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There are so many amazing books out there. Here are 20 books I’m hoping to read in 2020. Check them out and see which ones you want to add to YOUR list.

I’ve always had a goal to read 104 books (2 books per week) in a year. I don’t know why, but the idea has always stuck out as the ultimate dream goal.

But I have yet to cross it off my list. I got REALLY close in 2013 (98 books), but that’s been my best reading year by far!

Then Everyday Reading came out with the cutest reading log EVER and I knew I needed it. It has spots for 100 books, and since I knew it’d drive me crazy to leave extra books untracked, I decided to aim for 100 books in 2020.

Then I realized, if I’m going read 100 books, I might as well go for my ultimate dream goal of 104. I mean, it only makes sense, right?

So I’m doing it! It’s the end of January and I’m right on track. We’ll see if I can stick with it the rest of the year!

Books to Read in 2020

I’m hosting two book clubs on my blog this year:

You can see the full book lists by clicking the links above to see what I’ll be reading for those. But since that only covers 24/104 books, I thought I’d list another 20 books I want to read in 2020.

Now, with that said, I did a post like this last year called 15 Books I Want to Read in 2019 (you can see it HERE), and from those 15, I only read TWO of them. I always have SO MANY books I’m dying to get to that I’m easily distracted. Clearly.

But my goal is to really try to get to these 20 books this year because they all look AMAZING!

So without further adieu, here are 20 books I want to read in 2020:

Adult Fiction

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

The cover of Waiting for Tom Hanks

I’ve heard very mixed reviews about this book (most say they didn’t like it as much as they wanted to), but I’m somehow still DYING to read it! The blurb just looks too adorable!

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

This book is a Reese Witherspoon book club pick (love her), and a Book of the Month pick (the best)! Plus, it’s a historical fiction about friendship and books. I mean, how could I pass this one up?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I’ve heard a million great things about this book, so I’m excited to dive in! Plus, there’a a movie version already out that I’ve never seen, so I have that to look forward to when I’m done. Double win!

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The blurb of this book is so GRIPPING and INTERESTING and I’m so SO intrigued! I feel like this one is all over the internet right now, so I’m excited to see what they hype is all about.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

And last but not least for my adult fiction picks is The Sun Down Motel. This one sounds SO CREEPY in all the best ways. I’m sure I’ll be reading this one ONLY when my husband is with me (and probably squeezing his hand the whole time), but I can’t wait!

Young Adult Picks

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I’ve got to read this book soon in preparation for the Netflix movie release on February 12th. I absolutely LOVED the first movie (like obsession-level love), but I haven’t ever read books two or three. So this year I’m changing that!

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

After reading the blurb on this book, I’m so excited to read it! Journalism, an interesting historical setting, and a brave girl who pushes back against society…I can’t wait!

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Some of my very favorite books are set during WWII. I’m not sure why, but ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been drawn to learning about it. And the fact that this one features books is an added bonus. I’m shocked I haven’t read this one yet!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors, but I kept shying away from this book because of the length (over 500 pages). I know, I know…a dumb reason to skip a book I really want to read, but it’s true nonetheless. This will be the year I tackle it because I know it’s gonna be good!

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

This book sounds interesting and heartbreaking and full of emotion–my favorite kind of book! This book is begging to be read!

Middle Grade Books

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

My husband has been telling me for awhile now that I need to read this book, so I’m finally going to make it happen. Part mystery, part heartfelt story, I’m sure I’ll fall in love with this book!

Like Magic by Elaine Vickers

Middle grade friendship stories are some of the best stories–especially when they’re full of heart. I’ve heard lots of great things about this book and I can’t wait to experience the magic.

Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian

This book came in my son’s last Amazon Prime Book Box and I was super excited because it sounds like one I’ll love too! I love when we both read the same book on our own and come together to discuss it later. It’s the best! I’ve also recently come to love Peter Pan stories, so I’m really excited to read this one.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

This book checks all the boxes that my very favorite middle grade books tend to have, so I’m dying to read it! I know it’s going to make me cry, but I’ve found that some of the very best books do.

Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff

A time travel kids’ adventure? Yes, please! This book sounds SO fun!

Nonfiction Picks

The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

The cover of The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Productivity tips based on finding your own priorities? That’s what I’m ALL ABOUT. So to say I’m stoked for this book would be a huge understatement!

Born to Shine by Ashley LeMieux

I love Ashley! I’ve seen her speak in person and she’s incredible, empowering, and such a light in this world. I can’t wait to read more of her story and hear more of her inspiring words in this book.

Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

I’ve read another of Emily’s books (A Simplified Life) and loved it. This one has been nagging at me for awhile now, so I really want to dive into it this year. I mean, the cover alone is enough to sell me on it! Hello, hot pink and gold!

Ignore It by Catherine Pearlman

This parenting book has been on my radar for over a year. Positive parenting is something I’ve been working on lately, so I’m excited to delve into it even more with this book!

Do Less by Kate Northrup

Over the past few months, I’ve definitely been exploring the idea of doing less to achieve more. I’m really excited to read this one this year!

20 Books for 2020

There you have it: 20 books I want to read in 2020! Have you read any of them? What’s on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below!

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