20 Books I Plan to Read in 2020 (Mid-Year Update)

During my month-long blogging marathon back in 2020, I made a list of 20 books that I hoped to read in 2020 (check out that list here). Usually, I find that these lists aren’t too accurate regarding my reading the next year. However, I put a lot of thought into my list last December and created a list of books that I had been meaning to read for awhile and others that I was extremely excited to read once they were released this year.

Here’s my original list of 20 books:

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The Changes

Looking at this list, there were a few changes that needed to be made based on release dates.

  • For Sarah J. Maas, my original choice was the next book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, however, that book was pushed back to 2021 because of her first adult fantasy release. I’m not interested in reading her adult fantasy book, House of Earth and Blood, so I decided to substitute this with another sequel I was excited to read, Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • For Morgan Matson, there is a book listed on Goodreads to release this year, but no information has been released since I discovered it in December. As a result, I am changing this book to another Morgan Matson book that I’ve been wanting to read for year, Second Chance Summer.
  • The Heart Principle has also been pushed back to 2021, so I will be substituting this with another adult romance. I was recently approved for In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren on NetGalley. Since I do plan to read this by the end of the year, I thought it would be a good substitution on my list.

The Progress

So far, I have read 8 out of 20 books. That is almost half, which is perfect, because we are about halfway through the year. I have plenty of time to read the remaining books, many of which I have already purchased.

The Disappointments

This year, most of the books that I have read were average (3 stars) to me. However, there were a couple books that I had high expectations for that just fell flat.

  • Moment of Truth by Kasie West

I was a little nervous going into Moment of Truth by Kasie West. It is the third book in the Love, Life, and the List series, which steadily went down hill with the second book. Overall, this book just wasn’t well-executed. The pacing was all over the place as was much of the plot. This book probably could have been more successful as a standalone, as all of the aspects that made a companion to the first two books were very loose and many times completely unnecessary.

Moment of Truth follows Hadley, an overachieving swimmer who is determined to figure out the identity of a masked classmate after the person interrupts an important swim meet.

  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

I really loved The Proposal by this author, which I read the year before, so I was very excited to read this book in the companion series. Like with Moment of Truth, this book just wasn’t well executed with a very repetitive plot and very inconsistent characters.

The Wedding Party follows enemies Maddie and Theo after they are both selected for a mutual friend’s wedding party.

The Favorites

While most of my year has been average, there are a few books that have really stuck out to me. I can see myself rereading these books in the future and recommending them to other readers.

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

I put off reading this book for awhile because I just haven’t gotten as into Sarah Dessen’s most recent releases as I loved her older books, like Just Listen or Along for the Ride. However, I quickly connected with the main character in this novel which really emotionally invested me in this story. This book is more reminiscent of her older works, like The Truth About Forever, without seeming like it was copied and pasted, like with Saint Anything (even though I do still enjoy that book).

The Rest of the Story follows Emma Saylor who reconnects with the family of her mother, who passed away when she was younger, at the lake where they live.

  • Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

I read Alex, Approximately a long time ago, but never bought into the hype surrounding this contemporary author. However, as I read more and more of her books, she has definitely become an auto-buy author for me. Every novel that Jenn Bennett releases, her writing constantly improves. Chasing Lucky was no exception and I especially enjoyed her descriptions of the setting in this novel.

Chasing Lucky follows Josie, who returns to the town where she lived as a child and runs into an ex-best friend who just might turn out to be more.

What are my full thoughts on these books?

Books that I Have Read (if a book has a review, there will be a link to the review on the book’s title):

Any book marked with * was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange from an honest review.

2 thoughts on “20 Books I Plan to Read in 2020 (Mid-Year Update)

  1. I agree with your thoughts on Moment of Truth. I read Second Chance Summer and really enjoyed it, so that change is good. 😉 I LOVED Lucky Caller and Dessen’s book. Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of Chasing Lucky. I would not recommend Again, But Better AT ALL. That book was kind of a mess.
    Good luck on the rest of your challenge!

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    • My sister read Again, But Better earlier this year and she felt the same way! I’m glad to hear you liked Second Chance Summer–I’ve wanted to read it for a long time, but I know it will be sad which is why I think I haven’t picked it up yet.

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