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.

the hermione granger reading list

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…

five cozy fall books

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:…

Annie Recommends // Blind Date With a Book

A few months ago, I was browsing my favorite local bookstore and stumbled upon this: a blind date with a book.  A paperback book was wrapped in brown butcher's paper and covered with adjectives describing the book.  The wrapping told me about the book's nature, but didn't give me a glimpse at the title, author,…

Annie’s Fall TBR

Nothing makes my bibliophilic heart smile more than the drop in temperature.  The leaves fall, the cozy cable knit sweaters come out, the autumnal candles get lit after months of sitting and waiting for the air to turn cold.  Life turns into an autumn-themed Pinterest board (at least I wish it did) as the chill…