Top 5 Books I NEED to Read in 2020

I can’t believe it’s 2020 already! This is going to be an amazing year, for many reasons (the biggest of which is going to be my wedding! We’re 10 months away as of today!). I’m also hoping to get this blog back on track, work on my reading (I’m finishing Wheel of Time to start), and get everything else under control. I’m starting a new position at my job, and everything is just falling into place.

But let’s talk about books (after all, that’s why you’re here). This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is about the top 5 books I need to read in 2020, hosted, as always, by Bionic Book Worm. I have SO MANY BOOKS on my to-read list for 2020, and I have no idea how I’m going to pick just five of them!

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I actually just bought the sequel to this one a few weeks ago because they had signed copies at my local Barnes & Noble! I started reading this a few years ago, when I first got it, but never got past the first two chapters (I think?) because I had too much going on in grad school at the time.

2. The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I received the first two books in this series for Christmas in 2018 (!) but never read them because I was waiting on the last one to come out in paperback so I could complete my collection. Well, it did this year and so I’ve got these books on the list so I can finally cross something off my endless list of to-read books.

3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

I say every year that I’m going to read these books again, but I noticed over Christmas that I first read LOTR during Christmas 2012 and I’ve only read them once since then (for a class on Tolkien that I took my junior year of college). So for 2020, I want to re-read these books. It’ll also help me in terms of wedding planning, so I can figure out what pages to rip out and put into my bouquet. (Sorry, Tolkien. But if it makes you feel better, all the books that I chose are super old and beat up?)

4. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

This is something Steven’s been trying to get me to read for years, probably ever since we first started dating. I keep putting it off because he doesn’t have physical copies of these books; they’re all in some sharefile somewhere, and I’m not too keen on trying to figure out how I can get a copy of them to read for myself.

5. Redwall by Brian Jacques

I have so many Redwall books sitting on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, and I want to get through them before the end of the year! It might be a bit ambitious, but at least the Redwall books are quick reads. Plus, I’m tearing apart the original Redwall book to add to my collection of book flowers for my reception tables, so I need to have some good pages in there somewhere!

So we’ll say that’s three series that are new to me, and two series that I’m re-reading (and/or reading more of). A little ambitious, but hopefully I’ll be able to get to them by the end of the year!

What about you? What books are you looking forward to in 2020? Are you reading all new books, or still trying to catch up on your list from last year? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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