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Monday, August 3, 2015

Top 12 List: July 2015 / 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

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, Book 1) by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman


This book….oh my stars this book!! I wasn’t sure what to expect from it but I totally fell head over heels in love with this story and DEVOURED it. If this one isn’t on your radar you need to change that. ASAP

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

Come Back to Me (Come Back to Me, Book 1) by Mila Gray
First & Then by Emma Mills
The Fixer (The Fixer, Book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Play On (Lewis Creek, Book 1) by Michelle Smith

3 Star Reads

Higher, Further, Faster, More (Captain Marvel, Volume 1) via Kelly Sue DeConnick (3.5 stars)
Body Check by Elle Kennedy
The Boyfriend Project by Rachel Hawthorne
Chase Me (Broke & Beautiful, Book 1) by Tessa Bailey
Divinity Volume 1 by Matt Kindt
George by Alex Gino
The Life After Volume 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Make It Count (Bowler University, Book 1) by Megan Erickson
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (Audio)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer
Stay Fly (Captain Marvel, Volume 2) by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Welcome to Gotham Academy (Gotham Academy, Volume 1) by Becky Cloonan



2 Star Reads

Going For It by Elle Kennedy
Kicked in the Teeth (Suicide Squad, Volume 1) by Adam Glass

1 Star Reads


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



Books read in cover form:


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 (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that!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.)  

  • Afghanistan: Kabul via COME BACK TO ME
  • Canada: Ontario: Toronto via HIM
  • The Commonwealth: New Beijing via SCARLET
  • Guam: Unknown via COME BACK TO ME
  • France: Paris via SCARLET
  • France: Rieux via SCARLET
  • United States: California: Oceanside via COME BACK TO ME
  • United States: California: San Diego via BODY CHECK and COME BACK TO ME
  • United States: California: San Rafeal via HIM
  • United States: Florida: Temple Sterling via FIRST & THEN
  • United States: Illinois: Chicago via BODY CHECK and GOING FOR IT
  • United States: Maryland: Bowler via MAKE IT COUNT
  • United States: Maryland: Cross Keyes via MAKE IT COUNT
  • United States: Massachusetts: Boston via THE FIXER and HIM
  • United States: Montana: Unknown via THE FIXER
  • United States: New York: Lake Placid via HIM
  • United States: New York: New York via GOING FOR IT and CHASE ME
  • United States: New York: Utica via NONE OF THE ABOVE
  • United States: South Carolina: Beaufort via PLAY ON
  • United States: South Carolina: Lewis Creek via PLAY ON
  • Unites States: South Carolina: Reeding via FIRST & THEN
  • United States: Texas: Unknown via THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT
  • United States: Unknown via GEORGE
  • United States: Virginia: Unknown via THE FIXER
  • United States: Washington DC via THE FIXER

Random Moments from July 2015:

Celebrating the Fourth of July with family and friends.  


After four years I said goodbye to one job and prepared to start a new one.

Last day lunch – hibatchi & beer

A photo posted by Irish (@irisheyz77) on


I found out who my OTSP Secret Sister was! I’m sad this round is over as I had fun picking out gifts for my sister but I am looking forward to the new round that starts this month.


I helped give a Jurassic Park themed baby shower for two of my very good friends. I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to meet their little monkey.


Currently on repeat:

I love music and if I’m not listening to an audio book then you can be sure my trusty old iPod is getting a major workout. Despite this though I didn’t really to any one song on repeat this month. When I wasn’t listening to my audiobook I just allowed my iPod to randomly shuffle through my songs. 

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

Monthly Contest

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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 (or a gift voucher equivalent to 10 US Dollars). This contest is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships your country) 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 last months contest is: Word Lily!     .

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7 Responses to “Top 12 List: July 2015 / Month in Review”

  1. _Sandra_

    My favorite July read definitely was Play On by Michelle Smith.
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. Valerie Pennington

    It wasn’t even a competition. The Perilous Sea was easily the winner (I’m excluding my Morgan Matson rereads). 🙂

  3. Nazlı

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 My favorite july read was The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. It was sooooo good.

  4. Anj Garcia

    My favorite July read would probably be Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer Smith and End of Days by Susan Ee. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. Ally Swanson

    What song(s) did you have on repeat in July 2015 – I have recently been addicted to SYTYCD and have had several of their songs on repeat during my workouts. Some of these include: GDFR by Flo Rida, Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King, Forever Tonight by Galantis, Cool by Alesso, and Lean On by Major Lazer. Such fun, upbeat, and energizing songs that help me power through a workout.
    Ally Swanson recently posted…Happy Friday!

  6. kenny campos

    My favorite book read for July is The Wrath and the Dawn, it’s soooo good and is well written 😀

  7. Jocelyne T

    My favourite book read this month is S.E. Grove’s The Golden Specific!