10 Backlist Books I Want to Read

I have a huge TBR, so pretty much everything I want to read is a backlist book. So for today’s post, I chose ten books that I want to read that it feels like everyone has already read. (This is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ll be linking up there. Pictures are affiliate links.)


Cinder by Marissa Meyers
A friend got this for me for my birthday last year, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it! Which is a shame because it seems very much up my alley!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A couple of friends of mine really loved this series, so I will probably love it too. I just have to actually pick it up.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I’m really curious to see what J. K. Rowling’s writing is like in another genre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling
I just don’t feel like I’ve completed the Harry Potter series anymore, since I’m missing this. I also very much want to read the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them screenplays.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I wanted to read this before the movie came out, even though I’ve heard mixed reviews about the book. Regardless, I better pick this one up soon!

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Everyone and their mother (including my mother!) has read this series and enjoyed it. I miss long series since there doesn’t seem to be very many for adults. (Remember the Boxcar Children? Or Babysitter’s Club? Or Nancy Drew? Where are the adult versions of those?)

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
I’ve only heard good reviews of this book.

The Selection by Kiera Cass
It’s just so pretty…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I’m halfway through this one, but then had to return it to the library. I’ve heard good things about this book.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I bought this on Black Friday years and years and years ago. And since then it’s been on my shelf reminding me that I still want to read it!

Which book do you think I should start with? What’s on your backlist?

❤ Annette

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores and Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten bookstores or libraries that I want to visit are:

  1. Library of Congress – To be honest, this is probably the only one that was already on my someday list. The one day I had in Washington DC was a Sunday, so the Library of Congress was closed, which was a huge disappointment. I’ll make it there one day though!
  2. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon – The country’s biggest independent bookstore. I’d be a sad bookworm if I didn’t get to visit this one some day.
  3. New York Public Library on 5th Ave, New York, New York – You know, the one with the lion statues outside. (After some Googling, I now know these lions are named Patience and Fortitude, which is pretty cool.) Anyways, the New York Public library has always held a sort of gleam for me. And I was quite jealous of my friend who got to use the library regularly while she lived in New York.
  4. The Seattle Public Library – This library looks architecturally really cool. Plus, I sort of just want to go to Seattle. 😛 Arizona is finally at a managable temperature, but I know it won’t last long! Seattle would be a nice break.
  5. Central Library at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – This library looks SO COOL! I can’t imagine how much information and culture is there to soak up! (Fun fact – I almost studied abroad in Mexico until my university changed its programs.)
  6. Vatican Library – I’ve been to St.  Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, but not the Vatican Library. To be honest, I’m not even sure that’s a place the public can go? Regardless, it would be an amazing place to visit!
  7. Singing Wind Bookshop, in Benson, Arizona – This bookstore sounds… interesting. But as an Arizonan book lover, I would be remiss if I never made it here.
  8. Strand Book Store in New York, New York – Apparently this place has 18 miles of books! I’d love to get lost in this place.
  9. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona – It’s totally possible that I’ve been here before – but I don’t remember so I guess I’ll just have to go again! They’re relatively local to me and have a lot of great events.
  10. The Well Read Moose in Couer d’Alene, Idaho – My friend visited this place and can’t stop gushing about it. It’s now her top favorite spot, probably ever, which means it would definitely be something up my alley!

As I did research for this post, I realized that I have been to some pretty cool libraries and bookstores already. If you want to see pictures of one of my favorites, you can check out that post here. Hopefully I’ll share some of my other literary journeys soon!

What libraries and bookstores are on your list? Any that I need to add to mine?

❤ Annette

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My Favorite Book Blogs

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! (This is hosted by That Arsty Reader Girl, so go check her blog out. I’ll also be linking there.) This week’s theme is to share your top ten favorite book blogs. So here are mine. 🙂

I’ll be honest, I don’t read other book blogs as much as I should! I have a full time job and a dog, which takes time. Plus, I don’t have internet at home (gasp), so I do my blogging and internet-ing mostly at the library on the weekends. But, here are my favorites when I get time to read them! This is by no means all of the book blogs I read when I have a chance.

