Series I Finished in 2017

This year I tried to put a focus on finishing series. I have a bad habit of reading a book, loving it, but then waiting years to pick up the next book. And then I don’t remember what happened in the first one! Here are the ones I finished in 2017, as well as the average book rating I gave for books in the series. I’ve hyperlinked any reviews of mine.


Archer Brothers by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride
Stealing the Preacher
A Cowboy Unmatched

Average Rating: 4

Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Prince
The Runaway King
The Shadow Throne

Average Rating: 4

Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls by Robyn Neely

Batter Up
Tangled Up
Kiss and Make Up
Holiday Hook Up

Average Rating: 4.75

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella
Happily Ever After

Average Rating: 5

Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer


Average Rating: 4.8

Finishing School by Gail Carriger

Etiquette and Espionage
Curtsies and Conspiracies
Waistcoats and Weaponry
Manners and Mutiny

Average Rating: 4.75

Love and Chocolate by Beverly Farr

Corporate Husband
Marry the Doctor
Something Sweet

Average Rating: 4.33

Marriage to a Billionaire by Jennifer Probst

Marriage Bargain
Marriage Trap
Marriage Mistake
Marriage Merger

Average Rating: 3.75



Meet Your Match by Rachael Anderson
Prejudice Meets Pride
Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined
Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity

Recommend? Yes

Off the Subject by Denise Swank

After Math
Business as Usual

Average Rating: 4

Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
World After
End of Days

Average Rating: 4

Plain Fame by Sarah Price

Plain Fame
Plain Change
Plain Again
Plain Return
Plain Choice
Plain Christmas

Average Rating: 3.83

St. James by Jamie Beck

Worth the Wait
Worth the Trouble
Worth the Risk

Average Rating: 4.33

Summer Weddings by Beverly Farr
Forgotten Honeymoon
The M Word

Average Rating: 3.5

Tin Star by Cecil Castelluci

Tin Star
Stone in the Sky

Average Rating: 4

Titanic by Gordan Korman
Collision Course

Recommend? Sure

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

V is for Virgin
A is for Abstinence

Average Rating: 3.5

Visions by Lisa McMann


Average Rating: 5

The Weekday Brides by Catherine Bybee

Wife by Wednesday
Married by Monday
Fiance by Friday
Single by Saturday
Taken by Tuesday
Seduced by Sunday
Treasured by Thursday

Average Rating: 4.43

I read some awesome stuff this year! What about you? Any series I need to check out? Which is your favorite of the above?

❤ Annette


Series I Started in 2017

Queue all of the 2017 round up posts! Today, here are the book series that I started in 2017.

Below each series name are the books of the series that I have read. I have linked to any I have reviewed. I’ve also included if I continue reading the series or not.


Archer Family by Allison Gatta
Made to be His

Continue? No

Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
The False Prince
The Runaway King
The Shadow Throne

Continue? Finished the series

Confectionately Yours by Lisa Papademitriou
Save the Cupcake!
Taking the Cake!
Sugar and Spice

Continue? Yes

Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Continue? Absolutely!!!

Meet Your Match by Rachael Anderson
Prejudice Meets Price
Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

Continue? Yes

Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
World After
End of Days

Continue? Finished the series

Plain Fame by Sarah Price
Plain Fame
Plain Change
Plain Again
Plain Return
Plain Choice
Plain Christmas

Continue? Finished the series

Scottish Lasses by Glynnis Campbell
MacFarland’s Lass

Continuing? Maybe

Sterling Canyon by Jamie Beck
Accidentally Hers
Secretly Hers

Continue? Yes

Summer Weddings by Beverly Farr
Forgotten Honeymoon
The M Word

Continue? Finished the series

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Continue? Maybe

Tin Star by Cecil Castelluci
Tin Star
Stone in the Sky
Useless Wings

Continue? Finished the series

Titanic by Gordan Korman

Continue? Yes

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
V is for Virgin
A is for Abstinence

Continue? Finished the series


What series did you start this year? Any I need to pick up in 2018?

❤ Annette

100 Book Quotes + Giveaway

I now have over 100 followers! 🎉 To celebrate, this post has 100 quotes about books. Not all of them have attributions – some of them are just fun sayings. If you know of an attribution that I don’t have, please let me know.

PLUS I also have a young adult book giveaway!! Details are at the end of this post.

