10 Books to Dive Into to Kick Off Your January Reading Resolutions

It’s a resolution that many of us claim for our own come January 1: read more books. And we start off well-intentioned, opening up to that first page those first few days of the year, still in our New Year’s food and champagne coma. But by February 1, we’re either still in the middle of book #1 or we’ve completely put it away on the bedside table, ready to collect dust. 

But this year is going to be different. You’re going to accomplish that goal, and we have the books that will help you do it. Distractions will come up, there is no doubt about it (hello #momlife), but if a book is good, and we mean really, really good, like legit page-turning stay-up-too-late good, then you can’t help but take the time to devour it. 

These are those types of books. Browse below and find one that calls your name. And get ready to rock that resolution. Just be forewarned, you may need an extra cup of coffee in the morning to compensate for your upcoming late nights of delight.

Katharine McGee

American Royals

Royal aficionado? Imagine if the United States' first family was a monarchy instead ... that’s what author McGee does with this fun, creative novel, where the Crown meets a modern day American love story. Guaranteed to captivate and entertain.

Lisa Taddeo

Three Women

One of the most talked about books of 2019, "Three Women" explores the intersection of women’s desire, heartbreak, and infatuation via the messy, complicated, intimate stories of three different women.

Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish

A deliciously addictive thriller that steals your attention from page one and doesn’t let go. “Plain Jane” Amber, envious of what she doesn’t have, infiltrates the life of socialite Daphne, and before long, Amber’s intentions start to get the best of her; but will she lose total control of everything?

Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

In this sequel to "The Handmaid’s Tale," author Atwood continues the story of Gilead, telling the tales of two women who grew up in the first generation of the regime, as well as Aunt Lydia, whose complex background and unknown future surprises readers. FYI: "The Testaments" can be read following "The Handmaid’s Tale" or completely on its own; either way, it’s destined to fascinate, provoke, and captivate.

Delia Owens

Where the Crawdad’s Sing

The “Marsh Girl” has haunted the North Carolina coastline town of Barkley Cove for years, and when an adored local young man is found murdered, everyone suspects the mysterious Kya. What follows is a beautiful, heart wrenching coming-of-age tale about how our childhood impacts us forever, the enchanting natural world around us, and the power in the secrets we keep.

Tara Westover

Educated: A Memoir

Raised in the mountains of Utah and isolated from the modern world, Tara was 17 the first time she ever set foot in an actual classroom. She followed her quest for learning all the way to Harvard and Cambridge Universities but soon found herself pondering if you can really leave home behind.

Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

Pulitzer Prize winning author Whitehead tells the story of two young boys in Jim Crow-era America, who upon being sentenced to reform school, end up making decisions that will affect them for decades to come. A novel that won’t leave your minds or hearts anytime soon.

Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls

Glamorous showgirls, sexual escapades, and self-discovery all come together in the theater world of 1940s New York City in this delicious novel by “Eat, Pray, Love” author Gilbert, who stated that she hoped this story would go down “like a champagne cocktail." It doesn’t disappoint.

Zadie Smith

Grand Union: Stories

In Smith’s first collection of fiction short stories, she combines wise observations with her brilliant writing to tell tales of modern life, featuring various genres and perspectives, all together in one place to devour and delight.

*TIP: If you’re struggling to get back into the reading groove, starting with a collection of short stories can help give you the momentum you need with the opportunity to feel satisfied completing a story a lot quicker!

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

A dazzling work of historical fiction inspired by the thrilling world of 1970s music magic and mayhem. You’ll feel like you’re back in the legendary time of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, with just as much rollercoaster romance and excitement.

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