Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

I’m probably cheating with this one a little. I’m writing this post during National Novel Writing Month in November 2018. (Hi future me!) So here are the ten most recent additions to my list as of 11/3/18.

  1. This Dog for Hire by Carol Benjamin
    I just added this to my to-read list while writing Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018. (And yes, I pre-wrote that post too!) This is a cozy mystery with a dog involved, which is pretty much all I need to know to want to pick it up.
  2. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
    I also just added this to my list while writing Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018. This author wrote Life in Motion with Misty Copeland, and I enjoyed reading that. Pointe sounds a lot darker and heavier than Life in Motion, but also seems like a very interesting story about a ballet dancer.
  3. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio
    I’m a sucker for Christmas and winter themed books, what can I say? I recently went through and added a bunch of Christmas themed books to my list, after discovering that Goodreads lists Christmas as a category that you can browse!So you’ll probably see some more coming up.
  4. Max’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells
    I love Christmas books, and picture books count too!
  5. The Assistant’s Christmas Wish by Lexi Ostrow
    This romance sounds very cozy. Two people who are attracted to each other, but unwilling to admit it, get snowed into a chalet together for a weekend. Yes. Please.
  6. The Art of Fixing Things, Principles of Machines, and How to Repair Them: 150 Tips and Tricks to Make Things Last Longer, and Save You Money by Lawrence Pierce
    I think the title says it all. I’ve always wanted to know how to repair things on my own, but never took the time to actually figure out how. This book sounds like a great way to learn! I found this while browsing a Christmas gift idea list on dodoburd, which advertised everywhere on Pinterest.
  7. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
    I was watching an interview of Captain Scott Kelly and he mentioned this book as one of the main reasons he wanted to become an astronaut. So of course I need to read it too!
  8. Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka
    How can you not want to read this book after it’s very clever title?
  9. Santa’s Favorite Story by HisakoAoiki
    I heard about this book via a blog post by the Dating Divas about books that keep Christ in Christmas.
  10. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado
    I also got this one from the Dating Divas post referenced in number 9. I love Max Lucado’s You Are Special, so I’m hoping this one is just as great as well!

So there are my ten most recently added books. I found it quite interesting to recall where I heard of each book and why I chose to add it to my list. I got ideas from websites, YouTube videos, Goodreads lists, and while researching for my blog!

What books did you just add to your TBR? And where to you get your ideas for books to read?

❤ Annette

1 Year Ago: Guide to 2018 Book Challenges


Winter 2018 TBR

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped doing TBRs on my site for a while. This is mostly because I typically read based on what I feel like reading, which changes by the day. But since this is the Top Ten Tuesday topic for the week, I figured I’d give it a try. Not to have a rigid “these are what I must read this winter” list, but to remind myself of all the awesome books out there that I want to read! So here are ten books on my winter TBR. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so I will be linking there. 

  1. White Christmas by Jody Rosen
    This one keeps showing up, I know! But I really do need to read it before our performances start before Christmas. Because I am so tired of hearing the same stories about Irving Berlin four times a night! (Don’t get me wrong, Irving Berlin is a great guy with some great music and great stories. I just want more information so I can mix it up.) 
  2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
    I won this one off of Goodreads, so I feel like I need to read and review it pretty soon. Plus, it’s gorgeous and seems like a long read – perfect for curling up with in the winter time! 
  3. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
    I bought this one on Black Friday years and years ago. It looks like a quick, fun, read, and since I own it it should be easy to pick up. I just haven’t gotten around to it. *ashamed* 
  4. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
    I’m going to be honest, I don’t even know what this book is about. But it’s so pretty that I really want to pick it up and read it. 
  5. When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    I’ve loved the other books by these authors, so this one should be great as well. This is another one I own that I just need to read already! 
  6. Scooby Doo Y El Barco Hundido por James Gelsey
    This one is next in the Scooby Doo series for me. I’m hoping to brush up on my Spanish, and to feel the success of a quick/easy read. Plus, I always find Scooby Doo stories quite amusing. 
  7. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
    A fourth grader I taught (I volunteer at my church to teach once a week) recommended this book to me – but I promptly forgot the title. Then, my friend mentioned it as a great middle grade read. As soon as I saw the character names I got super excited! It’s definitely next on my TBR. (Not totally related, but my friend was reading this because she’s getting into writing middle grade novels. Which also means that I get to beta-read her novel, which is pretty cool! Finally my out-of-age-group reading habits have paid off. 😛) 
  8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    It’s going to happen by the end of the year, I promise. (I hope.) It helps that I finally found which box it was packed in. (I mean, of course everything was unpacked in January when I moved.. What am I talking about finding things in boxes still? 😛) 
  9. Mind Over Magic by William Rabkin
    I started reading this while I was in the emergency room over a month ago. I made it halfway through but then stopped. So I better pick it up and finish it! 
  10. Unspecified Christmas Book
    I have soooo many Christmas books I want to read! (There are 173 on my Goodreads Christmas TBR as of the writing of this post!) I already own quite a few, so I definitely want to pick up and read at least one of them this season! I’ll probably read a lot more than that though! 

What’s on your winter TBR? Any books I need to add to mine? 

❤ Annette 

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10 Picture Books I Want to Read

I know that I’m technically way too old to read picture books, but what’s the point of knowing how to read if you can’t read whatever you want? Plus, I find that children’s books can be incredibly creative and the artwork is beautiful.

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How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Found this one thanks to Poisoned Pen’s monthly newsletter. It sounds interesting but also very fun.

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett

This looks fun and quirky.

Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward

I really like balloons? Usually hot air balloons, but I’m not going to be picky. 🙂 (You can also check out Hot Air Balloon Books on My TBR List.)

