20 Books On My Shelves I’d Like to Read in 2020

After taking a look at the unread books sitting on my bookshelves, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of 20 titles that I’d most like to pick up in 2020.

This isn’t a super strict TBR list that I’m going to absolutely hold myself to out of fear of punishment from the bookshelf gods. Instead, I’m hoping it will be a helpful reminder if I’m at a loss for what to read next.

Note: These are all books I own physical copies of and they are listed below in alphabetical order by author’s last name




  1. Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson
  2. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  3. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  4. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  6. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  7. The White Album by Joan Didion
  8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  9. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  10. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  11. Five Days of Fog by Anna Freeman
  12. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  13. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  14. The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz
  15. Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
  16. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
  17. The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  18. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  19. Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis 
  20. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf




Do you spy any favorites? Are there books you’d like to see me pick up sooner rather than later? Are any of these also on your 2020 TBR list?

8 thoughts on “20 Books On My Shelves I’d Like to Read in 2020

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  1. You’ve got some great books there! All the Light We Cannot See, Everyone Brave is Forgiven! Wow! VIle Bodies–I’ll be interested in your take and will share my thoughts then. Passage to India has been on my list since the movie came out in the 80s! Good post!


  2. Such a fab list – Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, The Night Watch, Quiet… I’ll be interested as to what you make of Emily of New Moon coming to it as an adult for the first time. The trilogy rapidly darkens as it goes along, so the feel of each of the books is quite different.


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