A Look At My Reading List

January Reading List

I decided this year I would adopt the more gentle habit of reading 50 pages a day. In previous years I’ve joined in with the GoodReads Reading Challenge, which is great and I highly recommend giving it a try; but I found myself more concerned with the amount of books I was reading rather the enjoyment I was getting from them. My ’50-pages-a-day’ habit is a less intense, more enjoyable commitment to making time in my daily schedule to read on a more regular basis.

My no-pressure approach is serving me well. I started off the year as I always do by wiping my eReader completely and created a brand new library of books to read; I also received a stack of hardbacks as Christmas gifts, so I was armed and ready for a fresh new reading list - this is what’s on it:

January Reading List

Digital Books: Non-Fiction

Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
In The Company Of Women by Grace Bonney
True Crimes: A Family Album by Kathryn Harrison
How Not To Die by Michael Greger

Digital Books: Fiction

The Girls by Emma Cline
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Beauty Is A Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Physical Books

Plant Love by Alys Fowler
Living With Plants by Sophie Lee
The Plant Hunters by Carolyn Fry
The Path by Professor Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

January Reading List

I've already raced through The Path, Living With Plants, and The Power plus a couple of others books that weren't on my list but were passed onto me by friends. I'm super keen to get stuck into Burial Rites - who doesn't love a based-on-a-true-story story? - and Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race has been on my to-read list for a shamefully long time. In The Company Of Women - featuring over 100 influential and creative women - sounds wonderfully inspiring; while Beauty Is A Wound - an epic story combining family tragedy, folk tales, humor, satire, and romance - might break my heart.

There's more on my list than those listed but these are the ones I'm most keen on reading. I've thrown in a couple of fictional books I wouldn't usually reach for like The Girls by Emma Cline and The Power, which took me by surprise!

I'm always excited to put together a new reading list for the year and I'm curious, what will you be reading?

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January Reading List