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Friday, May 13, 2016

Top 12 List: April 2016 / 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

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Long Game

Top Pick of February 2016: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Top Pick of March 2016: The Remedy by Suzanne Young
Top Pick of April 2016: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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

Act Like It by Lucy Parker
Lumberjames Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Me Before You (Me Before You, Book 1) by Jojo Moyes
Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince, Book 2) by C.S. Pacat
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

3 Star Reads

King’s Rising (Captive Prince, Book 3) by C.S. Pacat (3.5 Stars)
Winter (Lunar Chronicles, Book 4) by Marissa Meyer (3.5 Stars – Audio)
In Her Defense (Time Served, Book 2) by Juliana Keyes
Summer Days & Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins


2 Star Reads


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:


What I read in April 2016 #booksread #whatiread #bookstagram #instabook #igreads #irish2016reads

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 (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that!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

United States: California: Los Angeles via TREBLE MAKER

Random Moments from April 2016:

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

April was a super duper crazy amazing month!!! So much going on. First there was my trip to NYC to see HAMILTON!!! And OH MY STARS it was even better than I imagined it could be!! It totally blew me away and I’m dying to see it again!! I also went to two book signings, one for Emery Lord (spoiler: she’s super fabulous in person too) and Richelle Mead. I also went BACK to NYC at the end of the month to meet up with a friend to tour Hamilton’s New York. (Spoiler: I’m a nerd.) And last but not least I went to the Fenway Opening Day game with my mom. I was totally sick but still had a super fun time…even though the Sox lost. My niece then called to tell me that we weren’t allowed to go to games anymore since they always loose….she’s sassy that one! lol


Go home Mother Nature…you’re drunk! It’s April…the time for these shenanigans is over!

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We did not die in a pedicab!! @sarahreadstoomuch ? #adventure #gailseeshamilton #notdyingisgood

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It’s @emerylord!!

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The boys are back in town! #redsox #redsoxnation #openingday #fenway #fenwaypark #sportsing #gosox

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Mini-Mal visits the home of Alexander Hamilton #irishandmaladventures #hamilton #hamiltrip #mal4ham #nyc

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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 shouldn’t shock you to learn that I’m still deep in my Hamilton obsession. I just can’t stop listening!! My song of the month though is WAIT FOR IT. I just love this song so hard. It may be my favorite and I love how Leslie Odom Jr sings it….to see it live? *dies*