February 2023 Book Reviews

February was a short month & a little slower for reading, but I still managed to read 5 books.

Here are my short & sweet book reviews!


Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Could I BE any more excited to read this book? This book was pretty much as self-deprecating as I expected it to be. The stories surrounding Matthew Perry's biggest role have been told over & over, but it was fun to hear the stories of some other parts of his acting career. Having witnessed addiction in people I love, it's helpful to gain insights into the mindsets of other recovering addicts. His life story is interesting. He grew up rubbing shoulders with some very important people.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The last book in the Percy Jackson series tried to tie up all the loose ends while still giving some good battle scenes. I'm definitely not Riordan's target audience, but like I said in my January post, I can see why my son read them twice.

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace

Another book in the classic series where the main characters learn not to judge someone before they get to know them. They also enjoy more independence as they get a little older. Seriously, these books need to be on your read aloud list with your kids!

Start with Hello by Shannan Martin

Ugh! This book. I joined the launch team for this book because I wanted to read some books & see some discussion about how Christians practice hospitality. I thought this would be just that. I was wrong. If you are my friend on GoodReads, you can see that I gave it a one-star rating. It's not that this book has un-Biblical ideas. The ideas are very Biblical. But instead of showing how her ideas were founded in Biblical truth (as one would expect from a "Christian" book), she barely mentioned Scripture. The book turned into a rather shallow self-help book full of the author talking about how great she's doing with being so liberal-minded & living in a diverse neighborhood. Just missed the mark for me. I know there are some great Gospel-based books about hospitality, so comment your favorite down below. Thanks!

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

This one was exactly what I expected - probably better. A careful, thoughtful, deep look at Scripture. Almost a guided meditation on the heart of our Savior. I took my time reading this book because there is just so much to absorb! I think this is a book I will need to revisit often.


Have you read any of these books? Did you see anything that you'd like to add to your reading list?

Let me know in the comments!

If you're interested in what I read in January, you can look here!

Cheering you on!


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