Books: 20 Reads for 2020

It’s been a while since I published my last book-related post on the blog, almost one year. When realizing that those posts weren’t as much read as others, I kinda stopped writing about books, although reading still is one of my favourite things to do when I am not dancing or blogging (or working or sleeping or eating, that is). However, I decided to give it one last chance by showing you 20 books I want to read in 2020. Let me know in the comments below about the books you really’d like to read and if you like/read book-related posts so I can decide how to handle this category in the future.

☐ Becoming – Michelle Obama

Bought this one right after it came out and for some reason didn’t start reading it straight away. I hope it to be pretty inspiring (which is what I heard on social media anyways) and finally wanna read what everybody is talking about!

✓ The History of Bees – Maja Lunde

Another one that has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time but hasn’t been read yet. Time to change that! It’s a novel about, as the title says, the history of bees, told by protagonists from three different generations and how they deal with the extinction of bees. Sounds interesting and definitely is relevant, regarding the current environmental situation!

☐ I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

I bought this one in New York (I even still remember the exact evening, because it was one of my lasts one before leaving New York for the time being), and for some reason never read it until now. After a few years on my shelf, it’s finally time to take in the story of Malala, the girl who fought for girl’s education and was shot by the Taliban.

☐ The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Well, this is kinda obvious: I read another novel by Donna Tartt, liked it a lot, bought The Goldfinch and then…forgot about it? With the film that came out last year (although I heard it wasn’t too good), I decided it’s time to finally dig into the story of a boy losing his mom in an explosion and struggling with how to proceed afterwards.

☐ 1984 – George Orwell

I kinda wanna read more ‘classics’ in 2020, and to me, 1984 definitely is a book one should have read in life. However, I haven’t, so far.

✓ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Same story as no. 6 – to me, it’s a book one should have read in life (at least if one is a reader, that is). I found a really nice edition in an English book store here in The Hague recently and can’t wait to finally read it!

✓ Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

Another thing I wanna change about my reading behaviour is that I wanna read more business related books. Because after all, I don’t ever want to have the feeling that I stopped developing my professional abilities and therefore, I guess reading is a good way to keep growing. Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso seems to be a good start with another inspiring story!

✓ The Crucifix Killer – Chris Carter

Last year, I mostly read thrillers, and although Chris Carter is being hyped in the German BookTube world as ‘always a good read for thriller fans’, I somehow didn’t read a book written by him so far. The first book of his Robert-Hunter-series is sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to finally read it, and it’s for sure gonna happen in 2020!

☐ Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahnemann

Another business book I have been thinking about for quite some time. I guess understanding how the human mind works does not only help you to understand yourself (and, for sure, others) better, but also helps you influence your thoughts in a positive way. So…time to finally read it!

✓ The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Chances are that, by the time this blogpost is online, I will already have read the book as it’s going to be my first book in 2020. However, it’s just another book I bought as soon as it came out and then transferred to my bookshelf as I didn’t have time straight away. As I really liked The Handmaid’s Tale, this will be a good start into the year!

✓ Humankind – Rutger Bregman

This book has been hyped in the Netherlands when it came out last year, and I have been wanting to read it ever since. Humankind is about how every human being, by nature, is good, and I heard that the book has some pretty eye-opening findings. I gave it to my husband for his birthday, and now I cannot wait for him to finally read it so I can start with it!

☐ A book by Sebastian Fitzek

He is one of my favourite thriller authors and never fails to entertain me a lot with his books. Over the past year, he wrote one book per year, and I am very much looking forward to reading the one that will hopefully be published around my birthday in November again. However, I also still have two unread books by him on my shelf, just in case I need some really good thrillers between now and his new book coming out!

☐ The Four – Scott Galloway

Another business-related book I have been wanting to read for some time now is The Four by Scott Galloway. I am just really interested in how Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon got as big as they are today, and hope that I can somehow learn something from it!

☐ All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

I have heard so many good things about this novel, which is set during second world war in Paris. It’s about a blind girl who has to flee from the Germans with her father, and it seems to be very touching.

✓ The Girl from Munich – Tania Blanchard

I bought this one spontaneously on the airport in Launceston, as it was kinda funny that there, on the other side of the world, was a book about a girl from Munich, which I was at that time. It’s another book set during second world war, this time in Munich, and about a girl who has to flee although her husband still believes in the German victory.

☐ Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

No, I haven’t read it so far, and yes, I really need to change that. No further words needed on this one, I guess.

✓ Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

I love Harry Potter, and although it’s strictly more than one single book, I really want to read at least one of the illustrated versions that I have in my possession. I just love those books!

☐ Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari

Somehow, this year I have the urge to learn more about humankind, and I have the impression that this book might help me a long way with that. It’s another one I gave to my husband as a present (he also likes to read, so it’s not entirely selfish!) and I can’t wait for him to finish.

☐ Einstein – Walter Isaacson

From time to time, I actually like to read biographies, and for 2020 it’s gonna be the one of Einstein by Walter Isaacson. I want to learn more about his thinking and his discoveries and hope that I will somehow understand what they are talking about!

☐ The Wrong Boy – Willy Russell

Last but not least, I really hope to read this novel in 2020. One BookTuber I follow says it’s one of her favourite books of all times, and as I like many books she has been suggesting so far, I really wanna give it a try. Looking forward to it!

Are there any books you have decided to read in 2020? Let me know in the comments below!

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