New on the Stack in January 2018

Here are the books I’ve gained since last month’s post. I’ve spent most of this month moving and taking care of all the loose ends associated with that, so I didn’t get as much this month. Plus, I’m working on reading and getting rid of books instead of gaining ones I don’t have time to read. 😀 I will be linking this post up to The Deliberate Reader.

Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to the book’s Amazon page through an affiliate link.

Got as a Gift
Ideals Christmas

My mom found this for me after I mentioned I loved reading them during the holidays. They just get me in the spirit. 🙂

Pollan on Food

My dad picked this up for me because he knows I want to do a lot of reading about food this year. Plus, this set is beautiful!


Purchased eBook

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

I’m not actually sure why I picked this one up… 😀

Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan

My Kindle First pick for the month.


Borrowed eBook Through Kindle Unlimited

When Ash Rains Down by Cecelia Earl

I’m fairly sure the author followed or liked my blog and that’s how I ended up on her blog and how I ended up borrowing this book.

The Roommate ‘Dis’agreement by Leddy Harper

Mostly judging this one by the title and cover. Seems cute.

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London

I think this was maybe suggested by Kindle Unlimited? I really should pay attention why I pick up the books I do…

What did you pick up this month?

❤ Annette

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Month in Review – January 2018

I can’t believe we’re already one month into 2018! Crazy! Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for the month. I will be linking up to

January MIR

Total Books Read: 3

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Book Formats

Paperback – 1

Hardcover – 1

Ebook – 1

Book Genres

Romance – 1

Science Fiction – 1

Young Adult – 1

New to Me Authors

Douglas Adams

Jennifer E. Smith

Top Book for January

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith



Not a whole ton of reading, but I’m finally starting to knock out books that have been on my TBR for-e-ver. What awesome bookish things did you accomplish this month?

❤️ Annette

Printable Bookmarks

I’m currently in the process of moving, so creating bookmarks for myself is only a dream at this point. So I thought I’d share bookmarks from throughout the web that you can just print! I discovered all of these via Pinterest, so I’m sharing the pins below. Please do not pin them from my page – click on the link and pin them from Pinterest or the original site!

Bookmark 1
From Crazy Little Projects
Bookmark 2
From Simply Kelly Designs
Bookmark 3


Bookmark 4
From Crafty Housewife


Bookmark 5
From Hanna Nilson Design
Bookmark 6
From Easy College Coupons
Bookmark 7
Bookmark 12
From Blooming Homestead



Bookmark 14
From Carrie Elle Printables


Which one is your favorite? Hopefully I’ll be able to feature some DIY bookmarks once I get settled into my new place. 🙂

❤ Annette


Book Review: Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Avery is the leading physical therapist in a ski town. She shares a home with her brother who made one bad mistake and went driving drunk, hitting a passerby. That passerby happens to be Grey – who has no choice but to go to Avery for his physical therapy for recovery. The complicated situation is made even more complicated by Grey and Avery’s attraction for each other.

What I Liked

  • The premise was really intriguing. Normally romances follow a pretty straightforward plot, so it was nice to have one that was pretty complex.
  • I loved the town that they’re in. Part of me would love to live there someday, but the other part of me would hate to live in a place where one mistake can define me, or where I don’t have options in complicated situations.
  • The characters seemed to be like real humans, not just stereotypes or cliches. That was really nice.
  • Complex or not, it was still a romance, and it made me happy enough to give it five stars!

What I Didn’t Like

  • Not much. 🙂

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a cute but complex romance, this book is for you.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

50 Literary Dog Name Ideas

Back in November I adopted my first dog ever. Before I finally settled on her name (Daisy), I had a lot to contemplate. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of ideas for literary dog names! Most I came up with on my own, but I also used this article for some ideas. 🙂 The series or book it comes from is in parentheses if it isn’t immediately obvious from the name.

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Because I can, here’s a picture of my dog. Aren’t her eyebrows wild?

From Novels

  1. Fluffy (from Harry Potter)
  2. Fang (from Harry Potter)
  3. Bumbersnoot (from Finishing School)
  4. Lassie
  5. Toto (from Wizard of Oz)
  6. Tock (from The Phantom Toll Booth)
  7. Shiloh
  8. Old Yeller
  9. Winn-Dixie
  10. Marley
  11. Achoo (from Beka Cooper)
  12. Tahoi (from Beka Cooper)

From Children’s Books

  1. Scooby Doo
  2. Spot
  3. Clifford
  4. Biscuit
  5. Poky
  6. Snoopy
  7. Santa Paws
  8. Harry (from Harry the Dirty Dog)
  9. Skippyjon Jones (he’s actually a cat, but he thinks he’s a dog…)
  10. Mudge (from Henry and Mudge)

Names of Other Creatures in Books

  1. Pookie Bear (from Penryn and the End of Days)
  2. Faithful (from Song of the Lioness)
  3. Anatole
  4. Charlotte (from Charlotte’s Web)
  5. Wilbur (from Charlotte’s Web)
  6. Stewart (from Stewart Little)
  7. Hedwig (from Harry Potter)
  8. Pete (from Pete the Cat)
  9. Pounce (from Beka Cooper)
  10. Nawat (from Daughter of the Lioness)
  11. Darkness (from Song of the Lioness)
  12. Spots (from Immortals)
  13. Frostfur (from Immortals)
  14. Ren (from Tiger Saga)
  15. Kishan (from Tiger Saga)

Other Literary Name Ideas

  1. Rogue (from Talon)
  2. Ember (from Talon)
  3. Tula (from Tin Star)
  4. Storm (from Elementals)
  5. Spirit (from Elementals)
  6. Secret (from Elementals)
  7. Lola (from Lola and the Boy Next Door)
  8. Cricket (from Lola and the Boy Next Door)
  9. Ruff… er… Raffe (from Penryn and the End of Days)
  10. Ash (from Iron Fey)
  11. Puck (from Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  12. Laurel (from Wings)
  13. Harry Pawter (or Harry Pupper) 😀

Bonus! Name from the TV Show Friends

(This isn’t related at all, but I thought it was fun. :D)

  1. Muttsarella
  2. LaPooh
  3. Chi Chi
  4. Clunkers
  5. Chappy

What literary dog names did I miss? What’s your favorite from this list?

❤ Annette

Dog Names

Book Review: Asi Es Josefina (Meet Josefina) by Valerie Tripp

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Josefina lives with her sisters on a ranch outside of Santa Fe. In this book we get to see a snapshot of her life as her grandfather comes back from his trip to Mexico City. And with him comes special visitor!

What I Liked

  • It was fun to learn some of the history of the Santa Fe area. I’ve been there, but never considered much of its past. Learning about the Camino Real was also pretty cool.
  • It was a great way for me to practice my Spanish. (I read it in Spanish.)
  • Overall this was a pretty cute story. It’s hard for me to imagine what life was like even two hundred years ago, so it was cool to jump into a snippet of it.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Because it was written for a younger age, it wasn’t as enthralling for me. The story line was fairly simple, and the main antagonist was a goat.

In Conclusion

If you want to practice your Spanish, you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re an elementary school reader, you’ll probably enjoy it too.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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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.


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.


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!


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


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!


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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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