My 2020 “To Be Read” List

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It’s not secret that I haven’t had as much time to read as I would like. The majority of my time is consumed by an almost three year old non napping tyrant and an infant who takes up most of my energy. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, don’t get me wrong. It would just be nice to have a bit of alone time once in a while to do things I like to do – one of those being reading.

Between the constant demands from my kids, the chronic sleep deprivation and the total lack of motivation due to the chronic sleep deprivation, my reading streak has taken a steep downward dive. Before having kids, according to my Goodreads account, I was averaging around 150 books a year. 150 books! I’m lucky if I read five books in 2019. I’m really hoping this will change this year, and I am aiming for a goal of 12 books. One for each month. That’s doable right? Shameless self promotion – follow me on Goodreads here.

There are so many books out there on my TBR pile that it’s going to be difficult to narrow it down. There are a few that I really want to re-read for nostalgia, some that are continuations in series I love, and there are some new books that I need to get my hands on that are randomly chosen. Without any further ado, let’s see some of this years contenders!

The Anne of Green Gables series

Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Anne of Green Gables series is one of my favourite series from childhood. I’ve only ever really read the first one over and over, and I want to enjoy the rest of the series to see what happens to Anne Shirley’s character. I was lucky enough to score the complete box set from Indigo during their Black Friday sale so I have physical copies to enjoy! I’m very curious to see where Anne winds up, seeing as she made several questionable choices in the first novel that exceeded the capabilities of her time period. It just showed how forward thinking LM Montgomery was.

The Glittering Hour

Iona Grey

This book was a recent add to my TBR. I saw it recommended on a Booktuber’s channel and decided to add it to my list on a whim. It follows a girl named Selina Lennox who is all glitz and glam during the dreary World War II era. Her life is all parties and fun, and soon she needs a man whose persona challenges everything she’s every known. He’s a “penniless painter” who scrounges together what he has during one of the worst time periods in modern history. This story just sounds intriguing. I want to fall in love with these characters, and historical fiction is just a welcomed bonus. Can’t wait for this one!

Too Late

Colleen Hoover

I’ve read plenty of stories written by Colleen Hoover. The majority of them are lighthearted, romantic, contemporary escape novels. This novel is apparently out of her realm of normalcy, and follows a girl named Sloan who is trapped in a dangerous scenario with a guy named Asa. There is a clear warning at the bottom of the synopsis stating that this novel contains graphic depictions of horrific stuff, so suffice to say I’m very intrigued. I like her writing and I enjoy thrillers so I’m curious to see how this one will pan out.

The Carrow Haunt

Darcy Coates

Keeping with the theme of horror and mystery, this story follows a haunted building where people encounter all sorts of paranormal phenomenon. Remy, a tour guide, is asked to entertain seven guests once the course of a week. A storm rolls in during their stay, and effectively disconnects them from the outside world. Creepy things begin happening and it’s up to the group to figure out how to escape. This one sounds spooky and fun, and I can’t wait to read it!

We Were the Lucky Ones

Georgia Hunter

This story just seems like it’s the perfect mix for me. It’s a historical fiction which automatically peaks my interest, and it is also a survival novel. The Kurt family is living peacefully in Poland year 1939. They are of Jewish faith, and are threatened by the impending arrival of World War II. They flee their lives and wind up separating across the continent in order to save their family until they can be reunited. This one has very high ratings on Goodreads and I’m anxious to read it. I feel like I will need a light hearted read after this one is complete.

Five Feet Apart

Rachael Lippincott

This story follows two teens who are madly in love, but are unable to get closer than five feet to each other. The reason? They both have cystic fibrosis, a disease of the lungs. They’re both seeking treatment at the same hospital and begin to fall for each other. I’m not too sure where this novel is headed, but it seems to be a cheesy romantic young adult novel. Easy read!

Harry Potter Books Four through 7

J.K. Rowling

I began a reread of the series early last year, but I only got as far as the third book. I am hoping to relive the magic and reread the remainder of the series. I love that this series matures as the characters do, and I find each time I read it I find new hidden gems written within her words. One of my sisters-in-law has a tradition where she gives my daughter an illustrated copy of the book each birthday so one day she too can experience the magic chapter by chapter with me.

The Fifth Season

N.K. Jemisin

This story follows a woman named Essun who experiences the horror that no mother should ever experience. Her husband murdered her son, and kidnapped her daughter. She just travel through a dead and dying land to save her daughter before it’s too late. This book seems intriguingly dark with a dystopian end of the world twist.

A Handful of Time

Kit Pearson

This story is a junior fiction novel following a young girl named Patricia whose mother forces her to spend the summer with her aunt, uncles and cousins at their cottage. Patricia is miserable because she doesn’t know her cousins well, and she is left out. She finds an old watch one day when exploring and it magically takes her back to when her own mother was 12. I read another book by this author when I was younger, and I really enjoyed it. I may reread that book as well because I liked it so much. This one I found at a charity sale and the author caught my eye.

Christmas Shopaholic

Sophie Kinsella

This is the ninth book in the “Shopaholic” series by Sophie Kinsella. This book continues in the Becky Bloomwood saga of financial misfortune and hilarious wit. Shopaholic Becky can’t walk into a store and leave anything behind. This particular novel follows her disastrous attempt at hosting this years family Christmas. It involves her usual antics as well as a few new twists thrown in. I’m a big fan of the Shopaholic series so I’m excited to dive into this one!

My goal this year is to read twelve books – a book a month. My reading level last year was awful so I’m hoping this year will be better. What’s on your 2020 TBR?

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