January 2023 Reading Wrap Up #JanuaryReadingWrapUp

January 2023 Reading Wrap Up

I hope your January reading has been a solid start to the new year!
Here’s my January 2023 Reading Wrap Up.


January 2023 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)In January, I enjoyed a fairly strong reading month as you can tell from my star ratings. Out of the 10 books completed, I had two 5-star reads, three 4.5-star reads, two 4-star reads, and three 3-3.5–star reads. I had two DNFs.

My most memorable fiction read this month is The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor, an intense survival story. (review coming soon)


My 2022 Stats/2023 Goals.
Most Memorable Reads of 2022.
Especially Satisfying Reads of 2022.

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The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC)  Historical Fiction. WWII. Evacuation of children from England. Intense survival story. (review coming soon)

An Enemy Like Me by Teri M. Brown (ARC)

5 Stars. (ARC) Literary Historical Fiction. (Review coming soon)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (reread)

4.5 Stars. Vintage Contemporary Fiction. (Vol. One 5 Stars; Vol. Two 4 Stars)

Little Wing by Freya North

4.5 Stars. Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction. Finding your roots. My review of Little Wing here.

Exiles by Jane Harper (ARC)

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Slow-burn Mystery/Detective. Australia. (Aaron Falk #3) My review of Exiles here.

A Change of Heart For the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Fiction. #7 in the Cornish Midwife Series. (review coming soon)

The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry (ARC)

4 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction. Sisters. (review coming soon)

Repositioning by Jeanine Lauren (ARC)

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Women’s Fiction. Living on a cruise ship. (review coming soon)

The Neighbor Favor by Kristina Forest (ARC)

3 Stars. Women’s Fiction. You’ve Got Mail vibes. (review coming soon)

Begin Again by Emma Lord (ARC)

3 Stars. Young Adult Contemporary Fiction. College setting. (review coming soon)


My first two reads of the year were DNFs.
(nothing objectionable here….you can find glowing reviews of both books……just not the right reads at the right time)

Still Life by Sarah Winman (DNF 7%), Not engaged.

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark (DNF 29%), Not capturing my attention.

January Wrap UP QOTD:

Did we read any of the same books?
Did you have a favorite January read?

January Blog Posts:

TTT: Literary Dinner Party
Exiles Review
The Survivors Review
Favorite Self-Improvement Books
The Girl From the Channel Islands Review
Reading Goals 2023
Little Wing Review
The Nature of Fragile Things Review
Finding Me Review
The Lost and Found Bookshop Review
Most Memorable Reads of 2022

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I have only read Exiles from amongst your January books Carol. All the reads you enjoyed more than cancel out your 2 dnfs. Have a wonderful reading month in February. ❤📚

  2. I read Still Life last year and found it hard to get into at first. I did enjoy it in the end though but would probably only give it 3 stars. I loved both Exiles and Little Wing though.

  3. Happy New Year Carol!

    You certainly read a lot of historical fiction in January. I’m looking forward to reading the outstanding reviews.

    I was in Panama on a two-week holiday. It was wonderful until I got sick with Covid. Fortunately, it was a mild case. We were staying on an island near the beach so it was easy to keep away from others. I managed to read and listen to quite a few books! There were four five-star books (Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman, Calder Brand by Janey Dailey, and an ARC from a self-published author).

    I was rather disappointed with Memphis by Tara M Stringfellow and The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn — both three-star reads and both nominated for 2022 GoodRead categories. I’m not sure how I can avoid the hype in the future because they both sounded so good from the summaries.

    • Panama sounds lovely! Sorry you were sick though 😢 Born a Crime is amazing! I decided to skip Memphis. Diamond Eye is not my fav Quinn book….just couldn’t stomach the idea of it. The end was thrilling! I think maybe I gave it 4 stars but it’s not on my recommendation list and I didn’t review it. Her short story, Signal Moon, is charming and free on Amazon Prime. Re GR awards…I can hardly find one to vote for that I’ve actually read. I must be a GR outlier. Seems like an author popularity contest!

  4. I’m a bit relieved that Diamond Eye wasn’t your fave book either. I didn’t vote for the GR awards since I hadn’t read most books in the categories, but a few of the winners were 3-star books for me. I guess I’m a GR outlier too!

  5. What a great reading month with so many highly rated books! My January was a slow month as we were traveling for about half of it and I usually don’t read much when we travel. I did read some good books though. Happy February!

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