With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to make some new reading goals. I’ve had a plethora of books on my desk, shelves, and sitting in my holds list at the library, that are oh so patiently waiting to be picked up and read. Here are just 20 of those books that I’m hoping I can get to in the new year.
Fair warning: these descriptions are based on my poor, and probably inaccurate, memory of what the books may or may not be about. Unless I draw a complete blank and resort to Goodreads, as usual.
From what I can remember, the premise of this book was sold to me as a gender-bent, Rumpelstiltskin retelling. I’ve heard this is a must read for fantasy lovers, and I knew I’d be picking up a Naomi Novik book soon…it was just a matter of deciding which one I’d read first.
I picked up this book from BookOutlet A G E S ago. I pulled it out and put in on my desk in 2019 with the hopes that seeing it every day would entice me to read it. Welp. Still haven’t, but fully plan to come 2020. This one is about kick-butt magic wielders. Fighting with swords AND magic? Hello, sign me up.
If you’re reading this blog do you even need a description of this one? I’m realizing, hoping, some of my coworkers or friends might have found their way here. If so…hi and welcome! Okay this one is gritty, and about faeries. Some novels easily lose the animalistic nature of a fae beings, but this one, apparently, does not. Think O.G. Cinderella, where the step sister cuts off her toes and shoves her bleeding stump of a foot into the glass slipper. Grit. Tea.
Uh. This one has dragons. And I’m here for it. I can’t remember if the dragons are anthropomorphic? Or if they’re against the human race, or working in tandem with them? But they’re there. And I believe they’re at war.
A pristine, beautiful, paperback edition of this book was donated to the library I previously worked at. You best believe I snatched her right up! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series. Clearly, as the cover depicts, we have a strong female main character, and I believe this takes place in a desert setting. I think they’re trying to covertly take over a corrupt kingdom? But I mean…aren’t they all?
Finally! A fresh, new book on vampires. Or at least that’s what we all thought until the reviews started to come in. I’ve heard that this is less in your face vampire, and more observe their characteristics to figure it out. It’s more about a crime spree in New Orleans in like the 1800s? And our main character is sent here to try and solve it while protecting the vampires who are being framed.
I believe this one is a non fiction! Or at least a retelling of real life events. There was a fire in a library, and this book sort of deals with the events leading up to the fire, and how it effects everyone after. I think the overarching theme is that libraries are precious, and the people who work in them are precious, and I really want to read about my people.
This book. I found hidden in a discount store and honestly could not look away from the cover. It wasn’t widely reviewed when I picked it up originally, so I just had to go with my gut. It sounded like a really gory, intense fantasy, about the clash between Gods and men. Perhaps that’s too literal of an interpretation, maybe it’s more of a religious war. We’ll find out!
Boy, oh boy. Does this list include some of the longest books ever. This author is renowned in the epic fantasy genre. I’ve started this book, and LOVED it. But I just couldn’t commit to only reading this massive, 1000+ page beast. The writing, the fight scenes, the brewing war, the political intrigue. I’m ready to tackle book one of this series in 2020.
This is a brand new middle grade series! It sounds precious and a little ominous? It begins with the death of our main characters mother, and then somehow she begins time traveling to London and enmeshes herself with the Princesses there. I’m excited to see where this falls on the scale of historical fiction or fantastical magical realism?
Netflix and read the book first, am I right? So this is the prequel to the now incredibly popular (soon to be released) Netflix series, The Witcher. Our main character is INCREDIBLY HOT, I’d insert an image but I don’t want you to drool on your keyboards, and a magical assassin? He’s tasked with saving the new princess/queen who he somehow knows is being targeted. This book is a mash up of short stories following different characters, but all the plot points are relevant before beginning the first official novel according to my research.
This is a young adult novel that deals heavily with death. I’m not super sure how, but I believe the characters are tasked with somehow evading death, or maybe they are death themselves? I honestly don’t want to know too much going in.
This is a historical fiction novel that I believe is set during WWII. All I know for sure is that I will cry when I read this, and that’s why I’ve been putting it off for so long. But I read just about one WWII novel every year, and this is my pick for 2020.
This sounds like the sweetest adventure. This is an elementary/middle grade series about a girl and her dragon who go on traveling adventures together. The art on the cover and chapter headings is gorgeous. I don’t know why I keep pushing this aside.
Screams into the air. For those of you who don’t know me yet, SJM wrote my second favorite series of all time, A Court of Thorns and Roses (the top place will always belong to Harry Potter). This new novel is an adult fantasy version of the same world SJM has transported us to in the past, with both ACOTAR and TOG. We have fae being fae, and getting up to no magical good. I think this will focus more heavily on the fae religions and more world building. My heart is pounding just writing this and looking at the cover. Let’s. Freaking. Go.
This is a graphic novel that looks beautiful, and I love a handful of Sci-Fi novels per year. This, I believe, is a Young Adult graphic novel about a girl who gets transported to Earth and doesn’t love it. Shrugs in understanding.
This is a Christian Fiction novel. I don’t know if I made that genre up just now…but as the title indicates, it’s about a blessed little cafe. We learn about the lives of the patrons of the cafe, and the baristas. As with life they struggle through peaks and valleys, and it just sounds like the most lovely-uplifting read.
This is a non fiction Christian book. This book caught my eye one day at work while I was reshelving. I loved the layout of the chapters, and how the book seems to get it’s message across. As I was flipping through many of my favorite verses were used as examples or context, which makes me excited to dive in to this devotional.
I have heard that this one is d a r k. I can’t remember anything else. And I’m okay with that. Certain books, I just go in as blind as possible. This is one of them.
THIS COVER ART, OKAY?! It’s so gorgeous, and then I read the description and was even more excited. This is a standalone novel about a faerie painter who falls in love with a faerie prince?! I’m sure something must go wrong at some point. Couldn’t tell you what though…
Well there you have it! Those are the 20 books I want to read in 2020. Did you guys see a pattern? Fae. Fantasy. Dragons. Magic. These are just some of my favorite things. There were so many more great books I thought of while making this list.
I’m sure my eye doctor is quaking at how many books I’m planning on devouring. You fail one part of the eye exam one time from over reading and they never let you forget it. That and the fact that my glasses now cost almost twice as much.
Anyways! What are you planning on reading in 2020? Are you going to try anything from my list?? Let me know in the comments below.
Very interesting! I’m considering the WWII as well as the Christian *fiction* and nonfiction :))))))
I have been slacking on my reading, so I’m making it my goal for next year to get moving on it. I love reading!! My mom was a media specialist, too, and seeing her read so much made such an impact on me.
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I didn’t know that about your mom! That’s so sweet. Let me know when you read any of those! Maybe we can pick one to read at the same time. 🙂
Such a great list of books! I loved Scythe and An Ember in the Ashes so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. The Way of Kings is massive and sometimes I felt overwhelmed by how cumbersome it was, but I loved the story!
I’m so happy to hear you loved those! I’m definitely trying to read whatever I’m really excited about, in the hopes that it will keep me away from reading slumps. I can’t decide if I should power through The Way of Kings, or read it as well as something else, so I can have a reprieve. We’ll have to see once I get into it. Thank you for your comment. 🙂
That’s a great idea! I have heard of ‘The Library Book’ and might have it on my tbr list over at Goodreads. I just might have to make a 20 of 20 list myself. Thanks for the idea.
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Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun making this list. 😊 Let me know if you end up reading The Library Book!