The TBR Trolley #2 – Books I Really Need to Read in 2020

Now that I’ve spoken about my favourite and most disappointing reads of 2019, it’s time to look ahead. So this isn’t my most anticipated reads for this year, this is a list of books that I really need to read in 2020 because they have been on my shelves for WAY too long. I want to get through them all in the next 12 months and it’s less than one book a month so it’s definitely doable. These aren’t all of the unread books I own because wow we would be here forever… but the ones that are my top priority. Let’s go!

A photo of my TBR Trolley with all of the books sat in it.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

As Priory was being released, the hype was real and I heard nothing but high praise. I then had the opportunity to interview Samantha about the book and her work but I STILL haven’t read it. I’m not sure if it’s the length, sitting at just over 800 pages, or the fact that because everyone loves it so much I’m worried in case it doesn’t meet my high expectations (I don’t know why I’m worrying considering I loved The Bone Season). Anway, this has to be the year I finally read Priory. She thicc.

Circe by Madeline Miller

If you follow me online then you’ll know that I’ve been saying I’ll read this for the longest time. I loved Song of Achilles and have heard amazing things about Madeline’s next novel. I’m definitely going to pick this up in 2020.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

I read the first book in this series on the way down to YALC back in July, and it made its way on to my favourite books of 2019 list. I managed to grab an arc of GOSAS at YALC and I was over the moon! But, like the terrible reader I am, still haven’t read it. Promise I will change that soon!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Wow this has been on my shelves for a while. I received this in a Fairyloot box a long time ago and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since. I’ve seen it on a few people’s favourites lists recently and it’s been likened to some of Sarah J. Maas’ books so I’m excited.

The Last Namasara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Another book I received in a Fairyloot box, I think this might be one of the oldest on this list! I hadn’t really any urgent plans to pick it up but after meeting Kristen at YALC and getting the book signed, and hearing my friends talk about it with such high regard, it made it’s way on to the TBR Trolley.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I was first introduced to this book three or four years ago, when a friend I worked with read it and loved it. I did buy it, read around 20 pages and gave in because I just couldn’t get into it. Fast forward a few years and it still stands strong as a lot of people’s favourites book. So, 2020 will be the year I finally delve into this emotionally trausmatising book, or so I’ve heard it described.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A favourite book of so many people but I’m yet to finish it. I started the audiobook earlier this year and the multimedia format was really cool but at times I felt like I just needed to *see* it. So I’m going to give the paperback a go and maybe pair it with the audiobook for an even better experience!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Another book that seems to be absolutely everywhere. I did start reading this, both the phsyical copy and via the audiobook, but I just don’t think it was the right time. I couldn’t sink into the story and I knew that if I continued as I was, I just wasn’t going to enjoy it. Hearing everybody’s thoughts I really do think that this is my kind of story so I’m excited to pick it back up in 2020 when I’m in a better reading place.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I’ve never seen a bad word said about this book and my friends have convinced me that it’s finally time to pick this up, so here we are.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

This series seems to taken the book community by storm and I feel like I am majorly missing out! It’s been a while since I read and loved a dystopian tale but considering I’ve heard nothing but praise for this story I’m feeling good about this one.

So here are all the books I really need to read in 2020, not too ambitious I don’t think? Do you have any books on your shelves that you need to finally pick up… or is that a silly question?

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  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess

    OK so same with Priory haha. It’s the length, she’s a beast. But Samantha Shannon said to think of it as 7 shorter books and I think that might help haha.
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    2nd January 2020 at 10:14 am
    • Reply amyjanealice

      Haha this is true! I worked it out to around 28 pages per day which sounds great but I’m already failing… I’m half way through and we are only 12 days in though so I should have it finished this month 🙂

      12th January 2020 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Amy @ Bursting with Books

    I completely loved Illuminae, Nevernight, and Scythe, so hopefully you do as well! Most of the rest are on my TBR as well, and I definitely have to agree – the size of POTOT is definitely putting me off! Good luck with all of these!

    3rd January 2020 at 4:27 am
    • Reply amyjanealice

      I’m excited because there seems to be so many people that loved these books!

      12th January 2020 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Priory priory priory. It’s amazing!!

    4th January 2020 at 9:23 am
    • Reply amyjanealice

      I’m half way through now and shook. Beth, I am SHOOK

      12th January 2020 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Dellybird

    Same with quite a few of these! I REALLY want to read Priory but when I am behind reading everything else I think I feel too guilty about picking up such a huge book. As a HUGE Becky Chambers fan I hope that you love the first book in the Wayfarers series. The characters are wonderful. The Last Namsara is great too! You have a lot of great reads ahead 🙂 Looking forward to hearing what you think of them when you are done.

    4th January 2020 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply loisreadsbooks

    Scythe is on my list of books to read this year too!

    4th January 2020 at 3:25 pm
    • Reply amyjanealice

      I hope we both get around to it!

      12th January 2020 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Jemma @Fantastic Books

    An absolutely brilliant list! I haven’t read Priory yet either as i think I’m finding the size rather intimating. Illumiinae is one of my favourite books and reading the paperback while listening to the audio book sounds amazing, I definitely preferred to see it the first time around, it adds a whole extra layer to it. As for Nevernight, I think I’m not alone when I say the first hundred pages or so are a slog and are hard to get through but are absolutely worth it once it gets going.

    7th January 2020 at 10:56 am
    • Reply amyjanealice

      Yes Illuminae looks fab in physical format! Also I have heard that about Nevernight from a few people so I will definitely stick with it.

      12th January 2020 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply northernplunder

    Good selection of books here! Some of them i really approve of so i can’t wait to see your thoughts

    10th January 2020 at 12:16 am
    • Reply amyjanealice

      Yay I hope I love them too!

      12th January 2020 at 5:02 pm

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