It’s my first monthly reading list of 2022, and I am very excited. Because this month, I am not working on a single reading experiment. I don’t even have one planned. So I get to read whatever I want this month, and I’m so looking forward to it. I don’t want to abandon my goals quite so early in the year, so I did choose a list with that in mind (my goals will be posted next week).

But I also just chose a list of books that I am really interested in reading, whether for fun or to learn something. Honestly, it was a little bit difficult choosing my reading list after a year of reading experiments, but it was also kind of fun. Anyway, here are seven books I want to read in January:

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

I will have hopefully finished this one by the time this post goes live, but I thought I would include it anyway. Because I have been wanting to read this since it came out, and I finally had time to pick it up. And I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s about a very confused bank robber and a hostage situation at an apartment viewing. And, like the title says, all of the characters have their own anxieties. Which is something I can identify with a lot. Definitely a great pick for my first book of the year.

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

This was just released, and I obviously preordered it. It is definitely what I plan on picking up after finishing Anxious People (look at me reading one book at a time – who am I?), so I might have already started it by the time you’re reading this. And I can’t wait. The books in this series are such fun reads, and have been looking forward to this one for months. But this might be the first time I actually read one of these books within a week of getting it. Crazy.

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad

Last year, I read (and learned a ton from) Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. It was one of those books that highlighted a gap in my knowledge that I now want to work to fix. So when I saw this book, I knew I had to pick it up. Because not only do I want to work on being a more inclusive feminist, I just want to understand the experiences of others more, because I think that makes me a better person.

What excites me about this book is that it focuses on all women of color, not mainly Black women. Pretty much all of the anti-racism reading I’ve been doing focuses primarily on White and Black people. Which is definitely a huge issue and I’m glad I’ve learned more, but Black people are not the only group experiencing racism, and I want to learn more about how that affects other people as well. The author of this book is Lebanese-Syrian, so I’m looking forward to reading her take on this topic.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I know, I know. Everyone and their dog has already read this book (or is sick of seeing it literally everywhere). But I haven’t. And I keep waiting for the article saying how overrated this book is, but haven’t seen that yet. I’m honestly not expecting it to be life-changing, but one of my goals for this year is to develop some better habits in my life, so maybe this will help. I’ll keep you updated.

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

For some reason, I am in the mood for a creepy thriller/horror novel this month. And I keep coming back to this one. So I decided to finally pick it up and give it a shot. I’ve heard a lot of great things (specifically from people who also appreciate really weird books), so I have a good feeling about this one.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayata Murata

This is just one of those books I’ve been almost picking up for months, but haven’t gotten around to. So I’m adding the to my list because I really want to read it. It’s about a woman who doesn’t really fit in anywhere, but finds purpose working at her neighborhood “Smile Mart”. I think the main character is neurodivergent, which sounds really interesting to read from. And the audiobook is just over three hours, so I think this might just make a nice afternoon read when I’m having a chill kind of day.

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

Sometimes I do stupid things when it comes to books. In this case, picking up not only one copy of this book, but also the white special edition. Before I’d even read it. So keep your fingers crossed that I love it and can justify keeping both because they are gorgeous. Luckily, the story itself also sounds really beautiful, so I am excited to read it.

And that’s it for my reading list this month! I’ve started off a bit slow, but I am hoping to read even more than what is on this list – I wanted to leave room for some mood reads.

What books are you hoping to read this month?

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19 thoughts

  1. Someday, I’m going to bingeread all the Seanan McGuire books haha as for Anxious People, I feel like that would be a good book for me as well. However, I still haven’t emotionally recovered from Beartown, so … I’m not sure I can take another Backman novel right now. Huge props to his translator(s) though, they’re doing a fantastic job!

    1. Yes! And Anxious People wasn’t all that sad. I just finished it and I’d say it was similar to A Man Called One, but more bittersweet moments than anything depressing. I actually thought the ending was pretty happy overall.

      Totally agree! Some of the best translations I’ve ever read.

            1. Okay, I just watched the first episode… and I don’t know if I’m gonna continue 😬 It’s not bad at all, they just changed so many little things I loved about the book. It just doesn’t have the same feeling. But I can see why people who didn’t read the book liked the show. I feel like I might have even liked it more if they’d changed enough that it felt like it’s own thing, if that makes sense.

  2. This is such an excellent reading list! I’m always on the fence about Atomic Habits. I add it to my TBR than I take it off again. I even found a Youtube video that summarizes the highlights so I can make up my mind.

    1. Hahaha I do that all the time. I saw that the audiobook was only like five hours, so I figured I can listen while I’m working. Feels like less of a commitment 😂

  3. Enjoyyour reading!
    I really wan tto pick up Where the Drowned Girls Go as soon as my copy arrives!

  4. I’m working my way through Fredrik Backman after reading A man called Ove and loving it!
    Mrs Death misses death is good, very very different to my usual read, I loved her use of different ways to tell a story, hope you enjoy it x

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