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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Top 12 List: August 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

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (February 2015)
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (March 2015)

This month is so very hard to choose between these two great reads. Both of which I didn’t expect to have in my hands until early next year so I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the. I loved the debut books of both of these authors and have become a total fangirl for life for them both. Seriously, you can NOT go wrong with either of these books. Part of what is so hard about these books is that they are just so very different. I’ll Meet You There was just so raw and emotional and while The Start of Me and You hits the emotions too its on an entirely different level. I was also going to cheat a little and choose the one that didn’t make my Top 12 list previously only I can’t do that here as they were both previous Top 12 List winners. And both books are also so much better than the previous ones (Something Real and Open Road Summer). Therefore, to pick a winner I went to the internet and asked people to choose a number and that number resulted in my top choice for August 2014…and the winner is….

start of me and you


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

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, Book 1) by Megan McCafferty

3 Star Reads

Breathe with Me (With me in Seattle, Book 7) by Kristen Proby
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Book 2) by Sarah J. Maas
Fanning the Flames (Jackson: Girls Night Out, Book 0.5) by Victoria Dahl
The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, Book 0.5) by Courtney Milan
Hard to Hold on To (Hard Ink, Book 2.5) by Laura Kaye
Playing it Close (London Legends, Book 2) by Kat Latham
Tied with Me (With me in Seattle, Book 6) by Kristen Proby

2 Star Reads

I Want it That Way (2B Trilogy, Book 1) by Ann Aguirre

1 Star Reads


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



Book reviews:

Miscellaneous Posts:


Places “Traveled” to this month:

See my “travel” index for a complete list of all the places I’ve been through books. (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that! So check out my Month in Review posts in the interim)

England: London (1835) via The Governess Affair
England: London via Playing it Close
Erilea: Adarlan: Rhinehold via Crown of Midnight
Erilea: Fenharrow: Bellhaven via Crown of Midnight
United States: California: Creek View via I’ll Meet You There
United States: California: Los Angeles via Scoring Wilder
United States: California: Malibu via Scoring Wilder
United States: Indiana: Anderson via The Start of Me and You
United States: Indiana: Oakhurst via The Start of Me and You
United States: Maryland: Baltimore via Hard to Hold on To
United States: Michigan: Ann Arbor via I Want it That Way
United States: Michigan: Mount Albion via I Want it That Way
United States: Nebraska: Sharon via I Want it That Way
United States: New Jersey: Pineview via Sloppy Firsts
United States: Washington: Seattle via Breathe with Me and Tied with Me
United States: Wyoming: Jackson Hole via Fanning the Flames


Personal Highlights of August:

Some fun highlights in August where:

Traveling to New Hampshire and hiking the Lost River Gorge with my family…including my sister, brother-in-law, and niece who were out visiting from New Mexico.



Hiking down the gorge with my sister and her husband



A waterfall at the Lost River Gorge



Chilling with my niece’s moose as she explores a cavern with the fam


My niece “mining” for gems and rocks


While we were in New Hampshire we also went to Clark’s Trading Post and Storyland. My niece loved Storyland and meeting Cinderella and getting to ask about her glass slipper. Her favorite ride was the Bamboo Chutes and she had to have gone on it a good half dozen times or more.



Clark’s Trading Post


SL 1

CInderella reading a story at tea time


SL 2

Enjoy yourself. It is later than you think.


August also brought us the highlight of the summer, my dad’s volunteer fire department annual clambake.
I also took my very first glass blowing class and made a pretty paperweight!
Glass Blowing




And let’s not forget the office shenanigans!


office prank

Operation: 90210


Office Prank 2

Operation: Princess Bike


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. As both of these books are unavailable until early 2015 then the winner will be able to choose another book by the same author if they wish. If pre-ordering is not available then an earlier book will be substituted automatically.

The winner of last months contest is: Alicia E

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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3 Responses to “Top 12 List: August 2014 / Month in Review”

  1. Vivien

    I absolutely loved Vicious by V.E. Schwab!!! So looking forward to her next one!

  2. Kierra

    I read The Cure for Dreaming and LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I had high hopes for it, and it met them!