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

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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

Books I Meant to Read

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

Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

This is another installment of The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. Today we are sharing ten books we want our children (or future children) to read.

Most of the books below are listed because I enjoyed them so much as a child that I want my children to have the same experience.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I loved this book when I first read it in fifth grade. I loved how the author played with words like “jumping to conclusions” and “on the tip of your tongue”. It was just such a magical world.

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Both of my parents would read these stories to me as a child. I think my favorite was Little Critter’s These Are My Pets. I even had the treasury to read from as I got older. Little Critter has such a wide variety of experiences, it’s fantastic.

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

This book is such a great mystery adventure. I think it’s really undersold – I’ve never seen anyone recommend it. Which is a shame, because it’s a great book!

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is another book that I loooved as a child. It’s about a girl who thinks she is living in the 1840s, but soon finds out that she lives in modern day. Because the people who run the 1840s society won’t hand out medicine, she must embark on a journey to save them from diphtheria.

Holes by Louis Sachar

This was the first children’s book I remember reading that had a lot of moving pieces that pulled together perfectly in the end. This fascinated me.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Most of Roald Dahl’s stories are magical. This is no exception.


School Story by Andrew Clements

Another great story.


Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I would be remiss if I didn’t include this on my list! I read the first book in the series when I was in third grade and Harry Potter grew up as I grew up.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

This is a great picture book series about someone named Amelia Bedelia who takes everything literally. For example, when playing baseball, if someone yells “Go home!”, she’ll run to her house instead of home base.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert

Skit skat skoodle-doot, flip flop flee! I’ll race you to the top of the coconut tree!

What books would you add to this list?

❤ Annette

10 Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Top Ten Book Boyfriends

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday challenge (hosted by Broke and Bookish!) is to list our top ten book crushes. I thought this would be difficult, but as I went through my “read” list on Goodreads I found myself reminiscing about more characters than I had planned. So here are my top ten book boyfriends!

Note – Just because a character is listed does not mean they are the main love interest for the novel, nor does it imply that they get together in the end. You’ll just have to read the book to find out. 🙂 These are just the characters that appealed to me.

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Brian from the Cinder & Ella series by Kelly Orman

Caleb from the Significance series by Shelly Crane

Marius from The M-Word by Beverly Farr

Raffe from the Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Michael Merrick from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

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Sawyer from the Visions series by Lisa McMann

Soap from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Colin du Lac from Captive Heart by Glynnis Campbell

Nawat from the Trickster’s Choice series by Tamora Pierce

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So what do you think? Do you agree with my choices? Are there any fictional boyfriends I’m missing? Let me know!

❤️ Annette

Great Books for Teaching Math

I have another list today whose topic comes from the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. (I’ll be linking up there too.) This week’s post is supposed to be about anything related for back-to-school. So I have for you ten books for teaching math. These are books that I remember from my own school days, ones I learned about as an education major (and math minor), or just ones I’ve discovered on my own. I’ve tried to list them in order from youngest target audience to oldest target audience, but a lot of them are flexible and can be used for many grades.

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My Very First Number Book by Wilkes

This book is for those who are just discovering the world of numbers. It introduces the concept in an awesome, colorful way.

Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson (illustrated by Nadine Wescott)

This is a cute counting book. It follows Mr. Panda as he works to seat different sized groups of animals, from ten ???? down to one small mouse.

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

This book follows a family as they try to divide up their cookies for the guests that just keep coming!


One Grain of Rice by Demi

Even though this is a picture book, the story still fascinates me today. The main character gets one grain of rice on the first day. The next day she gets two, then after that four, and so on, doubling each day. It’s fun to see how quickly the amount of rice gets out of hand!

The M&M’s Brand Counting Book

I remember working on learning how to make bar graphs with this book. It was fun and, since it happened 15 or so years ago, memorable. The only trouble might be getting children to wait to eat their M&Ms.

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

I learned about this one in one of my elementary education classes. It’s an awesome book about a girl who hates math and wants to be rid of it forever – only to discover that it’s everywhere!

