20 Backlist Books I Wanna Read in 2020

I always try not to make any set TBR’s and even when I do make such lists for every season or a readathon, they are mostly just guidelines to help me narrow my reading choices. However, I want to be a little different this year. I have realized the usefulness of being organized and planning ahead of time a few months ago, and it has really helped me blog more effectively and without feeling burned out.

So, I have decided to make a list of 20 books that I really want to read this year and challenge myself to stick to this as much as possible. And to help me in this endeavor, I asked some of my dearest friends to give me their suggestions of what they think I should read this year. And I’m happy to report that I have finally come up with this backlist TBR – 10 books chosen by my friends and 10 by me. Now, let’s get started.

My Friends’ Chosen TBR

Dany @ Ambivert Words is one blogger and dearest friend of mine with whom I talk to the most about books and everything else under the sun. And when she recommended me these two books with a side note that they are very emotional/exciting, I knew that she wanted me to pick them up so that they’ll tug at my heartstrings just like they did hers. Can’t wait to discuss them with her after reading.

Dini @ Novels and Nebulas,ย my best and first blogger friend and overall mom-friend of our gang, is probably grinding her teeth coz I haven’t read Jade War despite promising her so for a few months now (just kidding… she is too sweet to grind her teeth ;)). And her other aim is to make me explore Sci-fi more because she is a nerd and loves the genre, so she has decided to start me off with a middle grade sci-fi. I hope I will be able to keep my promise this time around and read these two soon.


Ahana @ Heart’s Content and my biggest champion/motivator is an avid romance genre lover like me, and has recommended me this beautiful novel by Mariana Zapata, whom I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. Very very excited to read this..!!! One thing I know, the gushing and fangirling between the both of us after I finish reading this is gonna be epic…


Shruti @ This is Lit is great at motivating me to try something out of my comfort zone and I was the least bit surprised when she recommended me this book which I’ve been scared to read for quite a while now. I also recently read the author’s memoir in verse, Shout and was completely blown away, so I imagine this is going to be another gut wrenching but powerful reading experience.


Charvi @ Not Just Fiction‘s love for Akemi Dawn Bowman is unparalled and I think I knew in my heart that she was gonna recommend me a wonderful and emotional YA contemporary. I can’t say I would have read this book without her recommending it, but now I am very excited to know why this is so popular across the community.


Simant @ Flipping Thru the Pages is one of the best bloggers around and if she says this book is brilliant, then I know it is going to be. I have known about this one for a long time and I may have read it someday, but now I have an extra reason to read it sooner.

Krisha @ Bookathon Blog is one of my dearest friends and an amazing blogger whose recommendations I trust implicitly. So, when she gushed about The Black Veins a lot and asked me to read it, I knew I had to and I hope I will love it as much as she did. She also wants me to finally pick up An Ember in the Ashes (which I have been putting off for years now) and while I’m not sure I’m emotionally prepared for it, I think I’ll try to read it closer to the release date of the finale.

My Chosen TBR

City of Lies

City of Lies is a book I decided to buy before even knowing what some of my trusted reviewers thought about it, because I was so impressed by the premise. And I’ve only heard amazing things about the world building in this, so I’m very excited to finally dive into it.


Reading Asian inspired fantasies has become a thing for me now and while I was very excited to read some wonderful things about this book, I just couldn’t find enough time last year to get to it. So, hopefully I’ll get to read it soon and gush with my friends who already have.

The Fever King

I bought this book the day it released and was very excited to read it too, but just somehow lost sight of it among my huge TBR. But now that I also own the ARC for it’s sequel, it’s finally time I binge read them both. And I’m very excited to be buddy reading it with Krisha.


I read an anthology of essays last year about the power of women’s anger called Burn it Down, and this book has since been on my mind to read next. And I also love following Rebecca Traister’s writings on the web, so this would be a good chance for me to finally read her book.


I’ve frankly been putting this off because I’m scared to read it. Hopefully, I’ll be in a better state of mind to handle the powerful messages of this book sometime soon.


I actually abandoned this book last year after reading about a quarter of it because the audacity and the unfairness of it all just made me feel hopeless and I couldn’t continue. But I’ve heard Anand speak out a lot since then and I’m sure he makes some more brilliant arguments in this book and I want to read them all.


I’ve been so fascinated with this book since I read the author’s interview about her inspirations for it, and I also follow their podcast Our Opinions are Correct which has opened my mind a lot to the world of science and science fiction. So, I definitely want to get to this sometime soon.

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This book was actually on my tentative TBR last year, so I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not having read it. But I ended up reading the author’s earlier work You Bring the Distant Near which completely mesmerized me and I can’t wait to get into this one soon.


