Wednesday Blogging Challenge: Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2020

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It’s week two of the Long and Short Reviews Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge. If you missed the first week, or are interested in how the challenge works, check out last week’s post here.

We have another fab topic this week.

Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2020

I should just list all the books in my to-be-read pile. There’s enough there to keep me busy until July at least. But let’s ignore that. Shiny new unbought books are so much prettier.

Hmm. That won’t work, because there are two on that TBR pile that I’m excited about and intend to read very soon.

The Work of Art by Mimi MatthewsThe first is The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews. I really enjoyed her Christmas story A Holiday by Gaslight (my thoughts here) and this one has me intrigued.

Second is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I want to see what all the fuss is about.

The other books I have in my sights are

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’ve adored their previous books and read quite a few of Kaufman’s other titles too. I know this will be brilliant. I’ll probably buy Aurora Burning when it comes out too.

King of Scars by Leigh BardugoKing of Scars by Leigh Bardugo because Grishaverse. Luuurve.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. What can I say? She’s awesome.

The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes. His first book, I Am Pilgrim, was 700+ pages of un-put-downable thrill-ride goodness. I couldn’t rave enough about it and even sent my dad a copy before I’d finished. It’s been a long wait for the sequel (since 2013) and in September it’ll finally be here. Ooh, I can’t wait!

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. The Lie Tree and Cuckoo Song were amazing (I talk about them here and here in My Favourite Reads), and this sounds just as good.

Hmm. There’s a bit of a young adult trend going on here. That wasn’t deliberate. These are just the books that sprung first to mind.

Marry in Haste by Anne GracieBut I’ll also be auto-buying whatever Stephen King puts out and there’ll be books by author buddies Anna Campbell, Annie West and Michelle Douglas, and series that I’m into like CJ Archer’s After the Rift books, and probably a stack of crime and horror novels. I really want to read all of Anne Gracie’s Convenient Marriage historical romance series too. And if Iona Grey has another book out, I’ll be snapping that up with lightning speed as well.

What I do want to do is read more romance. I was quite shocked to see how few I’d read when I went through last year’s reading list. This is not good. Reading romance not only makes me feel good – all hail the happy-ever-after! – it’s inspirational, motivational and helps me with my own craft. Pretty important stuff and not something I should be slack about.

Okay, my lovelies, what are you looking forward to reading in 2020? Or maybe you have the admirable goal of getting through your to-be-read pile?

Let’s share and then we can come back at the end of the year and see how we did.

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20 thoughts on “Wednesday Blogging Challenge: Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2020

  1. AvatarLydia

    If you have a Twitter account, I highly recommend following Mimi Matthews there. She posts the most delightful stuff.

    And I still need to read Ninth House, too. People keep saying such nice things about it.

    My post.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, thank you so much, Lydia. I’ll go follow her now.
      I’m really looking forward to Ninth House. I’ve loved every Leigh Bardugo I’ve read and this sounds fab.
      Will definitely check out your post!

  2. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Love your list, Cathryn! And thanks for the shout-out. I’m really looking forward to your Scarlett and the Model Man! I started a couple of great series in 2019 – the Slow Horses books by Mick Herron and the Frieda Klein series by Nicci French. So far I’m three in to MH and 3 into FK. Looking forward to more of those. A good friend just lent me an Aussie romantic comedy called Star Crossed by Minnie Darke that she said was fantastic. I’m also looking forward to reading Bronwyn Parry’s first Regency romance, The Clothier’s Daughter. I really enjoyed Joanna Ruth Myer’s Echo North and she has a new book out in the next few weeks, Beyond the Shadowed Earth which looks great. I also absolutely adored Evie Dunmore’s debut romance, Bringing Down the Dukie – that might get you out of your romance reading slump. It features a gutsy woman’s suffrage campaigner and a straitlaced duke. Her second book is out this year and she’s promised me an advance copy. Huzzah! Otherwise like always I’m looking forward to reading the new Elly Griffiths. That series never disappoints.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oooh, I’ve been eyeing off that Star Crossed too. I look forward to hearing what you think of it, Anna. The premise sounds so cute.
      Lots of books for me to check out there. Thanks! And lucky you on the advance copy of the next Evie Dunmore. Off to investigate Bringing Down the Duke. That sounds cool too.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Sorry about being kicked out, Marianne but glad you made it the second time round.
      There seems to be a lot of interesting stuff happening in YA, doesn’t there? And I must admit that I’m a sucker for angsty romance too.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes and happy birthday to you too for the 11th. January is indeed and awesome month!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Judy. It’s so cool to be able to share what we’re looking forward to. I’m scoring lots of recommendations too.

  3. AvatarMichael Mock

    I’ve been back and forth about Ninth House, but holy cow A Skinful of Shadows looks like very much My Kind Of Thing. Thanks for sharing your list!

    Mine is here if you care to read it.

  4. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Happy belated Birthday, Cathryn! Hope it was a good one!
    My coffee table pile is now down to 30 books so I’m looking forward to reading and finishing those this year, some of which are by Katherine Howell, Sophie Hannah, Josephine Cox, James Patterson. Then there are a few of us taking on the 20backlistin2020 challenge, the goal is to read 20 titles from the backlist books that are currently sitting on your TBR pile. Heaps of fun. I’ve added ones that I have wanted to read in forever and wouldn’t get around to it for a couple of years yet if it wasn’t for this challenge – Scrublands by Chris Hammer, books by Annie West, Michelle Douglas and Anna Campbell, I’ve also added Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry, Last Summer by Kylie Ladd, The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon and heaps of other goodies. Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy was the first book I read for the backlist challenge, finally one of yours down and three to go. I’m also looking forward to reading Alissa Callen’s new book The Boundary Fence.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ta for the birthday wishes, Sue. This year’s birthday was a vast improvement on last year’s which I spent in hospital and makes 2020 already a winning year.
      I’m very impressed that you’ve got your reading pile down to something sorta-kinda manageable. Luuurve the sound of your backlistin challenge. That’s a great idea. Thanks for including Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy. Sounds like you have plenty more fab reads to come if that author list has anything to do with it.
      Thanks, as always, for visiting and joining in.

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