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Monday, June 6, 2016

Top 12 List: May 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


Hamilton the Revolution by Lin Manual-Miranda

If anyone is surprised by this….then I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell 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:

4 Star Reads

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kleypas
Short Stay by Heidi Culinan
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

3 Star Reads

Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale (3.5 Stars)
Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson (3.5 Stars)
Charged by Jay Crownover
Down for the Count by Catherine Bell
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider


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 May 2016. #whatiread #irish2016reads #books #bookstagram #instabook #igreads

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 (This is list currently out of date, my apologies for that!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

England: Witney via THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Mexico: Cabo San Lucas via HIDDEN BODIES
Puerto Rico: San Juan via DOWN FOR THE COUNT
United States: California: Los Angeles via TELL ME THREE THINGS and HIDDEN BODIES
United States: California: Malibu via HIDDEN BODIES
United States: California: Palm Springs via HIDDEN BODIES
United States: Colorado: Denver via CHARGED
United States: Hawaii: Honolulu via SUMMER OF SLOANE
United States: Illinois: Chicago via TELL ME THREE THINGS and SHORT STAY
United States: Massachussets: Boston via BITTERSWEET
United States: Nevada: Las Vegas via SHORT STAY and HIDDEN BODIES
United States: Nevada: Reno via HIDDEN BODIES
United States: New York: New York via HIDDEN BODIES
United States: Pennsylvania: Willow Park via LEVELING THE FIELD
United States: Rhode Island: Little Compton via HIDDEN BODIES
United States: Rhode Island: Unknown via DOWN FOR THE COUNT
United States: Vermont: Tuxbury via BITTERSWEET
United States: Washington: Seattle via SUMMER OF SLOANE

Random Moments from May 2016:

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So May wasn’t as awesome as April but only because it had the poor unfortune to come after I saw Hamilton. All in all though it was still a pretty good month. I went to an amazing Red Sox game where I saw David Ortiz get his 600th double in this super close edge of your seat game that went into overtime. I also went to Harpoon Fest thanks to a last minute text from a friend which asked “Hey…doing anything today, wanna go drink beer?” For bookish things, I saw Maggie Steifvater at her An Unexpected Story event….she’s seriously one of my favorite authors to see live and try to not to miss an event. If she comes near you, go. Even if you don’t read her books it will be worth it. Trust me. And finally, I flew to NM to visit with my siter, BIL, and the pig-tailed overlord for the start of a very exhausting vacation. Six year olds….they wear you out man.


Such a great game yesterday!!! #redsox #baseball #fenway #fenwaypark #latergram #boston

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Hello last minute plans for #harpoonfest great life choice @slimmy415 @andiabcs @sofiestarr

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Welcome to Roswell…where the aliens live among us #Roswell #gailandnmtrip #aliens

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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. As with previous months I’m still deeply enmeshed in Hamilton though I couldn’t choose just one song to list here….so instead how about all of them? This is a great mash up of the soundtrack and its totally worth the listen!