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

I’m mostly intrigued by this one because the title rhymes. 😛

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Dinosaurs and tea. Sold.

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

A book about a story! (Which sounds weird… Goodreads describes it better.)

Firebird by Misty Copeland

I loved her young reader’s edition chapter book, so I’m excited to read her picture book as well.

Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

Now that I have a dog, I’m more of a dog person. Which means I need to catch up on my dog-ish reading. 🙂

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

Another doggie book!

Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich

This looks amazingly adorable! Just look at the cover!


What other picture books should I add to my list?

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1 year ago: My Favorite Childhood Picture Books

June 2018 TBR

I want to read like crazy this month! So here’s my (probably over-ambitious) to-read list for June. It is a combination of:

  1. Books that I checked out of the library and therefore have due dates/deadlines to be read.
  2. Books available through Kindle Unlimited, since I cancelled my subscription and I’ve only got like a week or so left of it.
  3. Books that are a part of my county’s summer reading program. (Which is AWESOME!! If you live in Maricopa County in Arizona, you can check it out here. And if you don’t live in Maricopa County, you’ll probably see me blog about it some anyways. :D)

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Remedial Rocket Science by Susannah Nix

A Kindle Unlimited book I want to read.

Not Quite Enough, Not Quite Forever, Not Quite Perfect, and Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

A series I want to finish, also available through Kindle Unlimited.

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

I really enjoy reading Melody Carlson’s books, but she writes them faster than I can read them! Time for me to try and catch up. 😀

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

A series I would like to finish, as part of my goal this year to finish a bunch of series.

See How They Run by Ally Carter

Another series I need to catch up on.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach

I’m like halfway through this one but haven’t finished it yet. At this point I think my dog just needs basic obedience lessons…

Ms. Marvel Vol. 3, Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Next in the series!

Fast Food Genocide by Joel Fuhrman and Robert Phillips

So the summer reading program has bonus points for completing certain activities and reading certain books. This book (which I wanted to read anyway, since I’ve been trying to read more about food) gets me bonus points for the A Cooking Summer challenge

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

This book gets bonus points towards the Zombie challenge. (It was also already on my TBR.)

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book gets bonus points towards the YA Mixed Tape challenge.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

This book (as well as the one below) also gets bonus points towards the YA Mixed Tape challenge.

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Rocas y Minerales by R. Symes

This gets bonus points towards the Do You Even Rock? challenge.

Si un brontosaurio… by Katherine Mead

This gets bonus points towards the Dinosaur challenge.



So there you have it! What do you want to pick up this month? Are any of you participating in your library’s summer reading program?

❤ Annette

June TBR

May 2018 TBR

So I read 9 books in April… think I can do the same in May? Here are the ones I hope to read:

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Sooo excited to read this one! I loved the first book, Letters to the Lost, and I love anything by this author in general.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This has been on my TBR for a while and I was able to check it out as an eBook from my local library.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

This was highly recommended by a friend and it looks awesome.

Will & Whit by Laura Gulledge

I found this graphic novel while wandering through the library.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach

My dog needs the exercise and certainly has the energy and bounciness to do agility. Enter this book. 😛

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book two in the Parasol Protectorate series.

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Book three in the Parasol Protectorate series.

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Sequel to Perfect Chemistry, which I read ages ago.

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

Another sequel. Also, it’s hot enough outside that I feel like I need a good summer read.

What do you plan on reading this month?

❤ Annette

April 2018 TBR (1)

April 2018 TBR

Let the reading streak begin! Here are the books I want to read this month.

Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson

A re-read so I can remember the book before I move on to the next one in the series.

Mischief in Mudbug by Jana Deleon

The first one in this series was cute, it’s time for me to pick up the next one.

It Had to Be Love by Tara Baumann

Another series I’m trying to finish. 🙂

Who Glares Wins by Camilla Chafer

I loved the first book, not sure why it’s taking me so long to pick this up!

Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

Hopefully a cute sequel to wonderful fairy-tale first book.



What do you plan on picking up this month?

❤ Annette

April 2018 TBR

March 2018 TBR

Even though I read four books in February, I still feel like I miss reading. So this month I’m going to try to tackle some more books from my (ever-growing) bookshelf.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I’m about 100 pages into this one and enjoying it so far! I just have to sit my butt down and finish it!

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I (think I) finally unpacked this one, and it seems like it’ll be a good read.

#Scandal by Sarah Ockler

I got this one for Christmas and it seems like another great read.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

I feel like I need this book right now. A friend of mine is reading it and is really impressed by it, so hopefully it’ll help me too.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

So until right this minute,  had no idea that this book was by the same author as Hex Hall! I read a lot of romances last month, so I’m eager to get back into the Young Adult genre this month. Hopefully this will be a good new-to-me author!

What do you plan on picking up this month?

❤ Annette

March 2018 TBR

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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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


January 2018 TBR

I can’t believe I forgot to post my TBR! Here’s what I plan on working on reading this month – I probably won’t finish some of them, but I’m going to put some time into them at least. 🙂

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Books Already in Progress

Some of these got put on the back burner so I could work on my reading goal for 2017. Now it’s time to pick them back up!

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck

I’m sort of cheating with this one because I already finished it at the beginning of this month. Regardless, it was one I planned on reading.

Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This has been on my to-read list for a very, very, very long time. It’s about time I finished it!

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

This is the book that has been on my to-read list the longest, according to Goodreads. I’m thrilled to be reading it, it just takes a while since it’s non-fiction.


Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Windfall by Jennifer Smith

I borrowed this book from my friend last year, and it’s pretty highly anticipated.

Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly

My church gave this to everyone as a Christmas gift this year. It sounds like exactly what I need to read right now.


What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

❤ Annette

January 2018 TBR