January Reading Plans + Anticipated Releases

Friday, January 3, 2020

Welcome to 2020, my friends! ✨

Out of the six books I chose to end 2019 with, I ended up finishing two: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, which was SO good and 100% worth reading, and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Actually, I finished the latter last night but we will still count it as successful! I really only had half the month to complete everything because I was in school until December 10th, and then all the holiday events took over. I did, however, also make progress with The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, which I hope to finish over this weekend. The Hunger Games is probably the only one I will carry over, although not this month, but only because its prequel is coming out very soon and I want to review all the details before diving into a new addition.


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This is the January pick for Jamie's Better Late Than Never Book Club! I've had it on my shelves since 2015, so it's about time I finally start reading. It takes place in Iceland, where a woman is awaiting execution after being accused of murder. Quite a dark read, which seems like a good choice to end this season with!

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
One of my 2020 goals is to read one personal development book per quarter, and I've heard nothing but excellent things about Atomic Habits. I love anything to do with productivity, so I'm also thinking about how I can integrate that onto my blog.

The Wicked King by Holly Black
I actually wanted to read this in December, but I decided to hold off and instead choose books that had potential to make my "best of 2019" list. Not to say this doesn't have potential, because I know it does! But I read The Cruel Prince (the first book in this series) this year and that's already on the list, so I had to give up the spot to something else. I didn't want two books in the same series. LOGIC 🤔

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I've enjoyed this series so much so far, and I can't wait to see what Lara Jean is up to this time around. I predict this will be a really quick read, but I'm also a little sad that it's ending.


Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (January 7th)
I'll be doing my best to pick up as many Asian books as I can this year, and I'm really excited for this one. I don't know much about it, aside from the fact that the main character's parents send her to Taiwan to study in an education program but it actually turns out to be something else?

The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord (January 7th)
The Start of Me and You is one of my all-time favorite books, so I've been waiting to read this sequel for AGES.

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills (January 14th)
No clue what this is about, but I am 100% reading it as soon as it comes out because it's written by Emma Mills.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (January 21st)
I will pick up any YA rom-com that comes my way, and St. Martin's Press was so kind to approve my request to read this early! It follows two rivals named Pepper and Jack who work at their families' food shops, and they end up getting into a big, public argument on Twitter. But actually, they're falling for each other in real life? WE LOVE TO SEE IT.


What are you planning to read this month?


  1. I'm very much a mood reader, so I rarely plan out monthly TBRs, but I really want to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean as well! I loved To All the Boys I've Loved Before but just never got around to finishing the series. (I also haven't seen the movie yet, but I've heard positive things.) Best of luck with your reading this month! :)


    1. I'm a mood reader as well, and if I'm being honest ... I don't think I've ever finished a monthly tbr 🥴 I'm trying to get better at it this year, but also learn to be kind to myself if there's something else I want to read. In the grand scheme of things: as long as I'm reading, it's not too big of a deal if I didn't plan on it!

      I loved the TATBILB movie! I have to say I wasn't sure the first time I watched it, only because I finished the book less than a week before and it was too fresh in my mind, but it was really sweet! Is that something you want to watch?

      Thank you Claire, and hope you read some excellent books this month too :)