Everything I Read in January 2024

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Hi Loves,

As we ease our way into February, I want to take a moment and share the books I read during the most crucial and painstakingly long month of the year—January.

Typically I’ll go through periods where I read absolutely nothing and then the next week, I’m completely entranced with a 3-book series. This year is going to be different; I’m focusing on consistency. I want the habit of consistency to be flowing through everything I do. You might be thinking, “Hayden, why are you trying to be consistent with something that’s supposed to be fun? Won’t it become a chore?” Valid point. If I’m not in the mood to read, then I simply won’t. Reading brings me a lot of joy and helps me become better at my job (and writing), so I don’t foresee myself ever viewing it as a chore.

Never in my life have I given myself a reading goal before, but lo and behold, GoodReads. I have officially set a numeric goal for myself of reading twenty-five books in 2024. Hold onto your seats, I’m going to shamelessly plug my account (hi, follow me!) so you can see what I’m reading, what I’ve recently finished and what’s next on my list.

Before we jump in, I want to address that I will not be rating any of these books because I would give every one aside from like 2 really terrible books, a 4.5 or 5-star rating.

Here are the first two books I read during January:

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Anything Sophie Kinsella writes, I’m a fan of. She’s my comfort author and in my eyes, which makes this book a perfect first read of the year. In The Undomestic Goddess, the reader follows a woman who has made her career her entire life. With her anxiety buzzing through the roof (and mine too) she finds peace and solitude living a simple life—after leaving her old life behind of course. Sophie Kinsella humorously pulls you in and teaches you that sometimes it really is the little things that matter the most.

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

Where do I even start with this book? First, I never read memoirs. They’re typically challenging for me to get into because I am a die-hard fiction fan. This memoir by Jen Lancaster is SO different. Her written voice is what my inner voice sounds like which is hilarious in my eyes (yes, you heard that right, I think I’m funny). From being unemployed for several years to a Vegas wedding and designer shopping, this book has it all. It was introspective and knee-slapping hilarious. If you’re a fan of Babe Walker, Jackie Schimmel or Heather McMahan, you will love this.

What’s Next on My Reading List

Until next time bookworms, spread kindness!

HW

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