The Best Books I Read in May 2023

May went by both very slowly and quite quickly, at least for me. There were beautiful warm days for outside reading and rainy days for staying inside. I started running again and played a lot of Skyrim. 

I also read far more than I realized until I went to check the numbers for this month’s post. I read a total of seven books in May, which is impressive considering one of them was over 400 pages, quite long compared to my usual habits! 

So, here we are for another best books of the month roundup! These titles are my favorites that I read in May. 

(Full disclosure: This post uses affiliate links. Titles marked with an asterisk were received as complimentary review copies.)

Same Time Next Summer* by Annabel Monaghan 

Format Read: eBook (NetGalley ARC)

Why I Read It: I loved Annabel Monaghan’s previous book, so I knew I had to give this one a go!

Ugh, this book! Such a beautifully emotional story about a woman who must choose between a man from her past and from her present. Not usually my kind of thing, but Monaghan pulls it off beautifully overall. My full review went up last week.

Same Time Next Summer* comes out next week on June 6th, 2023! A thousand thank yous to G.P Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. 

The Adventures of Amina Al-Sarafi by Shannon Chakraborty

Format Read: Hardcover (Book of the Month edition)

Why I Read It: I didn’t want to skip the month again for BOTM and this story about a female pirate captain caught my eye. Glad it did!

Admittedly, I had a bit of trouble getting into The Adventures of Amina Al-Sarafi at the start. But once I did, boy was I into it! This swashbuckling tale of a former pirate captain who comes out of retirement for “one last job” was one heck of an adventure. I’m so excited to learn that it’s going to be a series, and is for sure one that I’ll follow along with. 

Famous for a Living* by Melissa Ferguson

Format Read: eBook (NetGalley ARC)

Why I Read It: The main character being an influencer and the nature park angles sucked me in!

I’ll admit I debated whether Famous for a Living* was a best book of the month or an honorable mention, but since I only picked two other titles this month, I figured I’d put it here. I did really enjoy this story and thought it was a ton of fun. I just don’t know if it’ll really stand out long term from the (many) other contemporary romances I will read in the years to come, hence my hesitatancy to grant best book of May status. 

My review went up earlier this month, and you can check it out here.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson publishing and NetGalley for the digital ARC. 

Honorable Mentions

That’s it for the month of May! On to June reading, which will hopefully involve plenty of time in my hammock and/or reading lounge chair, just as soon as my allergies settle down.

What were your favorite reads from last month, book friends?


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!