My January Reading List

As much as I love books and reading, my reading habits have really suffered over the past few years and I really want to turn that around this year. One of my goals to make that happen is to write a reading list for every month! Here’s what is on my January reading list:

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Some of the books on my list go towards some of the reading challenges I’m participating in this year. I’m keeping track of all of it in my Reading Life Planner .

I will be doing a set up video on my YouTube of my Reading Life Planner soon! Stay tuned!

Now for the books that are on my January TBR!


All the Light We Cannot See

I’ve tried listening to this book a couple times and it just hasn’t stuck. I’m currently listening to it now and while it took awhile for me to settle in, I’m over 5 hours in and I’m glad I have over 10 more to go! I’m really starting to see why so many people like this one 🙂


At Home with Madame Chic

This is a re-read for me. I really enjoy Jennifer’s voice, her wisdom and perspective and felt like this year was a perfect time to read this book again!


The Only Woman in the Room

This book has been on my shelf for awhile and was on my summer reading list last year! And since I’m a classic Hollywood fan, I should have read it a long time ago!! I cannot wait to dig into this story! I also really like Marie Benedict. I’ve read Personal Librarian, Carnegie’s Maid, The Other Einstein, and Agent 35 and I recommend all of them!


Holy Hygge

I believe I pre-ordered this book shortly after I found out about it. I’ve been interested in learning more about hyyge for a long time. I also own The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, but haven’t read it all the way through. If I have time, I’d like to read both books this month!


Reader Come Home

I picked up this book on a road trip back in 2019 and am just now getting to it. I was introduced to Maryanne Wolf’s work when I was working on my final paper in college. I did a paper on reading and the brain and came across her book Proust and the Squid during my research. I also have that book (and only read parts of it for my paper – still have to read it all the way through!) and was really interested to read this follow up. While the subject is totally in my wheelhouse, I haven’t been reading this kind of non fiction lately so it’s a bit of a readjustment to get into it. Just goes to show what I really need more of in my reading life!


I plan to document my reading life on an Instagram account separate from my main account. I’m @elyssanalanireads if you’re interested in following along!

What are you planning to read this month? I’m always looking for great book recommendations! Feel free to share them below 🙂


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