I just published my 2020 reading list, but I have a completely separate reading list for the month of January. Because I have a lot of books I want to read this year. And, more importantly, I have a lot of ARCs I need to read this year. This month, I would like to get ahead on some of those ARCs so I can have some reviews planned in advance and can spend time reading what I want to read. So the last four of these are ARCs coming out in the next month or two. But I did throw in a few wild cards – books I just feel like picking up this month.

Here are the books I’m hoping to read in January:

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

I am very excited about this one because I absolutely loved The Night Tiger, which came out last year. I immediately went out and bought this one. I had to add this to my January reading list because Netflix adapted this into a show, which is debuting later this month. And because I’m planning on watching that, I need to read the book first.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This book caught my eye last month, so I added it to my TBR. When I saw that it was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick this month, I thought it would be a fun read. We’ll find out.

Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

I have already started this one (since my review is planned for Monday). This is a memoir about growing up in Appalachia and family, and it kind of reminded me of Tara Westover’s Educated, which I loved. I am writing this in advance, so I’m not very far into the book, but I have high hopes.

The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

I’ll admit, the blurb definitely got me: “imagine Crazy Rich Asians as written by Gillian Flynn”. I mean, come on. It’s a thriller about about two wealthy sisters, and the aftermath of one of them poisoning their entire family. Which sounds so good.

The Illness Lesson by Claire Beams

This is a historical novel about a flock of birds that settle over a town where an elite girls school is located. Soon, the girls start exhibiting strange symptoms. And the only doctor might not be that trustworthy. The only teacher able to speak for the students has to question everything she’s been taught to stand up to the men and protect the girls in her care. I really like feminist fiction, especially historical feminist fiction, so I’m excited to read this one.

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

Last year, I realized how much I love romance novels. They’re so much fun to read, and I do want to read more of them in 2020. So I’m starting with this one, which is about a film projectionist who thinks love should be what he sees on the screen and has to learn the difference between films and real life. It sounds pretty cute, and I can definitely use a fun read this month.

I’m pretty happy with my reading list for this month. I think there’s a great variety and hopefully some fun reads. I’m also excited to hopefully get ahead on my book reviews, because I think that might be a good start to the year (and less stressful, which is the goal).

What are you planning on reading this month?

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