The Best Books I Read in February 2023

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Despite being the shortest month of the year, February has proved an incredibly productive reading month! I have read NINE books, which may be a new record at least since I started tracking. 

I’ve read a lot of okay books this month, ones I enjoyed but didn’t love. That always makes it a bit tricky to come up with these best books lists, because so many of them are fine but there aren’t many true standouts. Sometimes, I think this has more to do with my general mood and the winter vibes than with the books themselves. But, so it goes. 

I also read so quickly that I’m ahead on book reviews and have several in the queue, waiting for when I have space in my posting schedule for them. It’s a weird feeling to be ahead on reviews for once, but it makes sense given that I no longer work full time or have a commute. 

Anyway, here are the books I liked best this month, as well as a quick recap of all the rest!

(Full disclosure: This post uses affiliate links. Book received as advanced review copies are marked with an asterisk).

True Biz by Sara Novic

Format Read: Hardcover 

Why I Read it: I heard about this book on a podcast ages ago and have been eager to read it ever since.

True Biz follows the stories of several members of an Ohio school for the Deaf. I really enjoyed learning about all of the different characters and their experiences within the Deaf community, and there was a bit of a mystery pulling the story along as well. I thought this one ended a bit abruptly and would’ve liked to see a little more in the way of a conclusion, but I really enjoyed it overall. 

The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting by Evanna Lynch

Format Read: Audiobook (LibroFM, narrated by the author)

Why I Read it: Evanna’s portrayal of Luna Lovegood is… kind of everything? I’ve always been curious about her story, so naturally I grabbed at the chance to hear it in her own words. 

The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is such a powerful and raw memoir. Lynch doesn’t pull punches, at all. I found this really eye opening and fascinating, and highly recommend the audio as narrated by Lynch herself. I wrote a mini review earlier this month, which you can check out here.

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Format Read: Audiobook (Libby)

Why I Read it: I loved Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by the same author, so I just had to check out this previous novel.

The Authenticy Project is such a fun read! It follows different characters as they encounter Julian’s notebook, which contains his “true” story and the call for whoever finds the book to write their own. I loved seeing these different characters come together and for their own community, and there’s some fun surprises in the plot of this one as well. 

HausMagick: Transform Your Home With Witchcraft by Erica Feldmann

Format Read: Hardcover

Why I Read It: I fell in love with the store HausWitch when I visited Salem and would love advice on how to capture those same cozy witchy vibes for my own home. 

HausMagick is just stunning to look at. Beautiful, glossy pages and full color photos abound. I’ve read a lot of intro to witchery books at this point, so some of what’s covered was familiar to me, but I did enjoy the homespace focus of this book and definitely learned a few things. It also just feels good to hold this book and flip through it. I know I’ll be going back to it whenever I need a little inspiration for the house. 

Honorable Mentions

And there you have it, my month in books! I am pretty happy wtih my reading month and can only imagine that next month will bring more great books, as I have so many ARCs I’m excited to dig into. 

How was your reading month? I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and what your favorites were!


The Best Books I Read in January 2023

What a month January has been! It’s been a busy time, but also a great time for settling in with a good book in the evenings. I got a lot of reading done this month, with a total of seven books finished! Unlike last year, which got off to a slow start, I already have a couple of five star reads under my belt.

As always, this post wraps up my favorite reads of the month and also covers the honorable mentions, aka the other books I read that didn’t quite earn the “best books” title.

(Full disclosure: This post uses and Amazon affiliate links. Books marked with an asterisk were received as complimentary review copies in exchange for my honest review.)

The Man I Never Met* by Elle Cook

Format Read: Paperback (ARC)

This book started my year, and it was a great way to dig into 2023 reading. I received an ARC of this one, so many thanks to Random House for the opportunity to read and review The Man I Never Met. Definitely a lot more emotional heft with this one than I anticipated, but in a good way.

My full review went up earlier this month, and you can check it out here: Break Your Heart Wide Open with “The Man I’ve Never Met

Matrix by Lauren Groff

Format Read: Hardcover

This book about a medieval abbey isn’t quite my typical read, but I couldn’t help but be intrigued after I heard some of my favorite podcast hosts discuss it. I grabbed a copy ages ago and just now finally got around to reading it in my quest to tackle the TBR. Matrix is a quiet, interior sort of book, but I really enjoyed it.

My mini-review is available here, if you want to know more of my thoughts: Mini Review: Matrix by Lauren Groff

Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca

Format Read: Paperback

I am always stoked to see a new Jen DeLuca title, and Well Traveled was particularly great because it really satisfied my secret wish of runnin away to become a tarot reader at the Rennaissance Festival. This may be my second favorite of the series, after Well Met.

I managed to do a mini-review for this one as well, which you can check out here: Mini Review: Well Traveled

Happy People are Annoying by Josh Peck

Format Read: Audiobook

I love a good celebrity memoir, but you never quite know what you’re going to get with them. Josh Peck surprised me with the topics he tackled in this memoir, and it turns out the answer to the question “What has Josh Peck been up to?” is… a lot of things! I very much enjoyed this audiobook, narrated by Peck himself.

I’m 4/4 for reviews of my best books this month, which is unusual. Here’s my review for Happy People Are Annoying: Mini Review: “Happy People Are Annoying”

Honorable Mentions

  • What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon. I wanted to love this book more, but a lot of its contents were also discussed on Gordon’s podcast. So, while it was a great book, a lot of it felt familiar to me as someone who listens to every single episode of podcasts. It also wasn’t narrated by the author, which was a bummer when I know her voice well. Such a good book but not one of the best reads of the month for me due to these personal reasons.
  • American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal* by Kerri Kelly. This book wasn’t quite what I expected. Rather than focusing on specific issues in the wellness industry, this book takes a broad look at societal wellness. The writing comes across a bit like a lecture, and I struggled to get through it. There’s some valuable information here, but it wasn’t the reading experience I’d hoped for.
  • The Rom-Com Agenda* by Jayne Denker didn’t quite hit the spot like I hoped it would. My full review is available here.

In all, it’s been a great start to the 2023 reading year! I am keeping pace with my Goodreads challenge thus far, which isn’t something I can usually say at this point in the year.

What are the best books you read in January? I’m always looking to add to the ever-growing list of books I want to read!

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