  1. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
  2. “Bookmarks are for quitters.”
  3. “A day without reading is like… just kidding. I have no idea.”
  4. “We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.”
  5. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” Oscar Wilde
  6. “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J. K. Rowling
  7. “Everyone is a reader… Some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.”
  8. “You know you’re a bookworm when your house is one book away from being considered a library.”
  9. “I enjoy long romantic walks through the bookstore….”
  10. “Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession… but about securing a portal.” Laura Miller
  11. “Ordinary people have big TVs, extraordinary people have big libraries.”
  12. “I see a book, I see coffee, I see a good day ahead.”
  13. “All the secrets in the world are contained in books.” Lemony Snicket
  14. “A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice.”
  15. “I have a terrible sleeping disorder. It’s called reading books that are too good.”
  16. “To read a book for the first time is to make a new acquaintance; to read it a second time is to meet an old friend.” Chinese proverb
  17. “The cure for boredom is books. There is no cure for books.”
  18. “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.” Harper Lee
  19. “I tried everything to get to sleep last night. Well, everything closing the book and putting it on the nightstand. Let’s not get too crazy.”
  20. “Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.” William Gladstone
  21. “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” Lloyd Alexander
  22. “To read or not to read… that is a silly question.”
  23. “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” David Baldacci
  24. “Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. Some books just swallow you up heart and soul.” Joanne Harris
  25. All I want is peace, love, understanding and a library bigger than the Grand Canyon.”
  26. “What do you mean ‘I can’t believe you read the whole book already?!’ What are you supposed to do once it’s open?”
  27. “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” William James
  28. “I’m a bookaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding. I’m on the road to the bookstore.”
  29. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero
  30. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” Descartes
  31. “Book hangover: The struggle a person goes through trying to reconnect with reality after finishing an amazing book.”
  32. “There is space on everyone’s bookshelves for books you have outgrown but can’t give away. They hold your youth between their pages, like flowers pressed on a half-forgotten Summer’s day.”
  33. “Did you order from Amazon again? We’re getting your books their own house.” from Gilmore Girls
  34. “I never understood people who don’t have bookshelves.” George Plimpton
  35. “Hell hath no fury like a woman interrupted in the middle of one of her favorite author’s books.”
  36. “We read to know we’re not alone.” William Nicholson
  37. “When you read a book, the neurons in your brain fire overtime, decinding what the characters are wearing, how they’re standing, and what it feels like the first time they kiss. No one shows you. Your brain paints the pictures.” Meg Rosoff
  38. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” Chinese proverb
  39. “I don’t buy books. I adopt them.”
  40. “If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
  41. “Books are proof that humans can work magic.”
  42. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” George R. R. Martin
  43. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” Neil Gaiman
  44. “Books aren’t just made of words, you know… they’re also filled with places to visit and people to meet.”
  45. “To a bibliophile there is only one thing better than a box of new books. And that is a box of old books.”
  46. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.” Charles Eliot
  47. “I love books because I don’t have to wait for the commercials to be over to find out what happens.”
  48. “Oh for a book and a shady nook either indoors or out with the green leaves whispering overhead or the street cries all about where I may read at all my ease both of the new and old for a jolly good book whereon to look is better to me than gold.” John Wilson
  49. “Books fall open, you fall in.” David McCord
  50. “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and the sweet serenity of books.” Henry Longfellow
  51. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney
  52. “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, and read to grow.” Lawrence Powell
  53. “Reading is to your brain what water is to a tree.” Terry Hill
  54. “When we read and write, we become superheroes, sports starts, mermaids, angels, grown-ups, and crazy creatures.”
  55. “Read more books it’s good for your soul.”
  56. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” W. Somerset Maugham
  57. “Reading is the ultimate adventure, books are the ultimate destination.” Mark Ankerud
  58. “Great books help you understand, and they help you to feel understood.” John Green
  59. “Did you know that parents are the key reading role models? High frequency reading parents are six times more likely to have high frequency reading children.” Karon Graham
  60. “The stories we love best live in us forever.” J. K. Rowling
  61. “Read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert
  62. “To find just the right book at the moment when the soul is hungry for it is a miracle, and not a small one.” Jane Steger
  63. “You’re never too old/too wacky/too wild/to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss
  64. “Any books that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Maya Angelou
  65. “Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.” Paul Theroux
  66. “I walk into a bookstore like I’m in a musical.”
  67. “Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book.”
  68. “Sometimes I forget myself in a book. And when I have to stop reading it takes me a minute to remember where I am. Or who I am.”
  69. “When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time – not just for an hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.” Colin Firth
  70. “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.” Strickland Gillilan
  71. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
  72. “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” Benjamin Franklin
  73. “When I say ‘I wish they would turn this book into a movie’ what I really mean is ‘I wish they would turn this book into a 17-hour-long spectacle that includes every single solitary detail and doesn’t deviate at all from the storyline and has perfect casting.'”
  74. “The more you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
  75. “The best place for your nose is in a book.”
  76. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
  77. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss
  78. “Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague.” Eleanor Crumblehulme
  79. “Reading is dreaming with open eyes.”
  80. “Fill your house with stacks of books, In all the crannies and all the nooks.” Dr. Seuss
  81. “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.” Rachel Adams
  82. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain
  83. “Each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from elsewhere.” Lois Lowry
  84. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius
  85. “Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
  86. “What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde
  87. “It has always been great comfort to me that I could bring a book anywhere, to any place. To any part of my life.”
  88. “A book you finish reading is not the same book it was before you read it.” David Mitchell
  89. “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Theresa Gray
  90. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine pleasurably.” C. S. Lewis
  91. “I hate the idea that, when it comes to books and learning, hard is often seen as the opposite of fun. It’s strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so willing to grapple, for centuries if necessary, with a single level of Angry Birds.” John Green
  92. “I am simply a book drunkard.” L. M. Montgomery
  93. “Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future.” Ray Bradbury
  94. “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy
  95. “That’s how it is with books, isn’t it: They’re not in a hurry. They’ll wait for you till you’re ready.” Charles Bukowski
  96. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C. S. Lewis
  97. “If you think reading is boring, you’re doing it wrong.”
  98. “Books are the perfect entertainment; no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everyone doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” Stephen King
  99. “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” Maud Casey
  100. “I don’t have a favorite book, I have hundreds.” J. K. Rowling

