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Monday, 6 January 2020

5 Books I Want to Read in 2020

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After (just!) managing to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2019, I've already started to look ahead to all the books I plan on reading in 2020. I found my reading mojo again last year and I'm hoping that with the right books and setting aside dedicated reading time throughout the week, I will be able to carry my successful reading streak through into the new decade!

So, from my towering tbr pile and the stacks of books waiting to be read, which five have made it onto my to-read list for 2020?


Before we get stuck into this year's picks, here are the (pretty disappointing) results of the last four years' worth of books I intended to read:

  • 2016: 1/5 books read (now 2/5 books read)
  • 2017: 0/5 books read (now 4/5 books read)
  • 2018: 2/5 books read (now 5/5 books read!)
  • 2019: 4/5 books read

Can I do better this year and finally read all five books by December 31st? Let's hope so!

So, on that note, I think it's time to introduce you to the five books I want to read over the coming year.

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

let the dead speak by Jane Casey book cover

I am a sucker for a good thriller and the premise to this book instantly had me hooked. Let the Dead Speak has been on my tbr pile for a few years but I have yet to pick it up because it's actually the seventh book in a series and I try to avoid reading books from a series out of order. However, this one sounds too gripping to put off any longer!

Holding by Graham Norton

Holding by Graham Norton book cover

I like Graham Norton as a presenter so I acquired this book out of curiosity about his writing style. Once again, it's been sitting gathering dust on my tbr list for a few years now so I figure it's high time I dusted it off and gave it a read! I've heard some good things about Holding so I'm intrigued to give it a go and find out more.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan book cover

I'll be honest, I don't remember much about this book but sometimes, that's the best way to delve into a story as it allows you to enjoy a book on its own merits rather than preconceived notions. I love the gorgeous cover though and it's been a while since I've read a good piece of historical fiction, so it's definitely being added to my tbr list this year!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao book cover

I've really been enjoying my fantasy lately so it's no real surprise that this book has caught my eye from the tottering stacks waiting to be read! Once again I love the cover but I'm also excited by the Asian-inspired setting; I have high hopes for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns so I just hope it lives up to my expectations!

Buy A Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz 

Buy A Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz book cover

Okay so maybe this one is cheating just a tiny bit because Buy A Bullet is actually a short story rather than a full-length novel, but I'm still hoping to read it in 2020 so I figure that earns it a spot on my shortlist! I read Orphan X, the first book in the series, back in 2017 but have not yet had a chance to continue the series. I'm hoping that this short story will prove a good stepping stone to reintroduce me to this action-packed series!

Of course, I'm hoping to read many more than just five books this year, but these few will hopefully give me a good place to start and kick off my reading year in spectacular fashion! Happy New Year!

Which books are you hoping to read in 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

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