So I’ve finally settled on my reading challenge for 2020, which is aimed at varying the types of books I will read. There’s going to be a lot more non-fiction on my agenda including memoirs and academic writing.
I’m also aiming to re-read some of my favourite classics this year, as well as finally tackling those raved-about novels I’ve always wanted to read but never actually gotten around to.
Completing 52 books in 2019 felt fantastic, but at times I also felt a bit too rushed, like I couldn’t fully digest the end of the book because I was so quick to start the next one.
So in 2020, I’m aiming for quality over quantity. I’ve settled on 36 books for the year, averaging three a month. I’ll aim to read one non-fiction offering, one contemporary fiction and one classic. I’ve also roped my friend Hayley into doing the same challenge, which means we can help keep each other on track!
With this in mind, I’ve lined up some brilliant books for January.
The Beautiful and Damned – F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is a re-read of one of my favourite books of all time. It’s very rare that I read the same book more than once (with the exception of the Harry Potter series), just because it often leaves me sad, knowing I can never replicate that initial feeling.
However, people are always telling me to read books again because you’ll notice how much detail you missed the first time around. So I’m giving it a go with The Beautiful and Damned and, honestly, I can’t wait to delve back into Anthony and Gloria’s epic yet tragic story.
Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Read
If you caught up with my 2019 reading recap post, you’ll see that Daisy Jones and the Six was on my reading list for last year, but I never quite got around to it. So I was thrilled to find it underneath my Christmas tree on 25 December!
I’ve seen so many incredible reviews of this book, with many in the book community calling it a complete masterpiece – high praise indeed. The concept is brilliant and appears to be exactly the kind of book I could obsess over.
I’m so psyched to read Daisy Jones and the Six, so i’m just praying it lives up to the hype.
Michelle Obama – Becoming
Becoming was another Christmas present and I can’t quite believe I haven’t read it before now. I love Michelle Obama and this book is rated exceptionally high on GoodReads (4.6/5), which is why it’s gone straight to the top of my TBR pile.
Since reading memoirs is one of my main focuses for 2020, I feel that Becoming is the perfect way to begin my 2020 reading activity and work towards my non-fiction target.
What will you be reading in January? Are you hoping to finally get around to those 2019 books you missed, or are you all systems go on some new releases? Drop me a note – I would love to hear your recommendations!
I’ll also make sure to post reviews on most of the books I read in 2020, so keep an eye out for those.