Book Review: AI Love You Volume 1 by Ken Akamatsu

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


This manga (graphic novel) follows Hitoshi, a nerd who isn’t that great at being social. He’s working on an artificial intelligence program when one day, it accidentally comes to life!

What I Liked

  • The concept of bringing a computer program to life was sort of neat, and the whole girlfriend/boyfriend thing didn’t end up being as skeevy as it sounded. It was fun/funny to see thais computer program learn to adapt to normal everyday high school life. (And to see her try to cook!)
  • This manga was originally published in the nineties – back when they used floppy disks! So it was also neat to see a technology-based manga that didn’t take place in modern times.
  • I liked the play on the word “virus” as it means to both computers and humans – there’s an entire chapter based on it.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Although the plot is creative, it didn’t seem incredibly varied. That may just be due to the format not allowing for intense storytelling.

In Conclusion

If you happen to see a copy, it might be worth a read. It’s also for slightly more mature (high school or older) readers.

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Book Review: Secretly Hers by Jamie Beck

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Kelsey is the Sterling Canyon’s notorious hopeless romantic – except she doesn’t seem to have very good luck with men. Trip is the town’s stereotypical playboy. They get together secretly with no strings attached. Trip isn’t interested in long term, but he’s willing to help Kelsey with “Trip’s tips” to help her find a long term husband and, one day, a family.

What I Liked

  • I’m not always a fan of the stereotypical playboy portrayed in romances, but Trip was a really likeable character.
  • It was interesting to see the difference between these characters. Seemingly opposites, especially in their future goals, but still great-at-heart people.
  • The plotline was intriguing and pulled me in.
  • It was adorable!

What I Didn’t Like

  • Not much. 🙂

In Conclusion

If you want a cute ski-town romance (and are okay with adult content) then this book is for you!

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Romance Novel Recommendations

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Romance is one of my favorite genres (young adult being the other), so this topic is right up my alley. If you’re a fan of romance novels, here are some of my favorites. I’ve also tried to rate their adult content to the best of my recollection.

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❤️🍰❤️ For Those with a Sweet Tooth ❤️🍰❤️

Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls series by Robyn Neely
Lots of sweets and a little bit of magic. (On screen adult content)





Love and Chocolate series by Beverly Farr
This series follows couple associated with a large chocolate corporation. (Implied adult content)

❤️🌟❤️ For Fairy Tale Fans ❤️🌟❤️

Cinder and Ella series by Kelly Oram
One of my all time favorite books ever. Even if you’re not a romance person, if you like young adult, you will probably enjoy these! (First book is clean, second focuses on adult theme but is still PG-13)

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Farris
I’ve only read the first one, but it was a very cute fantasy romance. (Clean)

❤️💖❤️ Contemporary Romances ❤️💖❤️

Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson
I don’t know how to describe this series, except that it was super cute and very engaging. (Clean)

Sterling Canyon series by Jamie Beck
A series that takes place in ski country in Colorado. (On screen adult content)

Summer Wedding series by Beverly Farr
Another cute series with marriages of unusual circumstances. (Clean)

Weekday Brides series by Catherine Bybee
This series is full of adventure and extreme situations, which I found fun. (On screen adult content)


❤️💕❤️ Young Adult Romances ❤️💕❤️

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins
A super cute series that follows American girls who go to school in France. (On screen adult content)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side series by Beth Fantaskey
A paranormal romance for fans of Twilight. (Clean)

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Another one of my all-time favorite books! (Clean)

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
I’ve only read the first one, but it was a great romance. School cheerleader meets gang member. (On screen adult content)

Significance by Shelly Crane
A paranormal romance. The main character meets her soulmate at the beginning of the series – the rest is them getting to know each other and fall in love. I loved it! There are many grammatical mistakes though, so if that’s going to bother you, be warned. (Clean)

❤️🕇❤️ Christian Romances ❤️🕇❤️

Lowcountry Romance series by Rachel Hauck
Probably some of the first romance novels I read. (Clean)
Maya Davis series by Erynn Mangum
The main character of this series is a coffee-aholic, choc-aholic, which is fantastic! (Clean)