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And now for the fun part – a giveaway!

Winner will receive the following ten books listed below. All of the books are used (I read them :D) but are in very good condition.

The Martian by Andy Weir (paperback)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (paperback)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (paperback)
Magnolia by Kristi Cook(paperback)
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci (paperback)
Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (hardcover)
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (paperback)
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (hardcover)
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger (hardcover)
Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger (hardcover)


Sweepstakes will be open to entry between December 26, 2017 and midnight Arizona time on January 2, 2018. Approximate retail value of giveaway is $32 (US) based on current Amazon prices. No prize substitutions allowed.

Giveaway open to those 18 and older who are residents of the United States. (I don’t have the legal knowledge to open it up to younger or international readers, I’m sorry!)

Winner will be chosen using the Rafflecopter below. I will email the winner on January 3 to get their mailing address. If they don’t respond within a week, I will use the Rafflecopter to choose another winner. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
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What My Secret Santa Got Me for Christmas

This year was my first year participating in The Broke and Bookish’s secret Santa. It was a lot of fun! I loved picking things out for my recipient, and I loved receiving the books/gifts from my secret Santa! Hopefully my recipient loves the stuff I got her as much as I love the stuff I got!

For fun, here’s what came in my package. Thank you so much to Alyssa from The Eater of Books, who was my secret Santa!! I loved it!

The Stuff


  • Tsum tsum washi tape – this is sooo cute!  It’ll be decorating my bullet journal shortly 🙂
  • Cookies – nom nom nom
  • Pink pashmina – This is so pretty and so soft. Off to Pinterest to plan an outfit with it!
  • Candy cane shaped tube of Hershey-ettes – not pictured, because I ate it before I remembered to take a picture 🙂
  • Chocolate goodies – Need I say more?
  • Trinidadian Snacks – I’m so excited about these because I love trying international treats!


The Books


Alyssa put little notes on why she chose each book, which was awesome. I also love that she included books she has read and liked, knowing that I may like them as well.


  1. Hex Hall – This one was on my wishlist – I’ve wanted to read it forever! (You can see my whole wishlist here.)
  2. An Excess Male – This one is on my Goodreads TBR
  3. Magnolia – This one is also on my Goodreads TBR. Alyssa let me know that she loved it!
  4. #Scandal – Another one from my TBR. This is another one that she loved.
  5. Lark Rising – This one was not on my TBR, but is a favorite of Alyssa’s, an is “very swoony”. So of course, I’m quite excited to read this one!

That’s what I’ve got! If you participated, how did your secret Santa turn out? Did any of you (participants or not) get any great books for Christmas?

❤ Annette


My Favorite Christmas Tradition

This is going to be a super short post, but since one of my favorite Christmas traditions is book related, I wanted to share.

Every year on Christmas Eve, after we’d eaten Christmas dinner, gone to mass, and gotten into our pajamas, we would all pile on the couch and my dad would read us The Night Before Christmas. Even if we’d gone to midnight mass and it was super late, even if some of us were in high school, even if my Dad was almost falling asleep at the end of each sentence, we always read it. And I love that that was our tradition!

