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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Top 12 List: January 2013 / 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

Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Machetta

For once this was an easy choice. While I loved both books the only that left me breathless was Quintana of Chayn! Not that Asunder wasn’t good, because it was but it just didn’t blow me out of the water as Quintana did.

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
Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton (3.5 Stars) – Review to post on 09 February 2013
The Other Guy by Cary Atwell (3.5 Stars)
Doctor Who III Volume 1 by Andy Diggle & Brandon Seifert, Illustrated by Mark Buckingham &  Philip Bond
Double Crossed by Ally Carter
Making His Mark by Jennah Scott
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Audio)
Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer

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:
Movie reviews:

Places “Traveled” to this month:

England: London & Bath via The Rook (21st Century,  alternate universe)
England: London via Victoria Rebels (1827-1843)
England: London via Thief (1822)
England: London via Doctor Who (1851 & 1814)
Skuldenore: Lumatere and Charyn via Quintana of Charyn
Space: The ship GODSPEED via A Million Suns
Thailand: Unknown via The Other Guy (21st Century)
United States: California: San Diego via Taking Chances (21st Century)
United States: Colorado: Denver via Mystery Man (21st Century)
United States: Illinois: Chicago via The Other Guy (21st Century)
United States: New Mexico: Albuquerque via Making His Mark (21st Century)
United States: North Carolina: Unknown via The Other Guy (21st Century)
United States: Pennsylvania: Butler via Blaze (21st Century)
United States: Texas: Austen via How Beauty Saved the Beast (21st Century)
Unknown: Heart via Asunder

Miscellaneous Posts:

Tuesday Teasers Posted:

Other Meme’s Participated in (links take you to a general tag search):


Total Number of books read in January 2013: 13 (11 print, 2 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in January 2013: 3474
Total Number of audio hours  in January 2013: 20
Longest Read = Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta (516 pgs)
Shortest Read = Double Crossed by Ally Carter (89 pgs)

Compared to Last Year
Total Number of books read in January 2012: 10 (6 print, 4 audio)
Total Number of pages read  in January 2012: 2063
Total Number of audio hours  in January 2012: 66
Longest Read =  Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (435 pgs)
Shortest Read =  Book Without Words by Avi (240 pgs)

Top Pick of January 2008 = Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher
Top Pick of January 2009 = The Myth of Me & You by Leah Stewart
Top Pick of January 2010 = The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
Top Pick of January 2011 = Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Top Pick of January 2012 = Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

(click the link to see how I’m doing with my challenges)

One Response to “Top 12 List: January 2013 / Month in Review”

  1. Vivien

    I’m absolutely not surprised that Quintana of Charyn by Melina Machetta is at the top of your list. It’s such good high fantasy!