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Monthly Wrap Up: February 2023

There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.

Here's what my Reading February looked like.

By the numbers:

I read 10 books.

3 fantasy

4 mystery/thriller

3 historical fic

3 were ARCs

2 audio books

3 debut authors

graphs from Storygraph

Books by their ratings:

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

The Jeweler of Stolen Dreams by M.J. Rose

Iron Lake #1 by William Kent Krueger

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

A Gathering of Shadows #2 by V.E. Schwab

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Hounded #1 by Kevin Hearne

The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

Nocturne by Alyssa Wees

The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

NO DNF this month

My Favorite Read of February

Two mysteries vie for top ranking this month - they both lived up to my expectations and are excellent.

Click image to go the review.

Challenge Progress

I'm being ambitious in my challenges this year - I joined 13! Here's where I am so far.

Added to Goodreads in February

Thanks to all the voracious readers participating in Top 10 Tuesday and the various weekend sharing memes, my list grows MUCH faster than it used to! I added 55 books to my TBR, and read a total of 10 making a net addition to my list of 45. I've made peace with the fact that I'll never read them all, but I know just where to look when I wonder "what should I read next".

Hope you had a great February and now that we're in the doldrums of winter, I retreat to my books more often - I need the escape!

How did your reading life treat you in February? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for this month's round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.

Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.


For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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