I absolutely adore reading, but often don’t find enough time to do it. To counteract this, every year I set myself a reading challenge goal on goodreads (you can find my profile here) and this year I’m hoping to read 45 books (just under a book per week). In a bid to inspire myself even further, I have selected the top ten books on my TBR (to be read) shelf to make a reading list for the year:
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhy
As I understand it, this is a short, sort of prequel about Bertha Mason, the madwoman in the attic, Mr Rochester’s first wife in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, it explores Antoinetta Cosway’s (A.K.A Bertha Mason) life before she meets Mr Rochester.
I am excited to read this, because Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books and I’d love to spend some more time with the characters within it.
As a professional freelance translator, this seems like it would be right up my alley! I love reading anything about words and language.
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A psychological thriller following the disappearance of beautiful Amy Dunne on her fifth wedding anniversary.
After attending a crime writing workshop last year, I’ve been trying to read more around this genre. I love watching crime TV dramas and am contemplating trying my hand at writing a crime novel one day…
4. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
The second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, made famous by the Game of Thrones television series.
I absolutely loved the A Game of Thrones TV series (although I have mixed feelings about the final series…maybe I’ll write a blogpost on them, let me know in the comments if you’d like to read them) and came across the entire set of books, brand new, in a charity shop for £5 so I snapped them up! I plan to read the whole series over the course of 2020.
5. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
3rd in the Strike series by Robert Galbraith (A.K.A J. K. Rowling), following the adventures of private detective Cormoran Strike.
I was surprised by how much I loved the first two books in this series. Whilst I do think Rowling is a very accomplished writer and I had enjoyed the television adaption of the Strike novels, I was amazed by just how much of a departure and yet how well written these books are. I got the final two books for Christmas and look forward to reading them this year!
6. Period Power by Maisie Hill
Goodreads describes this book as ‘a profound but practical blueprint for aligning daily life with the menstrual cycle‘.
As a menstruating human and feminist, it seemed like a potentially very useful read when a friend of mine saw it in a bookshop and thought of me.
7. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
In Green’s debut novel, we meet April May who discovers the Carls that randomly start popping up in New York city and becomes embroiled in pop and internet culture.
I have followed the Vlogbrothers practically since they started vlogging on YouTube in 2007 and am excited to read Hank’s first novel, having read all of John’s.
8. No One is Too Small to Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg
The groundbreaking speeches from climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.
Having read about Thunberg in the news and followed her on instagram, I am excited to read her speeches and learn more about one of the biggest issues of our time.
9. Fifty Shades of Feminism by Lisa Appignanesi
A collection of essay about feminism.
See my previous comment about being an ardent feminist…
10. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The second installment in Pullman’s thrilling His Dark Materials series.
I never read the series as a child, as I was put off by the fantasy element. However, my husband and I watched the BBC adaptation this winter and absolutely loved it and he insists the books are even more political and thought-provoking.
What’s on your TBR reading list for 2020? Tell me in the comments below or contact me on social media!