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My sisters, my dad, and me (my mom took the picture)

Our favorite version of the book is this one (which I still own).

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We also had a mouse family version similar to the one below, which we read if we couldn’t find the other one. (We were all avid readers, so books roamed our house quite a bit. :))

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I hope you and your families and friends have a wonderful Christmas!

❤ Annette


DIY Bookish Gifts

Here are ten bookish gifts that you can make yourself! There will be less pictures on this post because I don’t want to use someone else’s photos without permission. For all of my other bookish gift guides, click here.

1. Penguin Classics Poster

This super colorful poster is easy to make and makes a great decoration. You can find it at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

2. Embroidery Art

If you’re good at embroidery, you can make some embroidery hoop art. I like this one from Flamingo Toes which says “Shh… I’m reading”. I also like this one from Etsy, which shows a woman carrying a huge stack of books.

3. Cross-stitch Art

Very similar, but I find cross-stitching easier than embroidery, because it’s more structured. I like this clever pattern, in which one book remarks to another “you look thinner” and the second book says “I had my appendix taken out”.

4. Book Lover Necklace

This cute necklace features a colorful stack of books. It looks simple to make, and the blog ( has great step by step directions.

5. Reading Pillow

This pillow has a pocket to hold your book when you’re not reading it!

6. Book Page Art Print

There are so many cute way to do this! I’ve linked some of my favorites (no directions, just inspiration) here, here, and here.

7. Charging Station (That Looks Like a Book!)

This charging station hides your charging devices within a book. It’s easily customizable because you can choose the book/book cover you use.

8. Book Clutch!

A perfect accessory! Or, if the book is big enough, I think it could make a beautiful jewelry box. One tutorial can be found here.

9. Giant Quilted Book Cushion

These are so fun! They’re giant cushions made to look like books! I think these would be extra fantastic in a classroom library/reading center.

10. Book Bag

Check out this sewn book bag or this crocheted one.

What do you think? Which item on this list would you most like to receive?

❤ Annette

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Gifts for Writers

How could I do a week of bookish gifts without making a list for writers – the people who bring these books into our lives! This post is mainly inspired by my writer friend, Rebecca Thorne. You can check out her blog here.

If you’re looking for other bookish gift guides, you can see all of the ones I have here.

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1. A Writer’s Mug

Most writers I know always have a cup of coffee or tea or cocoa by their side while they write. So why not give them an inspirational mug to accompany them?

2. A T-Shirt

This T-Shirt says “Never wrong a writer. They get their revenge in print.” I think it’s pretty clever, and it’s a great way to show off that you’re a writer! For a more subtle t-shirt, check out this one which has a heartbeat pattern written by a quill. (It’s cuter than I make it sound. :P)

3. Coffee or Tea

They’re going to need something to put in their mug! How about these punny Novel Teas?

4. A Print/Quote About Writing

Etsy has many great options for this. One I’m particularly fond of says “writing isn’t a hobby, it’s a calling”. You can find it here.

5. Fuzzy Socks

Do these really need explanation? Laptop (or notebook) + coffee + fuzzy socks = a great novel! 😀

6. Journal Bandolier

This gift is great for those who prefer to write by hand or those who use a bullet journal to organize their thoughts. It’s a leather “belt” that wraps around a notebook/journal and holds their writing utensils of choice.

7. Candle

Help them get in a soothing, focused mindset with a candle. My friend (and now me too) is a fan of Woodwick candles, because they crackle as they burn. It sounds like you’re next to a fireplace without having to build a fire!

8. A Domain Name

I got this idea from another friend (hi Krissy!), and I think it’s great. If your friend is trying to get their writing career started, they probably already have a website in mind. So why not buy them their domain name? (For those who are not tech-y, a domain name is a website address. For example, mine is You can buy domains on sites such as GoDaddy or BlueHost.

8. Scrivener

This is the word processor for writers. It allows you to split up your novel into chapters or scenes, and then helps with formatting one you’re finished. It’s also great for storyboards and character plotting. There are so many more benefits to this software that you’ll have to ask another writer (or Google) about!

9. A Writer’s Conference

This one is quite pricy, which is why it would be an amazing gift to give to a writer. Find a writer’s conference in your area, or in their area of expertise and purchase their registration. You can check out Writer’s Mag for the list of the top ten conferences in North America.

10. Bookends

These bookends, which say WRI TER would be a great way to show off all of the books they have written!

What else should I add to this list? And shout out to all the awesome writers out there, who bring us the books we love so much!

❤ Annette

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