This year’s book review will be much different than in the past. I had heard of reading slumps but thought they were something that happened to other people. According to my Goodreads account, I only finished six books this year, which I am just stunned about. I don’t think I’ve ever finished so few books since I actually learned to read.
So there will be no categories in my review this year. I didn’t read any classics, non-fiction or audiobooks. I didn’t even read anything by new authors. Since I only wanted to read books I knew I would like, I stuck with authors I already knew I trusted. Instead I leave you my list and thoughts on the chosen six.
The Rose and the Thistle – I really should have kept up with last year’s habit of writing a brief Goodreads review on every book I finish. This was the first book I read in 2023 and it was at the beginning of the year, so I don’t remember a whole lot about it, other than that I liked it. As a fan of Laura Frantz’ historical romances, I appreciated that she tackled a new time and setting with this book.
First to Fall – Jenny’s books area always a joy to read. They are full of wit, sarcasm and crazy but lovable characters. Plus, I’m always a fan of the enemies to lovers trope, although this one was more of a crush to enemies to lovers, but what’s the difference. The hi-jinks and one-upping dialogue between the hero and heroine who find themselves accidentally married kept things interesting and the plot zipped along nicely.
Memory Lane – Definitely my favorite book of the year. Though I always look forward to Becky Wade’s books, her earlier releases are still my favorites. However this release, the first in her newest series, really grabbed my heart. The hero’s amnesia feels authentically written. It also has multiple plot elements that are seamlessly woven together including family secrets, drama, and a murder mystery (which thankfully doesn’t overpower the romance) among other things. Even though I didn’t relate to the main characters much, I felt that I understood them and was really able to empathize with them.
Authentically Izzy – I always love a bookish heroine and could also relate to this one’s need to emotionally take care of her family members. It was fun to see her step out of her comfort zone for love. I also really enjoyed the two main settings for this story.
Georgie, All Along – I’m embarrassed to admit, this one wasn’t all that memorable. I had to read the synopsis again and think hard to remember any details about the plot. It was a cute opposites attract through forced proximity story. I related to the heroine’s journey to discover what she truly wanted out of life.
One Kiss Alone – Part of a series, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the author’s previous works. I don’t know if it was due to the effects of my reading slump or if the characters and story just didn’t grab me. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good book, it’s just not her best, in my opinion.