20 Books to Read in 2020

Hello, everyone! One of my reading goals for 2020 is to get to some of my backlisted titles. I have basically five bookcases filled with titles – some of which I’ve had for YEARS. It’s completely unacceptable that I haven’t touched them, and frankly unfair to those books because I know some are such highly rated stories. So, I’m making a list of twenty books I’ve had for a while that I’m definitely getting around to this year. When that’ll happen, who’s to say? I don’t like timing or scheduling myself because then I just sabotage everything, and nothing gets accomplished.

With any further ado, here are the titles I want to get to this year! These are in no particular order.

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1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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I’m kind of mad at myself for never having read this. I’ve owned it for actually years, and I have multiple editions of it. Why? Who’s to say, but I say it will get read this year. I’m tired of being left out of the fandom, and I want to finally understand the artwork and quotes I always see. Plus, Schwab creates beautiful stories, so I know I’ll love it.

2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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It makes me ashamed to say I’ve never read any of Tolkien’s books. Being a massive fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, I need to read this series. I feel like a poser if I never do, I can’t be a real fan.

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I’ve been saying that I’ll read this for years, and yet here I am, 2020 and still haven’t. I even spent $100 on a deluxe illustrated, signed leather edition of this book. That’s how sure I am that I’m going to love it. Why haven’t I read it yet? I honestly don’t know.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I’ve heard nothing but good things about Morgenstern’s writing, and this story has been on everyone’s list of favorite books of all time. I need to see what all the fuss is about.

5. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

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2019 was my year of true crime. I started listening to multiple murder podcasts, and I watched a bunch of documentaries. Night Film has always been on my radar because a lot of people mentioned how eery and great the story was, so I feel like now is as good a time as any to finally take a crack at it.

6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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I can’t tell you how many times I started this book and started the show, only to put them both down for no real reason. I really love the characters and the plot is highly entertaining, but for some reason I just can’t seem to finish either of these. This year will be the year I read at least the first novel, and I will definitely get caught up on the show. Mark my words.

7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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Like I said earlier, I became a true crime fiend in 2019. It’s only right that I read a true crime staple, and I’ve had this one on my shelf for quite some time. A lot of people had to read this in high school or college, but I never was required to, so now’s the time for me.

8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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I’ve been saying for years that my favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride. It has every genre you could want all wrapped into one – adventure, action, romance, comedy…I could go on. So if I love the movie so much, why haven’t I read the source material? Your guess is as good as mine.

9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I truly loved the Strange the Dreamer duology, mostly for the beautiful writing of Laini Taylor. I hope one of the OG Taylor series can hold up compared to my love of Lazlo and everything in Strange. But there’s only one way to find out – read the dang thing.

10. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Everyone and their mother loves this dang series, and I feel left out. I feel like I’ll definitely like it if I give it a chance. Hell, I own the whole trilogy, so I’m obligated to at least try out the first one, right?

11. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Yeah, yeah, I know. I haven’t read a Leigh Bardugo book. Do I own every single one of them, plus special editions of a couple? You bet your ass. Will I read this in time for the Netflix show? You bet your ass twice.

12. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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I have my whole Truthwitch series signed by Susan Dennard, but have I cracked one open and started to read it? Nope. Will I this year? That’s the plan. I love magic and fantasy, and Sam from ThoughtsonTomes loves this series. I have high expectations.

13. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I read about 75 pages of this at YallFest in 2017. I haven’t touched it since then, so what’s wrong with me? Superheroes and supervillains and action packed fight scenes? Count me in.

14. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Everyone also loves this series, and Kayla from Booksandlala always recommends it. I can’t not take one of her recommendations, so it’s been on my list for a while now. It’s also incredibly short compared to most things I read, so I have no excuse.

15. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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I really love Jack the Ripper stories, and this one has a badass girl in it too. What’s not to love? I own this whole series, so I’m ready to love it and binge the whole thing.

16. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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I’ve owned this one for a couple years, and I even sought out the UK cover because I liked it better. That amount of effort deserves a read, so I owe it that at least. Plus, this gives me Aladdin vibes, and that was my favorite Disney movie of all time. I can’t say no.

17. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I saw this series pop up on everyone’s favorites of 2019 lists, so I decided to bump it up on my TBR. It deals with death and competitions, so I know I’ll enjoy it.

18. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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I heard more buzz about this book a few years back, but with the upcoming release of Mandel’s The Glass Hotel in just a couple of months, I feel like it’s finally time to give it a go. It’s post-apocalyptic with a theater troupe – what more could you want?

19. Finale by Stephanie Garber

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This one hasn’t been on my list for terribly long, but seeing as it’s the finale to one of my favorite series, I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up. Am I afraid it will disappoint? Maybe. But I think I’m ready to dive back into this world and see how it wraps up.

20. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Just like with Finale, The Queen of Nothing hasn’t been on my TBR for very long. I’m just disappointed with myself for not picking it up sooner. I really loved the first two books, and Wicked King left off with such a cliffhanger, I’m not sure how I’ve waited this long to see what comes next. I think I’m just scared for Jude and Cardan, and I don’t want to see them in pain. I’ll just have to suck it up and read it.

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What are some backlist titles you have that you want to get around to this year? Let me know your TBR plans in the comments below!

Until next time,

Katie-2


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