The books I plan on reading this year (2020) final check in

As 2020 draws to a close I wanted to put together a final update to see where I succeeded and failed with my books I plan on reading this year list. The last time I posted an update was back in July, you can read that post here, and at that point I had read 4, started 2, and was yet to start 4. Let’s see where things went from that point forward.

Read: 7/10

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2) by Margaret Atwood
Ghost Music: Candida Clark: 9780755301034: Books
Encore Books. Esio Trot
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
Big Little Lies: The No.1 bestseller behind the award-winning TV ...
Frankenstein (Wordsworth Classics): Or, the Modern Prometheus ...

Currently reading: 1/10

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne BrontΓ«

DNF: 2/10

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, Simon Pare | Waterstones
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Norman Denny | Waterstones

Reviews posted

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Rated 5/5

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Rated 5/5

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. Rated 5/5

Ghost Music by Candida Clark. Rated 3/5

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Rated 4/5

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Rated 5/5

My thoughts

Overall I’m really pleased with how I did. Of course it would’ve been great to tick every title off as read, but I’m ok with why this isn’t the case. To explain, I made the choice to put Les MisΓ©rables to one side for the time being, my reasons for this are explained in this post and I’m confident that when the right time rolls around I’ll be so glad that I waited rather than push through when I wasn’t feeling it. My other DNF was The Little Paris Bookshop which I started and just couldn’t get into. Again I think it could be a timing issue so it’s back on the bookshelf ready for another day. I’m a mood reader and I think it could be one that I find myself more interested in trying when the weather is warmer, so perhaps it’ll make the cut in the spring/summer months. The only other title that I haven’t read is one of my current reads: The Tenant at Wildfell Hall, and to put it simply I just ran out of time. I picked up other books (not from this list) and just didn’t leave myself enough time to finish it. I’m about a third of the way through and so far I think it’s fantastic!

As for the titles that I did read I scored them all pretty highly. Besides two I rated them all 5/5 (am I too generous?) and my lowest score was still a 3/5 so really not too bad at all.

Whilst I was putting this post together I realised that I somehow forgot to review Jane Austen at Home, I don’t know how that one slipped through the cracks because it was yet another 5 star read for me. Now that I have been reminded I will absolutely rectify this – look out for my review soon! Additionally my review for The Tenant at Wildfell Hall will also be up in the coming weeks, I can’t see it taking me long to read the rest – it is so absorbing!

Will I put together a post like this for 2021? Right now I’m not sure. I like the accountability that posts like this place on me, and they certainly help to get me reading some long forgotten titles, but ultimately I am a mood reader and I do quite like being able to choose what I want to read based purely on how I feel at the time. There’s a risk of the fun being taken out of it if there’s pressure and obligation, so for now the jury is out.

What are your thoughts on this? Should I put together another list like this one for 2021? Also do you have any thoughts and opinions on the books from this year’s list?

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

15 thoughts on “The books I plan on reading this year (2020) final check in

  1. Well done! You’ve done really well and read some great books, and I’m glad you had so many five star reads among them. I do make lists and schedules, but I give myself permission to change or ignore them if the mood’s not right. It does make me pick up some of the older books and I usually find I enjoy them. So it’s whatever works for you, so long as you don’t feel too much pressure to stick to the list if you feel like something different… πŸ˜€

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  2. Congratulations on getting through so many, and at least there were no dudds among them. I’m with you about mood reading and trying to avoid official lists as much as possible, I’m not even on Goodreads. Much as I enjoy making lists, I hardly ever stick to them, so if you like to pick books on the spurr of the moment, I would suggest just winging it. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. x

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    1. I know, I was expecting perhaps one or two that I disliked so I was lucky overall 😊 I love making lists too but the pressure to tick everything off can definitely get too much at times, winging it sounds like a good approach 😊 thankyou, I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well 😊 x


  3. I usually don’t create my books list for each year

    I do know 2021 will start on Chronicles of Narnia and Hard Times will be my classic of next year. Just don’t have the others planned out.

    I actually want to read Little Paris Bookshop at some point

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    1. Thank you 😊 yes it’s certainly a pressure, and not one I’m sure I want next year. It might be interesting to not set any reading lists and see if I end up reading more. Do you usually create lists? It’s a fantastic book isn’t it, I expected to enjoy it but I ended up loving it far more than I thought I would. The writing style was perfect 😊

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