Books I Really Will Read This Year

You know how it goes. Buy a book > get excited about reading it next > finish reading your current book > spot a new book > start reading. It’s an endless, unavoidable cycle. Or at least it is if you have anything more than a mild book buying addiction. I say this all in good humor; there isn’t such a thing as too many books. But sometimes that pile of books just gets so big it might crush you.

That, however, is what a Kindle is for.

Here all week folks.

Back on track, and there are a series of books that I have been so excited to read, then become distracted by and haven’t yet opened. All of these are books I really want to read, but there are at least a few that I reckon if I commit myself on paper (on blog?) to saying I Really Will Read Them, then maybe it will happen. So here goes!

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
A friend gifted this best seller to me a few months ago, and every time I intend to sit down and read it, it just doesn’t happen. The book itself is a weighty one, both in physical form and in theme. It’s one to go into with an open mind, and a large glass of wine, I think. I really am looking forward to reading the skillful precision of Yanagihara’s work; I read a preview of the book, and am sure I’ll love it. Now, I just need to read it.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas – Adam Kay
I preordered this after finishing This Is Going To Hurt but am yet to start it. Right now might not be the time to dig into a book about the strain on the NHS and those working for it – or equally it could be the perfect time. That’s a scale I need to weigh up. Yet another “I know I will read this but I haven’t read it yet”, which should be the name of any book I ever get around to writing myself, out of sheer apology to every other author.

Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey
I bought this following a recommendation when I finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine an embarrassingly long time ago, but when I found out the exact nature of the subject matter – that being dementia – I avoided starting it. My beloved Grandad ended his days with Dementia, and it broke my heart watching him. It’s something I feel passionately needs to be discussed and talked about more freely, but actually putting myself into that place has been too emotional. Maybe the time is right.

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
Another long and heavy book, this one part epic fantasy has had a real mixture of opinions, and I’m keen to develop my own. Full of dragons and matriarchs, in theory this book should be just up my street. Maybe it doesn’t help that I only own it on Audible, and a physical form would be better… That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it anyway. BRB, off to go book shopping.

The Deathless Girls – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A friend bought this for me on Kindle a few months ago, and I was so excited to read it. I still am. I just haven’t read it. Every now and again, I need a bit of a gothic fantasy to retreat into, and this book is perfect for that. Sold as YA but having had a reception from a wide variety of readers, this is definitely on my Erika Actually Read That Book This Year list.

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
I am 20% of the way through this beautiful book. From about a year ago. I was recently gifted a paperback copy (I was reading on my Kindle, and despite loving the thing to bits sometimes I do prefer physical books, especially when they are particularly pretty) and am determined that I will sit down and read it this year. It feels like a good autumn read to me. Or maybe summer. Or maybe winter. Just, absolutely 2020.

Remembered – Yvonne Battle-Felton
When I read the synopsis of this online, it tugged at my heart strings within a matter of a few words. I haven’t done myself or the book justice by not reading it yet, and it is one that I know is important to take in. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019, this book is one to both make you think outwardly and inwardly. I really will read this and not forget about it again for months.

A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Slightly different, but yet very much the same. This is a book I’ve intended to read for several years, and just haven’t found my way around to doing so. I’ve read snippets and extracts, but never sat down with the whole book and taken it in. I think I’m maybe a little bit intimidated by it, and the fact I’m not blessed with a mind that grips physics (biology and chemistry yes, physics, no) immediately, but this is the year to push past that.

Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch
Now this is a series I see recommended everywhere these days, and from all types of readers. It seems to be popular with so many different groups of people, which is always the interesting basis to start from. I bought the first book on my Kindle, and there it has sat, waiting to be loved, while I have gathered endless other books not to read too. In my defense I do think I only bought it a few months ago, which is nothing compared to some of them.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
I was born in the early 90s, and so in my teen years this title was floating everywhere on the wind. I’ve yet to read it, and I know I’m missing out on something. I even vaguely know the storyline, because you can’t help but know. I have this book on my shelf, ready to be read, and it’s one that I really do enjoy setting myself the challenge of ticking off my list.

So there we go, just a few books I am absolutely sure I might read. Do you have a list like this one? What’s on it? I want to know!


  1. i felt the same way about A Little Life but i figured since i have some more free time now id read it, and i did! its a big book but it goes by quickly o think ☺


  2. Love this list! I have a few of the Big ones on my “Ellie You Have to Read It Now” list too aha! You absolutely must read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I read it when I was 13 and I’ve seen things in such different ways since, I loved it, it was so impactful. I hope you get to read them all and gossip about them with me! 🙂


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