I love a list post, and what better list to do than the 20 books I want to try and read this year. This is a list of both books I have had on my shelves for a while and books that are due for release this year. There are so many books coming out this year that I’m really looking forward to and I’m hoping that 2020 will be another great reading year for me. So far I’ve already read 3 books this year, and I can’t wait to read many, many more.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
I bought this book last year when it came out and I’ve still not picked it up. I think it’s mainly because of the size that I’ve not picked it up – this book is huge! I’m determined to get to this book this year, I’ve only heard amazing things about it.
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I read and enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King (even though I hate Cardan) but I’m looking forward to reading the final book!
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
This has been on my shelf for a few months now as I got my copy in one of the Illumicrate boxes last year. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it but I’m really intrigued to see what I think of it.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I’ve only heard wonderful things about this book and it’s going to be my next read I think. It’s such a gorgeous premise and I can’t wait to dive in.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
I’m possibly one of the few people who never read these books as a kid. I have this book and The Amber Spyglass on my bookshelf but I’ve just not got around to picking it up yet. I think this would be a fairly quick read and I’ve always wanted to read it, I’ve just never got around to it.
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (out 6th February)
I loved the first two books in the Truly Devious trilogy so I’m really looking forward to reading the third and final book. I’ve been waiting to read this book for about a year now so I’m really glad that it’s finally coming out next month (although Goodreads said it was out this month – but alas). I reckon I’ll read this book as quickly as I read the first two, I couldn’t put either down!
The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page (out 23rd January)
I adored reading Libby Page’s debut novel, The Lido, last year and I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds just as lovable and interesting as The Lido was, and I can’t wait to be introduced to a whole host of characters visiting the 24 Hour Cafe!
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
This book was on my November tbr list but I never got around to it. I really enjoyed Carry On when I read it last year, and was really looking forward to reading Wayward Son pretty much as soon as it came out, but it got pushed to the bottom of my tbr list, and I kind of forgot about it. I’m determined to read it this year!
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
I’ve heard great things about this book and picked it up in Waterstones last year when it was on the ‘Our Staff Recommend’ table at the front of my local shop. I’ve seen a few reviews since then and I think it sounds really interesting.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I’m late to the party on this one, 4 years late. I’ve had this on my shelf since it came out. In fact, I think I pre-ordered it! I was really looking forward to it, and I think I even started reading it in 2016, but for some reason I put it down and never picked it back up. I think it was because I started reading something else at the same time. I want to read Chain of Gold when it’s out so I’m hoping to get to The Dark Artifices trilogy (or at least start it) this year.
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab (out 1st September)
Another quick middle-grade read from Victoria Schwab? Yes please! I can’t wait to read the third Cassidy Blake book. I loved the first two, and I love the settings of each, and the ghosts! They’re great autumnal reads, and I’m sure this one will be as well.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab (out 6th October and probably my most anticipated read of this year)
After reading the synopsis of this book and hearing Victoria Schwab talking about it at a signing, I am so excited to actually get to read it this year. It’s no secret if you’ve been here a while that Victoria Schwab is one of my all-time favourite authors: so far I’ve loved everything I’ve read that she’s written, and I’m looking forward to reading another excellent book from her!
Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff
I read LifeL1k3 a year a half ago I think and was looking forward to reading Dev1at3 when it came out, but the UK release was a lot later than other places, so I wasn’t sure when it was coming out. I then checked online and saw it was avaailable to order, so order it I did! It’s been sat on my shelf ever since. I’ve also just learnt (whilst writing this post) that the third book is out this year too. What better time to read book two than now?!
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
I started this last year but I think a few other books came out about the time that I started it and I never finished it. I enjoyed Red Rising when I read that so quickly went out and bought Golden Son and Morning Star so I could read them straight away. However, this obviously didn’t happen (oops) so now they’re sat on my shelf and I really want to read them this year.
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
I loved Red Sister when I read it last year, and bought Grey Sister ready to read next on my Kindle. Then, as seems to be the pattern, I started something else and didn’t get a chance to start Grey Sister and here we are, it’s now on my tbr for this year.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
I bought this on a whim in Waterstones when I was out one day as I’d heard really good things about it and it sounded intriguing. I still haven’t read it but I plan to change that this year.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Again, another book I bought on a whim! It sounds adorable though, and sounds like something I’ll finish fairly quickly, so it may be a perfect summer read.
Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (out 5th May)
I enjoyed Aurora Rising last year and although it wasn’t my favourite book, I am looking forward to book two, especially after the ending of the first book!
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (out 3rd September)
This sounds great! I don’t think I’ve read a vampire book since I was about 14 or 15 when I read the House of Night books. It sounds excellent and I can’t wait to see Jay Kristoff’s take on vampires.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
This book I’ve had downloaded on my Kindle for a while now. I’ve read a few of Ruth Ware’s books now, and I’ve enjoyed them all (and not been able to put them down as well) so I’m looking forward to seeing my thoughts on this one. I reckon this is another book that I’ll read fairly quickly.
That’s my 2020 tbr goals list. I’m hoping I’ll get to most, if not all of these books. I reckon I’ll get to a lot of the new releases fairly quickly as well (especially the Schwab and Kristoff ones). I’m looking forward to seeing what 2020 holds for me, reading-wise, and I hope to read more books than I did last year. I’ll come back to this post in December this year or January next year to see how many of these 20 books I actually read in 2020.
What books are you hoping to read in 2020? Let me know!