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20 Books to read in 2020 ⭐ feat. some small reading goals

20 in 2020

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“š By the time you’re reading this I’ll have handed in my thesis!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ That means writing more posts again and the end of my hiatus, YAY! This is also the perfect time to finally talk about the annual TBR that I always do, even though I rarely read all the books I’m picking out at the beginning of the year πŸ˜…This time I’m even setting my goal at 20 books in 2020 instead of 10, because why not? Hannah’s new video got me inspired to aim to read even more books that have been on the top of my TBR, so here I am! I also decided to make a few categories/goals to better organize the books that I want, so here we go πŸ’—


{5} Series to Finish in 2020

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  • SupernovaΒ (Marissa Meyer) ⭐ StartOnYourShelfathon
  • UndyingΒ (Kaufman, Spooner) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallenge
  • VengefulΒ (V.E. Schwab) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallengeΒ & Here and Queerathon
  • The StorytellerΒ (Traci Chee)⭐ #YARC, LibraryLove
  • The Toll (Neal Shusterman)⭐

I’m usually good at starting a bunch of series, but often procrastinate finishing them due to a) painful/intense endings or b) high expectations. 😱 However, I want to get back into the habit of actually reading the last book in a series I loved and not to push it back because I’m scared that I won’t like it. That’s why I have 5 series finales that I am excited for and that mark the end of amazing characters and worlds. Some of them, I have been meaning to read for a long time like Vengeful and The Storyteller, others like Supernova and The Toll have just come out at the end of last year. And Undying marks the beginning of me trying to read sequels close after finishing the previous book πŸ˜„


{5} Series to Start in 2020

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  • The Lies of Locke LamoraΒ (Scott Lynch) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallengeΒ & StartOnYourShelfathon
  • Daughter of Smoke and BoneΒ (Laini Taylor) ⭐ StartOnYourShelfathon
  • The Gilded WolvesΒ (Roshani Chokshi) ⭐ #YARC & HereandQueerathon & StartOnYourShelfathon
  • βœ… These Broken Stars (Kaufman, Spooner) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallenge, LibraryLove
  • The Queen’s RisingΒ (Rebecca Ross) ⭐ StartOnYourShelfathon

Despite wanting to finish off a lot of series, I do want to start some hat I have been hoping to get around to for ages, as thee’s nothing better than discovering a new world to love πŸ’— There are way too many series that are vying for my attention, but there are some that I haven’t been prioritizing in the last years, so these are the ones I’m hoping to push to the top of my TBR. A few of these series debuts – like The Queen’s Rising, The Lies of Locke Lamora and Daughter of Smoke and Bone – have been on my physical TBR for more than two years πŸ˜… These Broken Stars is a library book that I already got around to reading, but it had been on my Goodreads TBR ever since I joined Goodreads. Finally, The Gilded Wolves is a newer series, but I adore the author so I need to finally read it!


{4} Standalone Books to Read in 2020

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  • Red, White and Royal BlueΒ (Casey McQuiston) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallengeΒ & Here and Queerathon
  • βœ… Salt to the SeaΒ (Ruta Sepetys) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallenge & Library Love
  • Love from A to Z (Ruta Sepetys) ⭐ #outofcomfortzonechallenge & Library Love
  • Let’s Talk about Love (Claire Kann) ⭐ #HereandQueerathon, StartOnYourShelfathon

Among all these series, I also want to read standalone books, as it’s nice to be reading books that don’t require you to pick up the next books or eagerly anticipate an upcoming sequel πŸ˜„ My favorite standalone books are in the contemporary genre, as it’s less likely to have series than Fantasy. That’s why I have been wanting to pick up some diverse books that honestly sound amazing, like Let’s Talk about Love and Love from A to Z, who are on the top of my list because I love the authors that have written them! πŸ₯° I also couldn’t resist putting Red, White and Royal Blue on the list, as there has been so much praise! Even a historical fiction book has made me curious, that was Salt to the Sea, and I’ve already read it – it has been an emotional journey for sure!Divider2

{3} Books Releasing in 2020

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  • βœ… The Electric HeirΒ (Victoria Lee) ⭐ #HereandQueerathon
  • The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan) ⭐ #HereandQueerathon
  • βœ… Of Curses and KissesΒ (Sandhya Menon) ⭐ #YARC2020

Like every year there are so many books releasing in 2020 that I want to read, but I won’t try and read all of them because it’s a) not possible and b) expensive. These aren’t nearly all the books I’m anticipating, but I have a list for the beginning of the year! I was fortnate enough to already get two Arcs of books that I was escited for: Of Curses and Kisses as well as The Electric Heir, both of which I have already read by now, as tehy are already released by now. The last book that I 100% will read in 2020, is The Tower of Nero, another highly anticipated series finale, that will only come out at the end of September 😭


{2} Backlist Books (pre-2019) to read in 2020


  • The Crown’s Game (Evelyn Skye) ⭐ #LibraryLove, YARC2020
  • βœ… Jackaby (William Ritter) ⭐ #LibraryLove, outofcomfortzonechallenge

I’m naturally reading a lot of backlist books that I get either from the library or that have accumulated on my TBR, so there is only two very backlist books that I had wanted to read for a long time. I decided to give Jackaby a chance – published in 2014 – and accidentally became obsessed with the series, so that has been going well πŸ˜‚πŸ’• The other book I wanted to get to since I joined Goodreads is The Crown’s Game – published in 2016 – a fantasy series debut that sounded good and still holds my interest years later, so I hope I’ll enjoy it!


