My 2020 TBR

Since I have a lot of reading to do for my MSc, I’m keeping my TBR for 2020 short and sweet. There are a couple of next instalments from series that I love, a couple of children’s classics and a couple of authors who I’ve been meaning to read more of. What books are on your list for the new year? And have you read any of these ones?

  1. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. An epic fantasy about a gang of middle-aged, washed-up mercenaries, full of adventure and humour – Yes please!
  2. The Mauritius Command by Patrick O’Brian. Because I did the 2019 Reading Women Challenge, I haven’t read any Patrick O’Brian in a year and I’ve missed him. Time to get back to the nautical adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin.
  3. A biography of Sir Isaac Newton. I don’t read much non-fiction (except for my MSc) but I do like a good biography and Isaac Newton fascinates me. I want to find out more about his experiments with alchemy, his nervous breakdown, and what exactly happened with the apple.
  4. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. I am in urgent need of the fourth and final instalment of The Neapolitan Novels. What the hell happened to Lila?!
  5. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. This is one of those classics that I never read as a child, but I like the sound of it. It’s about a bunch of kids having adventures in the Lake District, in the days before anyone worried about health and safety.
  6. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield. Another children’s classic that I never got around to reading. Possibly because I gave up ballet at age 5.
  7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I can’t quite believe I’ve only read two and a half Neil Gaiman novels (I consider Good Omens to be 50% a NG novel, since he co-wrote it with Terry Pratchett). I plan on remedying this by reading a bunch of NG in 2020, starting with this one.
  8. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. I’m a sucker for a fairytale re-telling, and this one is described as “Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber”. Gimme gimme gimme!
  9. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I’ve heard many good things about this award-winning space opera.
  10. Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I’ve just finished Smith’s Grand Union Stories and I want more of her impeccable writing. I love stories about close but complicated friendships, and have high hopes for this one.

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