Sun, November 23, 2014

Have I Become a Book Buying Addict?

I’ve never been a big book buyer. Instead, I’ve spent most of my life as a library addict, only buying books on my Kindle if the library didn’t have them and certainly NEVER buying physical books I’d already read.

But then…I found myself asking for Amazon cards for holidays and birthdays.

And browsing used book stores.

And hauling bags of books home after the annual library book sale.

I barely have shelf room left as it is, but just found myself making this list:


Yup, I wrote out all the books I’m missing from series so that next time I’m at a book sale, I know which sets I need to “complete.” Not because I haven’t read them, just because I want to own them. But c’mon, doesn’t my Maggie Stiefvater shelf area just look MISERABLE without a copy of Linger at the very least?


It’s this mindset that worries me. Have I graduated from “library addict” to all-out book addict?*

If so, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY FUTURE FINANCES, not to mention my shelf space. For those of you already there, how do you reign yourselves in? HELP!


*I mean, I guess I should have realized I was a book addict earlier considering I WRITE A WEBSITE COMPLETELY DEDICATED TO BOOKS, but you know, we’re all blind to our true selves from time to time. ;)

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Tue, November 11, 2014

Indecision Issues

Ack, I’m in a weird funk where I can’t decide what YA book to read next so I just have been reading romance novels. And as fun as that is, I love YA best and need to snap out of it!

So, I’m hoping you can help me decide what to read. Here are the upcoming books on my list:



Have you heard of any of these? Where would you start?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Sun, October 5, 2014


Hi guys!

Two lovely readers let me know that comments weren’t working over the weekend so they couldn’t enter contests. AHHHH!

Turns out, I’d updated some widgets on the blog that got things all funky. I think it’s fixed now, but thank you so much to those of you who let me know. Give me a shout if you ever notice something weird like this again — it’s a HUGE help to me. Especially in this case because I THRIVE on your comments.

Meanwhile, I’ve had a crazy weekend but am going to rest the rest of the day. Phew. Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!


PS: I did get to wake up and read in bed a bit yesterday morning to this gorgeous view of the sunrise out my window! Thought you guys would appreciate:


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Tue, August 19, 2014

A Stephanie Perkins Tour Guide


To celebrate the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After, I’m joining in on the #IslaIsComing blog tour and taking you on a tour of my own — to the settings of the books. I’ve been blessed to visit each of the major cities our beloved characters visit and thought it’d be fun to share some tips, some pictures, some quotes…enjoy!


“The only French word I know is oui, which means “yes,” and only recently did I learn it’s spelled o-​u-​i and not w-​e-​e.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“The serpentine river and crumbling cathedrals and sprawling palaces and everything, yes, everything is visible from here.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Eiffel Sprawling

What to eat

Coffee — there’s no better way to people watch than to sit in a Parisian cafe, where the chairs face out to the streets and it’s completely expected for you to stare as crowds go by.


What to see

The view of the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.


What to do

Download some Rick Steves, plug your headphones in, and let him take you on a private tour of some of the world’s best museums.


“I am trying really hard not to use the word ‘fabulous’ right now.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door


What to eat

Ghiradelli Chocolate, of course. But you’ve also gotta have an In-N-Out burger, animal style.

SF Full House

What to see

The neighborhoods. And, okay, the Full House house. As Lola taught us, SF is full of quirk. Explore that quirk for yourself!


What to do

Hike! Okay, so my own hike failed because I’m a flatland city girl and my heels couldn’t handle the incline. But still! Next time! So here’s a view from Coit Tower instead.



What to eat

Pizza. Pizzapizzapizzapizza. Pizza so big you have to fold it in half to fit it in your mouth.


What to see

Everything. Drinks on a rooftop — Manhattan or the boroughs — is always a good way to take in the view.


What to do

See a Broadway show. Go shopping. Traipse around Central Park. Visit some museums. Pick an neighborhood and explore the shops.


“The jumble of the city stretches to every corner of the horizon, sharp rectangles of brown and gray and yellow and red. Towering above it all are the spires and construction cranes of Sagrada Familia, but directly below us, there’s a seemingly endless path winding its way down through a landscape of Mediterranean greens.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After


What to eat

Haha! More like what to DRINK! Sangria, sangria, sangria.


What to see

Sagrada Família, a gorgeous Roman Catholic church designed by Gaudí. Actually, the more Gaudí you see in Barcelona, the better.


What to do

Wander. Are you starting to see a pattern here?

My favorite thing to do when I travel is to explore. Immerse yourself in the city and let yourself get lost. That’s why I love these books so much — Stephanie Perkins has a beautiful way of immersing us in her settings. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.


(Me, lost in Paris.)

Happy wandering, happy reading.


PS: Click the links below to read my reviews of the books…
Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Isla and the Happily Ever After

Tour Schedule:
Anna and the French Kiss
7/31 – Paper Riot (Anna Readalong Kick-Off)
8/01 – Novel Sounds
8/04 – The Book Addict’s Guide
8/05 – Alexa Loves Books
8/06 – A Bookish Sinister Kid

Lola and the Boy Next Door
8/07 – Cuddlebuggery (Lola Readalong Kick-Off)
8/07 – GReads!
8/09 – Book Revels
8/12 – Rather Be Reading
8/13 – Finding Bliss in Books

Isla and the Happily Ever After
8/14 – The Perpetual Page-Turner (Isla Readalong Kick-Off)
8/15 – AndiABCs
8/18 – Writer of Wrongs
8/19 – Anna Reads
8/20 – Good Books and Good Wine

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Mon, August 18, 2014

Four Years of Anna Reads

In the scale of life’s dramas, it’s nothing. But, let’s be honest: It can be damn hard to run a blog.

There are technical glitches and jealousy (no matter how silly that is) and stats to watch and overcommitments and books you just plain hate and creativity blocks and paranoia that zero comments means no one likes you. It can feel like you’re putting a piece of yourself out there for the world to see…but no one is noticing.

But today, in reflecting on four years of, I’m making a commitment to forget all of that and focus on my overwhelming gratitude for what this journey has brought me.

There’s a quote I think about often: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” My battles my be small, but your kindness has a huge impact on them. I hope you know how much every comment, tweet, email and follow brightens up my days.

Thank you for four years of books, friendship and support. It’s staggering the people, joy, amazement and opportunity this silly little book blog has brought into my life. To everyone reading this: Thank you.


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