January – March 2023 Favorite Books

As per usual, I meant to share my favorite books for the first three months of 2023 within the first week of April, but as per usual, I was distracted by work, life, and of course, the books I’ve been loving this April. Between January, February, and March, I read a total of 41 books, with my absolute favorites shared below! 

Which books have been your absolute faves of 2023 so far? Share in the comments!

April 2023 Anticipated Releases

Although I definitely had some anticipated books over the first three months of 2023, April marks the beginning of my most anticipated books of the year. I’m so looking forward to what’s coming out in April, as well as from May through July. 

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld – I’ve read two of Curtis Sittenfeld’s novels Rodham, an alternate historical fiction read following Hillary Clinton that I loved, and her cult classic, Prep, which I felt medium about. Romantic Comedy has gotten rave early reviews, following a sketch writer for a SNL like show.  Release Date: April 4

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez – I loved Abby Jimenez’s Part of Your World in 2022, and this novel follows Alexis’s best friend, Dr. Brianna Ortiz. It seems like a workplace romance with heavier themes, as Brianna’s brother needs a kidney and her new workplace rival may have the solution — serving as his donor. RD: April 11

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February 2023 Anticipated Releases 

One of my favorite things to help me get through the winter blues is looking forward to new books coming out. Although I don’t have a ton of books included below,  I’m excited that February 2023 contains new books from some of my favorite authors of last year. 

Just My Type by Falon Ballard | RD: Feb. 7 – I, like many, loved Falon Ballard’s debut last year, Lease on Love, and I heard that readers will enjoy her latest if you’re a Beach Read fan.

I Have Some Questions by Rebecca Makkai | RD: Feb. 21 – I haven’t read a book by Rebecca Makkai before, but I’ve been seeing so much early hype. The book follows a film professor and podcaster who is invited to teach a course at her former boarding school and is set to figure out the murder of her roommate.

Best Served Hot by Amanda Elliot | RD: Feb. 21– I loved Amanda Elliot’s debut, Sadie on a Plate. Best Served Hot is a NYC enemies to lovers romance between 2 food reviews.

Things We Hide From the Light (Knockemout Out #2) by Lucy Score | RD: Feb. 21 – Again like many, I LOVED Things We Never Got Over last year and can’t wait until I read the companion novel.

What books are you looking forward to in February? Any that I shared? Share in the comments! 

January 2023 Wrap Up

I’ve said it before, but January was one of those months that felt long and fast at the same time? I definitely appreciate its length in a weird way because I read so much this month! 

My favorite books of the month are from a wide range of genres. I found myself going on a YA mini sprint this month between reading some books I picked myself and some student picks, but my two fave YAs were The Summer Broken Rules by K.L. Walther (I definitely get the hype) and Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover ( a new release so worth picking up!). One that surprised me was Cece Bell’s semi autobiographical memoir, El Deafo -loved it so much!

I found myself getting back into non-fiction this month as well, with one of my new all-time favorites being Dr.Edith Eva Eger’s The Choice, following her experiences during the Holocaust and how trauma impacted her life and then work as a psychologist. I also really enjoyed Katherine Center’s What You Wish For (a 2020 release that’s been on my TBR ever since) and my reread of Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, confirming that Finlay Donovan is one of my all time favorite series! 

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What I’ve Been Reading: January 2023

I’ve had a really strong start to 2023 when it comes to my reading. At the time of writing this post, I’ve read 7 books so far in 2023! In true new year, not so me new fashion, I’m behind on sharing my thoughts on some of those books, so here’s some mini thoughts on some books I’ve read this year. I’m feeling a little inspired by 2022 rounds-ups from people like Abby of Write On With Miss G, who shared their thoughts on ALL the books they read in 1 sentence per book. 

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walthers – The Summer of Broken Rules is the kind of book I would save for a summer day, following a girl staying at her family’s Martha Vineyard’s estate for her cousin’s weekend & whose swept in a family-wide game of assassin. I totally understand the hype for this book for its cute romance, summer setting, and focus on family & loss, as the main character has recently lost her older sister. I’m looking forward to reading K.L.Walther’s debut and her 2023 release, What Happens After Midnight. My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – I admit that I likely would’ve passed on Rachel Hawkins’s latest release if it hadn’t been picked as Bad on Paper’s January Book Club pick. This book has been hyped as The White Lotus meets Daisy Jones & the Six meets thriller. I see the comparisons based on the book’s setting (Italian villa) and premise, since the story alternates between two kind’ve best friends’ vacation and the villa’s past when a famous rockstar stayed there and someone was murdered, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend the book based on those comparisons alone. The book also has the addictive quality everyone has talked about (I gobbled it up in one afternoon spent sitting on the couch), but I don’t think it will be particularly memorable and there’s a plot hole or two that’s still bothering me (being as non-spoiler as possible, but if you’ve read it, the thing that was hidden and where it was found..). My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My 2023 Most Anticipated Releases

It’s time for one of my favorite posts each year: my annual anticipated book releases! It’s somewhat difficult to create this list so early in the year, given that the majority of announced books for 2023 so far are mostly coming out between January and June while we wait to hear about later summer and fall releases. Here’s to always hoping for a new Sarah J. Maas book!

Contemporary Romance

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