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!

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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 February 2022

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Ah, February. The month of love. Or as I like to call it, the month before birthday month. 

For such a short month, February really has taken its time standing in the way of my approach to 30, flirty, and thriving. Even if I did cave and buy myself an early birthday present in the form of Brooks “Run Lucky” edition of my favorite running shoe, the Ghost. 

Impatience for the big 3–0 aside, this month has gone by rather quickly, leaving me wondering how I only have two months left to plan an entire wedding. And learn how to art well enough to make 5 custom D&D dice boutonnieres because I’m being very extra when it comes to nerdy touches at said wedding.

In between panicked wedding planning, shaking my fist at the never-ending snow, and taking brief sunshine breaks when Pittsburgh permits them, I’ve gotten a good amount of reading done in these 28 days we call February. 

So let’s take a look at the best of what I read this month, shall we? 

(Full disclosure(s): This post uses affiliate links, which earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you. Book of the Month mentions are referral codes. Titles noted with an asterisk are advanced reader copies, which I received in exchange for my honest review). 

In a New York Minute* by Kate Spencer 

Format: Paperback (ARC)

Why I Read It: I’m a fan of rom coms and Kate’s podcast, Forever35. So, when she asked if anyone wanted to participate in a traveling ARC adventure for her upcoming rom com release, I said yes! 

In a New York Minute is a delightful rom com that really leans in to the tropes, particularly the meet cute and the NYC love (yes, I do think that’s a rom com trope). 

Even if I’ll never be in love with NYC myself, I could see why the characters love the city… and enjoyed watching them fall in love with one another, as well. My full review of this delight (out March 15th) is available here: “In a New York Minute” Is a Love Letter to Rom Coms & NYC

By Any Other Name* by Lauren Kate

Format: Digital ARC (NetGalley)

Why I Read It: Can I resist a bookish romantic comedy? No, I cannot. 

Hands down my favorite romance read of the year so far, By Any Other Name is about an editor who finally meets her favorite author in person, only to realize they very much are not who they thought they were. Adventures and hijinks ensue along the way to that rom com HEA. 

This book comes out March 1st. You can read my full review is here, if you need more incentive to add this one to your list: “By Any Other Name” Broke My Romance Slump

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Format: Hardcover (Book of the Month edition) 

Why I Read It: This, being a thriller, isn’t my typical genre. But I kept seeing it everywhere and something about it called to me, so I finally decided to pick it up between lighter reads.

Sometimes, when I read genres I don’t often gravitate towards, I struggle to write reviews because I’m not as certain of what I’m lookin for in these titles in the first place. Once There Were Wolves is one of those books that I am struggling to put to words. 

Thrillers are never enjoyable reads for me, per say. I find them stressful at best, disturbing at worst. This one had the added helping of wolves being a bit too similar to dogs, which led me to have to pause and check on Azula a few too many times.

Nevertheless, this is beautifully written and the plot definitely kept me guessing. I’ll be thinking about it for a while, at any rate, which I think lands it a spot among my best books of the month.

Sadie on a Plate* by Amanda Elliot

Format: Digital ARC (NetGalley) 

Why I Read It: I love food. I love cooking shows. I love Berkeley romances. Easy choice! 

I was so excited to see this ARC approval come through — my first from Berkley! Sadie on A Plate tells the story of a young woman who gets a timely invite to be on a cooking competition show after a huge setback in her career. 

The food descriptions are on point and I loved getting to meet the chefs Sadie competed against. The love story itself was a little lacking for me personally, but overall I greatly enjoyed this one! 

My full review is available here: “Sadie on a Plate” Serves Up Tension, Romantic and Otherwise

Honorable Mentions

Here are the other books I read this month, which didn’t quite make the cut for the best of the best. 

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