2020 Backlist TBR

Back at it again. 

I did a backlist TBR last year, and managed to read 1 (one) book off of that backlist TBR so naturally, I am gonna do this post again, because I never learn. Hopefully, this year I can read AT LEAST two off the list, so keep your fingers crossed and pray for me, a sorry excuse for an organized person. There are some new books on this list, and some duplicates from the year before. There’s once again 12 books, one for each month and someone needs to hold me accountable to read them. Let’s talk books.

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  • Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson — One of the two Sanderson’s on my list and one I am super excited to get to. I love Sanderson’s worlds and magic systems, and this one supposedly has a really cool magic system focused on color. Exciting!
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller — Also one of the two Miller’s on my list and one I am ashamed I haven’t read still, especially because all my friends love and adore it and want me to read it.
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet since it’s a female-focused Adult Fantasy that everyone and their mother has told me to read. I WILL DO IT IN 2020, watch me.
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante — I’ve had this book for a shameful amount of time, and still haven’t read it. I will love it, for sure, because it’s about female friendships, so I don’t see why I haven’t read it yet.

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  • Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch — It’s been years since I read The Lies of Locke Lamora, and it’s one of my favorite books of all time, but I never continued on with the series and I NEED to do it.
  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens — Small towns and friend groups are two of my favorite things so I have no idea how I haven’t read this yet.
  • Circe by Madeline Miller — The other Miller on the list, which I am desperate to read but I never seem to pick it up. NO MORE.
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson — And the other Sanderson on the list. I have no idea why I never continued on with The Stormlight Archive when it ended on such a HIGH note. I am useless but here’s to trying not to be in 2020.

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  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead — I started this one and liked what I read but then I never finished it? 2020, make it happen.
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — I know this one just came out, but I have a bad habit of not reading books for ages if I don’t read them immediately upon release, and I really want to read Ninth House.
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara — Yanagihara wrote my favorite novel of all time and yet I never read her other book. Blasphemy, which we are correcting in 2020.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss — Like many others on this list, The Wise Man’s Fear is a sequel to a book I loved and never got around to continuing on with. I will do it in 2020.


And those are the books on my 2020 backlist TBR! I would love to hear from you — have you read any of these? What are some books on your backlist TBR? Let me know!



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25 thoughts on “2020 Backlist TBR

  1. My whole plan for the year is to read mostly backlist titles, of which also include Circe and The Song of Achilles. I’ve been more into mythology recently so I won’t be surprised if I do finally read them this year. I also have a couple of Sanderson novels on my backlist too, mainly The Final Empire and that entire Mistborn trilogy.

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      1. I hope so too. I’m trying to read Sanderson books at the moment and not having much luck (mainly his sci-fi) so hopefully diving into his fantasy and Mistborn will change all that.

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  2. So many good books you have to look forward to. I’m currently reading Words of Radiance and that series is still epic.
    The Wise Man’s Fear is also on my list of must-reads this year but I’m honestly a little scared I’m not going to like it as much as the first one. I’ll look forward to hear your thoughts on it if you get to it.
    Good luck with this TBR. I hope you get to read more than one this year 😀

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  3. oh I really really hope you enjoy A Song of Achilles, Marija!! every time I read quotes from it I cry, so there’s that lmao. (also if you like it, I definitely recommend doing a reread some time in the future, because it’s definitely even more heartbreaking knowing everything that happens!) good luck on all the books in your TBR, and if you’re looking for someone to buddy read The Fifth Season with… 😎

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    1. YES I look forward to crying it’s been a while since I actually sobbed to a book. I am sure I will reread it forever, it’s on brand for me. Thank you! AND YES, please, I would love for us to read something together, especially something as iconic as The Fifth Season 🙆🏻‍♀️

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  4. I made a video about this too and uh…I gave myself 20 books to read knowing that I have a buttload of 2020 ARCs to prioritize. I have no idea why I do this to myself, but they’re also all books I’m dying to get to so?? maybe??? I can get to at least half of them?

    We actually have two in common which are Th Fifth Season and Ninth House! Good luck!! I hope you crush this TBR! Oh and happy new year ❤

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    1. I saw your video (we stan in this hous) and I also NEED to read those Talia Hibbert books, and Work For It, which I STILL haven’t read. Ughhh the ARC struggle is real, I promised myself I would not request any and yet I have ARCs for every month until July 😭 i am sure we can both crush our TBRs! Happy new year to you too, hope you have the best year! 💜


  5. Great list! I really liked The Underground Railroad, and The Song of Achilles is on my backlist TBR for this year as well! Best of luck to you with reading at least a few of these! 🙂

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  6. Love your list! ‘Words of Radiance’ is one of my favourite Sandersons and ‘Warbreaker’ is pretty great as well, even though I don’t remember many details! I read it on holiday 6 years ago^^
    I loved ‘Red Seas Under Red Skies’ even more than ‘The Lies of Locke Lamora’ and ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ was a delight to read!!
    Hope you enjoy all of them 🙂

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    1. I am so glad to hear that about Words of Radiance – The Way of Kings was my least favorite Sanderson (I know, I know) because it was sooo hard for me to get into it. But I loved the second half of it! I already finished Warbreaker and really loved it. Ah that’s also great to hear, I am so excited to get to them, thank you!

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