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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Top 12 List: January 2016 / Month in Review

Posted by Irish in Contest, Month in Review, Top 12 List2 Comments

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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

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I may not have had any 5 star reads in January 2016 but I read several books that came close which makes choosing a Top 12 Pick for the month really hard. Like really really hard. Though of my 4 star reads there were only two in which I wanted more words, IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love and TIED TO TROUBLE by Megan Erickson. I loved both books in very different ways and its really hard to choose between them. I mean even the quote graphics I made for them are pretty epic:

Tied to Trouble Quote

In Real Life Quote

But I have to choose one…that is how this game is played and I must follow the rules of my own making. Ok…so rules are meant to be broken but I really do try to stick to this one. Both books gave me heart achy feels but I think the one that inches out the other but just a wee tiny bit is TIED TO TROUBLE by Megan Erickson.

Tied to Trouble

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:

4 Star Reads

26 Kisses by Anna Michels – Review will go live on 23 Feb 16
Full Disclosure (Nice Guys, Book 2) by Kindle Alexander
In Real Life by Jessica Love
– Review will go live on 25 Feb 16
Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, Book 2) by Annabeth AlbertReview will go live on 17 Feb 16
Tied to Trouble (Gamers, Book 3) by Megan Erickson

3 Star Reads

The Baller (Down and Dirty, Book 1) by Vi Keeland (3.5 stars)
The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt (3.5 stars)
Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, Book 1) by Annabeth Albert (3.5 stars)
Coming in from the Cold (Gravity, Book 1) by Sarina Bowen – Review will go live on 12 Feb 16
Fairest (Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5) by Marissa Meyers (Audio)
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6) by Richelle Mead – Review will go live on 29 Feb 16
The Naturals (The Naturals, Book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Audio)
Serpentine (Kingdom of Xia, Book 3) by Cindy Pon (Audio)
Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
You’re Still the One (Country Blues, Book 1) by Rachel Harris – BLOG TOUR on 22 Feb 16

 

2 Star Reads

Double Full (Nice Guys, Book 1) by Kindle Alexander (2.5 stars)

1 Star Reads

You Make Me (Blurred Lines, Book 1) by Erin McCarthy  – Review will go live on 10 Feb 16

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

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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.)

Canada: British Columbia: Granville Island via LOVE ME TENOR
Canada: British Columbia: Kitsilano via LOVE ME TENOR
Canada: British Columbia: Vancouver via LOVE ME TENOR
Canada: Quebec: Montreal via THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z
China: various via SERPENTINE (listened to audio and missed town names)
Luna via FAIREST
United States: California: Los Angeles via TREBLE MAKER
United States: California: Unknown via IN REAL LIFE
United States: Colorado: Denver via THE NATURALS
United States: Kentucky: Lexington via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Kentucky: Paris: LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Louisiana: Magnolia Springs via YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
United States: Louisiana: New Orleans via YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
United States: Maine: Orono via YOU MAKE ME
United States: Maine: Vinalhaven via YOU MAKE ME
United States: Michigan: Ann Arbor via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Michigan: Butterfield via 26 KISSES
United States: Michigan: Detroit via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Michigan: Sturgis via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Michigan: Trawley via 26 KISSES
United States: Nevada: Henderson via IN REAL LIFE
United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via IN REAL LIFE
United States: New Hampshire: Merritt via THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z
United States: New York: New York via TREBLE MAKER and THE BALLER
United States: Pennsylvania: Harrisburg via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Pennsylvania: Unknown via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Pennsylvania: Willow Park via TIED TO TROUBLE
United States: Tennessee: Nashville via YOU’RE STILL THE ONE
United States: Vermont: Hamilton via COMING IN FROM THE COLD
United States: Virginia: Roanoke via LAST SACRIFICE
United States: Washington: Olympia via LOVE ME TENOR
United States: Washington: Seattle via LOVE ME TENOR
United States: Washington: Tacoma via LOVE ME TENOR
United States: Washington DC via LOVE ME TENOR and THE NATURALS
United States: West Virginia: Altswood via LAST SACRIFCE

Books to add: Thicker Than Water, Double Full, Full Disclosure

Random Moments from January 2016:

Be sure to check out my instagram to see what I’ve been up to!

This month had a lot going on and it seemed to go by so fast! First there was ALA-MW which was held in Boston and I got to spend time with all of my lovely Bookish Peeps! The weekend wasn’t long enough and I miss you all to pieces! I wish we weren’t all so scattered across the globe as I’d like to spend ALL THE TIME with you. I listened to HAMILTON…A LOT….and I was renamed Kayle (kay-lee) at Starbucks. And finally, near the end of the month I took a long weekend to go see a very good friend of mine and had a fabulous time with Mini-Mal!

And that’s #alamw16 day 1 in the books.

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Just call me Kayle….oh Starbucks this is a new one even for you #Starbucks #namefail #gailnotkayle

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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. This month it wasn’t just any one song that I was drawn to but an entire soundtrack. Like so many I succumbed to the obsession that is HAMILTON and I pretty much listen to it non-stop when I am not trying to listen to an audiobook. It was really hard to pick just one song to highlight here so I choose the one that was playing when I got to this section of my recap post, QUIET UPTOWN. This song take place shortly after Hamilton and Eliza lose their eldest son in a dual and its just filled with ALL THE TEARS! 

 

Monthly Contest

 

This month I’m bringing my monthly contest back! Entry is simple, leave a comment and you can win an ebook copy of TIED TO TROUBLE by Megan Erickson *OR* a preorder of IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love. If you don’t leave a comment then you will be disqualified. All other entries are optional. This contest is open internationally…it is up to the person entering to ensure that I can send an ebook to you via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ibooks, or Kobo. It is also up to international participants to make sure that the Book Depository ships to them. 

The winner of last months contest is: NA

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2 Responses to “Top 12 List: January 2016 / Month in Review”

  1. Kathleen P

    My favorite book I read this month was Everything, Everything. I love the characters and the unique way it was written.

  2. Ruth S.

    My favorite read of the month has been Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann. It is book 2 of the Jack and Jill series. It has me laughing, crying and swooning.