20 Books for 2020

If you know me at all, you know I love a good to-do list. The only way I semi-function at work at the moment is because my work diary is just a to-do list for each day and nothing is more satisfying than ticking a box once you’ve finished something. A colleague at my previous job even put tick boxes on my ‘sorry you’re leaving’ card because they reminded her so much of me.

It therefore stands to reason that I quite like a good ‘to read’ list too. Except, here’s the thing – I don’t do great with monthly TBRs, unless it’s for a readathon that has specific challenges, because it’s simply too much restriction and my brain is oddly stubborn and goes ‘well let’s read the exact opposite of that instead!!’. (Really helpful, thanks brain.) But, longer term ‘to read’ lists? Those I can do… which brings me onto the theme of today’s blog post…

Is it a really a nice round number of a year if you don’t take advantage of it by putting together a numerically-matching list of books to read in the next twelve months? I don’t think so, so with that in mind I have put together 20 books that I want to read in 2020. These are backlist primarily and a mix of some of the longest-standing books on my TBR and the ones that I just really feel I will be in the mood for in 2020.

  1. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  3. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  5. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  7. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  8. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  10. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  11. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  12. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  13. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  14. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  17. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  18. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  19. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Yes, I am really going to hate myself later considering the amount of books of 500+ pages on this list but we are starting off 2020 with reckless positivity! We shall see how long that lasts…

Do you have a similar lists of book you want to read this year? Do share it below in the comments, I’d love to hear what books you’ve got on the docket for your reading year!


7 responses to “20 Books for 2020”

  1. Goodluck with that tbr list!

    Im the exact same with monthly tbrs 😂🤦🏽‍♀️ I never follow them either, so I don’t even bother anymore ahaha — the only one I have on my virtual wanna read is the starless sea.. though i’m not quite sure about it as I had so much trouble with trying the night circus :/ much too flowery speech for me


  2. In preparation for our upcoming move, my aim is to focus on the books I own but think I’ll likely be able to give away after reading. That goal set, my brain did what your brain does and said, “Well, but shouldn’t we first hop onto the library app you have and see what’s new there? That’d be more fun!”

    Darn brains.

    That said, the top few on my immediate list, should my brain allow, are largely those books focused on China (where I live now), like “Factory Girls”, “One Child,” etc. Your list looked ambitious but great! Best of luck to you this year!

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  3. ‘Well let’s read the exact opposite of that instead!!’ are your brain and mine estranged siblings? Also… HOMEGOING!! I haven’t read it yet, but the synopsis makes it sound stunning.

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    • Homegoing is AMAZING! The narrative weaves together so well, it blew my mind! I also love Little Women, The Bear in the Nightingale and Station Eleven! I’ve had White Teeth on my shelves for years now and will hopefully be getting around to reading it in 2020

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      • It’s unnerving how many good books there are out there and how little time we have at disposition to read them all. I hope you’ll manage to squeeze White Teeth in your 2020 schedule!

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