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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Top 12 List: October 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.

The Contenders – 5 Star Reads
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington (review to come in January 2013)
Easy by Tamarra Webber
One Good Earl Deserves Lover (Rule of Scoundrels, Book 2) by Sarah MacLean (review to come in January 2013)
The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
This is such a hard choice this month since I love all of these books so very much! I think to help try and make this one a little easier for me I’m going to knock out the two that aren’t out until 2013. I know I know I’m being hash and mean but I need to narrow this down somehow! I read all of these pretty much in a single sitting so you know they are all amazing reads and you should have them all on your list if they aren’t already. The book that I do chose to be the best of the best this month though goes to the one with the Polish boy and that is Anna Jarzab’s The Opposite of Hallelujah.

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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
All He Ever Desired (Kowlaski Family, Book 4) by Shannon Stacey
Because of Low (Sea Breeze, Book 2) by Abbli Glines
Beseiged (The Outcast Chronicles, Book 1) by Rowena Cory Daniells
Exclusively Yours (Kowalski Family, Book 1) by Shannon Stacey
The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, Book 3) by Cinda Williams Chima (audio)
How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, Book 1) by Manda Collins
Killjoy (Buchanan, Book 3) by Julie Garwood
Lucky Charm (Lucky Trilogy, Book 1) by Carly Phillips
Mercy (Buchanan, Book 2) by Julie Garwood
Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey
3 Star Reads
The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Beneis-Grab (3.5 Stars)
All He Ever Needed (Kowalski Family, Book 4) by Shannon Stacey
Undercover Professor by December Gephalt
Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family, Book 3) by Shannon Stacey

2 Star Reads
Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
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:
Movie reviews:
Places “Traveled” to this month:
See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books.

Australia: Unknown: Wirrawee (21st Century) via Darkness, Be My Friend
Brittany: Nantes (1489) via Dark Triumph
Cardinia (1836) via Once a Princess
Chalcedonia: Port Mirror-by-the-Sea, Celestial City, and Restoration Retreat (Year 290-318) via Beseiged
England: London (19th Century) via How to Dance with a Duke and How to Romance a Rake
England: London (1831) via One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
New Zealand: Unknown (21st Century) via Darkness, Be My Friend
Seven Realms: Fellsmarch and Marisa Pines via The Grey Wolf Throne
United States: Alabama: Sea Breeze (21st Century) via Because of Low
United States: Connecticut: New Canaan (21st Century) via The Girl in the Wall
United States: New Hampshire: Upstate and Concord (21st Century) via Exclusively Yours and Yours to Keep.
United States: Illinois: Maple Grove (21st Century) via The Opposite of Hallelujah
United States: Louisiana: Baton Rouge via Pitch Perfect (21st Century)
United States: Louisiana: Bowen, St Claire and New Orleans via Mercy
United States: Maine: Whitford (21st Century) via All He Ever Needed and All He Ever Desired
United States: Massachusetts: Brookline (21st Century) via All He Ever Desired
United States: Massachusetts: Woodbridge (21st Century) via The Dead and Buried
United States: Massachusetts: Stewart and Perkins (21st Century) via Lucky Charm

United States: Mississippi: Natchez (1836) via Once a Princess
United States: Nevada: Sparks and Las Vegas (21st Century) via Seducing Cinderella

United States: New York: Larchmount (21st Century) via Lucky Charm
United States: Oregon: Portland (21st Century) via Undercover Professor
United States: Wisconsin: Milwaukee (21st Century) via Undercover Professor
United States: Unnamed (21st Century) via Easy
Miscellaneous Posts:
Tuesday Teasers Posted:
Other Meme’s Participated in (links take you to a general tag search):
Total Number of books read in October 2012: 22 (20 print, 2 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in  October 2012: 7216
Total Number of audio hours  in  October 2012: 21.5
Longest Read = Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (672 pgs)
Shortest Read = Undercover Professor by December Gephart (177 pgs)
Compared to Last Year
Total Number of books read in October 2011: 6 (3 print, 4 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in October 2011: 610
Total Number of audio hours  in October 2011: 31.5
Longest Read = Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (498 pgs)
Top Pick of October 2011 = Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Top Pick of October 2010 = Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Top Pick of October 2009 = Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Top Pick of October 2008 = The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Overall 2012 Stats
Total Number of books read for 2012: 145 (117 print, 28 audio)
Total Number of pages read for 2012: 39,380
Total Number of audio hours for 2012: 302.5
(click to go to my challenge page for a description of the challenges and the books read for them)
Alphabet – Goal: 26 / Read: 26 – 81% complete
Back to the Classics – Goal: 9 / Read: 3 – 33% complete
Read 125 books in 2012 – Read 145  – COMPLETED
2012 Debut – Goal: 12 / Read: 22 – COMPLETED
Audio – Goal: 25 / Listened: 28 – COMPLETED
ebook – Goal: 25 / Read: 48 – COMPLETED
What’s in a Name – Goal: 6 / Read: 6 – COMPLETED
YA Contemporary – Goal: 15 / Read: 21 – COMPLETED
YA Historical – Goal: 5 / Read: 5 – COMPLETED

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