  1. We Live and Breathe Books
    Their taste in books is probably the most similar to mine, which means I get a lot of recommendations from this blog. They also read at an astonishing pace, which is great because that means they can share a lot of books. 🙂
  2. Novel Knight
    This blog is beautiful and super colorful! They also host the Beat the Backlist challenge. Just visiting their blog makes me want to pick up a book right away.
  3. Finding Wonderland
    I love their bookish photos especially. They also seem to have a someone similar reading palette to mine, which helps.
  4. Rae Gun Ramblings
    She doesn’t just do books, but they seem to be pretty central to her blog. I also love all the crafts and creative ideas she has!
  5. Modern Mrs. Darcy
    Her taste in books is almost exactly opposite of mine, but I still enjoy reading her blog. I sort of love that her posts aren’t usually exceptionally long, which makes it easier to read and remember.
  6. Annie Likes Words
    She writes about both reading and writing, which I think is pretty cool. Her blog is also pretty and her articles are interesting.
  7. Book Date
    I always seem to add books to my TBR when I visit her blog.
  8. Booker T’s Farm
    Their taste in books is different than mine (they seem to prefer horror/thriller), but they love dogs, so I’m still a big fan of the blog. 🙂
  9. Jill’s Book Blog
    I also seem to get a lot of book recommendations/TBRs from her blog. Plus, she manages to update daily (or more), which is impressive!
  10. The Deliberate Reader
    Another interesting blog. I especially love her New on the Stack feature, which always introduces me to new and interesting books.

That’s what I’ve got! What blogs should I add to this list!

(Honorable mention goes to Flamingo Toes, which is a crafting blog that was my gateway to the whole wide world of blogging, years and years ago.)

❤ Annette

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1 Year Ago: Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

Top Ten Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t usually read a novella unless it’s a book between main stories of a novel. (i.e. It’s book 1.5 of the series). Regardless, novellas and short stories are the focus of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. So here are my top ten. 🙂

I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember all of these. They made it on my list by having a four or more star rating on Goodreads. So at the very least, I liked them when I read them! At the very least, this is a great way to find a new author, since I usually only pick up novellas/short stories by authors I already love. Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link.

Linking up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

Stand Alones


Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

A cute high-school romance novella. You can read my full review of this one here.


Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This is technically a children’s graphic novel, but its narrative definitely fits in the “short story” category.

 

Christmas


Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

I love Beverly Farr’s novels/novellas – they’re cute and clean. Plus, I love anything Christmas, so this one definitely meets the criteria.


The Shoebox by Francine Rivers

A super cute religious Christmas story.

 

 

In-Between Series


Reverence by Shelly Crane (Book 3.5 of Significance)

Story from the male romantic interest’s point of view. (Heads up that while I love this series, the author is not a very good writer, as far as grammar and such goes. You can read more about what I think of her writing on my review of another book of hers here.)


The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castelluci (Book .5 of Tin Star)

This is a story about Heckleck, an intriguing alien who we meet in Tin Star.


Winter’s Passage (Book 1.5 of Iron Fey)

Basically what happens between book one and book two of the series. Not necessary, but nice to read. This is one of my favorite series of all time. (By the same author who wrote the Talon series.)


Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Book .5 of Elementals)

A precursor to the Elemental series.


Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery (Book 2.5 of Fools Gold)

A short romance novella that takes place in Fools Gold. Heads up that this one is very insta-lovey.


Joyfully His by Jamie Beck (Book 3.5 of Sterling Canyon)

I love this series, so it was fun to read a cute novella about one of the side characters we meet in the stories.

 

What are your favorite short stories/novellas? Let me know in the comments!

❤ Annette

Ten Red, White, or Blue Books

Time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that are red, white, or blue, in honor of USA’s Independence Day tomorrow. I will be linking this post to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

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Red


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
This young adult fantasy with a beautiful red cover is on my TBR.

Dream Team by Jack MacCallum
I don’t read a lot of sports books, so it’ll be nice to pick this one up someday.


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
An intriguing-sounding romantic suspense novel.

My Pet Book by Bob Staake
I discovered this book today and it looks adorable!

White


White Tiger by Tamora Pierce
I haven’t read this, but it is by Tamora Pierce, so it’s got to be pretty good!

Moon White by Melody Carlson
I read this one a long time ago so I don’t remember it much. But it fits the requirements of a book with a white cover!

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Not sure why this is on my TBR, but it is!

Blue


The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florland
It has the word “chocolate” in the title. That’s really all I need to know. 😛

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Another book from my TBR. (I think the cover is soooo pretty.)


