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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Top 12 List: July 2013 / Month in Review

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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

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

This month was filled with a lot of just ok reads and there was only one that really stood out among the rest and that was Trish Doller’s sophomore book, Where the Stars Still Shine. This book is beautiful and raw and is sure to really tug at your heart strings. If you liked Something Like Normal then you will love this book as it is so much better.

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
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (Coincidence, Book 1) by Jessica Sorensen
No Strings Attached by Nicolette Day
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Up In Flames (Barringer’s Pass, Book 3) by Starr Ambrose

3 Star Reads
If You Leave (Beautifully Broken, Book 2) by Courtney Cole (3.5 Stars)
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
Lie to Me by Starr Ambrose
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Audio)
Plus One by Brighton Walsh
Taste the Heat (Love and Games, Book 1) by Rachel Harris
Thieves Like Us by Starr Ambrose
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Audio)

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:
All He Ever Needed (Kowalski Family, Book 4) by Shannon Stacey
Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charlie Davidson, Book 5) by Darynda Jones
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charlie Davidson, Book 4) by Darynda Jones
His Roommate’s Pleasure by Lana McGregor
Icons (Icons, Book 1) by Margaret Stohl 
Taste the Heat (Love and Games, Book 1) by Rachel Harris
That Summer by Sarah Dessen 
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Audio)

Waiting for Ty by Samantha Ann King

Movie reviews:
The Lone Ranger

Places “Traveled” to this month:

See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books.<

United States: Colorado: Barringer’s Pass via Up in Flames (21st Century)
United States: Connecticut: Stony Brook via My Life Next Door (21st Century)
United States: Florida: Tarpon Springs via Where the Stars Still Shine (21st Century)
United States: Illinois: Chicago and Angels Bay via If You Leave and Plus One (21st Century)
United States: Louisiana: Magnolia Springs and New Orleans via Taste the Heat (21st Century)
United States: Maine: Henley and Kennebunkport via This is What Happy Looks Like (21st Century)
United States: Michigan: Bloomfield Hills via Lie to Me & Thieves Like Us (20th Century)
United States: Minnesota: Minneapolis and Rochester via Plus One (21st Century)
United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via Play Me (21st Century)
United States: North Carolina: Charlotte via No Strings Attached (21st Century)
United States: Rhode Island: Glendale via This Song Will Save Your Life (21st Century)
United States: Unnamed via Jumping Off Swings (21st Century)
United States: Wyoming: Afton and Laramie via The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (21st Century)

Miscellaneous Posts:
Blog Tour: Lyla Payne Talks About the Setting of By Referral Only
Blog Tour: Rachel Harris Talks About the Setting of Taste the Heat 
Excerpt: Play Me by Diane Alberts
Top 12 List: June 2013 / Month in Review
Top Ten Tuesday:
Authors That Deserve More Recognition
Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books
Top Ten Tuesday: Words the make me NOT want to pick up a book

Tuesday Teasers Posted:

Other Meme’s Participated in (links take you to a general tag search):
Saturday Snapshot – a day in the life of me (spoardic participation)
WWW Wednesday – Weekly book meme about what you’re reading, have read, and plan to read next

Total Number of books read in July 2013: 14 (11 print, 3 audio)
Total Number of pages read in July 2013: 2899
Total Number of audio hours in July 2013: 27
Longest Read = Lie to Me by Starr Ambrose (384 pgs)
Shortest Read =No Strings Attached by Nicolette Day (77 pgs)

Compared to Last Year
Total Number of books read: 23 (20 print, 3 audio)
Total Number of pages read: 6402
Total Number of audio hours: 30
Longest Read = The City’s Son by Tom Polluck (480 pgs)
Shortest Read = Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund (60 pgs)

Top Pick of June 2008 = Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Top Pick of June 2009 = I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Top Pick of June 2010 = Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Top Pick of June 2011 = The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
Top Pick of June 2012 = Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Challenge Progress

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Monthly Contest

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The winner of last month’s contest is: Vivian

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18 Responses to “Top 12 List: July 2013 / Month in Review”

  1. Christine

    I recently read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and I loved it so much. I’m excited for Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller I’m sure it’s gonna be one awesome book.

  2. Katie

    I am so excited for Where The Stars Still Shine since Something Like Normal was amazing.

  3. Michelle

    I read Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith this month and absolutely loved it! The voice was so compelling and different. Definitely looking forward to Hilary’s next book! 🙂

  4. Holly Bryan

    I read CANARY by Rachele Alpine at the very end of July and absolutely LOVED IT! If you like contemporary, you should totally read it (if you haven’t already 😉 – I’m a new follower so not sure!).

  5. Nina Waters

    My favorite book of August is Kaleidoscope! Thanks for the giveaway! I’m so excited to read Where the Stars still Shine. 🙂

  6. Kierra D.

    I think my favorite has to be…Eleanor & Park. I can’t wait until Fangirl releases! Eleanor and Park were just adorkable together 😀

  7. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    For July, my fave read was the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand – I know I’m late to the party, and I know it’s three books, but I binged them, so I kinda can’t tell them apart? =p