Bloganuary: Jan. 18, 2022

For the month of January, I’m going to be doing my best to participate in Bloganuary, a daily blogging challenge. I know it’s a divergence from what I typically write, but participating in this challenge is on my Memory List for this year.

Today’s prompt:

What book is next on your reading list?

Had this question been posed to me a couple years ago, I would have laughed it off, slightly embarrassed. I had never considered myself a reader. The thought of having a reading list would have been preposterous!

The number of books I managed to read as an adult, in my post-university days, very likely could have been counted on my fingers.

But 2020 changed things. And my reading habit was one thing that shifted.

It started with Untamed by Glennon Doyle, a book that changed my life. The lessons I learned through her telling her life story, led to my first tattoo, and my more optimistic outlook because I know I can do hard things.

As COVID forced the globe to slow down in those early days of the pandemic, I found myself picking up more books. I read beautiful fictional tales like Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth. But most of the books were in the self-help category, which makes sense, because I definitely needed all the help I could get in 2020.

I’ve turned the pages of numerous Brené Brown books: Daring Greatly; Rising Strong; and most recently, Braving the Wilderness. I’ve thumbed through Single On Purpose by John Kim. And I’ve been working on breaking some dysfunctional habits by reading Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.

But lately, I’ve been taking advantage of my library card, and listening to audio books on my phone. These fictional novels accompany me on my many walks with Toby, and I love it! Over the past months, I’ve listened to the entire Harry Potter series (which was amazing!), the beautifully written Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and the heart-wrenching Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo.

Currently, I’m a couple hours away from finishing the novel The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, an account of the Holocaust, told from a Polish viewpoint. And it’s a great story of survival!

The next book on the list? It’s The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m looking forward to listening to the story as it unfolds.

Do you have a book I should add to my list? I’m open to any recommendations!


Follow along and make memories.

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