week–I always look forward to seeing what new things my Music Santa has gifted me!

Pay Attention to your Facebook Feed

Because I don’t know about YOUR friends, but there’s always at least one person sharing music on my feed.  Sometimes, it’s music I already knew about.  Sometimes, it’s music I don’t really care TO know about.  And sometimes, it’s the quickest, easiest way to discover new tunes EVAR.

Of course, there ARE other ways out there–I mean, you could go to twitter and ask for recommendations.  You could set up your goodreads friends’ request and ask those applying to share their favorite song with you.  You could….put an antenna on your head and call yourself Mister JimSlam.  THESE ways, listed here?  are just the ones that I seem to use the most–because routines, man!  I just can’t break out of them when they’re working for me!

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Here’s hoping these tips lead you to your own song siren–or at least help in your search for the new and spunky uptown funk!

Happy listening!



Dear How-To Penguin… (#1)


Dear How-To Penguin:

I just moved into a new apartment with a new friend, and I’m SO confused!

Every morning, she comes home and locks herself in her room.  Her clothes are always smeared with grime, her makeup is always smudged halfway down her face, and she’s usually bleeding from at least one new wound!  Every evening just after the sun sets, she locks her room and leaves the apartment.

She swears she’s going “clubbing,” but I’m worried!  Is she a creature of the night?  Should I invest in garlic and metal collars?!  Please, help me–how do I proceed?


Is My Roommate a Vampire?!

Dear Searching for Fangs–

Relax!  There’s no need to panic yet.  There are many reasons your roommate is acting shady, so let’s consider these first.

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Maybe your new friend really IS going clubbing!  After all, break dancers and perpetual klutzes alike spend a majority of their time on dirty floors.  This could explain the grunge and grime–dust and sweat make for a messy end to the evening!  And hey, don’t worry that she’s spending all night out on the town–those disco balls are hell on a person’s internal clock!

Or perhaps she’s caught in a modern day, star-crossed love affair!  Forbidden trysts almost always happen at night–there’s less chance the family and enemies will see them meeting up!  Keep an eye out for weird colored liquids and strangely shaped daggers; be ESPECIALLY wary if she begins talking in iambic pentameter!

Or she MIGHT be the hero, instead of a villain!  Does she sneak out with a cape and a big glittery letter hidden under her clothes?  Does she often pop into telephone booths only to disappear into thin air?  Has she taken on a freelance job at the local newspaper office and turned in some awesome up-close captures of the local do-gooder?  Take note, if so.

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Still concerned?

Here are some questions for you.  If you say “no” to all of these, your roommate is probably not a vampire.

Does her tongue unfold into a mosquito needle stinger snake creature of horror?  (see The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, or the Dark Sky series, by Amy Braun)

Does she turn into a bat and fly off into the darkness of night? (see Dracula, by Bram Stoker)

Do flowers and plants wither and die when she’s around? (see the Dark series, by Christine Feehan)

Is her humanity switch flipped off?  (see The Vampire Diaries)

Do you live in Forks, WA?  Are you best friends with a wolf-shifter?  Are you pregnant with a half-demon child?!  (see The Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer)

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Are you STILL feeling wary?  Pick a number between 1 and 5…and then do as instructed.

–1 Set off the fire alarm–the brighter the sun is, the better!  Even the most novice vampire can’t handle more than a few minutes in sunlight.  If she turns to dust, problem solved!  Just sweep her up and tell nooooobody what happened.

–2 Cut yourself, leave a blood trail all over the apartment, and knock on her door!  I mean, she might eat you, but at least you’ll have your answer.

–3 Break into her room and stake her.  She’ll be dead!  And…nothing can hurt you in prison, even if she’s human.  Right?!…

–4 Yank out all of her teeth.  I’d recommend heavily drugging her first, just in case.  Also, invest in some of those rubber fake teeth.  If she’s human…apologize profusely and then knock her out until she heals.  If she’s vampire…well, no one’s ever been gummed to death!

–5 Shrug it off.  After all, she hasn’t bitten you yet!  If she IS a vampire, she’s either finding her meals outside the apartment or she’s on a hunger strike.  Don’t push your luck!

Happy Hunting!