Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2023

Another month has gone by and it was such a good one. Even though I got sick in the middle with a nasty sinus infection, I still got to visit my son in sunny southern California, and read a lot of really good books.

Here are some stats before we take a look back at the month of February. So far this year I have read 29 books. I am right on track to meet my reading goal for the year. I hope to keep it that way. For the month of February I read 15 books and 1 short novella and enjoyed all but one of them. I also dnf’d a book, but I hope to pick it up and try it again later.

Here are all of the books I read this month:

Antimatter Blues is the sequel to Mickey 7 and a really fun read. It delved more into the native inhabitants on the planet that Mickey and his friends have found themselves on which was a lot of fun.

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London was a reread and so much fun. It had been a few years since I read this and I had forgotten so much! It was almost like reading it for the first time.

Song of Silver Flame Like Night was a good read, although maybe a tad long. I loved the mythology and the magical system.

Why We Die is the third book in the Oxford Investigations series and just as good as the first two. I have one more to go in this series and I hope to get to it soon.

The Sinister Booksellers of Bath was such a good book. I am really liking this group of characters and really hope we get more books in this series.

Frozen Detective was the biggest disappointment of the month and so far the year. The characters just fell totally flat and the plot was too simple for my taste.

Kill Joy was a novella set before the events of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and I just loved it. It was so fun to see Pip and her friends again.

A House with Good Bones was such a well done book! I also loved the author’s writing style. I will be catching up on other adult books by this author. (She is a pretty well known children’s author under another name.)

Force of Nature I might be in the minority with this opinion, but I think this was my favorite of the three books. I just really liked the story in this one.

Still Life was really good, although a tad slow moving. I loved the quirky characters and the mystery was well done, having me baffled until the big reveal.

Stars and Smoke was one of my favorite reads this month. I loved the characters and the story really had a James Bond type feel to it.

One Dark Window was better than I thought it was going to be. It started off really slow and the magical system was a bit hard to wrap my head around. But by the end I was hooked.

Five Survive was a book I practically read in one day. I started it the night before and picked it up the next morning and didn’t put it down till I was done. Fast paced and really left you guessing, another excellent book by Holly Jackson.

A Spoonful of Time was a delightful middle grade novel with an interesting take on time travel. I loved the connection to food and that it included many recipes for the Korean dishes mentioned in the book.

The Element of Fire was a very complex high fantasy that I did enjoy, just wished I could keep track of all of the many many characters and all of the subplots and court intrigue better.

Last Orders was really good, and quite funny. There were quite a few times I found myself chuckling at the characters antics. Now that I am done with the ‘trilogy’ I will be following Bunny to the US in search of his happily ever after, which I truly hope he gets.

Looking back on all of these books, I had a pretty well rounded month with several different genres. I am looking forward to continuing this trend in March with a nice selection of books! I hope you all had a wonderful reading month too.

Happy Reading!

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