Annie Talks First Lines

I've had this post on my schedule for a while and I'm super pumped to finally be writing it!  First lines are crucial  in both writing and reading, so I'm going to talk about both sides of the coin: how I write first lines/what makes a good one while highlighting some of my personal favorites. Let's…

Annie Plays “Would You Rather”

I was tagged by Aria over at Snow White Hates Apples to complete a particularly challenging round of "Would You Rather" regarding my literary preferences.  I'll spare you the intro and just get right to the game! Would you rather... 1. Read only stand-alones or trilogies? I have to go with stand-alones here.  I love how…

What Annie’s Wondering About: A Reverse Q&A

Guess who has two thumbs and just got 100 followers?  This gal!  Thank you so much for reading, liking, commenting, and being a supportive audience.  I've loved every minute and cannot wait to continue meeting so many amazing people. To celebrate the 100 wonderful people who read the ramblings I send out into the depths…

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Woohoo, my first book tag!  This is blog milestone, right? I feel great shame in saying that I haven't read that much this year.  I can feel the gods of literature frowning down at me as I say (or rather, type) this, but nevertheless I will complete the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.  Kourtni from…

Eight Reasons Why Annie Isn’t Watching “Thirteen Reasons Why”

  Ever since the television adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why became available on Netflix, I've had to answer the question: "why haven't you watched it yet?"  The controversial show, based on a novel of the same name by Jay Asher, has drawn a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and I've had to justify my…

Musings on an Old Bookstore in Annapolis

Plot twist (not): I love bookstores.  Antiquated or contemporary, cavernous or petite; if it sells books, I will be a generous and enthusiastic patron.  Even though my bookshelf is full and the stacks of unread books on my nightstand are towering, I continue to buy more and more and more.  Let's just face it: I'm…

What Annie’s Doing: A Reading and Writing Update #1

Hello lovelies 🙂 So I've been seeing a lot of mid-month writing and reading updates both on WordPress and on my YouTube feed and I thought, "heck, why not do it myself?"  I've been in kind of a rut about what to post on my blog as of late and I think that this might…

What Annie Read: Everything, Everything Book Review

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Everything, Everything is a book that I've been looking forward to reading for a  long, long time.  I've heard a lot of hype about how absolutely wonderful Nicola Yoon's first novel is in addition to obsessively watching the movie trailer once or twice (more like seven times).  So when I…

What Annie Read: Red Queen Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard I know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I think that breaking this unwritten reading rule is certainly acceptable when it comes to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  As depicted above, the cover is relatively plain: a simple silver crown overturned, dripping with what appears to be…

My Favorite Snow Day Reads

There's something beautiful about frolicking through a field of gleaming white snow... until your nose gets cold, and then it's time to come inside for a cup of cocoa and a good book.  Here are some of my favorites to put you in a wintry mood or, if you don't enjoy snow in your socks,…