The Big Reading Update 2021: Week 4

January 29, 2021 in Wrap-Ups
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Is January over yet? This is starting to feel like the longest month of all time. This week’s TBRU is potentially going to be a shorter one than you’re used to mainly because I have less to talk about but hey, that’s okay!

I’ve been struggling with thick brain fog all week long so my productivity has taken a big hit. Blog posts haven’t been written. Books haven’t been read. And so on. In fact, as I’m writing this I’m getting frustrated at how much my brain is refusing to play ball. So let’s just get straight into it!


What I Read This Week


The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well
by Meik Wiking


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I doubt it would surprise anyone that my lifestyle is already pretty “hyggelig” – being a homebody and all. Comfy and cosy is essentially my motto in life. So naturally I’d be drawn towards hygge.

This little book was really informative. Not just in the “how to hygge” sense but in the research of happiness and how the two concepts overlap. Wiking is clearly very knowledgeable about both and that’s reflected in the quality of this book – which I highly recommend, by the way!


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library
By Matt Haig


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This was my first journey into Haig’s fictional works but it won’t be my last. The Midnight Library follows Nora who after a heartbreakingly painful day decides to give up on life and finds herself in a library between life and death. This library contains all of Nora’s alternatives lives giving her a chance to do things differently. Will Nora choose a new life? You’ll have to read to find out.

As someone who has battled depression for most of my life, this book hit me so hard. Its message radiated light into the dark crevices of my soul. It’s moving, hopeful and dare I say it, it’s a little bit hygge! I also loved that it didn’t shy away from the fact that depression doesn’t vanish simply because your circumstances are different.

Content Warnings:

depression, suicide, death (parental and pet plus others), alcoholism and drug abuse plus references to scars from self-harming


Currently Reading

I’m still reading Ace by Angela Chen and starting to suspect that I might not get it finished by the end of the month. Maybe I’ll dedicate some quality time to it today.



It was pay day week which means I bought a few books… Not too many but a few. I spent a grand total of £15.23. The books I bought were:

  • We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper (Kindle eBook)
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Kindle eBook)
  • The Push by Ashley Audrain (Hardback)
  • Kill Joy by Holly Jackson (Pre-order Paperback)
  • For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt (Paperback)
  • Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell (Hardback)

We also bought my son two new books this week. They were Slug in Love by Rachel Bright & Nadia Shireen (which I recently read a review copy of and loved!) and Now Wash Your Hands by Matt Carr.

In terms of library books, my hold on Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida came through so I’m looking forward to reading that. I also picked up How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi in advance of Black History Month (US).

And finally, review copies! It’s been a quieter one this week which is nice because I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning in review copies. I was approved for Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner which I’m super excited about so yay!


And as always, I’m desperate to know what books you’ve been enjoying this week? Let me know in the comments below. (Also have a great weekend!)


  • A Cup of Wonderland January 29, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I need to pre-order Kill Joy by Holly Jackson for sure! I loved all her other books, so I’m excited to read this one. Also, great to hear your thoughts on the Midnight Library – I’m in two minds whether to pick it up or not so shall be waiting for the paperback to come out before I decide. Also, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Ace By Angela Chen.

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 11:23 am

      Yes to Kill Joy! Plus it’s a World Book Day release so it’s only £1 and will be a nice short read. Did you see the cover release last night for the 3rd book in the AGGGTM series?? So excited!

      The more that I think about The Midnight Library, the deeper and more profound the message. I can’t recommend it highly enough, it’s an incredible book. 🙂

  • Kayleigh Zara January 29, 2021 at 11:12 am

    I have recently bought the midnight library but I’ve not gotten around to reading it yet! I can’t wait to dive into it x

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Kayleigh! 🙂

  • Eleanor Jones January 29, 2021 at 11:24 am

    I’ve heard a lot about hygge and I love that you’ve included this book here- I think I’ll give it a try 🙂 thank you for sharing these choices, I love seeing how others are doing with their reading goals x

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Eleanor, I hope that you enjoy the Hygge book! 🙂

  • Tea Spangsberg January 29, 2021 at 11:35 am

    I gave the little book about hygge to my boyfriend last year. I’m danish and he’s not so I thought it would be a fun little gift.

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      That is a super fun gift! I hope he enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Jenny in Neverland January 29, 2021 at 11:53 am

    How To Be Antiracist is definitely one I want to pick up! I have the Hygge book somewhere and I haven’t read it yet, I’ve kinda used it more of an ornament but I really want to read it soon! x

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      Haha it is a very pretty book so I don’t blame you! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it.

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader January 29, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I see several books here on my TBR list as well! My current audiobook read is The Push and I’m really enjoying it! Happy Reading!

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      Oh yay! I can’t wait to see what you thought about The Push – I’m hoping to read it next month but who knows if that will actually happen haha.

  • Cristina Rosano January 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I really want to read “The midnight Library” it sounds great! Also How to be antiracist is on my list now! Thanks for sharing Hailey and hope you have a great reading week! x

    • Hayley January 29, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      It’s so good Cristina!! Thank you so much, I hope you have a great reading week too. 🙂

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