I truly know nothing much about this book but I’ve heard it referred to as EconLit (because it deals with economics) and also that it’s a satire on capitalism, and I just find it so fascinating as a concept. I think it’s time I read atleast one book without doing extensive research on whether I should pick it up ๐Ÿ˜‰


It’s always interesting and empowering to read about the fights that women had to put up in the past just to be treated as equals, so I think this book would be a wonderful experience and I’m very excited to know more about this side of history.

Alternate Choices

If I’m unable to read or DNF any of the books on the above TBR list, these books are some of my alternates and I hope I will read them anyways.

What do you think of this TBR of mine? Do you think I will succeed at trying to read most of these ? Have you already read any of these books and what did you think of them? Please feel free to share all your thoughts in the comments below…

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  1. Omg Sahi, there are so many amazing books on this list! I absolutely loved 100 Days of Sunlight and I know you will too!

    Also oof sit down with a bucket to collect your tears when you read Summer Bird Blue because this book will shatter your heart!

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  2. I am so excited for you to read all these amazing books and I canโ€™t wait to hear what you think of Black Veins and Ember๐Ÿ˜ I want to read Sword of Kaigen too so hopefully soon ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปAlso I am sorry to have read The Fever King before you but I was in a slump and nothing would work๐Ÿ™ˆใ€€Itโ€™s another awesome book and do tell me when you read it ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Thank you so much Krisha !!!! Iโ€™ll probably postpone Ember as much as I can because that book scares me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      But Iโ€™m so excited for Sword of Kaigen too…
      Iโ€™m glad Fever King brought you out of a slump.. Iโ€™ll probably read it sometime in feb… hope Iโ€™ll love it as much as you did ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


  3. I love this idea! It might be something for me to incorporate next year! Still trying to find my groove after baby. Some great books on here! I really loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! I kind of want to do this… but books that are on my book shelf!

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    1. Thank you !!! And I think itโ€™s a great idea if you wanna read some of the books you already own and want to get them off the tbr… it just keeps piling up everyday ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. Tell me about it!!! I have stuffed full shelves and a pile on the floor thatโ€™s quickly becoming really tall. Iโ€™m playing a game of Jenga with it. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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        1. Haha my one and only shelf is full, so Iโ€™ve actually stopped buying.. but that means my kindle is just piling up with too many unread ebooks and they arenโ€™t even front and center to taunt me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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          1. Ohhh… I don’t even know how many ebooks I have!! haha. Out of sight, out of mind! Good for you for not buying books though! I just can’t help it when there’s a good deal! So bad lol

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          2. I know right.. ebooks are too convenient to buy during sales and then forget about them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
            I am pretty impulsive but yes, Iโ€™ve somehow succeeded in not buying physical books… we move houses and states a lot, so packing them up is a pain ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
            Canโ€™t say the same about notebooks though… I love buying too much for my own good ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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          3. Yeah, especially when ebooks go on sale for like $2-3!! Canโ€™t not buy those! ๐Ÿ˜† Oh! That totally makes sense to not buy a lot of physical books. I frequent the half price books when they have additional coupons and thatโ€™s when my books pile up!! Iโ€™m trying to read only my physical books this year bc we want to move spring 2021! So, I need to weed out the bad books to make room & downsize a bit for moving! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜Š

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          4. Ohhh I live for the 2-3$ sale days ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanksgiving to New Year there were so many that I just went on a buying spree.. couldnโ€™t stop myself…

            Ohhh if youโ€™re moving, then it totally makes sense to prioritize your physical books… maybe you can take part in the #startonyourshelfathon yearly reading challenge which is just to read owned books…

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          5. Haha! Itโ€™s really the best time of the year for book sales!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

            Ohh! Iโ€™ll check that out! Thanks!! I feel like that would be easy to do, since itโ€™s my plan anyways! No pressure. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. Aww thank you for including my suggestion, Sahi. I really hope you love it as much as I did. And talking about Speak, it is a difficult book to read. So make sure you are in a right mood to read it. We read it for Banned Book club that we had earlier and though I gave it 3.5 stars it was a touching and difficult read for me too.

    And we have so many common backlist books to read. Jade War, Summer Bird Blue, An Amber in Ashes, The Tiger at Midnight, Dragon Pearl and Internment are on my list too. I wasn’t able to find time to read Swords of Kaigen last year but hopefully this year I would be able to pick it up.

    I can’t wait to know your thought on 100 Days of Sunlight. It is so so good and emotional and happy book. Also, The Fever King. It was the first sci-fi book that I read and I absolutely fall in love with it. Can’t wait to read its sequel.

