My Original TBR

I found this the other day and thought it’d be fun to share. It’s my original TBR… from when I was a kid… in the nineties.

The cover says “Groovy” and has a large smiley face, likely to mimic the super-popular Lisa Frank style.

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And since there was no Goodreads (nor did we have internet), I wrote every book by hand. And if I found a series I wanted to read, I’d write down every. single. one.

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I’m fairly sure most of these came from those awesome Scholastic Book Club flyers that got sent home every once in a while. I’m also fairly sure I never got around to a lot of these. In that way childhood TBR was very similar to my current one!

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Gel pens were also the thing back then. (I also exchanged them with my pen pal, because those were also a thing.)

What was your first TBR like? How did you keep track of the books you wanted to read before Goodreads and the like came along?

❤ Annette

 

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Finishing the Series Challenge

Remember how yesterday I said I didn’t want to participate in any reading challenges? Well…. I found two I’m going to participate in. 😀 This one, hosted by Celebrity Readers, is entirely focused on finishing series. I did a lot of that in 2017, but I am still so into doing it for 2018 a well!

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I’m not going to force myself to read anything if I’m not feeling it, but here are some of the series that I would like to finish:

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A.I. Love You by Ken Akamatsu

Christmas Around the World by World Book

Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademitriou

Hardcore Self Help by Robert Duff

Paradox by Rachel Bach

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Follow Your Heart by Melody Carlson

Embassy Row by Ally Carter

They also have different levels based on how many series you finish – I’d love to make it to “A-List”, which means I would have to finish (or get caught up on) 9 series! Think I can do it? 😀

What series would you like to finish this year?

❤ Annette

Beat the Backlist!

So I definitely didn’t plan on participating in any book challenges this year… until I found this one! The entire goal of this challenge is to read books that were not written in 2018, which is exactly what I had planned on focusing on this year! (To be honest, I don’t often read new releases, especially now that I don’t go to the library that often.) This challenge is hosted by Novel Knight. (<– That link has all the details if you want to join too!)

As of right now, I only want to read 12 books this year. I’m sure that’ll change as I read throughout the year, but I want to allow myself the freedom to tackle some of the longer, more difficult books on my TBR.

Are you doing any book challenges this year? Which ones?

❤ Annette

Book Review: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Siblings Evan (10) and Jessie (8) have always been close. But after squabbles and misunderstandings intensify, they end up in an all-out war! Whoever can sell the most lemonade by the end of summer gets to keep the loser’s lemonade earnings as well. Evan is great with people, and uses this to help him earn more money. Jessie is great with numbers and business, and she uses this to help her earn more money.

What I Liked

  • The characters are really well developed. Each had specific strengths and weaknesses, and they complimented each other really well. I enjoyed reading from their different views.
  • This book does a great job of introducing mathematical and business concepts, in ways I haven’t seen before. It includes basic math, like “how much do I have to sell to make $100?”, and well as more complex math like calculating profit for sale. They also introduce marketing, franchising, sales permits and more. It was awesome.
  • This was just a overall great book. I picked it up to help fulfill my 100 books for 2017, but I’m really glad I did! I can’t wait to read more of Jessie and Evan in the next book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The only reasons this book didn’t get five stars was because it didn’t have a “wow” factor. But overall, a great book!

In Conclusion

This book is great for those in elementary school who want to learn a little more about business.

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2018 Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read!

I’m not sure how long this list will be since I usually read older books instead of new releases, but I’ll find out as I write it! Here are books coming out in 2018 that I can’t wait to read. I will be linking this post to Wishful Endings as a part of Can’t Wait Wednesday.

Most of these are books that were featured on other blogs and sounded great, so I added them to my TBR. The books that I am on-the-edge-of-my-seat anticipating are in bold. If a book was recommended by a blog and I remember which one it is, I’ve included the blog’s name in parentheses after the author. Clicking on the title of a book will take you to that book’s Goodreads page.

January 2 – Love and Other Trainwrecks by Leah Konen

January 2 – Busted by Gina Ciocca (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 2 – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

January 2 – The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 9 – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman

January 30 – The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 30 – Winner Take All by Laurie Devore (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 30 – Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

January 30 – The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

February 2 – Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

February 6 – Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 6 – The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 13 – The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 13 – #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 27 – Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (Howling Libraries)

February 27 – People Like Us by Dana Mele (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 28 – Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.

