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What I Read in 2023

One of my favorite things to do is to read. This year I have made it my goal to read 100 books, and I wanted to take you along on my journey. Throughout the year I will post my top reads that I recommend for different months. I will be rating out of 5 stars as well as summarizing my thoughts on the book. Feel free to join along and let me know any recommendations you have as well. 

My Top Picks June 2023

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Happy Place

by Emily Henry

Following along from my top pick in February I read the sequel to Lucy Score's Thing We Never Got Over. If you were a fan of the first, you will love the sequel! This story follows the handsome sheriff Nash, who you will remember is Knox's brother. Struggling with the effects of PTSD, he has a hard time letting people in. Then comes along Lina. Will she be able to break his walls down, or will her own prevent them from pursuing the connection that is hidden beneath the surface. 

02

People We Meet on Vacation
By Emily Henry

This pick by Emily Henry is an absolute must! I adored the characters and following their journey in this story. It is such a good beach read as well. It follows the story of two friends who go on vacation every summer and have been for years. Until something happens (the reader is kept guessing throughout) and there are no more summer vacations. Narrated through flashbacks and current day settings you will be sure to love. 

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03

Love, Theoretically
By Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood never fails to write such loveable characters that you have no choice but to root for them throughout the story. I adored this book so much and would absolutely recommend the read. 

04

If He Had Been with Me
by Laura Nowlin

The perfect summer beach! As Sunshine Mackenzie life is crashing around her, she returns back home to face not only the ghosts of her past, but also the problems of her present.

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I absolutely loved this book. It is the perfect beach read for the summertime. I absolutely loved following Sunshine Mackenzie along in her journey and watching her character development along the way. 

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03

A Little Life
By Hanya Yanagihara

Holly Jackson has done it again! A thrilling story sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have been a fan of her books, and I was excited to pick up this new read. 

Following six friends trapped in an RV with someone hunting them in the night. The story keeps you in suspense as you wonder who the one hiding secrets among the group is., 

My Top Picks March 2023

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01

Things We Hide From the Light
by Lucy Score

Following along from my top pick in February I read the sequel to Lucy Score's Thing We Never Got Over. If you were a fan of the first, you will love the sequel! This story follows the handsome sheriff Nash, who you will remember is Knox's brother. Struggling with the effects of PTSD, he has a hard time letting people in. Then comes along Lina. Will she be able to break his walls down, or will her own prevent them from pursuing the connection that is hidden beneath the surface. 

02

Loathe to Love You
By Ali Hazelwood

Overall, I absolutely loved these three short stories! Ali Hazelwood hits it out of the park every time and this book is no exception. There are three short stories within this book that follow three friends as they navigate life and love. All the characters are so likeable, and you easily root for them throughout. 

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03

Five Survive
By Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson has done it again! A thrilling story sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have been a fan of her books, and I was excited to pick up this new read. 

Following six friends trapped in an RV with someone hunting them in the night. The story keeps you in suspense as you wonder who the one hiding secrets among the group is., 

04

Hello Sunshine
by Laura Dave

The perfect summer beach! As Sunshine Mackenzie life is crashing around her, she returns back home to face not only the ghosts of her past, but also the problems of her present.

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I absolutely loved this book. It is the perfect beach read for the summertime. I absolutely loved following Sunshine Mackenzie along in her journey and watching her character development along the way. 

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My Top Picks February 2023

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Things We Never Got Over 
by Lucy Score

I think this may be my favorite read of February 2023. Based in the small, fictional town of Knockemout, the story follows Naomi as she has to learn to navigate small town drama, she is suddenly thrown into thanks to her evil twin. This proves to be difficult as she is constantly met with a grumpy, hot hairdresser around every corner. 
I absolutely loved this read, and I could not put it down. I definitely recommend. I am currently reading the second book in the series in March and cannot wait to review it as well. 

02

Final Girls
By Riley Sager

I am a huge fan of Riley Sager and read every book he puts out. Though this one is not one of my top favorites of his.. I did still enjoy it. My personal favorites of his are The Last Time I Lied and Home Before Dark. 

This story follows the main protagonist Quincy, who is a final girl. Trying to forget her past, she seemingly has a normal life until another final girl decides to come into her life and turn it upside down.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. As any classic Riley Sager novel, you never expect the twists and turns coming your way. 

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03

Icebreaker 
By Hannah Grace

I am giving this amazing read a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved every second of this book so much so I could not put it down and finished it so quickly. It's a sweet romance novel that follows these two-archnemesis on the ice.Anastasia- figure skater and Nathan- a hockey player are constantly at each others throats...but could it be love?


I highly recommend picking up this book to read as you will not regret it.

04

The Last to Vanish 
by Megan Miranda 

I am a big fan of Megan Miranda. The Last House Guest is one of my favorite books. This read started out a little slow for me, but did pick up towards the middle. In the end it kept me on the edge fo my seat. It follows Abigail, who lives in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, as she tries to navigate noisy tourists after a string of disappearances. 

Overall, I do recommend this read, but I will say that there are other Megan Miranda stories I love alot more. 

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05

Eight Hundred Grapes
by Laura Dave

Laura Dave does not disappoint. This book, based in the wine country of California, follows a runaway bride after she leaves her fiancé at the altar. 
Overall, I thought it was such a cute book, and I loved following the story of this family as well. 

I definitely recommend picking up this book and giving it a read. 

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