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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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