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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Top 12 List: April 2014 / 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


April wasn’t the best reading month for me and most of the books were just average but there were a couple of 4 star reads for me to make a choice from. Of the two 4 star reads I had it was pretty easy to make a choice and that was for Half Bad by Sally Green. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book but what I got was a fast paced engaging fantasy novel that I couldn’t put down. I am looking forward to the sequel and hate that I have to wait until next year for it! If you haven’t looked into this one yet then you really need to get on that!

half bad

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:

(most books read during this month will be reviewed next month)


4 Star Reads

Half Bad (Half Life, Book 1) by Sally Green
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

3 Star Reads

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, Book 1) by Jennifer Echols
Breakable (Contours of the Heart, Book 2) by Tammara Webber
Broken Hearts, Fences, & Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, Book 1) by Katie Finn
Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes, Book 1) by Suzanne Brockmann
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 3) by Laini Taylor (Audio)
Imaginary Lines (New York Leopards, Book 3) by Allison Parr
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, Book 1) by Rob Thomas &
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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

Book reviews:

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 3) by Laini Taylor
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, Book 3) by Julie Kagawa
The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E. Smith
Imaginary Lines (New York Leopards, Book 3) by Allison Parr
Jet (Marked Men, Book 2) by Jay Crownover
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
Nash (Marked Men, Book 4) by Jay Crownover
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Rome (Marked Men, Book 2) by Jay Crownover
Rule (Marked Men, Book 1) by Jay Crownover
Running Back (New York Leopards, Book 2) by Allison Parr
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Scarlet (Scarlet, Book 1) by A.C. Gaughen
The Treatment (The Program, Book 2) by Suzanne Young
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Firzpatrick

Short Story Saturday:

Diverse Energies Anthology Wrap Up Post


Movie reviews:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Miscellaneous Posts:

Blog Tour: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Cover Reveal: Breathe with Me by Kristen Proby
Guest Post: Emmy Laybourne’s Savage Drift Google Searches
Guest Post: Setting of Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Excerpt: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Excerpt: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Interview: Julie Kagawa, The Forever Song
Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters of 2014 (So Far)
Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books in my Reading Journey
Top 12 List: March / Month in Review

Places “Traveled” to this month:

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

Australia: New South Wales: Near Sydney via Jellicoe Road
England: London, Liverpool & Cambridge via Half Bad
Scotland: Unknown via Half Bad
Switzerland: Geneva via Half Bad
United States: California: Los Angles & Burlingame via Imaginary Lines
United States: California: Neptune, Bakersfield & Stanford via The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
United States: Connecticut: Stony Bay & Seashell Island via What I Thought Was True
United States: Connecticut: Putnam via Broken Hearts
United States: Florida: Sarasota & Miami via Do or Die
United States: Florida: Tampa via Biggest Flirts
United States: Missouri: Elizabeth, Prairie Valley, Caster City via Torn Away
United States: New York: New York & Lake George via Imaginary Lines
United States: New York: The Hamptons via Broken Hearts
United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via The Chapel Wars
United States: Pennsylvania: Unknown via What Happens Next
United States: Ohio: Lakewood via What Happens Next
United States: Texas: Unknown via Breakable
United States: Virginia: Arlington via Breakable
United States: Washington DC via Breakable


Total Number of books read: 13 (11 print, 2 audio)
Total Number of pages read: 4040
Total Number of audio hours: 27
Longest Read = Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann (576 pgs)
Shortest Read = Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr (237 pgs)

2014 Reading Goal Progress
(click the link to see how I’m doing with my challenges)

Monthly Contest

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Enter to win a copy of my top pick of the month (or other book in the series) 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.

The winner of March’s contest is: Tracey S

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


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5 Responses to “Top 12 List: April 2014 / Month in Review”

  1. Vivien

    I’ve been struggling with actual time reading lately as well. But I did read Dorothy Must Die and just loved it!! So that’s my favorite of the month.

  2. January

    I absolutely loved Allegiant by Veronica Roth! Even if it did shatter my heart into tiny pieces… Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Anj Garcia

    Hi there! Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite book i’ve read this month is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas 🙂