Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant To Read in 2020 (but didn’t get to)


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To.

I recently did a similar post about the books I bought in 2020 but didn’t read. For this week’s prompt, I thought I’d look back at the quarterly TBR list Top Ten Tuesday posts from 2020, and see how well I did at reading the books I said I’d read.

Overall? Not too shabby!! Here are the books that are left, along with a note on whether I still plan to to read them. Starting with:

Winter 2020: Only two left unread:

  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: Still plan to read? YES. High priority for 2021!
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: Still plan to read? YES. Also high priority!

Spring 2020:

  • Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman: Still plan to read? YES
  • The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward: Still plan to read? Probably not — I seem to have lost interest.

Summer 2020 – I read all the books!

Fall 2020:

  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: Still plan to read? I’m thinking no. Even though I was excited for this initially, after reading a bunch of reviews and synopses, it just doesn’t draw me in.
  • Dying with Her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire: Still plan to read? YES. It’s Seanan McGuire, so the answer has to be YES.
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: Still plan to read? YES for sure, but I just haven’t been feeling any urgency around this one. I do intend to read it eventually.

That’s seven, so I’ll also include unread books from my “most anticipated” posts from 2020:

  • When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey: Still plan to read? YES. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it when it came out, but I do own a copy and absolutely want to read it.
  • Malorie by Josh Malerman: Still plan to read? Probably. I liked Bird Box, so I’m curious to see what comes next… but it doesn’t feel all that important to read any time soon.
  • Parable of the Sower (graphic novel): Still plan to read? YES. The novel of Parable of the Sower is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. I’ve been waiting to read the graphic novel until it suits my mood, but I definitely do plan to get to it.

What books did you mean to get to in 2020, but didn’t? Have you read any of the books on my list? And if so, which do you think should be top priority?

Here’s hoping we all get to our 2020 books, plus all the great books ahead in 2021!

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant To Read in 2020 (but didn’t get to)

  1. I hope you get to read Gideon the Ninth! That book was *chef’s kiss*. I still need to read Harrow the Ninth, because I was a slacker at the end of last year, but gosh, yes, that series is brilliant. Black Sun is still on my list to read. Shame you’re not into it anymore, but I think it’s so healthy and great that you can recognize that! Good luck getting to the books on your list that you still plan on reading.

    Here’s my TTT post.

  2. You really don’t have many left, that’s amazing! I will say I loved when We Were Magic, and I also want to squeeze in The Rules of Magic. Lots of “magic” needs to happen, lol.

  3. I read “The Rules of Magic” before reading “Practical Magic” (and I’ve never seen the movie!), and I absolutely LOVED IT. There’s supposed to be another one, an even more prequel-prequel, coming soon (or maybe it’s already out?). Unfortunately, I have to wait for the paperback so it’ll match the rest of my set!

  4. I missed out on reading so many books that I truly wanted to last year that this list would’ve been insane to try to compile. lol Marjorie absolutely would have been on that list though. And Naomi Novik has been on this type of list for years. I still need to read Uprooted! So much to read, so little time. 🙂

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