Lauren Holbrook series by Erynn Mangum
The main character gets herself into all sorts of trouble trying to set up other couples. (Clean)

❤️🕯️❤️ Historical Romances❤️🕯️❤️

Archer Brothers by Karen Witemeyer
This Christian romance series takes place in the Old West. (Clean)
Warrior Maids of Rivenloch by Glynnis Campbell
This series follows a set of strong-willed sisters in medieval Scotland. (On screen adult content)

What are your favorite romances? I’d love some recommendations!

❤ Annette

Romance Recommendations

Book Review: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


This story follows a couple of different characters. Arthur Dent is your average Englishmen, whose house is set to be demolished. His friend, Ford Prefect, tells him not to worry – Earth is about to be demolished anyway. Thus begins their adventure. We also meet the eccentric Zaphod Beeblebrox, president of the galaxy, set to unveil a super fancy new space ship.

What I Liked

  • The story was quirky and unexpected. It had a lot of improbable occurances and unusual additions to the story. Mice, dolphins, a large whale, petunias, and tea are all some of the weird thing you don’t expect to read about in outer space.
  • I liked some of the alien lifeforms. There were humanoids and insectoids and such, but also a super intelligent shade of blue. What a neat idea!

What I Didn’t Like

  • The plot seemed sort of aimless to me. There was no “ticking time-bomb” (as Jeff Gerke would call it) and other than a desire to survive, no real agenda. And yes, I know “desire to survive” can be a great plot point, but, for example, in Hunger Games their desire is to escape the area and that’s why they have to survive. Or in many other books, their desire is to be rescued or to reach some sort of end-point. This book didn’t have that.
  • It turns out, I don’t like wandering through space stories. I just hate the aimlessness of it. To be fair, I should have guessed by the title (they’re hitchhiking after all), but I had a little higher expectation for this book.
  • This book has been a part of pop culture (or at the very least, nerd culture) for quite a while, so it was a little bit of a let down for me. Not horrible, but not great either.

In Conclusion

If you like wandering-in-space stories, you might enjoy this one.

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The Oldest Books on My TBR

I don’t do every Top Ten Tuesday, but this one caught my eye. Mostly because I was curious as well what my oldest TBRs were. I will be linking this up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday. As of me writing this, I have 3282 books on my Goodreads TBR, so what you see below is only a tiny percentage of the list!

All of these were added August 1 of 2011, which I think is when I set up my Goodreads account!

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  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. Softly and Tenderly by Sarah Evans
  3. 1984 by George Orwell
  4. Through Thick & Thin by Sandra Byrd
  5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  6. Red Velvet by Sandra Byrd
  7. Lambert’s Code by Rachel Hauck
  8. Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck
  9. My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
  10. A Cowboy’s Touch by Denise Hunter
  11. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  12. Easter Carats by Erynn Mangum
  13. Fish and Chips by Erynn Mangum
  14. So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
  15. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  16. Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
  17. Mister Monday by Garth Nix
  18. I’m So Sure by Jenny B. Jones

What are the oldest books on your TBR? Have you read any of the ones on mine?

Oldest TBR

Guide to 2018 Book Challenges

I know we’re a month and a half in to 2018, but I still thought it’d be cool to share some of the reading challenges available this year. I’m only doing two myself,  Beat the Backlist! and Finishing the Series Challenge. (<–These links will take you to my posts for the challenges.) Even so, it’s a fun way to get ideas for books to read, or books to push you outside your comfort zone. Here are the links to the challenges I’ve found, as well as a brief description.

Around the Year in 52 Books on Goodreads

52 unique challenges, one for each week of the year.

Book Date Full House Reading Challenge

A five-by-five bingo board with fun challenges such as “new to you author from another country” and “non-fiction hobby book”.

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

24 complex challenges such as “A children’s classic published before 1980” and “A book of genre fiction in translation.”

Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Audiobook Challenge

A challenge designed to help you find audio books you love.

