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 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 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

Top 5 Books of 2017

I read 100 books in 2017!! I can’t believe I actually did it! 🎉 Here are my top five favorite books that I read in 2017 (although not necessarily published in 2017).

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hands down one of the best books for 2017! I read it in one sitting, pausing only momentarily to get food. 😛 This book is written as a collection of IM records, video/audio transcripts, graphics, files, memos, and more. It is super unique and crazy fun to read. Plus, it’s unexpected and very suspenseful.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is probably tied with Illuminae as my favorite from 2017. This is a young adult novel that follows two seemingly very different characters. One is serving community service to avoid jail time, while the other is struggling to enjoy her former passion, photography, in the wake of her mother’s death. I don’t know how to describe it in a way that makes it sounds better… but trust me, you want to pick this one up! It’s beautiful!

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

This novel (middle-grade, I believe) follows a boy who is chosen to impersonate the lost prince of a kingdom. Along with several other boys, he learns the knowledge needed to pass as the “false prince” in order to ensure that the kingdom doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. I loved this novel because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram

Cinder and Ella is definitely one of my favorite books of all time, and Brian/Ella one of my favorite book couples. This book is a sequel to Cinder and Ella, and deals with more adult themes. As a couple (yay!) Brian and Ella work through problems thrown their way. On Ella’s side, she’s struggling to love her body, as it’s primarily covered in burns. On Brian’s side comes all of the difficulties that come with fame.

Secret by Brigid Kemmerer and Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Okay, so I’m cheating by including two books, but I just couldn’t choose! These are books four and five in the Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer. Secret follows Nick Merrick, an air elemental, as responsibility after responsibility, secret after secret piles on his shoulders. I loved how this story built up, and how Brigid Kemmerer is able to get you to relate to any character so intimately. (This is her gift, I swear. You become the characters, regardless of whether they’re like you or not.) Sacrifice follows Michael Merrick (my favorite of the Merrick brothers!), an earth elemental. This conclusion to the elemental series does not dissappoint!






What were your favorite reads of 2017?

❤ Annette

Series I Finished in 2017

This year I tried to put a focus on finishing series. I have a bad habit of reading a book, loving it, but then waiting years to pick up the next book. And then I don’t remember what happened in the first one! Here are the ones I finished in 2017, as well as the average book rating I gave for books in the series. I’ve hyperlinked any reviews of mine.


Archer Brothers by Karen Witemeyer

Short-Straw Bride
Stealing the Preacher
A Cowboy Unmatched

Average Rating: 4

Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Prince
The Runaway King
The Shadow Throne

Average Rating: 4

Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls by Robyn Neely

Batter Up
Tangled Up
Kiss and Make Up
Holiday Hook Up

Average Rating: 4.75

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella
Happily Ever After

Average Rating: 5

Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer


Average Rating: 4.8

Finishing School by Gail Carriger

Etiquette and Espionage
Curtsies and Conspiracies
Waistcoats and Weaponry
Manners and Mutiny

Average Rating: 4.75

Love and Chocolate by Beverly Farr

Corporate Husband
Marry the Doctor
Something Sweet

Average Rating: 4.33

Marriage to a Billionaire by Jennifer Probst

Marriage Bargain
Marriage Trap
Marriage Mistake
Marriage Merger

Average Rating: 3.75



Meet Your Match by Rachael Anderson
Prejudice Meets Pride
Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined
Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity

Recommend? Yes

Off the Subject by Denise Swank

After Math
Business as Usual

Average Rating: 4

Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
World After
End of Days

Average Rating: 4

Plain Fame by Sarah Price

Plain Fame
Plain Change
Plain Again
Plain Return
Plain Choice
Plain Christmas

Average Rating: 3.83

St. James by Jamie Beck

Worth the Wait
Worth the Trouble
Worth the Risk

Average Rating: 4.33

Summer Weddings by Beverly Farr
Forgotten Honeymoon
The M Word

Average Rating: 3.5

Tin Star by Cecil Castelluci

Tin Star
Stone in the Sky

Average Rating: 4

Titanic by Gordan Korman
Collision Course

Recommend? Sure

V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

V is for Virgin
A is for Abstinence

Average Rating: 3.5

Visions by Lisa McMann


Average Rating: 5

The Weekday Brides by Catherine Bybee

Wife by Wednesday
Married by Monday
Fiance by Friday
Single by Saturday
Taken by Tuesday
Seduced by Sunday
Treasured by Thursday

Average Rating: 4.43

I read some awesome stuff this year! What about you? Any series I need to check out? Which is your favorite of the above?

❤ Annette