March 6 – More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

March 13 – Obsidio by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Marcy 27 – I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

April 10 – The Diminished by Kaitlyn Patterson

April 10 – Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon

April 10 – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Howling Libraries)

May 1 – Royals by Rachel Hawkins (We Live and Breathe Books)

May 15 – My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (We Live and Breathe Books)

June 5 – Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

June 5 – Always Forever Maybe by Anica Rissi (We Live and Breathe Books)

June 26 – The Museum of Us by Tara Redd (We Live and Breathe Books)

July 24 – Contagion by Erin Bowman (Howling Libraries)

August 7 – Dance of Thieves by Mary Pearson (That Artsy Reader Girl)

October 9 – Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Howling Libraries)

No Date – Undeniably Fated by Shelly Crane

That was a lot more than I had anticipated! Wow! Also, I promise I read other book blogs than the one above, I think the ones listed just do a lot of advance copy (ARC) reviews.

What 2018 book releases are you looking forward to?

❤ Annette

2018 Releases

Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read in 2017 But Didn’t

Time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that we wanted to read in 2017, but didn’t. Most of these books I pulled from my TBRs – meaning I fully intended to read them, but it never really happened. I will be linking this post to The Broke and Bookish.

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1. Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I just failed to get around to reading it. 😦 It’ll happen in 2018 though!

 

 

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff
I own this book and really, really want to read it. But I’m also very worried that it’s going to end on a cliffhanger and then I will die because the next book isn’t out yet. So I’ve been procrastinating this one. 😛

 

 

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I have no good reason I haven’t picked this one up yet. I want to read it, and it sits on my nightstand staring at me, but I just haven’t taken the plunge. This is another one definitely happening in 2018.

 

4. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
I probably should have read this one in elementary school or junior high, but somehow managed to… not? I should pick this one up soon.

 

 

 

5. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
I was supposed to read this for a book club. But I never got around to it, and therefore never participated in that book club. Oops. Here’s to hoping I’ll participate the next round!

 

 

6. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
I will read it this year! I will! I ordered this online years ago, and I even have the sequel. It’s nice and shiny and new, and yet I still haven’t read it. *sigh*

 

7. When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
I’ve read and loved all three Freakonomics books. So when the authors came out with this one, I had to have it. I know as soon as I pick it up I won’t be able to put it back down. I just haven’t picked it up yet. 😀

 

8. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I’m actually reading this right now. Then again, I’ve been “reading” this for a couple of years now. I’ve never made it past the Babble Fish (which is super cool, by the way). I hope to finish this in January.

 

9. Warcross by Marie Lu
I want to read this one to discuss with my friend! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, so I can’t wait to be able to form an opinion of my own.

 

10. Windfall by Jennifer Smith
I also hope to finish this one in January. The concept is intruiging, and now I don’t have to worry about finding “quick” reads to read my 100 book goal in 2017. (I met the goal (yay!) and my goal this year is only 12 books.)

 

What books did you want to read in 2017, but didn’t get around to?

❤ Annette

Books I Meant to Read

January 2018 TBR

I can’t believe I forgot to post my TBR! Here’s what I plan on working on reading this month – I probably won’t finish some of them, but I’m going to put some time into them at least. 🙂

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Books Already in Progress

Some of these got put on the back burner so I could work on my reading goal for 2017. Now it’s time to pick them back up!

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

I’m sort of cheating with this one because I already finished it at the beginning of this month. Regardless, it was one I planned on reading.

Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This has been on my to-read list for a very, very, very long time. It’s about time I finished it!

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

This is the book that has been on my to-read list the longest, according to Goodreads. I’m thrilled to be reading it, it just takes a while since it’s non-fiction.

 

Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Windfall by Jennifer Smith

I borrowed this book from my friend last year, and it’s pretty highly anticipated.

Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly

My church gave this to everyone as a Christmas gift this year. It sounds like exactly what I need to read right now.

 

What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

❤ Annette

January 2018 TBR