Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2023

I had a pretty good reading month. I managed to read 7 of the 8 books on my TBR. I am fine with not having read all eight as the final one was out of my control. It was a book I had on hold at the library and it just didn’t come in time to read. It happens and I knew it was a long shot, but one can only hope.

I managed to read 14 books this month, which is a little lower than my average, but I had some busy weekends which took away from my reading time. I am hoping to make up a little bit in February even though it is a short month.

I have put the books in the order that I have finished them.

I absolutely adore the Illustrated Harry Potter books and Order of the Phoenix was one of the best. It had some great art and of course the story is always wonderful to reread.

The Last Voice You Hear was the second book in the Oxford Investigations series. I really enjoyed it and it got quite tense at the end.

The Stolen Heir was very good. I loved the characters and the ending was twisty, although a bit predictable.

This Shattered World was the second book in the Starbound series and I quite enjoyed it. It is an interesting take on the we are not alone in the universe genre.

The Sacrifice was quite scary and very atmospheric. I loved the narrator and the setting of a remote island. I will be thinking of this book the next time I head into a jungle.

Don’t Hex and Drive is the second book in the Stay a Spell series and I quite enjoyed this one. There was some very steamy sex and very fun meet cute.

Vanished in Vermillion is a nonfiction read about a cold case in South Dakota. It was sad and heartbreaking and it kind of makes you angry at how indifferent the police can be when teens just disappear.

Hell Bent was good, I just need to be more focused when I read it. Loved the ending and the little historic notes about New Haven and Yale.

Their Fractured Light had my favorite main characters of the three books, but this was my least favorite of the three. It just seemed to drag a bit in the middle and then the ending felt really rushed.

A Sinister Revenge was really good and I enjoyed it so much. There wasn’t as much banter between Veronica and Stoker, mostly because they were avoiding and ignoring each other. But I still enjoyed the mystery.

The Day that Never Comes was really enjoyable. I enjoy these characters so much and all of the trouble they get themselves into while trying to do something good.

The Last Thing He Told Me was so good and really hard to put down. The ending was a bit sad though, but I loved how the two main characters finally came together to solve the mystery.

How to Sell a Haunted House was ultimately good, but there were some rather violent sections that almost had me dnfing the whole thing. Dolls never bothered me before, but I think they are now on the top of my creepy things to avoid list.

The Dry was an excellent read and a really enjoyable mystery. I did pretty much have it all figured out before Aaron Falk did, but I still enjoyed the ride and I loved the setting.

I hope to have a few more reviews of some of the books I read this month posted in the next few days. I hope you all had a good reading month as well.

Happy Reading!

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