{1} Reread of a Favorite in 2020


  • βœ… Under Rose-Tainted Skies (Louise Gornall) ⭐

This actually was my first reread of 2020, as I have been working on reading as many books from my library that had been on my TBR and getting through my beginning of the year Arcs, so there was simply no time to reread. I also only reread books when I’m really in the mood for it, but this year I have been wanting to read new books a bit more. I still love rereading, and I might be doing it later in the year, as I’m eyeing a few books that I loved and want to enjoy again. Under Rose-Tainted Skies was a fantastic fourth reread and I’m eternally sad that the author hadn’t published another book πŸ₯Ί

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19 thoughts on “20 Books to read in 2020 ⭐ feat. some small reading goals

  1. Congratulations on handing in your thesis, that’s huge! I read Vengeful by V. E. Schwab a while back and I remember really enjoying it, although Vicious still claims my favorite spot. I’ll have to re-read that series soon– I completely forgot about it until seeing your post. Aside, I haven’t read most of the books on your list, but I’ll definitely be using these recommendations! I’ve been looking for more lately, and I’ve especially heard so much praise for Red, White, and Royal Blue.

    claire @ clairefy

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  2. I like how you split it up. I’m just trying to read a lot of backlist titles this year and get my Goodreads goal of 80 books done. More won’t be possible, I think. πŸ™‚
    Congrats on your thesis btw, that’s great! ❀

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  3. These Broken stars is a pretty good read! I also really want to start The Lies of Locke Lamora and hope to get to it soon! Great post πŸ™‚

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  4. I am SO curious to hear what you think about The Lies of Locke Lamora! I have had this series spook around in my head for ages now, but never gone around to pick it up myself. It’s strange, but that just makes me all the more excited to learn whether you like it!

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    1. I hope to read it soon, as I’ve had the first book on my shelf for ages and it definitely sounds like Six of Crows, but Adult πŸ₯° I hope to share my opinions with you soon, I definitely look forward to reading the series πŸ“š

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  5. It is so great to set goals for the books you want to read and sometimes having a TBR written in front of you really motivates you !!
    And it looks like you have so many great books to read!! I am trying to finish series that I’ve started this year as well, I’ve already caught up with two series and I am hoping to finish The Young Elites next month or after!!
    Ah… The Lies of Locke Lamora is so good!! I loved it and I rated it 4 originally but with how much I still think about it, it is probably a 5!! The plot is really good and the characters are so human!!
    I have The Queen’s Rising on my shelf so I would like to get to that one at some point this year too!!
    I hope you enjoy all the books you’ve got to read and have a great reading year!! ❀

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    1. Having a TBR of priority books to read has definitely helped me stay motivated and know what to read first πŸ₯° Good luck with your own goals! I hope you finish reading The Young Elites as I love that Trilogy so much πŸ’—

      I’m really happy to hear that you love The Lies of Locke Lamora so much, it sounds like a fantastic Fantasy book that I could really enjoy πŸ“š I have been meaning to read The Queen’s Rising from before it came out but I never actually got around to it! 😱
      Thank you so much! 🌸

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  6. Ooh I love Hannah! She’s very calming to watch.
    I (particularly) hope you enjoy all those series finales! It can be really tricky to pick those up – you’re right that they often have painful and/or intense endings!! It’s scary to go into!!
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of my favourite series (I love Laini Taylor so much!), so I am hoping you love it too. And I think you will like The Gilded Wolves too! I’m excited to see what you think.
    Love From A to Z was one of my favourite books of last year so I’m happy to see you are planning to pick it up!
    I have so many books that I want to read this year, but I haven’t really committed to definitely reading any other than Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books – I’ve read Shadow and Bone as well as Siege and Storm, but I want to read the rest before the TV show, so I have to get on those really soon.

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    1. Same! I love her videos so much, they are relaxing and great to watch 🌸 Thank you, Sabrina! I hope to enjoy them and that they live up to my expectations πŸ₯° It can be a bit scary to read anticipated finales 😱

      I hope to get into Laini Taylor soon, I have heard so many amazing things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I’m happy to hear that you love it 😊 I also have high hopes for the Gilded Wolves, I just love Roshani Chokshi’s books so much πŸ₯° Oh I hope that you enjoy reading more Grishaverse books, I love them all a lot πŸ’•

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  7. Ah what a lovely idea for a post! i really should have done that to give myself some concrete goals to finish some books and especially some series! I’m also aiming to read the Renegades series hopefully, as well as The Storyteller, finally! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ₯° I always like setting myself some goals that I can actually achieve and it’s good to remind myself to finish some of the series that I have started πŸ˜„ I hope you enjoy reading Renegades, it’s one of my favorite series! πŸ₯° I really want to read The Storyteller as well! Though with my library closed down, I might need to finally get my own copy πŸ“—

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