What I Read in January 2022
It’s the first reading wrap-up of 2022. In January 2022 I read ten books including two re-reads and eight new reads.
Here are the books I read in January 2022.
I started the year by finishing off a few books, including this book about freelancing from Anna Codrea-Rado. I’ve met Anna a few times at various journalism events and she was always lovely, so I bought a copy of her book to support her. It’s a really good and informative read, well worth purchasing if you’re freelancing or thinking of freelancing.
I listened to this short audiobook as a way to kick start my year with a little personal development. It’s super simple and easy to follow. Very American with a cheerleader vibe, but still a nice enough read.
I first read Sense and Sensibility when I was 16, it was my first Jane Austen, but it was sadly not my favourite. I realise now that I was too young when I read it, as I didn’t understand the language and the wit. But now I am older and wiser and I loved it that much more! Of course, I had to watch the 1995 adaptation after I finished reading it and honestly the film is incredible
The Women of Troy is a sequel to The Silence of the Girls. But whereas I liked the first book in the series, I did not like the second. I found it very slow and whilst I really wanted to enjoy it, I struggled from the get-go and it took me two months to finish. A shame, but I’ll still read the next one if there is one.
Next up was an impulsive re-read. I read Goodbye Mr Chips when I was about nineteen and I found it a little hard to digest, even for such a short novel. It’s not politically correct anymore, but it’s still charming when read in one go. Which is easy to do as it’s only about a hundred pages long.
Next up was a book for my diversity book club at work. We alternate between reading non-fiction and fiction from different voices and backgrounds. This month’s choice was Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden. It was originally published in 2001 but has recently been re-published by Penguin. It’s a very dark story – which I don’t think the packaging quite coveys. But otherwise, it’s a good read.
This was a hard read. It took me about six months to get through the audiobook. That’s not because I wasn’t impacted by it, but because I wanted to listen carefully. Chanel Miller is a writer and comedienne who was also the woman who was assaulted by Brock Turner at Stanford. She chose to waiver her anonymity to share her story and the terrible issues with the US Legal System. Brock Turner is walking free after only serving a few months in prison despite eye-witnesses to his rape of Chanel. It’s appalling that he got away with what he did, mostly because of his so-called athletic ability and ‘promising future’. The book infuriated me which made it harder to read. A truly hard-hitting, honest, and raw book that is incredibly important.
Next up on the list was Poirot and Me by David Suchet. I love a good Agatha Christie mystery – both book and TV adaptation. David Suchet will always be Poirot to me, so I was really interested to hear his story about becoming the character. I didn’t realise how long Poirot had been on TV. I assumed it started in the early noughties but it was the late eighties. A really interesting read.
I really respect Emma and her work and have read everything she has published. But I didn’t love Disconnected. Funnily enough, I felt disconnected from her writing, a lot of what she spoke about was repetitious of her other works and it didn’t quite hit the right spot for me. It was still good and her audiobook performance was great as always. I would recommend reading Sabotage or The Multi-Hyphen Method instead of Disconnected though.
And finally, I read Hayley Mills autobiography Hayley Mills. Hayley was a popular Disney actress from the 1960s. Her father was an accomplished actress and her mother was a talented writer, she was always destined to do something on the stage or screen. This autobiography is a tell-all about her life from starting out in the film industry with a British indie movie Tiger Bay to leaving her first husband in the 1970s. She had a really interesting life, if incredibly difficult at times. It’s quite a joyous autobiography, even if it screams white privilege. Still, I enjoyed it.
What did you read in January 2022? Let me know in the comments below.