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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Top 12 List: March 2015 / 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


Another month goes by and still no 5 star reads. Its been four months and I think this might be the longest stretch yet without one. Therefore, you should all pay close attention to when I read one as you’ll know its a really good read!!! Anywho, dipping into the 4 star pool for a favorite book of the month there are a few promising choices but one does stand out above the rest as I listened to it on audio and the narrator was absolutely ENTRALLING. Like seriously. Wow. The story was equally good but I’m not sure if I’d have enjoyed it as much if I didn’t listen to it. I just loved all the world building in Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and found it to be a really solid debut novel. I’m now extra excited to read her next book, Crimson Bound which will be released in May.

Cruel Beauty



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

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, Book 1) by Rosamund Hodge
Four Nights with the Duke (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers, Book 2) by Eloisa James
Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, Book 1) by Claudia Gray
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

3 Star Reads

There You Stand (Between Breaths, Book 5) by Christina Lee (3.5 Stars)
Asa (Marked Men, Book 6) by Jay Crownover
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Dust Waltz by Dan Brereton
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Deep (Stage Dive, Book 4) by Kylie Scott
Eren by Simon P. Clark
Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty, Book 0.5) by Rosamund Hodge
Night of the Soul Stealer (Last Apprentice, Book 3) by Joseph Delaney
Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

2 Star Reads

Miss Fury Volume 1: Anger is an Energy by Jackson Herbert
Orphan Black Issue 1: Sarah by Graeme Manson

1 Star Reads


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

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski


Books read in cover form:

#whatiread in March 2015

A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


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)

  • Arcadia via Cruel Beauty and Gilded Ashes
  • Canada: Ontario: Toronto via Orphan Black Issue 1
  • Coral Sea via A Thousand Pieces of You
  • The County: Adlington via Night of the Soul Stealer
  • The County: Anglezarke via Night of the Soul Stealer
  • The County: Blackrod via Night of the Soul Stealer
  • The County: Chipenden via Night of the Soul Stealer
  • England: Coxborough via Eren
  • England: Unknown via Four Nights with the Duke (19th Century)
  • England: London via A Thousand Pieces of You
  • England: Various via Code Name Verity (20th Century)
  • Four Corners of Civilization: Ademre: Haert via Wise Man’s Fear
  • Four Corners of Civilization: Commonwealth: The University and Imre via Wise Man’s Fear
  • Four Corners of Civilization: Vintas: Severen via Wise Man’s Fear
  • France: Oremie via Code Name Verity (20th Century)
  • Greece: Athens via Sophomore Year is Greek to Me
  • Greece: Crete: Heraklion via Sophomore Year is Greek to Me
  • Russia: St Petersburg via A Thousand Pieces of You
  • United States: California: San Francisco via A Thousand Pieces of You
  • United States: California: Sunnydale via Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • United States: California: Tierra del Rey via Welcome Caller, This is Chloe
  • United States: Denver: Colorado via Asa
  • United States: Missouri: Saint Louis via Deep
  • United States: New Jersey: Unknown/didn’t record via Ms. Marvel Volume 1
  • United States: New Mexico: Albuquerque via Deep
  • United States: New York: New York via Deep and Sophomore Year is Greek to Me
  • United States: New York: Unknown/didn’t record via Shutter Volume 1 and Miss Fury Volume 1
  • United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via Deep
  • United States: Oregon: Portland via Deep
  • United States: Pennsylvania: Philadelphia via Deep
  • United States: Tennessee: Unknown via There You Stand


Random Moments from March 2015:

Reliving my trip to Paris by making a memory photo book  

Photo books! Totally kicking myself for forgetting to put a picture on cover of second one! A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on

Spending time with family

My dad and Great Uncle filling out paperwork

A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


    Going to see Home and Cinderella with friends  

Have tickets. Screening of HOME is a go #home #movie #screening #animation A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


Checking out this wonderful YA Panel at Bluebunny Books (such a cute store!!)

This happy making package from my Secret Sister. I hope the packages I send give as much joy to my OTSP Secret Sister as mine give to me.

What were some of your Februsry 2015 highlights?  

Currently on repeat:


This month I downloaded the new Mumford and Sons song Believe and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since. Its the song that I’ve been starting and ending my day with and listening at random moments throughout the day.



What song(s) did you have on repeat in March 2015?


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4 Responses to “Top 12 List: March 2015 / Month in Review”

  1. Carol

    I read The Wrong Side Of Right and found myself really BORED! I mean, maybe because I don’t care about politics, but I found that the whole campaign arc dragged too much! 🙁

  2. _Sandra_

    I just recently finished An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and absolutely loved it.