What Are You Reading in January?

What is on your reading list this month?

How are you approaching the new reading year? Eagerly? Obsessively? Or slowly but surely?

I recently started doing research for a book I’ll be writing later this year. A lot of my reading is geared towards that goal.

Since 1st January, I’ve finished:

  • Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee
  • The Tale of Beatrix Potter: A Biography by Margaret Lane
  • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms by David C. Tucker
  • The Art of Asking: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
  • The 1950s Kitchen by Kathryn Ferry
  • The 1950s American Home by Diane Boucher

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr (not my normal cup of tea)
  • Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain’s Great Modern Painter by Geordie Greig
  • Coreography: A Memoir by Corey Feldman (reading it on a dare to myself…but it is actually not bad)

To be read by 31st January:

  • The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink by Pamela Katz
  • 1950s American Fashion by Jonathan Walford
  • The 1950s and 1960s (Costume and Fashion Source Books) by Anne Rooney
  • Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips by Michael G. Ankerich
  • Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s by Gerald Nachman

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.

18 thoughts on “What Are You Reading in January?

  1. Am reading a biography of Helen Twelvetrees right now, by fellow movie blogger from Immortal Ephemera. Next up is “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. It’s a book club selection and quite long…but lots of dialogue, so it should be manageable. (I know – I have such shallow criteria for judging books!)

    Just finished “Medicine Walk” by Canadian writer Richard Wagamese. Gorgeous writing – cried through the last 10 pages. HIGHLY recommend it.

    I’m interested to read your thoughts on “The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips”.


    • 1-I love Helen Twelvetrees.
      2-I just cannot deal with Donna Tartt. Call it a personal quirk on my part. I don’t know.
      3-I will definitely look into “Medicine Walk.” Thanks for the rec!

      I just started the Mae Murray bio yesterday, so it’s too early to tell. I love me some Mae, though. I’ll probably finish it this weekend. I’ll let you know! I’m already down to the last 3 books from my list. I’m rather maniacally cycling between all of them.

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  2. I’m almost finished with The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. I highly recommend it! The language is deceptively simple and the story is fairy tale, but it is quite complex and beautiful.


  3. I’ve read a couple of Colm Toibin novels; am in the middle of 1918 by Peter Hart (which is sort of background for a novel I am writing) and I gave up on Robert Harris’ Imperium as it was so poorly written.


    • I’ve never read anything by Colm Toibin, but 1918 by Peter Hart is actually on my TBR list. Are you enjoying it so far?

      Well, not being able to finish Imperium is hardly a glowing recommendation, is it? It’s always nice to know which ones to pass by, especially when your reading list is already sky high!


      • 1918 is a powerful read, much of it is from letters, reports, interviews from the soldiers. It brings it to quite horrifying life. Colm Toibin is I think one of the finest writers of English, very lyrical and understated, there is little plot but it is afterwards that the depth of the writing comes through.


      • Well, it’s definitely going to remain on my TBR list. Hopefully, I’ll get to it this year.

        I’ve also added Colm Toibin to the list (as if it wasn’t long enough already). Thanks for the rec.

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  4. Okay, so I’m not in the same realm as your typical readers, Liss, but I just read Diary Of A Small Fish by Pete Morin and found it very entertaining! Never read this author before, but will find more books by him, if I can.


    • I don’t really have a “typical” reader. They are all over the place when it comes to their taste in books, which I love.

      I looked up Diary of a Small Fish on Goodreads. It has a high rating and, more importantly, it seems really interesting.


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