Celebrity Reader’s Finishing the Series

A fun, celebrity themed challenge to finish all those series you’ve started.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge at

For those who enjoy reading mystery, thriller, crime, or suspense novels.

Library Love Challenge (hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Brooke Blogs)

The goal is to read at least 12 books from you local library this year.

Melissa Hawkin’s Bada** Books Reading Challenge

18 books to read in 2018.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge

12 book challenges to meet the goal of reading amazing books.

Mommy Mannegren’s 2018 Reading Challenge

52 book challenges for the 52 weeks in the year.

Ms. NoseInABook’s Sword and Stars Reading Challenge

20 challenges specifically for those who love reading fantasy and science fiction.

Novel Night’s Beat the Backlist

The goal of this one is to read as many books published before 2018 as possible.

Popsugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge

This is a popular reading challenge designed to push you outside your comfort zone.

Read Along with Emilie Challenge

18 challenges (like “book set on the water” or “a family saga”) for 2018.

Socrates’ Book Reviews’ What an Animal Reading Challenge

A reading challenge for animal lovers.

Reading Challenges

February 2018 TBR

Hopefully February will be a lot more tame than January and I’ll be able to get some reading done! Here’s what’s on my TBR, assuming that I get all of my books unpacked!

The Roommate ‘dis’Agreement by Leddy Harper

A romance! What better book for February?

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London

Another romance. You’re probably starting to sense a theme. 🙂

Meatloaf and Mistletoe by Katie Mettner

I know it’s technically Christmas-y, but I need something to remind me of cool weather! Here in Arizona, a lot of January was spent is the upper 70s (Fahrenheit) which is just waay too hot for winter.

Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox

This one is set in high school, but sounds intruiging.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is the oldest book on my master TBR that I own. It’s about time I read it!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In the interest of finishing series, I’ve got to read this one! Also, it’ll be nice to take an entire Saturday to myself to read it. 🙂


What are you looking forward to reading this month?

❤ Annette


Book Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Alice picks up a lottery ticket for her best friend (and crush) as a joke for his 18th birthday. The ticket turns out to be a multi-million dollar winner. This book follows the aftermath that results. We follow three best friends:

  • Alice, the main character, is madly in love with Teddy, the lottery winner. She is also struggling to come to terms with the fact that, at eighteen, she’s lived without her parents for half of her life. She has to determine how much effect they are going to have on her life moving forward.
  • Teddy is the multi-million dollar winner. He goes from sharing a one-bedroom apartment with his mother to having more money that most people will ever see. And that definitely has some ramifications!
  • Leo is their best friend who has always dreamed of getting into a specific graphic design school. But his (very serious) boyfriend goes to college in Michigan. He’s got a very big decision to make.

What I Liked

  • The whole concept was great. I feel like “winning the lottery” is usually the end of a story, but in this case it was the beginning. It was fun to explore all the ramifications, good and bad, of winning the lottery. I also liked that the author included pretty realistic actions what you would do after winning the lottery. (Google what to do, of course!)
  • I loved all of the characters in this book too. They were well-rounded, and I felt invested in their choices.
  • It wasn’t a cheesy “I’m-a-high-school-senior-who-needs-to-make-seemingly-important-but-cliche-decisions” sort of book. The decisions actually were important.

What I Didn’t Like

  • This book made me cry quite a bit. It was well written, which means I got invested in the characters and when things were difficult for them, it made me cry. It wasn’t in a beautiful sort of way though, like in Letters to the Lostit just made me sort of depressed. 😦
  • This one is a spoiler, so highlight over the white text to see it:
    I felt like Teddy’s attitude shift toward’s Alice at the end was sort of unexpected. I can see where the author tried to lead up to it, but it still felt like a pretty sudden switch in character. It also felt like too easy an ending. Although it’s definitely what I wanted, for Alice’s sake, I’m not sure it was the most realistic. Plus, I sort of liked Sawyer too.

In Conclusion

This is a pretty cute young adult novel.

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