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    1. I definitely hope I like Eleanor Oliphant as much as you did Sim ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      I read Laurie Halseโ€™s poetry memoir last year and that was quite painful.. so I definitely will have to prepare myself before I start Speak.. hopefully Iโ€™ll be able to handle it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

      Wow I didnโ€™t know we had so many backlist in common… but then we do read a lot of the same books so I shouldโ€™nt he surprised …

      Everyone keeps raving about Fever King and I canโ€™t wait to read it before the sequel releases in March ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  5. I hope you manage to read all of them!
    I really love the fever king! And I just picked up An ember in the ashes, so far so good!


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    1. Thank you Evelyn… Iโ€™m not very good at keeping up, but Iโ€™ll be happy if I read atleast half of them ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

      Canโ€™t wait to read Fever King.. definitely before the sequel releases in March ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      Have fun with Ember.. I know itโ€™s supposed to quite intense and thatโ€™s what scares me so much..

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        1. Haha thatโ€™s why itโ€™s languishing on my shelf for almost 2 years now ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ hopefully Iโ€™ll finally get to it this time… canโ€™t wait to see what you think of it at the end ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  6. I haven’t seen many people talk about The Future of Another Timeline, but it has a very interesting premise – can’t wait to see what you think!
    I hope you like Dragon Pearl and The Fever King, I really liked both. And good luck with Jade War, that’s a really intimidating one.

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    1. Even I havenโ€™t heard anyone talk about Future of another timeline.. I just love the authorโ€™s podcast, so want to give their book a try ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      I hope Iโ€™ll love Dragon pearl and Fever King too.. only heard good things about them…

      Jade war is intimidating af… I keep removing it and putting it back on my library waitlist all the time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  7. Wow thatโ€™s a great list.. I hope you get to read all of them. Surprisingly, I havenโ€™t heard about many of these blacklists and some of them sound really interesting- like that book which is a satire on capitalism and winner takes all.

    Iโ€™ve read lies of Locke lamora and that one was a really good read. Iโ€™ve yet to finish the series since I had read this book many years back.

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    1. Thank you Prachi !!! Some of the books on the list I wasnโ€™t planning on reading too but my friends chose them… I think Iโ€™ve managed to finish one from this list of 20 and already a month is over.. donโ€™t know how many Iโ€™ll actually read ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

      I think I remember you telling me that you liked Locke Lamora… I definitely wanna give it a try…

      I was actually surprised when I stumbled upon Orconomics too.. satire on capitalism and recession in a fantasy seems quite unique… and Winners Take All is really enlightening… I read about 1/3rd of it last year but it made me so mad that I put it away ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ definitely a very important read…

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        1. Haha… itโ€™s actually a bloggers group from India and we all mostly met through twitter… we have a discord group if you want to join as well…. we gossip about books but mostly we also just rant and vent about our everyday problems ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          Winners Take All made me mad because of just the unfairness of it all.. the author is very good at giving examples of how the ultra rich use all the loopholes available to them and f*ck over the poor people/middle class to amass their wealth and then use a meager charity to try to project themselves as saviors providing solutions to problems they created in the first place….
          As you can see, I can go on a rant ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so it was too much to read at once.. I think I can only take in few pages a day… and I also follow the author on twitter and his threads and criticism of capitalism and wealth inequality is very informative..

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          1. Id love to be a part of any bookish community, especially if theyโ€™re India based!! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคฉ

            Ok I get it now.. what you wrote makes sense and would probably make me frustrated too, if I didnโ€™t share some of those views already. I have a bit of a cynical view to the world so I would get mad as well and say, I knew it! lol

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          2. Iโ€™ll find the discord group joining link and send you… would love for you to join our gang ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

            Ya.. the book is frustrating because itโ€™s basically true but we also know that nothing much is going to change soon in our hyper capitalist world.. so it makes reading that book quite a ragey experience ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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          3. Thank you so much for considering me to be part of the group๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿฅณ

            At least weโ€™ll be aware of the way people are influencing us. I seriously feel that we need to take a break from capitalism chill ..

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          4. Prachi, Iโ€™ll DM the discord group invite link to you on Goodreads… itโ€™s a private group, so donโ€™t wanna post here in comment section ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

            Haha we all definitely deserve a break from capitalism but you are right, atleast we should have knowledge about whatโ€™s happening …

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    1. Iโ€™m going to keep it for the Banned Books week Shruti because itโ€™s one of the prompts in the PopSugar reading challenge ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š but I canโ€™t wait to discuss it with you…

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