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Friday, November 1, 2013

Top 12 List: October 2013 / Month in Review

Posted by Irish in Contest, Month in Review, Top 12 List7 Comments

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
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So another month and I didn’t love a book enough to give out a 5 star rating but there were many 4 star reads that I really enjoyed and so picking among them is hard. But the two that stand out the most for me are Pivot Point by Kasie West and Erased by Jennifer Rush. I read both in just a few hours and they were both really fast paced and were hard to put down. In the end though, I do have to chose one and I think that of the two that Pivot Point stands out just a little bit more.

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What about you? What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments below. =)

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Month in review – Here’s the other books I read this month:

4 Star Reads

Erased (Altered, Book 2) by Jennifer Rush
Maus I by Art Spiegelman
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne (Audio)
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, Book 1) by Kasie West
The Treatment (The Program, Book 2) by Suzanne Young

3 Star Reads

A Stranger Thing (Ever-Expanding Universe, Book 2) by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal (3.5 stars)
Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey (3.5 stars)
Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits, Book 3) by Katie McGarry
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
One to Hold by Tia Louise
The Perfect Play (Play by Play, Book 1) by Jaci Burton
A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand
Shadow & Bone (The  Grisha Trilogy, Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo (Audio)

2 Star Reads

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1 Star Reads
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DNF Reads – maybe I’ll try these again at some point, but for now they don’t resonate with me
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Month in Review

Book reviews:
Altered (Altered, Book 1) by Jennifer Rush (Audio)
Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits, Book 1.5) by Katie McGarry
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mystery, Book 1) by Erin Dionne
One to Hold by Tia Louise
The Only Exception by Magan Vernon
A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6) by Patricia Briggs (Audio)
Sweet (True Believers, Book 2) by Erin McCarthy
True (True Believers, Book 1) by Erin McCarthy
Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace

Movie reviews:
The Book Thief

Miscellaneous Posts:
Author Interview: Erin McCarthy
Ch-ch-changes
Excerpt: The Only One by Magan Vernon
Guest Post: JC Emery – Family Bonding, Research, and Road Trips
Guest Post: Rachel Harris – Where the Magic Happens
October 2013 Read-a-Thon
Quotably Yours: Sweet by Erin McCarthy
Quotably Yours: True by Erin McCarthy
Spotlight: Finding It by Cora Carmack
Spotlight: Game For Trouble by Karen Erikson
Spotlight: The Only One by Magan Vernon
Spotlight: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand
Spotlight: Wild Child by M. Leighton
Top 12 List: September 2013 / Month in Review
Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs
Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Series Endings
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was “Forced” to Read

Places “Traveled” to this month:

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

Antarctica: Cape Crozier via A Stranger Thing (2074)
Czechoslovakia: Unknown via Maus (1938)
Poland: Bielsko via Maus (1941-1943)
Poland: Czestochowa via Maus (1935-1937)
Poland: Lubin via Maus (1940)
Poland: Oswiecim via Maus (1944)
Poland: Sosnowiec via Maus (1935-1944)
Ravka: Kribirsk via Shadow & Bone
Ravka: Novokribirsk via Shadow & Bone
Ravka: Os Alta via Shadow & Bone
Ravka: Petrazoi via Shadow & Bone
Ravka: Ryevost via Shadow & Bone
United States: Arizona: Scottsdale via One to Hold (21st Century)
United States: California: San Francisco via Perfect Play (21st Century)
United States: Colorado: Colorado Springs via The Treatment
United States: Indiana: Unknown via Erased
United States: Kentucky: Louisville via Crash Into You (21st Century)
United States: Maryland: Baltimore via One to Hold (21st Century)
United States: Pennsylvania: Ardmore via A Stranger Thing (2074)
United States: Massachusetts: Boston via Snowbound with the CEO (21st Century)
United States: Massachusetts: Boston via Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (21st Century)
United States: Massachusetts: Jamaica Plain via Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (21st Century)
United States: Michigan: Grand Rapids via Erased
United States: Michigan: Hart via Erased
United States: Michigan: Hastings via Erased
United States: Michigan: Millerton via Erased
United States: Michigan: Port Cadia via Erased
United States: Missouri: St Louis via Perfect Play (21st Century)
United States: New Hampshire: Unknown, White Mountains via Snowbound with the CEO (21st Century)
United States: New Jersey: Princeton via One to Hold (21st Century)
United States: New York: Rego Park via Maus (1958, 1980s)
United States: Oregon: Portland via The Treatment
United States: Texas: Dallas via Pivot Point
United States: Texas: Jackson (aka The Compound) via Pivot Point
United States: Unknown: Crow’s Woods via The Lost Boy
United States: Utah: Salt Lake City and Kelsey via The Treatment
United States: Vermont: Unknown via Snowbound with the CEO (21st Century)
United States: Virginia: Grayson County via A Risk Worth Taking (21st Century)
United States: Virginia: Sea Breeze via One to Hold (21st Century)
United States: Virginia: Wilmington via One to Hold (21st Century)

Statistics:

Total Number of books read: 13 (11 print, 2 audio)<
Total Number of pages read: 2948
Total Number of audio hours: 15.5
Longest Read = Crash into You by Katie McGarry (474 pgs)
Shortest Read = Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey (66 pgs)

Compared to Last Year
Total Number of books read: 22 (20 print, 2 audio)
Total Number of pages read: 7216
Total Number of audio hours: 21.5
Longest Read = Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells (672 pgs)
Shortest Read = Undercover Professor by December Gephart (177 pgs)

Top Pick of October 2008 = The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Top Pick of October 2009 = Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Top Pick of October 2010 = Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Top Pick of October 2011 = Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Top Pick of October 2012 = The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

Challenge Progress
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Monthly Contest
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Enter to win a copy of my top pick of the month and a $10 amazon gift card. This contest is open internationally but If you live outside the US and you win then then the GC will be the equivalent to $10 US dollars.

Note: For this contest, if you’ve already read Pivot Point I am willing to substitute a pre-order of Split Second in its place.

The winner of last month’s contest is: Vivian M

Congratulations, you should expect an email from me shortly if I haven’t sent it out already.

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7 Responses to “Top 12 List: October 2013 / Month in Review”

  1. Sarah

    You read some excellent books this month! I still need to read Suzanne Young’s Program series. It’s on my radar!

  2. Vivien

    I really enjoyed Pivot Point so I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m really excited to read Erased so that news is really excellent to hear. My favorite read was Allegiant. I’m in the minority and I’m ok with it 🙂

  3. Ariel T

    My favorite book I read in October would have to be the House of Hades.