Authors I Loved in Elementary School

For a large portion of my childhood I would find an author I loved, and then read every book they ever wrote. So a lot of these authors I have read a large majority of their books, except those that came out after elementary school. 🙂 Looking back I’m not sure if I would like all of their styles now, but I certainly enjoyed them when I was reading them.

I put the authors in alphabetical order (by last name), so I don’t have to try and put them in order from least favorite to most favorite. I’ve included pictures to four of my favorites from each author.

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Andrew Clements

If you haven’t read any of his books, you should, even if you’re an adult. They’re great! Frindle is probably his most famous, but The Report Card is my favorite. (The Janitor’s Boy comes in at a close second.)


Sharon Creech

Her books are quirky, and often told in uncommon formats. For example, Love That Dog is written in poems.

Roald Dahl

How can you make it through childhood without reading at least one of his books? They were so unique and fantastical. The only book of his I didn’t enjoy was his auto-biography. My favorites of his are The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Gordon Korman

His Dive series is the first series I remember eagerly anticipating the release of the next book. Each of his books were short, but detailed, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As a child I read his Everest, Dive, Island, and On the Run series. When I got older I read Son of the Mob, and now as an adult I’m trying to catch up on the other books of his that I missed.


Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter’s Little Sister series were the first chapter books I ever read. I know I read at least the first 100 in the series before I got too old for it. Then I just moved on to The Babysitter’s Club.

Donald Sobol

His Encyclopedia Brown series is another favorite of mine. They contain short little mysteries that you as the reader can solve. I swear I remember a non-Encyclopedia Brown book of his too, but I can’t for the life of me find it. 😦

What were your favorite authors in elementary school? I loved taking a trip down memory lane, and I’m very tempted to pick up more books by these authors.

❤ AnnetteElementary Books


5 Awesome Crochet Books and 5 More I Want to Read

I haven’t been doing very much of it lately (no need for scarves in Phoenix), but I enjoy crocheting. Here are five great crochet books. If you’re an expert or have never crocheted before, you’ll like at least one of these.

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Awesome Crochet Books

The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell

While my grandmother originally taught me to crochet, I forgot much of what she taught me, so this book is really what got me into the craft. They have great directions and projects for learning almost every stitch. I still keep it as a reference, and I’ve loved everything I’ve made from the book so far.

Sheep I made using their pattern.

Crochet by DK 

This is a beautiful book. Even non-crocheters have enjoyed browsing through it (I keep it as a coffee table book). There are so many projects in here that I’m looking forward to completing. It is also more or less an encyclopedia for everything crochet, so that’s awesome.

Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz

This book has a ton of really cute foods you can make, from pop-tarts to ice cream cones to bacon. I made a bunch of them for my nephews’ kitchen set. The instructions are easy to follow. And did  mention the food turns out really cute?

A couple of foods I’ve made from this book. 🙂

100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Leslie Stanfield

It’s fun to make these flowers because they’re pretty quick and turn out quite beautiful. You can use these as appliques or in other applications. (There are 60 crochet patterns and 40 knit.)

A couple of the flowers

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank

This is also a great crochet reference book. It goes through how to make many different 3-D shapes, and how to use that to create any amigurumi of your choice. It also goes through many different options like how to do fur/hair, how to do eyes, etc.

Crochet Books I Want to Read

Super-Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read

I own this book but haven’t made anything from it yet. Every thing in this book is as described – super, super cute.

Crobots by Nelly Pailloux

These crochet robots also look super cute and super creative.

Supersize Crochet by Sarah Shrimpton

I haven’t yet ventured into the chunky crochet realm, but book looks like it would be a great way to get into it.

Yummi ‘Gurumi by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala

Crocheting treats? Count me in! This book sounds like Tasty Crochet, but perhaps with slightly yummier options?

Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode by Twinkie Chan

While not always practical, everything Twinkie Chan makes is adorable. This book focuses on crocheted foods to use around your house!

Do you have any crochet book recommendations?

❤ Annette

Crochet Books

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.

(I was going to do this post anyway, but it happened to be a Top Ten Tuesday subject as well! So I’ll be linking this post up to That Artsy Reader Girl.)

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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

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

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

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 5 Posts of 2017

I thought it would be fun to share my top five posts of 2017 along with a short summary of the post and why I thought it was popular. I started this blog in July, so I only have six month’s worth of material to pull from. 🙂

Tied for Fifth Place

Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

These are the only book reviews to appear on this list, and to be honest I’m not sure why it’s these two books. I can guess that Undeniably Chosen was a little more popular because the book isn’t as commonly read and reviewed by book bloggers. End of Days as a book is quite popular, so maybe that’s what it made this list.

Fourth Place

July 2017 TBR

This was my first TBR (To Be Read) post. It may be popular for one of two reasons. One, you guys didn’t yet know it would be a monthly post. 😛 Or two, it’s been out there longer, and therefore has had the chance to get more hits.

Third Place

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

I very much enjoyed writing this one! It shares my top ten favorite book boyfriends. I linked this one to The Broke and Bookish as a part of Top Ten Tuesday.

Second Place

New on the Stack in August 2017

Books I picked up in August! I went to a book sale that month, so I got many fun books to add to my list. I linked up with The Deliberate Reader, and I believe she shared some of my finds on her post. So yay!

First Place


Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

I’m not going to argue with this being the most popular! I loved writing it, and I put a lot into it. If you need a book recommendation to get you out of a reading slump, go check it out! I also linked this one with The Broke and Bookish.

What was your favorite post from my blog for 2017? If you’re a blogger, what was your most popular post last year? I’d love to hear from you!

❤ Annette

Top 2017 Posts