A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
I think I picked this one up at a library bookstore? Another book from my TBR.

What are your favorite red, white, or blue books? What plans do you have to celebrate the Fourth?

❤ Annette

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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

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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?

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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

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Top Ten Authors I Discovered in 2017

I worked hard to finish a lot of series in 2017, so this list was sort of hard to come up with! The ten authors below were new to me in 2017. They either had a five star book (although some series had letdowns near the end), or are just an overall new favorite of mine. If applicable, I will also list some books of theirs I am looking forward to reading. I will be linking to The Broke and Bookish.

Rachael Anderson

I’ve only read her Meet Your Match series, but I absolutely loved them! She writes clean romances that are more realistic than average, but still incredibly adorable. The next books I want to read of hers are The Fall of Lord Drayson (a historical romance) and Not Always Happenstance (a contemporary romance).

Jennifer Nielsen

She wrote the Ascendance Trilogy. I loved the first one, but my feelings for the series went downhill with each book. I do want to give her book The Mark of the Thief (middle grade historical fantasy) a try though!

Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff

I’ve counted these as one author, since it was their joint book Illuminae that made me fall in love with them. However, I’ll easily read a book by either of them! Other than finishing the Illuminae files, I have These Broken Stars and Unearthed by Amie Kaufman (both young adult science fiction) and Nevernight and Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (both young adult fantasy) on my to-read list.

Susan Ee

A friend introduced me to the Angelfall series, and I’m so glad they did! Although a bit dark, her books were full of action, which made it hard to put them down!

Cecil Castelluci

Her Tin Star series is another one that started off great but petered out at the end. I didn’t have any books of hers on my to-read list, but then I discovered The Plain Janes (young adult graphic novel), which hopefully won’t let me down. 🙂

Jennifer Mathieu

Okay, so I loved her writing style, but didn’t like the content of the first book I read of hers, The Truth About Alice. So I’m hoping I’ll like a different book of hers. Moxie (young adult contemporary) is the one I want to read the most.

Lisa Papademitriou

This is a middle grade author who writes the Confectionately Yours series. I’m still working to finish that series, but I’ll most definitely be picking up some of her other books once I’ve finished it.

Jon Ronson

A lot of non-fiction writers only have a book or so out there on their expert subject. But Jon Ronson chooses a subject, researches it, and then writes a book. In 2017 I read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Next on my list is The Psychopath Test (non-fiction psychology).

Sarah Price

I read her Plain Fame series in a very short amount of time in 2017. Although none of her books were “wow” books, I enjoyed most of them. Next of hers on my list is Fields of Corn (Christian romance).

Jacqueline Davies

I picked up an ebook by her, The Lemonade Wars on the last day of 2017. It was really well written, and I look forward to reading the next in the series, The Lemonade Crime (children’s chapter book).

What great authors did you discover this year?

❤ Annette

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Books I Hope Santa Brings

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that we hope Santa brings. Instead of ten books this week, I have fifteen!

I also haven’t opened my The Broke and Bookish secret Santa gifts yet… so it’s totally possible that (secret) Santa definitely did bring some of these books! 🙂 As per usual, I’m linking my list up to The Broke and Bookish.

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Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger

I loved Fail Carriger’s young adult series, and would love to start reading her adult series!



Flame in the Mist by Renee 
Ahdeih

I loved The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdeih, so hopefully this book is great as well.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 

This has been on my to read list for a looooong time.

 

How to Cake It: A Cake Book by Yolanda Gampp 

I love watching Yolanda’s YouTube videos and although I don’t do much baking myself, this book looks too pretty and too fun to pass up!

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky 

This is another gorgeous book I would love to own.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 

I’ve heard so many great things about this book.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

I’ve also heard many great things about this book, thanks mainly to BookTuber Thoughts on Tomes.

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

I ❤ any book that has to do with Tortall! I (think) I’ve read all of them so far, and I definitely want to keep up with any new book Tamora Pierce publishes in this universe.

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein 

You’re never to old for some good Shel Silverstein poems!

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

My mom and my sister both read this one and thought it was great and intruiging. It’s about time I picked it up too.

Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

This one just looks really funny. 


The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

This book sounds so cool!!

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn 

This book just seems cute. I’m always down for a cute book.

 



Click’d by Tamara Stone 

Another book I’m excited to read.

 

What books are on your wish-list?

❤ Annette