If you’re like me (and I’ll bet you are if you’re reading this), a new book comes out or you see a book in a book sale, and you think, ‘OMG, I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW’…

…and then those books sit on your TBR pile(s) for months. Or years.

There are SO MANY BOOKS and there is so little time (in my case, at least). My intention is always to read that must-have book right away. IT WILL BE THE NEXT BOOK I READ, I vow. Heh.

Well. My TBR pile spans whole bookcases and sits in multiple stacks on the floor in my home library.

But @jetwithjess on IG has started a #20For20Books “challenge” in which the goal is to pick 20 books from your TBR pile that you will finally read in 2020. It’s super chill — if you read all 20, that’s great…if you don’t, oh well. Better luck next year! Hahaha!

I read 73 books in 2019. I will have the summer of 2020 off in between undergrad and grad school. I can easily get to the 20 books I’ve chosen for this. They are:

  • The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  • End of Watch by Stephen King
  • Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  • Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
  • Strange Weather by Joe Hill
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • You by Caroline Kepnes

Not pictured: The Diviners by Libba Bray and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (ebooks)

I’ll be providing updates on my progress both here and on IG. I can do this, y’all.

What are some books on your TBR pile(s) that you’ve been meaning to get to? Will you be reading any of them this year?

13 thoughts on “#20For20Books

  1. I’m hosting a couple of challenges (and participating) that actual help me with this very same thing. One of my challenges is to pick a particular section of shelf with 12 books (plus 3 alternates) and read the 12 books in the year. The shelf I picked is actually made up of books you described…books I had to have, but still haven’t read. My book jar/book list challenge also helps me take care of books I’ve been meaning to read for years and years.

    I finally read Full Dark, No Stars last year and really loved it. If I’m going to read short stories, or novellas, 9 times out of 10 they will be by Stephen King. I’m a huge Ishiguro fan so I also loved The Buried Giant.

    You have a great list there. Good luck with the challenge!

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  2. I’m reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeious RIGHT NOW and it is a fast read. MUCH easier than Villette, letmetellyou. I think many of these should be engrossing and devourable which should make it fun, yes? Except for Black Leopard Red Wolf – I DNF’d it on audio. Perhaps print would be an easier go.

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  3. So many good books here! I love John Scalzi, and Redshirts and Old Man’s War are both excellent. The Stephen King trilogy books (Finders Keepers, etc) are also really good. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to mix in books from my shelves with my NEW NEW NEW books, but it can get so overwhelming trying to keep up. This looks like a fun challenge. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Honestly, I would have read the King books this year anyway (working on a READ ALL THE SK project). I need to reread Mr. Mercedes, though—I need a refresher.


  4. Looks like a great list. Plan to read Watchmen twice—once to really soak in the text and once to really soak in the art, it’s quick enough read that it’s worth it. I’m hoping to re-read it this year. I’ve got hundreds of books on my list but I’m hoping to at the very least read another Atwood and another Murakami from off my shelves this year 🙂

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  5. You have such a fantastic list. I have been intending to read Stephen King for the longest…hopefully, this year I can accomplish reading King, Atwood and Donna Tartt. And, happy reading!!


    1. Atwood is another of my favorites! I know everyone is reading The Handmaid’s Tale right now because of the TV series, but all of her books are fantastic. One of my favorites of her’s is Cat’s Eye. I recommend it!

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