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander and Wayne Geehan

This is another book that I learned about in college. Sir Cumference actually has a bunch of pun-worthy math related books that make great introductory stories to different mathematical concepts. (Like circumference, for example. 🙂)


Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

This is a companion math book that uses the characters and settings established in Sachar’s Sidways Stories from Wayside School series. Although the target audience for his chapter books is probably late elementary school (grades 3-6 or so), a lot of the math in this book is a little more challenging and may even be fun to pick up in junior high and high school.

Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vigen

I was gifted this book as an adult. It’s full of graphs that correlate two unrelated things, like beef consumption and number of people struck by lightning. It’s a great way to show that correlation does not always equal causation. Be sure to read the book before you hand it off to any students though. I don’t remember if all topics were appropriate.


Flatland by Edwin Abbot

To be fair I haven’t yet read this entire book, but it was referred to a lot by my Calculus 3 teacher. What I have read was quite interesting – it goes over all the intricacies that go into a the two-dimensional society of Flatland.

So those are all of my math related books for you! Which ones would you add to this list?

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Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

Today’s post is based on Top Ten Tuesday at Broke and Bookish. I have for you ten books that will help you break your reading slump. These are books that have gotten me out of my own slumps, or that I just couldn’t put down! (Post contains affiliate links.)

Ten Books for Those in a Reading Slump

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read this year. An actual review is coming soon, but this book will definitely take you out of a slump! I read it all in one sitting. It follows Juliet, a photographer, who has recently lost her mother. She writes letters to her mother and leaves them at her mother’s grave. Declan, a high school delinquent, finds one of the letters and responds. The following conversations and events create an amazing story.

 

2. Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

 

This book is just plain adorable. It’s a pretty easy read and every time I even go to re-read a passage, I get sucked in and read basically the whole thing. The main character, Ella, is recovering from severe burns received due to a car accident. She has to deal with her father, stepmother, and stepsisters for the first time in her life, and it’s challenging. Her only solace is in her online blog and online pen-pal, Cinder.


3. What If by Randall Munroe
This is a super fun science book that takes crazy questions (“What would happen if you drained the ocean and put the water on Mars?”) and answers them with science. The author is as the creator of the web comic XKCD, and he once worked for NASA.

4. Talon by Julie Kagawa

 

Give this book two chapters, and you’ll be hooked. The female main character is a dragon in human form, assigned to learn how to assimilate with humans. The male main character is a dragon-slayer – a soldier who has been taught to kill first, ask questions never.

5. The Martian by Andy Weir

This may only pick you out of a slump if you are a logical-mathematical type person. I loved this story about a man who is accidentally left behind on Mars and must learn to survive with minimal supplies until he can be rescued. He has to face many obstacles you would never thing of on earth, and the stakes for everything are life or death.


6. Bad Connection by Melody Carlson

This is a Christian fiction novel that follows Samantha McGregor – a teen who gets visions. When she gets one of a person who has gone missing, she knows she needs to step in and help with the investigation. This is an intriguing mystery/crime novel.

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee

While I did only give this book three stars, it also kept me hooked from beginning to end. And then I did the same thing with the next book. And then the next. As a series, the books will keep you on edge, intrigued about the next action. The series follows Penryn as she navigates post-apocalyptic Earth, which has now been invaded by angels.

8. Crash by Lisa McMann

This is a super quick but intense read. It follows Jules – your average Italian high schooler, who works at her parent’s pizza shop, argues with her two siblings, and avoids her family’s rivals. Then she starts seeing a vision. There’s a crash, and then, lots of body bags. What does it mean? And what can she do about it?

9. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

 

This book is great for fans of Twilight. Jessica’s life has been pretty normal so far. And then an exchange student/vampire shows up and turns her life upside down.

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

This is an adorable young adult romance, and it’s my favorite in the Anna and the French Kiss series. (Lola… is second in the series, but it can easily be read out of order.) Lola is an eccentric designer with a passion for costumes, and Cricket is an inventor who lives next door, and who hasn’t been in Lola’s life for years. (It’s a romance, so I’m sure you can guess the rest. 🙂)

So that’s it! What books would you recommend to someone in a reading slump? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know!

❤️ Annette