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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Top 12 List: June 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

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real


This month was easy in choosing a winner for my favorite book of the month because there was only one book to receive a 5 star rating and that was Something Real by Heather Demetrios. I had tried to read this as an egalley but at the time I couldn’t get past the first few pages for various reasons and life distractions. Then it expired so I had no choice but to buy a copy as I still needed to get a review into Netgalley. I put it off for a bit and then once I started it a second time I just couldn’t put it down. I was hooked on Bonnie(TM)’s story and loved this peak into what it might be like to be a child star on a reality tv show. My favorite this about this one was the relationship between Bonnie(TM) and her brother Benny(TM). If you haven’t read this one yet then you need it on your shelf!

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

Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

3 Star Reads

Her Dark Places by Kelly Killarney (3.5 stars)
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris

2 Star Reads

Before We Fall by Courtney Cole
Fall with Me by Julie Particka
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

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:

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Half Bad by Sally Green
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
On the Fence by Kasie West
Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones
Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

Short Story Saturday:



Movie reviews:


Miscellaneous Posts:

Excerpt: 21 Days by Bethany Lopez
Guest Post: Ready for You by JL Berg 
Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2014 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be in your Beach Bag
Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer TBR Pile
Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends I Dislike


Places “Traveled” to this month:

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

United States: California: Los Angeles via Before We Fall
United States: California: Unknown via Something Real
United States: Illinois: Chicago via Before We Fall
United States: Louisiana: Magnolia Springs via Seven Day Fiance and Accidentally Married on Purpose
United States: Michigan: Detroit via Fall with Me
United States: New Hampshire: Not Named via Her Dark Places
United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via Accidentally Married on Purpose
United States: Tennessee: Nashville via Accidentally Married on Purpose
United States: Tennessee: Thousand Oaks via Breathe, Annie, Breathe
United States: Texas: Houston via Sugar Daddy
United States: Texas: Welcome via Sugar Daddy

Can’t remember – if you know please leave a comment!
Far From You by Tess Sharpe


Personal Highlights of June

Some fun highlights in June where:


birthday 7

My Blog turned SEVEN! I still can’t believe that I started this blog seven years ago it doesn’t seem that long at all.  I also pulled the winners of the contest and they are:

Top 12 Book choice winners:

Hannah N
Nancy (@Nancytastic)
Resurgent Bookworm
Kat V
Miss Print
Amy V
Samantha W

$50 Gift Card Winner:  Viven

I’ll be emailing you all shortly to collect your address and get your book choice! Congratulations to all and thanks for being a reader of Ticket to Anywhere!!

DinoBBQ Troy

Taking a mini road trip with SarahReadsTooMuch to Troy, NY to visit the Dinosaur BBQ. If you ever spent any length of time in Syracuse, NY then you know just how epic and necessary a journey it was! It was a great day to wander around the town and visit their huge farmer’s market. We also found two books stores and the second best part of the day…ok third…following the awesome BBQ and spending time with the amazing Sarah was that I found the Tardis!


Sadly the Doctor and Clara weren’t inside but I felt safer in Troy knowing they were running about somewhere foiling some evil alien plot!

I also volunteered for a day at the WalkerStalker Con in Boston and got to see some of the stars of the show. I didn’t take any photos or get any autographs but I met some fun people and did something out of my comfort zone so go me! It was a fun day and I think I might just volunteer again next year!

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

Monthly Contest

***Be sure to read the terms and conditions before entering. ***

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

This month I am going to pick two winners…one to win my Top Pick of May (The Martian by Andy Weir) and this month’s Top Pick. Both will also get the $10 US gift card as well.

The winner of April’s contest is: January M

Congratulations, you should expect an email from me shortly if I haven’t sent it out already. If you are waiting on a prize know that I haven’t forgotten you…I’ve just been crazy crazy busy and it will come! I promise!!


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

  1. Vivien

    Holy crap!! 😀

    I read a few good ones:
    Open Road Summer
    Her Dark Curiosity
    Since You’ve Been Gone
    Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

    I cannot choose just one favorite 😀

  2. Kierra

    I really enjoyed reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell! Also, Kiss of Deception was pretty good 🙂
    Thank you for the generous giveaway-Something Real has been on my TBR for quite some time and I enjoyed her fantasy novel, Exquisite Captive, SO MUCH.