2020 reading list

I set myself a TBR of 13 books for August. As of this writing (August 23), I’ve only read five of those books. I’m obviously not going to read eight books in eight days, but, rather than sink down into a quagmire of despair and self-loathing, I decided to make a list of the books I want to read before the end of the year. Next year I’ll be organized better. Maybe.

Books will be crossed out as I finish them. This is by no means a guarantee that I won’t wander off and start reading other books, but generally I’m pretty good about following my own lists. I only have four months to read the 16 books I’ll need to meet my stretch goal of 86, so I cut myself off at 20. Also I won’t necessarily be reading in this order. Look, the important thing is the books, okay?

Updates

  • 10/11/20: I have now added Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth because I finally caved and bought them today after at least a month of stiff resistance and I am completely uninterested in waiting till next year to crack them open. I hate myself.
  • 10/13/20: Well, I mean, I just bought Black Sun and now I have to read it…also it occurred to me that maybe I should add my buddy read books to the list, with the result that I have scheduled myself to read 18 books in 2.5 months. That means I’m going to have two weeks to read another six books before October ends, which isn’t technically undoable, but this is going to be tight. On the other hand, I’m planning to finish The Poppy War and Mexican Gothic this week, so it shouldn’t be too bad.
  • 10/19/20: With The Poppy War finished, I have officially hit my stretch goal of 60 books without mangas!!! (The stretch goal was originally 86 to accommodate 25 Soul Eaters and SPY X FAMILY 1, but then I went and read more mangas. Go figure.) I don’t have a second stretch goal, but now we’re going to find out how much more I can read in the 2.5 months we have left in the year.

Currently Reading

  1. Wicked / Son of a Witch – Gregory Maguire
  2. The Dragon Republic – R.F. Kuang
  3. The Lost Queen – Signe Pike
  4. Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

TBR

  1. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  2. Opium and Absinthe – Lydia Kang
  3. The Map of the Sky – Félix J. Palma
  4. The Map of Chaos – Félix J. Palma
  5. The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
  6. How Much of These Hills Is Gold – C Pam Zhang
  7. Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust
  8. The African Trilogy – Chinua Achebe
  9. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  10. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  11. The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi
  12. Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  13. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang
  14. The Dragon Republic – R.F. Kuang
  15. The Burning God – R.F. Kuang
  16. The Memory Police – Yōko Ogawa
  17. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk
  18. Echo North – Joanna Ruth Meyer
  19. The Binding – Bridget Collins
  20. The Thirty Names of Night – Zeyn Joukhadar
  21. Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  22. Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  23. Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse
  24. Wicked / Son of a Witch – Gregory Maguire
  25. Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman
  26. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
  27. The Hallowed Hunt – Lois McMaster Bujold

Finished

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  2. Soul Eater 1 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  3. Soul Eater 2 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  4. Soul Eater 3 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  5. Soul Eater 4 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  6. Soul Eater 5 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  7. The Merry Wives of Windsor – William Shakespeare
  8. The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker
  9. Soul Eater 6 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  10. Soul Eater 7 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  11. Soul Eater 8 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  12. Soul Eater 9 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  13. Soul Eater 10 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  14. Soul Eater 11 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  15. Soul Eater 12 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  16. Soul Eater 13 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  17. Soul Eater 14 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  18. Soul Eater 15 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  19. Soul Eater 16 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  20. Memory of Fire: Genesis – Eduardo Galeano
  21. Soul Eater 17 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  22. Soul Eater 18 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  23. Soul Eater 19 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  24. Soul Eater 20 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  25. Soul Eater 21 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  26. Soul Eater 22 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  27. Soul Eater 23 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  28. Soul Eater 24 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  29. Soul Eater 25 – Atsushi Ohkubo
  30. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  31. The Great Passage – Shion Miura
  32. Snow & Rose – Emily Winfield Martin
  33. The Lake – Banana Yoshimoto
  34. The Girl in Red – Christina Henry
  35. The Dove’s Necklace – Raja Alem
  36. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  37. Three Souls – Janie Chang
  38. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  39. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  40. Herding Cats – Sarah Andersen
  41. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China – Jung Chang
  42. To Helvetica and Back – Paige Shelton
  43. The Secret, Book & Scone Society – Ellery Adams
  44. Brownies & Broomsticks – Bailey Cates
  45. The Map of Salt and Stars – Zeyn Joukhadar
  46. The Book of Longings – Sue Monk Kidd
  47. The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Daré
  48. SPY x FAMILY 1 – Tatsuya Endo
  49. Dune – Frank Herbert
  50. Heart Berries – Terese Marie Mailhot
  51. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  52. Miss Iceland – Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
  53. The Forest of Wool and Steel – Natsu Miyashita
  54. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
  55. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  56. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  57. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  58. Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson
  59. Children of Dune – Frank Herbert
  60. Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
  61. God Emperor of Dune – Frank Herbert
  62. The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True – Sean Gibson
  63. Conjure Women – Afia Atakora
  64. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  65. The Butcher’s Wife – Li Ang
  66. Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot – Michael Bond
  67. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea – Masaji Ishikawa
  68. The Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson
  69. Sharks in the Time of Saviors – Kawai Strong Washburn
  70. The Map of Time – Félix J. Palma
  71. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  72. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  73. The Strange Task Before Me: Being an Excerpt from the Journal of William J. Upton – Sean Gibson
  74. Opium and Absinthe – Lydia Kang
  75. The Lost World: Being an Account of the Recent Amazing Adventures of Professor E. Challenger – Arthur Conan Doyle
  76. The Map of the Sky – Félix J. Palma
  77. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  78. The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
  79. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  80. The Map of Chaos – Félix J. Palma
  81. Fangs – Sarah Andersen
  82. Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust
  83. How Much of These Hills Is Gold – C Pam Zhang
  84. Adulthood Is a Myth – Sarah Andersen
  85. Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Andersen
  86. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  87. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  88. SPY X FAMILY 2 – Tatsuya Endo
  89. Black Butler 29 – Yana Toboso
  90. Macbeth – Jo Nesbø
  91. Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  92. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang
  93. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk