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One of my goals this year is to read the print books that have been sitting on my bookshelves for ages. I signed up for The Unread Shelf Project to help me stick to this and fall into my usual trap of constantly borrowing books from the library or buying random books that catch my interest and stacking them at the top of my TBR pile.

Here are twenty books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for months or years, and that I’m planning to finally read in 2020.

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Middle Grade

1. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
3. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

Book covers for Serafina and the Black Cloak, The Story Girl, The Golden Compass

Young Adult

4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
6. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Book covers for Cruel Beauty, Soundless, The Star-Touched Queen

Romance and Women’s Fiction

7. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
8. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard
9. The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
10. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Book covers for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Bookshop on the Shore, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows


11. Moth and Spark by Anne Leanord
12. Smoke by Dan Vyleta
13. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book covers for Moth and Spark, Smoke, The Queen of the Tearling

Historical Fiction

14. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
15. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Book covers of The Kite Runner, The Book of Negroes


Another goal for 2020 is to read at least one non-fiction book a month
16. Educated by Tara Westover
17. Wonder Women: 25 Innovator, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
18. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeerlert Cho
19. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
20. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Book covers for Educated, Wonder Women, On Writing Well, Creative Inc.

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Have you read any of these?
Which ones should I bump to the top of my to-be-read pile?

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