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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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Sunday Post (#40)

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The Sunday Post
Hosted by:  Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Description:  The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

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GOOOOOOOD MORNING, book penguins!

I….realized I already updated you on pretty much all the things in my life for the week?!  OOOOOOOPS?!  so I’m just going to jump straight into the post.

#sorrynotsorry

#thispenguingetsdistracted

#I’llmakeituptoyoulater

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recentreviews

The Alchemists of Loom, by Elise Kova

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Julia @ The Tree of Books talks Banning Books and Why I’m Angry

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets recently posted Lila Wonders… Can You Like a Book that You Also Find Problematic?

Keionda @ Keionda Hearts Books says, Strong Females in YA.  Yo, do they even exist anymore?

and finally, the LOVELY people at Bookriot recently said…
I Wasn’t Dreaming of a White Christmas:  Representation in YA Holiday Books

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The Neverland Wars

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

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The Sunday Post (#39)

Bookmark Monday (#50)

Top Ten Tuesday (#45)

Release Day Blitz:  Chameleon Assassin

Cover Reveal:  Obsidian Sky

Let the Moving/Reading Mad Dash Begin

Weekly Wishlist (#9)

The Beauty and The Beast (#booktag)

Villainous Love Songs (#32)

Book Blitz, Teasers, Excerpt, and Giveaway:  Pocket Full of Tinder

Friday Fever (#8)

The Friday 56 (#8)

Stacking the Shelves (#48)

Update #1–Winter Bookish Bingo

Cover Reveal:  Something Blue

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AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#37)

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So, it’s Sunday!

I feel like time has reeeeeeeeally slowed down the last couple of weeks.  Maybe due to my excitement about the move?  I don’t know, but time needs to kick back into gear already!

I have all my movies packed away, and half of my books stored.  I can’t decide if I should just go ahead and do a MASSIVE bookstagram photoshoot at some point this week and finish packing up my shelves, or… leave it?  I probably should just get it done and over with–less to worry about that way, right?

My mom, grandma, and I did dinner on Thursday.  Nothing special–we just went to a restaurant here in town, as they were open.  Mom has some medical stuff coming up the next few weeks, so we spent some time figuring out a plan.  She’s having a second carpal tunnel surgery done on her right hand, and an ulnar nerve (un?)impingement on her right elbow.  Her birthday is the 3rd…this goes down the 5th.  Happy birthday to her?!  She’s also going to start having neck injections done; the first is set for the 20th.  Hopefully these will help with the neck pain she’s been experiencing.

My aunt finished her round of steroids, but it’s become very apparent she’s suffered quite a bit of memory loss from the tumor–both short and long-term.  She doesn’t even remember ME, and I’m 28 years old, so that tells you how worrying this is.  We aren’t sure she’ll ever be able to recover the time she’s lost.

My niece, who is also a type 1 diabetic, has been having seizures the last couple months.  She’s been seeing a neurologist–they aren’t currently sure if it’s the diabetes or something completely different causing the seizures.

Basically….my entire family is falling apart at the moment.  I’m just hoping I’m not leaving at a VERY bad time.  We’re not super close, but…it’s still family?  My grandma is taking it especially hard.

Apart from that, I just keep trekking.  How were all your Thanksgivings (if you celebrated)?  What have you all been reading this last week?!

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Ashleigh @ A Frolic through Fiction asks… Has book blogging and booktube become more competitive?

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says, Being original:  a must for book bloggers?

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says Let’s Talk:  The ‘F’ Word

Charlotte @ Bookmarks and Blogging wants to talk Buying Books

The Bookavid says Once You Go Diverse… Diverse Books are Better than Non-Diverse Books

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Piper Perish

November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

The Last Valentine

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Book Photo Sundays (#1)

Sunday Post (#37)

Bookmark Monday (#47)

Book Blast and Giveaway:  The Surrendered

Top Ten Tuesday (#42)

Book Blitz and Giveaway:  The Breakup Support Group

Cover Reveal: The Romeo Catchers

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! (#Booktag)

Weekly Wishlist (#6)

Villainous Love Songs (#29)

Dear How-To Penguin… (#3)

Black Friday Sale Blitz

Friday Fever (#5)

Black Friday Sales Event

The Friday 56 (#5)

Prisoner 1827

Stacking the Shelves (#45)

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

The Bad Boy Bargain, by Kendra C. Highley

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

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

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#30)

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Helloooooooo, bookish penguins!  How the heckles are you all?!  Did you miss me terribly while I was away?  (Don’t lie, guys–it’s bad for the beak!  It’s totes okay to tell me you didn’t mind not hearing about tuna or igloos for a week.  I don’t mind.  Much.)

I am, rather unfortunately, back from my trip and returned to the real world.  I can honestly say that I DID.  NOT.  WANT.  to come home.  We didn’t do hardly anything while I was out there, but there’s something about Indy that I just adooooored regardless.  Maybe because it’s a new place?  Maybe the atmosphere?  I don’t know, I can’t explain it…but I want to go back.

Thursday was pretty difficult.  I mean, I was FINE…until I walked through the door of my apartment, and then I lost it for a little while.  I slept with the TV on both Thursday and Friday night…mostly for the comfort the light brought.  Hey, don’t make fun–I have night terrors, after all!  The light helps keep them at bay, especially when I’m feeling particularly stressed.  Last night passed uneventfully, however…and I returned to work this morning. BOOOOO.

I got quite a bit of reading done while I was away!  Which surprised me, honestly.  A few of those reads are for book tours soon to come (like…next week).  The rest are reviews I took the time to post up when I could.

We went to see Suicide Squad while I was in Indy, and LET ME JUST TELL YOU, I wanted to kidnap the seats from the theater.  MAH GOSH, they were the best thing ever–why can’t all theater seats be so nice?!  And yesterday, my mom and I went to Don’t Breathe.  I haven’t been to a movie with my mom in literally ages, so it was a ton of fun, even though I was disappointed in the movie–a bit too predictable, I thought.  BUT–WE GOT BANANA flavored icees and that more than made up for the disappointment.  (I’m such a sucker for anything banana, it’s not even funny)

Tell me about YOUR lives, guys–I’d love to catch up with you all!

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Dark Water

Night Ringing

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BOOK DEAL!

Bookmark Monday (#40)

Villainous Love Songs (#23)

Top Ten Tuesday (#37)

Friday Finds (#37)

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Sign of the Green Dragon, by C. Lee Mckenzie

Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson

The Tokyo Cover Girls, by Jackie Amsden

The Grove, by Elizabeth Guizzetti

In the Shadow of David, by Martin Baggen

A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

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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