Monthly bookish wrap up: February 2023

Surprise, surprise… second month of the year and I am still reading and blogging. I’m settling into a comfortable rhythm and looking to increase the number of posts I create monthly, if only slightly.

This month I read 10 books and have quite easily passed the quarter mark of my Goodreads Challenge goal of 40 books. Should rethink this goal???

Books read: 10 books in total – 2 paperbacks, 3 audiobooks and 5 e-books (3 ARCs)

  • The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson ★★★
  • Nobody Puts Romcoms in the Corner by Kathryn Freeman ★★★
  • Beard Necessities by Penny Reid ★★★★★
  • The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness by Maddie Dawson ★★★★
  • Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein ★★★
  • The Book Proposal by K. J. Micciche ★★
  • I Love You, I Hate You by Elizabeth Davis ★★★
  • The Couple Upstairs by Holly Wainwright ★★★
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy ★★★★
  • Rent To Be by Sonia Hartl ★★★

Favourite read: Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

I’m beginning to sense a trend here with Penny Reid taking out the top spot two months in a row. Beard Necessities was the final novel in the Winston Brothers series, wrapping everything up nicely and putting a little heart print bow on it for me. I wholeheartedly have loved the Winston family – those gorgeous bearded men and their lovely sister Ashley – and over the space of a few years have listened to each of the siblings tales of love, romance, tragedy and growth as they accompanied me to work and back each weekday. I have fallen in love with each brother in turn – their quirks, their humour, their sensitivity – but none have broken my heart then put it back quite together like Billy Winston.

This novel and the previous one, Beard with Me, centres around Billy and his beautiful, torturous relationship with Scarlett. In love and hate since he was sixteen and she only 14, the pair overcome seemingly unsurmountable challenges to find their way to each other’s arms, hearts and beds (or poppy fields….whatever). Steamy, romantic, quirky and fun – every single book in this series has been magic. I just wish I could read them all again for the first time.

Least favourite read: The Book Proposal by K. J. Micciche

This was a NetGalley ARC that unfortunately did not live up to expectations. This hurts me to say as I don’t enjoy having to issue poor ratings or reviews to anyone, especially when I specifically picked this book to read, my love for books with authors as the main character leading the way.

That said I might consider giving this author a second chance so if you have any recommendations, pop them in the comments.

Goodreads Reading Challenge: 15/40

Would you change your Goodreads Reading Challenge goal if you thought you might have made it too easy or would you just carry on? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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