It’s nearly February, but whatever, I can talk about New Year’s resolutions now. I saw this over at Way Too Fantasy, and it sounded like a really good way to hold myself accountable, and it looked really fun! I’m not sure who created it because the trail goes cold with a now defunct blog, but if you know, let me know so I can credit it!
an author you’d like to read that you’ve never read
I’ve got to go with Renée Ahdieh because I own The Wrath and the Dawn and The Beautiful. I’ve heard so many amazing things about her books, and while I generally try not to buy multiple books from an author I haven’t read before, I already had Wrath when Beautiful came out, and nothing in the world could have stopped me from reading a book about New Orleans vampires.
a book you’d like to read
I honestly can’t pick just one book, that would be insane, because I have SO MANY owned unread books right now, so instead, here’s my 2020 list:
I KNOW, it stress me the heck out, too. These 80 were bought or gifted from 2017 until now (yeah, we’re not talking about the pre-2017 owned unread books, shhhhh), and I want to finish all of them by the end of this year.
a classic you’d like to read
Oh, there’s a couple! My focus is Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, though. I’ve read four of Austen’s, so I only have Persuasion and Mansfield Park left, and then I’ve got literally everything by the Brontë’s, which will end up being Wuthering Heights by Emily, Jane Eyre and Vilette by Charlotte, and Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne.
a book you’d like to reread
There are always so many books that I want to reread, but since my reading time has changed this year, and I always seem to stress myself out with rereading goals, I’m not really setting any. Ideally, I’d like to reread The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini so that I can be in the right mindset for the new book, but we’ll see.
a book you’ve had for ages and want to read
There are SO many books that I’ve had for ages, but honestly, I think I’ve owned The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper since, like, middle school (well over a decade ago), and I’ve never even cracked one of them open, so I’d really, really love to fly through those.
a big book you’d like to read
Yo, it’s not out yet, but prepare yourself because The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty looks FUCKING MASSIVE. Every time she shows a picture of it, I just die inside because it’s gonna be, at minimum, 600 pages, and I cannot breathe, that’s how excited I am.
But also, if we’re talking books from my super large TBR, I’d like to read Kingsbane by Claire Legrand very soon! I didn’t preorder it because I was mad at the first one, but I did buy it the month of its release because I was feeling some major FOMO while my friend was reading, and I still haven’t gotten around to it.
an author you’ve previously read, and would like to read more of
Charlie N. Holmberg! I read, and absolutely adored, The Paper Magician series, and I would love nothing more than to be able to go through her backlist and just read literally everything I can get my hands on.
a book you got for Christmas, and would like to read
I want to read all of these! I have a few leftover from 2018 Christmas, and I’ll get to those, too, but these are the ones I got this year.
a series you want to read from start to finish
One of my main goals for 2020 is to catch up on all things Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare. I have one left of TID and two short story books, but I haven’t even looked at The Dark Artifices yet, so I’d like to read that in its entirety this year.
a series you want to finish that you’ve already started
Lollllllll, one of these days, I’m actually going to sit down and write out a list of all the series I’m currently in the middle of. I would really love to finish the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, though. I’ve only read the first one, but it was amazing, and I’ve been putting it off forever for no discernible reason.
do you set reading goals? if so, how many books do you want to read in 2020?
I do! I set a few reading goals, which you can read about more in-depth here, and for 2020, I’m aiming for 75 books read. That’s way shorter than my normal goal, but–and gosh, I’m going to stop saying this soon–circumstances changed that have not allowed me to read as much as I used to, so I’m trying not to panic and stuff all of my free time with reading since I’d like to write a few books this year, too. I’ll be satisfied with 75, though I’d love to get to 100, so we’ll see!