January 2021 Book Reviews Wrap Up

2020 was a rough year for me, reading-wise (among other things!).

I really struggled with reading motivation and didn’t accomplish my reading goal for the year (24 books). [Side note: I also posted my 2020 Goodreads Year in Review if you want to see the recap of what I ready last year. I participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge every year, so if you want to connect with me on Goodreads, you can find me here: www.goodreads.com/kellyschuknecht.]

Before the new year started, I spent some time reflecting on what caused my lack of motivation. Then I came up with a new plan for how to approach my reading habits this year. I wrote this post about it if you’d like to read more on that.

I know we’re only one full month into the new year, but my new approach seems to be working well for me. I’m super motivated to read every day and have been keeping consistent habits. I typically read simultaneously:

  • one non-fiction book (10 pages per day),
  • one hardcopy fiction book (one chapter before bed), and
  • one fiction audiobook (whenever I have quiet time where can fit it inwhile driving, cleaning, walking, whatever…)

I set my goal in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2021 as 24 books again. As of the end of January I’ve already completed three books!

Here’s a recap of the books I completed with links to the full reviews in case you missed them:


Contemporary Literature

BOOK REVIEW: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham

BOOK REVIEW: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon): The Secret Is Out! Madeleine Wickham is Sophie Kinsella, and The Gatecrasher is just as delicious as her internationally bestselling Shopaholic series. Madeleine Wickham’s bitingly funny and edgy style keeps fans coming back for more.  So hold onto your haute couture hats, as youContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham”


Psychology

Personality Isn't Permanent

BOOK REVIEW: Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D.

BOOK REVIEW: Personality Isn’t Permanent by Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon): Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation


Women’s Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

BOOK REVIEW: Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon): Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinks. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover — a marriedContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham”


I’m on a mission to complete all of the books by Madeleine Wickham this year. The Gatecrasher was my first by her. There are a total of 7, and I’m already on #3, so I don’t think I’ll have any problems with that!

Here’s what I’m currently reading (reviews coming soon!):


So…what about you? What’s your reading goal for this year? And what books have you read so far?

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketing director with a background in the publishing industry and a passion for all things related to books. She blogs about book marketing because she loves helping authors navigate the world of social media to discover new ways to promote and sell their books. If you're looking for something good to read, you can find Kelly's top picks here: www.kellyschuknecht.com/book-faves.

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