2019 was the year that I really renewed my passion for reading. I’ve mentioned it before, but I really lost my passion for reading over the last few years, due mostly to the compulsory reading I was forced to do for GCSEs and A Levels. Although I really did enjoy A Level English Literature, it did take the fun out of reading, and it also created an aura of guilt around any books that I wanted to read for fun. As I sat down to read a book I wanted to, I could see my copy of Emma, Shakespeare and The Handmaid’s Tale staring at me, taunting me, daring me to carry on reading my fantasy series instead of revising Act 2 of The Taming of the Shrew. If I had time to read, I had time to be revising. So I stopped reading.
Over the past year (6 months!!!), I’ve amassed a rather (very) large collection of books, and I have only managed to read a small proportion of them. Most of them are from various charity shops, so they haven’t cost me a fortunate and were bought for a good cause, so I don’t feel too bad about making my parents create a new shelf for me and stand by as I fill more and more of my room (which I don’t even live in half the time) with more and more books! Anyway, I had a bit of a count at the end of the year, and have about 100 unread books, excluding my Netgalley books, audiobooks and any currently sat on wish lists or coming out next year, and my main goal for 2020 is to cut this tbr in half. I read 70 books in 2019, the majority from July onwards, so I think that’s pretty realistic.
There are some books that I’d like to get to sooner rather than later, those that I don’t want to leave gathering dust until 2021 as I keep passing them over in favour of a new release or the latest ARC I’ve been kindly sent. And everyone knows that if you write your goals down, they’re more likely to come true! So, the books I really want to get to in 2020 are:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
This was one of the first books I bought last year because I had heard so many great things about it, but I just never got round to reading it! I am still really excited for it, and I hope that I really enjoy it.
Rainbow Rowell is an author that I only discovered through #bookstagram, and last year I managed to read two of her books: Eleanor & Park and Carry On. I know Carry On is the fanfic from Fangirl, but I really wanted to read it, whereas I’ve heard mixed things about Fangirl! Hopefully I get to it early on in the year and really enjoy it!
I was lucky enough to win an instagram giveaway and chose this as my prize, but I never got around to reading it when I received it.
Girl, Woman, Other
After this received the Booker Prize 2019, I knew I wanted to read it. It is another book that I just didn’t get round to, but I am really intrigued by, and really want to get to early this year.
If you’d seen the length of my TBR, you’d know that I have a LOT more than 4 books that I would really like to read, but these are the ones that I absolutely will read in 2020.
What books are you certain you’ll read this year?