My Reading List for 2020

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One of my goals for 2019 was to read more and as we head into the second week of 2020, I’ve already made a nice little dent in my goal of reading 25 books over the year. Since I’m always looking for books to add to my TBR list, I figured it would be fun to share my reading list for the year so you could get some inspiration, too!

My Reading List for 2020

  • Things in Jars by Jess KidBridie Devine is a female detective extraordinaire confronted by the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, a secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured unwanted attention. Bridie won’t rest until she has found the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past she’d rather keep buried.
  • Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth KeaneFrancis and Brian are rookie cops in the NYPD that live next door to each other outside of the city. Francis’s wife, Lena is lonely and Brian’s wife, Anne, is unstable. What happens behind these closed doors sets the stage for the explosive events to come. Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change through adulthood, a love story, and how bonds are tested again and again.
  • The Great Alone by Kristin HannahErnt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and violent man and after losing yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north to live off the grid in Alaska. Cora will do anything for her husband and his daughter, Leni, is caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship and has little choice but to go along to a land that promises her family a better future.
  • The Wives by Tarryn FisherThursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives that she’s never met and knows nothing about. She has only agreed to this unusual agreement because she’s so crazy about him but after a discovery, something tells a very different and horrifying story about the man that she has married. What follows is a twisted, shocking thriller about the wives of Seth.
  • White Teeth by Zadie SmithTwo unlikely friends, Archie Joans and Samad Iqbal are hapless verterans of World War II, and they along with their families have become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. Archie’s second wife, Clara Bowden, gives him a new lease on life and Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage produces twin sons with separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them. Set against London’s racial and cultural tapestry, White Teeth reveals in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodIn the dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a second American Civil War. The result is the Republic of Gildead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these women and is bound to produce children for one of the Gilead’s commanders and deprived of her husband, child, freedom, and her own name, she clings to her memories in her will to survive.
  • The Testaments by Margaret AtwoodTaking place 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power but there are signs its beginning to rot from within. At this moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
  • Tell Me Lies by Carola LoveringLucy Albright arrives on campus of a small California college and happy to be away from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years where she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming, attractive, complicated, devastating. Lucy is quickly seduced by Stephen but knows there’s something about him that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away and their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa JewelSoon after her 25th birthday, Libby Jones learns the identity of her birth parents and also finds out she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood that’s worth millions of dollars. Everything is about to change for Libby and she can’t possibly know others have been waiting for this day as well and she is sent on a collision course to meet them. 
  • Long Bright River by Liz MooreIn a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. Kacey lives on the streets in the vise of addiction and Mickey walks those same streets on her police beat. They don”t speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sister. Kacey disappears suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in the district and Mickey quickly becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit – and her sister – before it’s too late.
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden KeefeIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a 38-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging from her legs. They never saw her again. As one of the most notorious abduction episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles, everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible but no one would speak of it. In 2003, a set of bones was discovered on a beach and Jean’s children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress. Say Nothing is a mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war.
  • American Dirt by Jeanine CummingsLydia Quixano Pèrez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco, where she runs a bookstore and has a son, Luca, and a husband that is a journalist. She lives a comfortable life, even as the cracks in Acapulco are starting to show because of the drug cartels. In her bookstore, she stocks some of her all-time favorite books, even though she knows they will never sell. Until a charming man named Javier enters the shop and brings a few books he would like to buy up to the counter with two of them her favorites. Unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel and after her husband’s tell-all profile on Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
  • The Wife and the Widow by Christian White An unsetting thrilled told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt. Nothing on the island is what it seems and when these women come together, they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth GilbertIn 1940, 19-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College and her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There, Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters and no-nonsense stage manager. When she makes a personal mistake that results in a professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that will take her years to fully understand but leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves. Now, at eighty-nine years old and telling her story, she recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life.
  • Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center Cassie Handwell was born for emergencies and as one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her life and move to Boston, she suddenly has an emergency of her own. The old-school Boston firehouse is as different from her old job as it possibly could be and the firemen aren’t thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, except for an infatuation-inspiring rookie. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping and it means risking it all – the only job she’s ever loved and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda HolmesIn a sleepy seaside town in made, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. When Evvie’s best friend Andy has her childhood best friend, Dean Tenney, former Major league pitcher visiting in Maine so he can hit the reset button on his future, he makes a deal with Evvie. He won’t ask about her late husband, she won’t ask about his baseball career. What starts as an unexpected friendship soon turned into something more and in order to move forward, they both must reckon with their pasts.
  • Modern Love by Daniel JonesModern Love features the most popular, provocative, and unforgettable essays from the past 15 years of the New York Times “Modern Love” column since its debut in 2004. Some are unconventional, while others hit close to home, some reveal the way technology has changed dating; others explore the struggles experienced by anyone who has searched for love. Above everything else, all of the stories are honest and tell the larger story of how relationships begin, often fail, and endure.
  • Whisper Network by Chandler BakerSloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years and after the sudden death of the CEO, it means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each woman has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have always been ignored, swept under the rug, and hidden by those in charge but the world has changed and the women are watching this promotion differently. When they find out he’s making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go and they’ve decided enough is enough.
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori GottliebOne day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist that helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis of her own causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, a quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. As Lori explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives, she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell. With wisdom and humor, we are invited into Lori’s world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo MoyesAlice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and small-town Kentucky proves equally claustrophobic as her life in England, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So, when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, she signs on enthusiastically. The leader and soon Alice’s greatest ally, Margery and herself are joined by three other women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion.

