BY JULIE KOSIN
When Hoda Kotb released her collection of quotes and anecdotes, I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By, in October 2019, the book was an immediate success. Now, the Today co-host is releasing a second collection, This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day, exactly one year later.
Kotb announced the news on her Instagram on Friday, June 12, and later discussed the project with her Today co-hosts.
“I think every time you go through a period in your life, different quotes speak to you, and we had so many, especially everything that’s happened just in this last year,” Kotb said. “We’re just putting the finishing touches on it…it’s just something you can have on your coffee table, pick it up, feel a little bit better, put it back down. I hope y’all enjoy it when it comes out.”
Kotb wrote I Really Needed This Today after noticing her followers’ reactions to the inspirational quotes she posted to her Instagram. “One of the consistent responses people have on Instagram is ‘oh I needed that today,’ Kotb told Mika Brzezinski in an interview last October. “Sometimes you can’t articulate your feelings in the way you want…sometimes you need someone else to put words to your emotions.”
This Just Speaks to Me is inspired by fans’ reactions to the first book, as well as the people in Kotb’s own life—including Today co-hostsSavannah Guthrie, Carson Daly, and Al Roker. “You’re all mentioned in it—quotes you love, stories about you…and I’ll give you some of the proceeds because y’all are all over it,” she said, laughing.
This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day will be released on October 13, 2020.