It’s March 1, so that means I’m sharing my February 2023 Reading List. February was a decent month of reading. While I didn’t get in as many books as I was hoping, I did get in some great reads. My favorite read (actually listen) was a very different book that involved:
- An Octopus
- A 30 year old who is searching for his father (he’s never met him)
- A 70 something woman who lost her husband and son
Trust me on this book. It’s so heartwarming and I just loved the story so much. Also, the narration was fantastic!
Links For Reading
- Libro.fm for audiobooks (Supports local bookstores)
- Bookshop.org (Supports local bookstores)
- Kindle Unlimited (For all those steamy reads….and a lot others! I get so much use out of this)
- My Library! Seriously, you can get so much from your local library! Magazines, E-Books, Books, etc.
- Scribd (SOOOOOO many books, audiobooks, magazines and more available) You’ll get 60 days for free
February 2023 Reading List
I have to say that this is the most heartwarming book and I was so not expecting to love it as much as I did. This is about friendship, family, and connections.
Tova Sullivan has lost her husband to cancer and her son disappeared 30 years ago, after going to work, never to return again. She works the night shift at Sowell Bay Aquarium to stay busy. She forms a “friendship” and bond with the giant Pacific Octopus, Marcellus. Yes, you read that right.
The story also involves a 30 year old man named Cameron. He’s living in Sowell Bay, hoping to find out who his father is. He has no relationship with his mother (who abandoned him with his aunt when he was younger) and he’s been busy trying to figure out who his father is, but also finds himself working at the Sowell bay Aquarium.
Marcellus is the star of the show. His banter is witty and his grouchiness is hysterical.
Gorgeous debut novel. Just give it a try.
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If you read my January 2023 Reading List, you’ll notice that I read a book called Magnolia Parks that I LOVED. Think Gossip Girl, set in London with, 20 something London socialites, gang lords, and a ton of drama. This is the second book, which introduces us to Daisy Haites, sister to gang-lord Julian.
Daisy Haites is a 20 year old med student and sister of Julian Haites. Daisy has a rather complicated life. Her brother is a gang lord, who is raising her ever since her parents were murdered in front of them. She has also fallen super hard for Christian Hemmes, who you might remember from Magnolia Parks book one.
There’s drama. Tons of fashion. Romance. Violence. Did I mention drama?!?!?
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Oh Magnolia and Beej. The drama continues in book 3. We’re back to Magnolia and Bj’s relationship. Surprisingly, this book takes a very serious and dark turn. Check trigger warnings for sure!
This book picks up a year after the first book. Magnolia has been living in New York. Beej appears to actually have a girlfriend and cleaned up his life. However, things take a turn when Magnolia is back in London.
Tons of drama. Tons of miscommunication. Toxic relationships. I’m ready for book 4!
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Well I did a Taylor Jenkins Reid binge this month. Starting with After I Do. I listened to the audiobook of this and it’s narrated by my favorite, Julia Whelan. I flew through this audiobook. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I read some of the reviews and I was so confused by them because I loved this story.
Lauren and Ryan have reached a point in there marriage where they pretty much hate being around each other. The so-called honeymoon phase is totally over. So they decide to take a year off from each other. The only rule they have is that they can’t contact each other for an entire year. The goal? To hopefully find their love for each other again.
Loved this story. I think that every married person should listen to this audiobook. Also, loved her grandmother!!!!
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This book was incredibly sad. Just know that before you start it. This does involve the death of a loved one, more specifically a spouse.
Elsie Porter is happily married to Ben. It’s been a little over a week since they eloped, not telling family yet. Her life is changed in an instant when Ben is killed by a truck while riding his bike. Elsie now finds herself dealing with a mother-in-law who didn’t even know she existed.
Elsie is planning Ben’s funeral. She’s also trying to explain that she was his wife, whether no one knew or not. This story is about dealing with grief, moving on even when you aren’t ready, and life’s unexpected relationships that save you.
My only complaint about this story and it’s so minor, but the ending seemed very abrupt. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it. Just have the tissues ready!
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If you enjoyed reading my February 2023 Reading List, be sure to head back for my March Reading List next month! Also, if you need a book recommendation, please check out my bookshelf! I try to keep it updated with all of the books I read and listen to.