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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Top 12 List: July 2012 / Month in Review

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Hello Internet!

By now you know the drill with this post. I list out the top books that I read and loved this past month and from them I choose the best of the best. This book then gets listed in my Top 12 List (check out my sidebar) and at the end of the year those 12 books are pitted against each other and my top book for the year is chosen.

So many super duper wonderful books read this month that I am finding it really difficult to choose just one to be the best of the best. 

Since Persuasion is a re-read I’m just going to knock that out and of the Ivy League books Tap & Gown was my favorite so I’ll keep that and eliminate the other two. And even though I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars I think that I am going to eliminate that one as well. Not that it isn’t good or worthy because it is but I need to narrow the list down and must make some hard choices. This leaves me with:
Finnikin of the Rock
Shadows on the Moon
Smart Girls Get What They Want
Tap & Gown

Which is still a very tough choice! All these books made me feel real feelings and were just so filled with emotion and life. They all have stayed with me long after I finished read (or listening as the case may be.) As hard as it is I think I can climate two more books to get me to: 

And with the toss of a coin…my top pick for July 2012 is *drull roll*
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
All in all you can’t go wrong with any of the books that made the contender list this month. But there was just something about Finnikin of the Rock that just made it stand out a little more than the others. This is in no way a land slide victory for this story. 
What about you? What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments below. =)
Month in review – Here’s the other books I read this month:
4 Star Reads
Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfruend (4.5 stars)
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2) by Patricia Briggs
From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas 
Never Enough by Denise Jaden
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Queen’s Vow by C.W. Gortner
Under the Rose (Ivy League, Book 2) by Diana Peterfreund
White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black (audio)

3 Star Reads

The Chase (Fast Track, Book 4) by Erin McCarthy
The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test, Book 1.5) by Aimee Carter (3.5 stars)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
Stormdancer (Lotus Wars, Book 1) by Jay Kristoff

2 Star Reads
1 Star Reads
DNF Reads – maybe I’ll try these again at some point, but for now they don’t resonate with me
Month in Review – Here’s what I posted about:
Book reviews:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Movie reviews:
Miscellaneous Posts:
Tuesday Teasers Posted:
Other Meme’s Participated in:
Total Number of books read in July 2012: 23 (20 print, 3 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in July 2012: 6402
Total Number of audio hours  in July 2012: 30
Longest Read = Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund (480 pgs)
Shortest Read = Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund (60 pgs)
Compared to Last Year
Total Number of books read in July 2011: 16 (14 print, 2 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in July 2011: 5290
Total Number of audio hours  in July 2011: 20.5
Longest Read = Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (722 pgs)
Shortest Read = Try Me by Parker Blue (218 pgs)
Overall 2012 Stats
Total Number of books read for 2012: 93 (73 print, 20 audio)
Total Number of pages read for 2012: 23,959
Total Number of audio hours for 2012: 216
(click to go to my challenge page for a description of the challenges and the books read for them)
2012 Debut – Goal: 12 / Read: 17 (142% complete) – COMPLETED
Alphabet – Goal: 26 / Read: 20 (77% complete)
Audio – Goal: 25 / Listened: 20 (80% complete)
Back to the Classics – Goal: 9 / Read: 3 (33% complete)
ebook – Goal: 25 / Read: 26 (104 % complete) – COMPLETED
What’s in a Name – Goal: 6 / Read: 5 (83% complete)
YA Contemporary – Goal: 15 / Read: 15 (100% complete) – COMPLETED
YA Historical – Goal: 5 / Read: 3 (60% complete)
Read 125 books in 2012 – Read 93 (74% complete)

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