2020 Owned TBR

Here’s a fun (read: discouraging) activity: go through your entire owned TBR list and count just how many books you thought you would have read by now but haven’t. I don’t consider my book collection huge by any means, but I was astounded to find that I have 56 books currently sitting on my shelves that I had every intention of reading this year. Although I will be carrying them into 2020, I’m declaring now that any books on this list that I haven’t read by the end of 2020 will be donated. In my opinion, there’s no reason to hoard stacks and stacks of books that remain unread year after year, so in order to keep my number of unread books low, I made the list below.

See the below list for all of the books I currently own and have not read – and plan to read within the next year. This list does not contain the 12 books I plan to read in December (read that post here), but it does contain all of the others.

Classics (8)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Hatchet – Gary Paulson

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Metamorphasis – Franz Kafka

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

Contemporaries (9)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Peak – Roland Smith

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares

Girls in Pants – Ann Brashares

Forever in Blue – Ann Brashares

Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

Dystopias (1)

The Limit – Kristen Landon

Fantasies (1)

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Historical Fictions (3)

Phantoms in the Snow – Kathleen Benner Duble

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Mystery/Thrillers (10)

All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda

Good as Gone – Amy Gentry

Pictures in the Dark – Gillian Cross

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison

Nonfictions (6)

Attached – Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller

Good to Great – Jim Collins

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands – Dr. Laura Schlessinger

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Poetry (1)

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Science Fiction (1)

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? – Temi Oh

Sports (16)

A Coach’s Life – Dean Smith

Beyond Basketball – Mike Krzyzewski

Cubs Essential – Lew Freedman

Gold Dust – Chris Lynch

Hate Mail From Cheerleaders – Rick Reilly

Million Dollar Throw – Mike Lupica

One Yard Short – Les Steckel and Rob Suggs

Our Boys – Joe Drape

QB1 – Mike Lupica

Quiet Strength – Tony Dungy

The 33-Year-Old Rookie – Chris Coste

The Boy Who Saved Baseball – John H. Ritter

The Jordan Rules – Sam Smith

The Power of Negative Thinking – Bob Knight

Toughness – Jay Bilas

Travel Team – Mike Lupica


I would love input as to which of these books I should prioritize and read right away in 2020. Let me know if you have read any of them and your thoughts! If not, what are the top books you own and want to get to at some point in 2020?


March 2019 TBR

I’m typically not one to have a very strict TBR going into a new month – I can get easily sidetracked when it’s time to pick up the next book on the list, which causes unneccessary disappointment at the end of the month when I should be happy I read anything at all. THIS month, however, is different. I will be participating in my first ever readathon (Buzzwordathon hosted by booktubers Booksandlala and Chelseadolling, yay!) which has prompted me to do a little more pre-planning than usual. Plus I have a few other books outside of the readathon I want to get to, so my TBR for March is a whopping 10 books (a lot for me)! See the list below and wish me luck! 🙂

Readathon Books

If you’re not familiar with Buzzwordathon, the theme is to read books that have a particular word somewhere in their titles. This round, the word is actually 6 different words: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. I’m choosing to attempt to read at least one book for each of the words.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone – a historical nonfiction that tells the story of a woman and her husband who worked together cracking codes in WWII.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler – I believe this is a mystery/thriller, and I intentionally don’t know much about the plot. This has been recommended by Kayla (Lala) from Booksandlala!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I also don’t know much about this book’s plot, despite the fact that it’s been a pretty popular book floating around my social medias. Genre is contemporary.

Where‘d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – this is a bonus “where” book that I’m adding because of the upcoming movie. Whether I fit it in during the readathon week or not, I will be reading this soon! A contemporary/mystery about a mother who goes missing.

When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt – Levitt is the author of Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics, two very popular books that cover a variety of miscellaneous economic, statistical, and psychology topics, and I believe this book will be very similar.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – a contemporary that again comes very highly recommended by miss Booksandlala herself!

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg – as an engineer, I am ALL ABOUT mathematical thinking. And hey, I enjoy being right, too. I love the concept of this book and hope it lives up to the hype I’ve created in my own mind!

Non-Readathon Books

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – I’m about halfway through this memoir that covers Jeannette’s tough childhood constantly on the run with her family battling hunger and homelessness. Should be a very quick one to finish up!

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves – my very first ARC!!!!! I was sent this book by the SheSpeaks program and St. Martins Press in return for an honest review, and I am so excited to give this book a try and offer my thoughts before it’s released on April 2nd. It’s a contemporary romance novel.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I have waited LONG ENOUGH to start this extremely popular and well-reviewed book and cannot wait to dive it. I truly don’t know much about the plot, which makes me even more excited to find out.

With that, I’d better get to reading 🙂 I hope you all have a great March planned – let me know what’s on your TBR if you have one, and if not, what book(s) you’re currently reading!