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My 2020 Must Read List

A good TBR pile is one that never stops growing. However sometimes you need to actually read your pile before it falls off the nightstand to murder you when your cat does midnight gymnastics.



In 2019 I set a goal to read 30 books. I ended up reading (and listening) to

62 books last year! I fought really hard to find time in my hectic work and school schedule to fit reading in. When my new job started in June, I had the amazing opportunity to listen to audiobooks literally all day which opened up the door for this blog!

For 2020 I'm setting a goal of 100 books. I made a list on Goodreads of my absolute musts for the year which totaled around 40. So lots of room for new book ideas!


Fair warning to any of you organized folks out there; the new books are in order by release date, the others are in order of me adding them to Goodreads.


Brand new in 2020


Scavange the Stars by Tara Sim

-Release date- January 7th

"Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology..."

This was on a list of unique classics retellings.


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

-Release date- March 3rd

The first book in The Last Hours Trilogy. Set in Edwardian London with the Children of the Shadowhunters from the Infernal Devices Series.

To be honest I preordered this back in August of 2019 as soon as I knew my address was official. I own a first edition of almost all of her books because I loveeeee her.


Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

-Release date- May 10th

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games."

I have no clue what to expect from this one. I was such a huge fan of The Hunger Games that my classmates literally called me Katniss in middle school.


Ventus by Tyfanny Hackett

-Release date- Summer of 2020

Book three in the Thanatos Trilogy. The last book left off in a cliffhanger where our dear friends were in mortal peril.

I'm hoping she will release a box set that I could get signed. If she did I might literally hyperventilate!!!!


The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

-Release date- July 7th

"When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life"

I like stories where the girl doesn't wait around for someone else to save her.


To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

-Release date- September 15th of 2020

"During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her—but the entire course of history."

I'm a huge fan of The Inheritance Cycle and have been waiting years for him to grow out into other ideas so I'm ready!!!

[unrelated note that is my 3 year anniversary of dating my now husband (hint hint anniversary present babe :*) ]


The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

-Release date- September 29th

Book 5 of the Trials of Apollo

I'm one book behind but I'll be caught up in time for this one!

The Backlog of TBR

on the shelf



Air Awakens by Elise Kova

"A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond"

I'm so excited for this one! I won a kindle edition in a Goodreads giveaway and it blew my mind.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

"Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out."

Blue hair...I'm in!! I have this on audiobook. It will be coming up in the reviews before the end of February.


Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford

"The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks...—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali." My college teacher gave me this because I used to be a park ranger.


Never Unfriended Lisa-Jo Baker

"In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last?"

I got this for my friend and I to read together.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

A model on the 'ideal' life and how to live effectively.

My Principal gave this to all the graduates at High School Graduation and TBH I've tried to read it like four times now but it's just so heavy....this is the year


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordian

First we learned about the Greeks, then the Egyptians and Romans. Now it's time to get some norse mythology in our brains.

I absolutely adore Percy Jackson but have had trouble with Magnus. I'm going to start from the beginning and actually finish the series.


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrety Cranor

"Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge."

I love the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and actually went to see them live in Seattle last year.


The BFG by Roald Dahl

A Big Friendly Giant kidnaps a small girl named Sophie.

Matilda was one of my favorite books growing up and I can't believe I never got around to reading any of his other works. I liked The BFG movie so let's see how accurate it is.


Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

"A wife has one driving need, to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need, to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically."

I was given this as a wedding present and it seems like it is worth my husband's and my time.


Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza

"You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life... Dr. Joe demystifies ancient understandings and bridges the gap between science and spirituality."

A friend gave me this one to as a book to help me grow.


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The ley lines have been awoken and the gang is dealing with the consequences.

I was a huge fan of Shiver in middle school and decided to give her other books a try. This is the audiobook I'm listening to currently.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

A prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. How did the Queen loose her heart?

I was given a copy of this by a friend after I got her to read the Lunar Chronicles.


The End of Reason by Ravi Zacharais

"...a powerful, passionate, irrefutably sound set of arguments for Christian thought."

My parents bought me this a few years ago and I read like half of it but got drowned out by school so I figured I'd try again.


The Healer's Apprentice by Melaine Dickerson

A retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

It was recommended to me as "Christian Fiction" so we will see what that means.


The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Why would a kind and loving God allow pain?

I read Mere Christianity and this seemed like a good follow up.


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A classic love story with threat of death.

I'm trying to read more classics and this was recommended by Cassandra Clare in The Infernal Devices.


Among Wolves by Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman

The story of Haber's research on wolves in Denali National Park.

This one was a gift from a friend while I was working in Denali National Park and Preserve


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.

"From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages."

I was given this by a family friend upon moving into my new apartment. I've flipped through it a few times but I haven't actually read it yet.


Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordian

"It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter..."

Book 4 of the Trials of Apollo Series.

I love how every chapter starts with a haiku.


Library visit!


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

"It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts."

John Green is a requirement for most people my age and I've only read one of his books so I figured he should make the list.


Throne of Glass Series #1- 5 by Sarah J Mass

"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin."

I listened to A Court of Thorns and Roses and it's sequels in 2019 and am just waiting on the library to get the audio editions of this series too.


Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

"On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity's deepest fears: dragons."

One word: DRAGONS!


Steel by Carrie Vaughn

"Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship."

Another girl saves herself romance adventure.


Yesterday I was the Moon by Noor Unnahar

A photo diary-esc book of poetry paired with black and white photos.

A recommended poetry book with an intriguing title.


The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

"...Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows."

Yet another classic I've never read that is becoming a movie this year.


The Call of the Wild by Jack London

"A tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike."

This one is also becoming a movie this year. I never bothered to read most of the classics, especially ones that took place close to where I grew up but I'm trying to remedy that.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

"...an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself."

*it does come with a trigger warning of sexual assault*

I really liked The Impossible Knife of Memory so I wanted to look into her other work.


The Shattered Realms Series #1-4 Cinda Williams Chima

A follow up to her Series the Seven Realms. Murders have created chaos in the kingdom and the prince is out for revenge.

Her books wreck my heart every time. Somehow I missed the release of this series so it's time to fix that.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

"As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself."

I've been told fans of Cassandra Clare will like Holly Black so I figured I'd give it a shot.


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

"A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world..."

I love books that tell an entire story through poetry.


Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn

A book of 45 poems about mental illness.

I am trying to read more "regular" poetry this year.


Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal

Pride and Prejudice in modern day Pakistan .

In case you haven't noticed I'm really into different retellings of old stories, plus the title is really intriguing.

Have you read any of these books? Drop a comment below with what you thought!

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