My Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge and TBR List

My Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge and TBR List

Hey guys!

In today’s post I’ll be sharing the books I’m planning to read this year. I know I should’ve posted this at the beginning of January, but I’ve been so busy the last few weeks!

In 2019, I read 31 books, surpassing my goal by 1 book. In 2020, I am planning to read between 40 and 50 books. I have so many books on my TBR list and want to read as many as I can this year. As with the previous few years, I have signed up to the Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge. What I love about the Goodreads Reading Challenge is that you can choose how many books you want to read in a given year, and it doesn’t matter if you want to read just 1 book or 100 books (or even more if you’re that much of a bookworm!). The challenge also encourages you to read more and you can use the Goodreads website to discover new books and connect with other bookworms and authors.

So far this year I have managed to read 3 books – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Sarra Manning), Great (Sara Benincasa) and Destined (P.C. Cast). It’s a couple of books less than what I was expecting to read in January, especially considering I had quite a few days off work (although I had to spend them attending appointments / doing admin-y things instead of relaxing!)…but it’s a start, and hopefully I’ll be more organised this month! Nevertheless, if I continue to read 3 or 4 books each month I’ll easily achieve my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge.

One of my goals is to read any books I didn’t get the chance to read in 2019, as well as any books that are being (or have been) adapted onto the screen. I also want to read more books by Sarah Dessen, one of my favourite authors, and finish the House of Night series – I started the series around a decade ago and stopped reading them after the 8th book.

Here are the books I’m planning to read in 2020:

From 2019

  1. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sarra Manning
  2. Great – Sara Benincasa
  3. Destined – P.C. Cast
  4. Hidden – P.C. Cast
  5. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  6. Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch
  7. One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
  8. Still Star-Crossed – Melinda Taub
  9. Emma – Jane Austen
  10. Read Me Like A Book – Liz Kessler
  11. Bliss – Michaela Blaney and Shay Mitchell
  12. Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Serena Valentino
  13. Indiscretion (Andalucian Nights #1) – Hannah Fielding
  14. The Paris Secret – Karen Swan
  15. The Paper Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg

TV / Film

  1. Saving Zoe – Alyson Noël
  2. Normal People – Sally Rooney
  3. The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical – Saundra Mitchell with Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar
  4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith

Sarah Dessen

  1. Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
  2. What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
  3. Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
  4. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

House of Night

  1. Revealed – P.C. Cast
  2. Redeemed – P.C. Cast


  1. Teach Me – Amy Lynn Steele
  2. Finding Cinderella – Colleen Hoover
  3. Lessons in Love – Clarissa Carlyle
  4. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  5. Unteachable – Leah Raeder


  1. Hopeless – Colleen Hoover
  2. Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover
  3. The Confession – Jessie Burton
  4. Regretting You – Colleen Hoover
  5. Reputation – Sara Shepard
  6. No Judgments – Meg Cabot
  7. How to Be Happy – Eva Woods
  8. Fairytale – Danielle Steel
  9. Bone China – Laura Purcell
  10. All the Rage – Courtney Summers
  11. Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella
  12. Teach Me – R.A. Nelson
  13. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman
  14. Black Iris – Leah Raeder / Elliot Wake
  15. One of Us Is Next – Karen M. McManus
  16. Billy & Me – Giovanna Fletcher
  17. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  18. When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher
  19. The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
  20. My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell


Are you doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge this year? How many books are you planning on reading? Have you read any of the books on my list?



12 Comment

  1. Kayleigh Zara says: Reply

    The house of night books are some of my favourite the series was one that I loved reading even though it had so many parts! I hope you’re able to finish your reading challenge x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟

  2. claire says: Reply

    Some of these are on my TBR list to and I can’t wait to get round to them all.

    I have challenged myself to 15 books this year as I only got started in June. I think I am up to about 13 now and I am loving reading again x

  3. I am doing the Goodreads challenge (100 books) and I’m ahead of this so far. I originally had a goal of 65 books but the pandemic made me alter my goal! Are the crossed out books the ones you’ve read this year? If so, well done!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Well done on reading over 100 books! Yes, the books I’ve crossed o it are the ones I’ve read already!

  4. Jenna Von says: Reply

    You’re doing so well, I really want to read Normal People! X

  5. Julia says: Reply

    Some of these are on my tbr list, I will say I’ve been lacking in my reading challenge. Really need to up my game!! I’ve challenged myself to 25 books, so hopefully I can do them in the last 100 days of the year… Good luck with the rest of your challenge xx

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Thanks – good luck with your challenge too!

  6. I signed up for the Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge but I have been SO bad about updating my Goodreads account as well as prioritizing reading time… This is the kick in the butt that I need to get back on track!

  7. I’ve read a whole 4 books on this list haha. You’ve got so many stories I haven’t heard of and now I need to begin looking them up. So cool to see that you’ve accomplished so many already. You’re sure to finish the list by year’s end!

  8. Yaya says: Reply

    Wow I really enjoyed this – I am on Goodreads but have not done their challenge. I’m definitely signing up for it now though! Thank you for sharing this ♥️

  9. I am doing it but mine has completely gone out of the window this year thanks to not commuting meaning my reading time has gone and I’ve only started really getting it back and not sure I’m going to catch up. I hope it’s going well for you – looks like it from the number now struck off! Happy reading for the rest of the year!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      It’s been the opposite for me – I’ve been able to read more this year because I had 3 months off work due to lockdown! Hope you’re able to get back into reading!

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