fluffy 2020 romances to read on the beach

It's so freaking hot in North Carolina and there's only one thing I want to do these days: relax at the beach. I've been taking every opportunity I can to head east and bury my toes in the sand, and no beach trip is complete without a book. When I'm at the beach, I always…

the princess reading list

Today, I'm sharing all my favorite books about the glitz and glam (or not-so-glam) of royal life. I love a good princess story (especially about a princess falling in love with a commoner?!? total swoon). They're the ultimate escapist fiction, unless you're an actual princess and then we NEED to talk.

best books of 2020 (so far)

Let's be real: 2020 is fixing to be the longest year EVER. Thinking back to January feels like reminiscing on something that happened at least five years ago. Given that we've already dealt with several years' worth of excitement in just six months, it felt fitting to reflect on my favorite books of 2020 so…

Rainy Day Reading List | Annie Recommends

There's nothing I love more than a rainy day, which is convenient because April in North Carolina is nothing but rain. So grab all the blankets in your house (and I mean every single one), snuggle under your blanket pile, and pick up one of these books for the ultimate atmospheric and slightly moody reading experience.

Hermione’s Reading List | Annie Recommends

As I mentioned in my fall book recommendations post, I've been rereading (read: reliving every childhood memory and fantasy related to) the Harry Potter series this season.  All the time I've spent with the books this year has reminded me why I love one character in particular: Hermione Granger. I think I can speak for…

5 Cozy Fall Books | Annie Recommends

Hi y'all, I'm back from the dead and sharing some of my favorite fall books today!!  Autumn is my favorite reading season, and I typically see a huge spike in how many books I read between October and December.  It's such an atmospheric, sensory season that I think lends itself nicely to reading new books…

Books I Want to Read that Nobody Cares About

As a book reviewer, I've often felt pressure to read popular books.  It makes practical sense why we would want to do this: if we talk about the books that everyone else is reading, we're more likely to get page views.  People are more likely to comment because they'll share the common experience of reading…

Books I Loved in Middle School

I asked y'all on Instagram what you wanted me to post today and the response was overwhelmingly clear: what cringy books did my cringy self read in middle school? My taste in literature hasn't changed much considering I would still read most of these books, but I've definitely gained an appreciation for quality literature while still…

Annie Recommends // Books for Spring

Where my university is at in North Carolina, we've been through one hell of a spring.  The weather has been swinging back and forth like a pendulum: last week, it was freezing and windy on Monday, but sunny and 75 and Friday.  We're not quite sure what's up with Mother Nature, but the temperatures have…

Annie Recommends // Books for Your Harry Potter House

Today I'm reviving an Annie Likes Words classic: the Harry Potter Book Recommendation.  Last summer, I shared book recommendations based on which Harry Potter house you're a member of (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin) and y'all loved them!  So I'm listening to the voice of the people and reprising one of my favorite posts. Related Post:…