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My Progress:

12 / 30 books. 40% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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My Progress:

28 / 51 states. 55% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

22 / 50 books. 44% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

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48 / 50 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

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40 / 52 books. 77% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

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26 / 40 books. 65% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

15 / 40 books. 38% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

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10 / 25 books. 40% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

2024 Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge

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12 / 26.2 miles. 46% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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25 / 100 books. 25% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

64 / 104 books. 62% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

My Progress

43 / 52 books. 83% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

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69 / 165 books. 42% done!
Wednesday, February 01, 2023

The Bookish Books Reading Challenge: February Book Ideas and Linkup for Reviews

It's hard to believe the first month of 2023 has already passed us by. How did your January go? Did you read any bookish books? I read these four:

I enjoyed all of them, with Dead and Gondola being my favorite of the bunch. It has a fun mountaintop setting, complete with a gondola and a charming bookstore. The mystery is entertaining, too. Of these four, I only managed to review The Blackout Book Club here at BBB, but you can see my quick reviews of each on Goodreads. Hopefully, I'll get at least a couple of these reviewed here in the next few weeks. We'll see.

My goal is to read 2-3 bookish books a month. I rocked it in January. Here's what I'm thinking of reading in February:

The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons doesn't come out until July, but I've got an e-ARC of it from NetGalley. It's about a widow in London who doesn't have the heart to keep her bookshop open after the death or her husband. When she decides to take in a Jewish girl fleeing Nazi Germany, she finds new purpose in helping her and in the book club they run together. 

Smile Beach Murder is the first installment in Alicia Bessette's cozy Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery series. It stars Callie, a laid-off journalist who returns to her hometown to lick her wounds. She finds a job at a local bookstore. When a suspicious death rocks the town, it's eerily reminiscent of Callie's mother's own unexplained demise. Are the two related? What really happened to the dead women?

I've been wanting to read this bookish memoir for years. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch tells the story of the bookstore she and her husband opened in a little Applachian mining town. Against all odds (a declining economy, the growing popularity of e-books, no knowledge of how to actually run a bookstore, etc.), Welch and her husband managed to create not just a successful business but also a powerful sense of community.

I've heard nothing but good things about Sara Nisha Adams' The Reading List. It tells the story of two lonely souls, each very different from the other, finding a connection through a list of recommended reading. Sounds uplifting and heartwarming!

Have you read any of these? What bookish books are you planning to read this month?

For those of you who are participating in the Bookish Books Reading Challenge, here's the Mr. Linky to use for linking up February reviews. If you've not yet signed up for the challenge, what are you waiting for? Join us in this low-key challenge that celebrates a genre we all love: books about books. It will be fun, I promise!



  1. Ooooh, I like the look of Smile Beach Murder and we've been to the Outer Banks. I read two for the Bookish Books challenge in January. I reviewed one and did a small mention of the other. Quite pleased and have loads more lined up. Enjoying this challenge very much!

    1. I've never been to the Outer Banks, but a lot of books seem to be set there. I'm reading another cozy series that takes place in the O.B. and SMILE BEACH MURDER also sounds like a fun start to a new one.

      I'm so glad you're enjoying the challenge! I am, too.

  2. Lots of good books about books to come for you and your January books also are appealing. Perhaps once my reading is back to normal, I'll join this challenge. I'll certainly enjoy hearing about what you've all read.

    1. I would love it if you joined, but no pressure! In the meantime, hopefully you'll find some great bookish book recommendations.

  3. I have not finished a bookish book yet, but I'm listening to one now.

  4. I am currently reading a Bookish Book, but it's slow going since I am deep in a TV series. I will post the review when I'm done. You're off to a great start!

    1. Understandable. I got sucked into watching something the other day (which I really don't do very often) and there went two hours of my reading time just like THAT!

  5. Sadly I didn't read any bookish books this month but hope to change that next month. I have the Blackout Book Club on my list to read for this challenge.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    1. It's a nice, easy read. Not as good as I wanted it to be, but still enjoyable.

  6. I loved The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap! It's a good one. And I'm planning on reading both The Reading List and The Blackout Book Club at some point this year. Thanks again for hosting this challenge, Susan! :D

    1. Oh, good! It's been on my TBR list for forever. Now is a good time to finally read it. I've been hearing so many good things about THE READING LIST, too, so I'm pushing it up to the top of my list. It sounds like a great one.

  7. I only read one bookish book in January and I don't know that I will get to one in February...

    1. No pressure! I'm sure you'll get to them soon-ish :)

  8. These all sound great! I hope you enjoy them. I didn't read any bookish books yet this year—there was a very small subplot in one of the books I read involving a magical journal, but it wasn't a big enough part of the plot for me to count it.

    1. I've read a couple like that lately, too...

  9. I hadn’t heard of any of them, but i hope you enjoy them all!

  10. So many neat books on your list. I love historical fiction.

    1. Same! Mysteries and thrillers are my first love, but historical fiction comes in at a close second. Historical mysteries?? I'm definitely in!

  11. Congrats on meeting your goal! I don't join challenges for the most part except for GRs and Audiobooks, but I might try to do this one.

  12. I love this challenge! So far I have read these fiction:
    A Deadly Education
    The Atlas Six
    The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
    The Reading List
    The Library
    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
    And these nonfiction:
    Bibliophile: Diverse Spines
    My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

    1. Wow! You've read a ton. I've read THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES, but that's it from your list. I have MY BOOKSTORE on my shelf. I've been meaning to read it for forever!

  13. I just posted another February link (late, I know!)


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