January Reading List in Review
One of my goals for 2019 is to read 50 books, made up of both fiction and non-fiction as I like to read one of each at the same time.When it comes to non-fiction, I tend to alternate between a business focused book and a personal development focused book, with a few history and educational books thrown in the mix as well.
I really enjoy reading both business and personal development books, they are my favourite genres as they resonate with me and I find them very useful in my life. I like to read a fiction book at the same time, because who doesn't love a good story. My favourite fiction genres are Fantasy and Science Fiction, with a few light hearted chick-lit novels thrown in the mix.I like to be able to swap between the two books I'm reading at any one time depending on what mood I'm in and what kind of content I feel like reading.
January was met with quite a diverse range of books, I finished the year reading a few Science Fiction/ Fantasy books, so I felt drawn to read a nice and easy chick-lit. I managed to tick a few books off my 'to read' list and made a few compulsive purchases and read some new books that weren’t on my list.
Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Lately I have developed a bit of an interest in World War II, so naturally Anne Frank's diary was a logical choice to kick the reading year off.
I've had this book on my 'to read' list but never found myself reaching for it when choosing a new book off my shelf. I really enjoyed reading this story, and was quite surprised to learn that Anne, who was in hiding in an attic for years, was just a normal teenage girl at heart.
Her diary talks about fights she has with her parents, memories from before she went into hiding, her feelings about boys, books she read, and little musings and thoughts. It was not what I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it even more because of that.
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
I love a good Sophie Kinsella novel to lighten my mood, her books always have such unique storylines and are just so easy and entertaining to read, Twenties girl was no exception.
If you're looking for a ghost story without the usual horror then Twenties Girl is for you, it was such a fun take on a ghost story.
The life changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo
Sam recommended this book to me after hearing about the hype from the new Netflix series inspired by the book, so I picked it up in Singapore the afternoon we were flying back to Malaysia.
I began reading it in the airport while we waited to board our flight, then continued reading it on the short plane ride, and actually finished it that same night. I really loved this book!
I am obsessed with tidying and organising, I’m always going through my things and decluttering and finding new ways to organise everything, so this was the perfect book for me.
You’ve likely heard of Marie Kondo or 'The life changing magic of tidying up' (or maybe ‘Spark Joy’) because it’s everywhere right now, and for good reason. It inspired me to declutter and reorganise everything as soon as I got home from vacation.
Branding for bloggers
This was a really simple straightforward guide on how to create a brand for your blog, which was packed full of helpful information, tips, and anecdotes.
I am currently in my final year of a marketing degree at University, so I was a bit hesitant about whether this book could teach me anything that I hadn't already learnt through my studies (which it didn't), but I still found it so helpful as everything was put in the context of blogging. If you aren't doing a marketing degree, or even if you are and just want more clarification and are planning on starting a blog of your own, then for sure read this book. It was so informative and straightforward, there isn't any beginner blogger who wouldn't benefit from giving this a read.
Big little lies - Liane Moriarty
This novel has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while just waiting for its turn to be read, and that time finally came. I enjoyed the story, it was so unique and different to any other book I have read, though it is a bit out of my usual genre.
The book follows three women, mothers, living in Australia (How often does that happen? Or not happen to be more accurate) with each perspective being so easy to relate to and make comparisons between yourself and them. I found this to be quite confronting at times but also like a breath of fresh air as I don't come across this very often with the fiction books I tend to gravitate towards.
Big Little Lies has been made into a HBO limited series which I am really eager to watch, if it's HBO then you know it's going to be a good one.
The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
I was so excited to read this book, so many people have recommended it saying how amazing and life changing it was for them.
I struggled through the first few chapters, thinking it would just take a little while for me to get in the flow of the writing, but then at about 100 pages in I found myself avoiding reading because I just really did not want to read this book.
I really didn't enjoy it, I found that it never actually taught me anything, just repeated itself over and over, I got no value from this book, so I made the decision to put it down and not pick it up again.
What books did you read in January? Have you set any reading goals for 2019?