Non-Fiction New Year | A Tentative TBR For January

Happy New Year, readers! I hope you’ve had a fun and safe holiday season and are now ready to get into 2020.

To kick things off for the new year, I thought I take things back to basics and talk about one of my favourite things – books.

I try to read a lot as it’s something I love to do and I know that it’s good for my mental health.

I’ve been reading for almost as long as I can remember and in all that time I have never once made a TBR (to be read) pile for myself. I’m what you would call a ‘mood reader’ as I just pick my next book based on whatever I fancy in the moment.

However, as we’re coming into a new year I wanted to try something different.

I’d been acquiring a lot of physical and eBooks in the weeks before New Year and I want to make sure that I’m actually going to get through everything.

In the spirit of the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing that I always fall for, I thought I’d make a January TBR full of non-fiction books. I want to take the first few weeks of the year to get into a good head space and learn something new – start as you mean to go on and all that.

So here is a very tentative new year TBR with the top three books I want to read in January:


This is perhaps one of the best purchases I made throughout all of 2019. This book had been on my list since it was published and I managed to find a hardcover version in a charity shop for 50p!

Now I have this book in my possession, there’s no excuse for me not to read it. I can’t wait to hear about Michelle Obama’s life and get some of her wonderful wisdom in my system ready for the new year.


This book was recommended to me through BookBub (which is a wonderful service that highlights cheap and free Kindle books you might be interested in) and I’m going to take the hint in January.

2020 is the year of my no buy so I can finally get my financial affairs in order and I feel like this book couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m not sure what it’s going to be like and how helpful it will be for my situation, but right now I’m looking for any advice I can get when it comes to money.


This is a book I currently have on reserve at my library. In preparation for my no buy year, I registered with my city’s libraries so I could download eBooks and audio books from the comfort of my own home.

I’m one of those people who really admires Greta, even if I do feel slightly intimated by this young girl who is already achieving so much and has such a wise head on her shoulders. I think this is going to be a very important and influential book for 2020 so I really want to get into it and learn as much as I can.

I thought I’d stick with just listing three books I want to read in January for now, even though there are more titles I wanted to include, just to alleviate some of the pressure.

I like the fact that these three books are different types – there’s one physical, one Kindle book, and one borrowed. I hope this kind of diversity in my reading habits continues throughout 2020.

What do you want to read in 2020?

Speak soon,


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5 thoughts on “Non-Fiction New Year | A Tentative TBR For January

  1. Becoming was a very good book. I enjoyed it 🙂 On my list of books to read I have The Last Wish which is the first book from the Netflix Witcher Series (I enjoyed the series and decided to check out the books) and also Papillon which is a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and I recently got the book at a sale.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I’m looking forward to diving in to Becoming, I keep hearing brilliant things about it. I’ve heard some good reviews about Witcher so I can only imagine the books will be better 🙂

      Thanks for your support. Best wishes


      1. Yes for sure you will enjoy Becoming. I enjoyed the Witcher series and I am looking forward to the books..books really normally are better than the tv version

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