Books I Want To Read In 2020

Thursday, 2 January 2020


A new year brings a new start and a new TBR - well, kind of.

This post isn't so much a TBR in the typical sense of the word, it's more so just books I wan't to read throughout the year, but there's no particular rush to do so. Of course, the books I mentioned in my Three Books I Wish I Read In 2019 post slot into the list of books that I want to read in 2020, but I won't mention them in this post because they have a whole post dedicated to them.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
This book was released in September 2019 and it blew up in the book blogging community. I've heard nothing but great things but I've also tried not to delve too much into what the story entails as I don't want to ruin the plot for myself, so I actually know very little about what happens in this story, except for what I've read on the blurb. All I know is that people love it and the hype has made me extremely excited to give it a go. 

Gods of Jade & Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I won't lie, I heard someone talk about this book a while ago now, but I didn't pay too much attention. And then I saw the cover and was instantly like wow-omg-this-is-the-most-beautiful-book-I-have-ever-seen and knew instantly that I had to have it in my collection. Aside from the (oh so) pretty cover, this does actually sound like an amazing book and centres around one girl's quest to help the spirit of a Mayan god recover his throne. The theme of this book is very much Mexican folklore which I've never come across in a book before, and I'm super excited to pick this one up.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Again, another extremely popular book amongst the book community and another one that I've read rave reviews about. It centres around a girl who hasn't had the best of starts in life and at aged 20, she is the only survivor of an unsolved multiple homicide. Whilst in her hospital bed, she gets given a second chance by attending one of the world's most elite universities, where she discovers sinister and mysterious happenings. It sounds like everything I love in a book and I love the fact that it has a high school / university setting.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I won't lie, the sheer enormity of this book scares the living crap out of me. It's a huge book, and slightly intimidating. However, the story sounds amazing and everything that I would love. There are queens and assassins and dark magic and dragons... what doesn't sound amazing in this book? I absolutely love the cover of it too... isn't it just stunning?! I want to make 2020 the year I don't put off books because of the sheer size of them, & this is one that is high on my list of massive books that I WILL read this year.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I love a good murder mystery in a book, and this one is one that I've heard a few people talk about. This one is based on the death of Evelyn Hardcastle (yep, really), the young and beautiful daughter of a stately home. However, the day of the murder will repeat itself over and over again until the killer is identified by our main character, Aiden. However, Aiden wakes up everyday in the body of a different guest, and someone is determined to prevent him solving the mystery. It sounds incredible. I've heard it can be slightly confusing at times, but the plot line is enough for me to overlook that!

Ten Thousand Doors of January Alix E. Harrow
Again, this is one I was drawn to because the cover is simply stunning. But also because I've heard great things. But it was mainly the cover. This follows a girl who feels largely out of place and stumbles across a book in which the story is entwined with her own, which sounds like a beautiful story and one I imagine centres around finding yourself and learning who you are and where you fit in. I can't wait to pick this one up.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is yet another book that I want to read this year due to the rave reviews that have come flooding in. This is the same author of The Night Circus which is a beloved fantasy book and so the second book by this author was highly anticipated. This sounds like a highly entertaining, action-packed read, and one that I cannot wait to pick up. 

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I know, I know, another pretty cover. However, this one sounds a tad creepier than the others and that's something I'm all about. This one is centred around two captured twins who are forced to work in the castle kitchens, who go on to learn about a mysterious figure and eventually discover their fate. It sounds dark and entertaining and a little more sinister than my usual read, but one that I cannot wait to dive into.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu
Another mammoth book, but one that sounds highly entertaining and everything I look for in a story. We follow Ceda, a brave young woman from the slums, who defies the twelve kings' law by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. These kings rule Sharakhia and they are ruthless, powerful and immortal, not to mention undisputed, invincible lords of the desert with no hope of freedom for anyone under their rule. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. It sounds amazing, and super full of action - what's not to love?

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
Now this was a very last minute addition to this list because I've just binge watched The Witcher on Neflix and it was simply amazing, so naturally I want to read the books the show is based off. I've heard the books are a little different to the show, but not by much. We follow Geralt of Rivia, who is a monster hunter that is rumoured to be emotionless in character yet is somewhat of a legend on the Continent - the land where humans, dwarves, elves and monsters live. I absolutely devoured the tv show, and I definitely at least want to make a start on the book series.  

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