What I’ve Already Read

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano 12-year-old Edward Adler, his older brother, parents, and 183 other passengers boarded a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes and Edward is the Sole Survivor. After his story captures the attention of the nation, he struggles to find a place in the world without his family but makes an unexpected discovery that leads him to the answers to life’s most profound questions. Dear Edward is a coming-of-age story with an unforgettable cast of characters and a breathtaking illustration of how a broken heart learns to love again.
  • Things I Never Told You by Celeste NgA story about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio, Lydia is the favorite child and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. After Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that had been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed. Everything I Never Told You is a story of family, secrets, and longing and how families struggle to understand one another.
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley ReidAlix Chamberlain is a woman that gets what she wants and created her own brand, showing other women how to do the same. After her babysitter, Emira, is confronted while watching her toddler one night walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket, Alix is committed to making things right. Emira is a 25-year-old black woman that is accused of kidnapping Alix’s two-year-old daughter and after a bystander films everything, the video unearths Alix’s past and both women find themselves on a crash course, upending everything they think they know about themselves and each other.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensRumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove for years and when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead in late 1969, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya isn’t what they say. she’s sensitive and intelligent and has survived for years alone, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. When two young men from town become intrigued in her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life, until the unthinkable happens.

What I’m Currently Reading

Anna K: A Love Story


At the top of the Manhattan and Greenwich society, Anna K. has the perfect boyfriend and makes her Korean-American father proud. Her friends are struggling with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, but Anna always seems to sail gracefully above it all, until she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky, dun dun dun.

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What’s on your reading list for 2020?

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  1. 2.11.20

    I haveee to get back into reading. Love these recs!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Yes you do!!

  2. 2.11.20
    Molly said:

    Cannot wait to read Such a Fun Age!! I’ve heard SUCH great things!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It was SO good!

  3. 2.11.20
    Taylor said:

    Where the Crawdads Sing has been on my list for months!!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It is so good – the ending is so unexpected!

  4. 2.11.20
    Hayden said:
    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I just finished it and it’s so good!

  5. 2.11.20
    Mariah said:

    Your reading goals are always so inspiring to me!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Mariah!!

  6. 2.11.20
    Hillary said:

    I’m not a huge reader but I watch Handmaid’s Tale on TV and it makes me want to pick up the book!!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I need to watch the series!

  7. 2.11.20
    Stephanie said:

    You’ve got such a different reading style than I do – yet we still have some overlapping reads, and I love that! I hope you enjoy Evvie Drake Starts Over. I really liked that book! And I’m hoping to read City of Girls and Things You Save in a Fire as well!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      You’ve gotten me out of my little bubble thanks to Goodreads! I can’t wait to give some of the books you’ve read recently a try. I just finished City of Girls and really enjoyed it!

  8. 2.11.20
    Nailil said:

    I need to pick up a book soon. Maybe I should try some of these titles. 🙂

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Yes! Let me know what ones you try!

  9. 2.12.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    OKAY I haven’t read a single one of these!!! I do want to read Modern Love though – I didn’t even realize it was a book. I just finished watching the series and it was SO good!!! I cannot wait to hear more of your reviews!!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      OUUU I had no idea it was a series! I just finished the book and it was SO good.

  10. 2.12.20

    Ooooh, I really need to update my reading list and start reading more fiction, especially The Testaments by Margaret Atwood since I loved the Handmaid’s Tale!

    with love,
    Hey Bash

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I’m so excited to read Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments!

  11. 2.12.20

    Been seeing a lot of hype around socials with Where the Crawdads Sing and I keep meaning to pick it up! Will be adding a couple of the others to my list! xoxo, Sarah

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It was so good! I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending!

  12. 2.12.20

    I’ve been reading one book for so long, and it’s mainly because I don’t get to reading it all that often but you’re lighting a fire under my butt to get to it. I have a few of these books sitting on my shelf (I get a few books when I travel to help pass the time) but I definitely have to reread now, get acquainted and get to finishing them up. I’m going to also check out GoodReads, never heard of it before! x

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Goodreads will keep you motivated, for sure!

  13. 2.13.20
    Caitlin said:

    Margaret Atwood is AMAZING! I recommend everything she has written, haha!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I need to start reading her books ASAP.

  14. 2.14.20
    Ashley Hargrove said:

    I have been on the hunt for a really great book that I can actually sit down a get into. I am definitely going to check these out! Thank you for compiling such an amazing list!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I hope one of these catches your eye!

  15. 2.14.20
    Jackie said:

    Can you believe I haven’t read one of these titles?! Wow I need to read more, too!! Every night I say I’m going to pick up a book and I end up on my phone. But I do love books by Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand.

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      More to add to your reading list, right?! I love Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand!

  16. 2.14.20
    Ally said:

    Awesome, I see a couple that I will add to my reading list. I loved Crawdads and Handmaids Tale!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing and loved it and can’t wait to start Handmaid’s Tale!

  17. 2.14.20
    Megan said:

    Wow, keep it up! All of these books so sound interesting! I haven’t read any of them but I’m sure going to!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Megan!

  18. 2.18.20

    Such a good reading list, Where The Crawdads Sing is on my list too, heard good things about it!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I just finished it and it was SO good!

  19. 9.29.20
    Carolyn said:

    What a great list! Fall is the perfect time to cozy up and start reading! Thanks for sharing!