10 Sizzling Books to Read Before the End of 2020

Let’s be honest. Between work and motherhood, I hardly have much time to read. But I want to change that. We are nearly halfway through October, of the Covid-19 year. We are only two months away from 2021 (I wonder what 2021 will bring). I don’t want these last two months to be in vain. I want to read more books. I want to indulge myself in the literary world. I want to delve deep, head first, into a pool of words and imagination. I want to be wake up with the page of a book stuck to my cheek.

But, I think I have the solution!

Recently, I read about a 20 Books for Christmas 2020 book challenge over on The Spoonie Mommy. The challenge was originally created by Tea and Cake for the Soul. The challenge is actually for 20 books. But I’m going to adapt it to my lifestyle and what I think could be realistic for me. I will set my sights low, and read only ten books. Depending on progress, I may update this post, or add a part two a month or so from today.

Feel free to follow me on my Instagram or my Twitter to keep track of my progress or to give me a little nudge.

My To-Read List for 2020

1–The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult

Because Picoult is my favorite writer.

See also: Book Review: My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

2–The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri

See also: Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo

One of my recent finds at my local library.

3–Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra

See also: Book Review: Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra

Another find at the library.

4–The Opposite of Fate, by Alison McGhee

See also: Book Review: The Opposite of Fate, by Alison McGhee

Yet another book I picked up at the library recently.

5–Dear Edward, by Ann Napolitano

A book that I have on request at the library. There is a long line ahead of me, so we will see if I’m able to snag a copy before the end of 2020.

6–Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman

See also: Book Review: Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman

7–Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline

I have read a few books by Scottoline, so I am excited to read another one of hers.

See also: Book Review: Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline

8–Circe, by Madeline Miller

9–The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

10–The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, by Josie Silver

See also: Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, by Josie Silver

Now, these last three will be filled in as the weeks progress. Sometimes I do like to go to the library and grab what looks good. I’m hoping that will be the case for #7-#10. But if you have a suggestion, then please do let me know in the comments below. I just may add it to my list.

What books are you currently reading, or do you plan to read?

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30 thoughts on “10 Sizzling Books to Read Before the End of 2020

  1. More reading has been on my list for 2020. I haven’t read the number of books I would have liked to, although I didn’t set a goal, but more than the years before and that makes me happy. I used to read sooo much before Netflix etc. happened. Currently, I’m just more busy with writing which is also great because I missed it, but yeah, have to make more time for books. I posted two lists this year and some of them I have read and the rest I am still working on. If you need more inspiration: https://haileyjaderyan.com/2020/10/09/more-books-i-want-to-read/ and https://haileyjaderyan.com/2020/04/10/all-the-books-i-want-to-read/. Good luck with your challenge! 🙂

    xx Hailey – http://www.haileyjaderyan.com // http://www.instagram.com/haileyjaderyan

  2. This is such a cool idea! I’ve heard of the 20 Books of Summer. I love reading books, too.

    It sounds like you might have a challenging time finding time to read, but I know you can do it! My advice is to start small. Even if you can find the time to read 15-20 minutes a day, you’ll be able to read a lot of books by the end of 2020.

    Always believe in yourself. 😊

  3. I would add Love and Respect by Eggerichs, Heaven by Alcorn and for fun, any of Joel Rosenberg’s novels. starting with The Last Jihad. The first is the best I have ever encountered on marriage relationships; the second is an excellent speculation on what our eternal condition may be like; the third is the book that put Rosenberg on the map for Geo-political events around ‘The Epicenter” (Israel) as it was in press on 9/11/01, and describes an attack on the US by Islamic radicals using airplanes! Everyone wanted to know, “How did you know, Joel!?” Good reading!
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    1. That’s a great quote from Jane Austen & 100% agree. Those books look interesting. I will check them out. Thank you for the suggestions <3

      1. OK. I love the feeling when starting a new book. It’s the same feeling as opening up agift on christmas morning.

      1. just a reminder, don’t force yourself to read a book you dont want to read. just let it go and find something else.

        there’s too many books out there to read a bad one. (bad being very subjective)

      2. That is good. There are many books that I’ve tried reading multiple times but just couldn’t either out of boredom or it’s just not my cup of tea

      3. While Cathartliebe’s observation is true, that there are MANY excellent books, there are some books that may seem boring, but are still good to read. Two that immediately come to mind are “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller and “Pagan Christianity” by Viola and Barna. Both are very scholarly works and can be difficult reading. Much of Viola’s and Barna’s I disagree with, but it was valuable reading to understand their perspective, and serves as a basis for discussion with people who agree with them.
        One of the flaws of social media is that we tend to get affirmation from those who agree with us and affirm them vice versa. It is important for a balanced view to observe and dialog with those with which we disagree:
        “Any of you, by the way, are free to criticize anything I say. If you do, I might learn something.” Isaac Asimov.
        This means sometimes reading things that are not pleasurable, but still have value. 🙂

      4. Of course, it is important to read things that are a bit difficult to read … but I think that depends on the nature of the reading. If it’s a classic literature but also very boring and monotone, it’s still important to read for the lessons. But at the same time, not all classical books are to everyone’s cup of tea. Everyone shouldn’t be forced to read every single one just because it’s an esteemed classic. What I think is important is that people choose a diverse selection of books from many different genres and time periods to broaden their horizons and minds

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