My 2020 Reading List

Sadly, I didn’t do a whole lot of reading in 2019. Many of the books I did read were some old favorites. I’m currently working my way through Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials to get a refresher before watching the HBO adaptation. Heard good things about it so far, so I’m excited. That being said, I would like to fill my literary world with some new stories in 2020, and in my compulsive need to make lists, I thought it’d be fun to go ahead and find these books.

My plan is to read at least 50 pages a day. That may not seem like a whole lot, but I think it’ll be attainable and won’t stress me out. I’m thinking I’ll read one popular fiction, one literary classic, one non-fiction book, and one favorite from 2019 each month.

I’d like to find some random indie books because I’ve found some great reads from smaller authors in the past, but that’s a lot more research than I want to do at the moment. But I won’t rule out making substitutions. If you are an author trying to get the word out, point me towards your book. I might squeeze it in during one of my bonus weeks.

My 2020 Reading Calendar


Jan.1- 8: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - I’m making it my mission to fill in my Gaiman gaps this year.

Jan. 9-12: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - I bought this book a while ago, but it’s just been sitting on the shelf.

Jan. 13-18: The Heavens by Sandra Newman

Jan. 19-20: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Jan. 21-31: Bonus Week


Feb. 1-8: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Feb. 9-15: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - I’ve actually already started reading this, but I got sidetracked by other books.

Feb. 16-21: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Feb. 22-29: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


Mar. 1-5: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Mar. 6-15: Emma by Jane Austen

Mar. 16-21: Trust Exercise: A Novel by Susan Choi

Mar. 22-26: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Mar. 27-31: Bonus Week


April 1-9: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

April 10-13: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - I bought a three-book compilation several years ago that contains Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. So far, I’ve only read Dracula. I always meant to go back but kept forgetting I owned it.

April 14-20: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

April 21-24: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

April 25-30: Bonus Week


May 1-6: Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

May 7-11: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

May 12-16: The Divers’ Game by Jesse Ball

May 17-23: H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

May 24-31: Bonus Week


June 1-6: Interworld: The Silver Dream (Book 2) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves

June 7-16: Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 17-23: Recursion by Blake Crouch

June 24-July 6: The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson


July 7-12: Interworld: Eternity’s Wheel (Book 3) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves

July 13-27: Ulysses by James Joyce

July 28 - Aug. 1: In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria


Aug. 2-7: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Aug. 8-14: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Aug. 15-30: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Aug.31 - Sep. 5: Normal People by Sally Rooney


Sep. 6-13: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Sep. 14-27: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Sep. 28 - Oct. 8: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Oct. 9-14: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Oct. 15-16: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Oct. 17 - Nov. 2: Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sandorson


Nov. 3-11: Middlemarch by George Elliot Nov. 12-21: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Nov. 22 - Dec. 3: Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson


Dec. 4-17: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Dec. 18-27: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Dec. 28-30: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

If you want to follow along with my reading or just chat about any of these books or other books you've read, drop by the discord.

Posted in Books 08 Jan 2020