2020 January TBR

With a new year comes new reading goals. As always, my Goodreads goal for 2020 is going to be 100 books, which means an average of just over 8 books a month. With that in mind, I’ve created the following TBR for the month of January.

For anyone who’s discovered my TBR system for the first time, I’ve organized the books on my TBR by Physical Books, AudioBooks, and eBooks.


Total Books:  11

  1. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
  2. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto (Crown of Feathers, Book 1)
  3. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Heart of Thorns, Book 1)
  4. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  5. Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 1)
  6. Part of Your World by Liz Braswell (Twisted Tales, Book 5)
  7. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
  8. Small Bones by Vicki Grant (Secrets)
  9. Flight by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 2)
  10. Flashback by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)
  11. War of the Networks by Katie Cross (Networks, Book 4)



On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: All Bri wants to be is one of the greatest rappers of all time but she’ll settle for making it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri knows she’s got huge shoes to fill. Now that her mother’s unexpectedly lost her job, Bri’s struggles in life have gotten that much harder. Music no longer becomes a fantasy – it’s something Bri must succeed at in order to help provide for her family.

I know, I know. I’ve been going on about how much I want to read this book for months now. I’m definitely worried that I’ve hyped it up too much in my head and that there’s no way that my expectations are going to be met. But that’s not a good enough reason to continue to procrastinate. Here’s hoping I actually listen to myself this month!

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: The empire was once ruled by the Phoenix Riders, powerful animal handlers that could connect mentally with the Phoenixes they ride. But when two fierce warrior queens fought over the empire, the Phoenix Riders are outlawed. Veronyka dreams of becoming a Rider from legend, but things aren’t as easy as she wishes they were.

To be honest, I read the first couple of chapter of this book in December. I’m hoping to finish this read in January since I’ve enjoyed the little I’ve already read.

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton: 17 year old Mia Rose has pledge her life to hunting Gwyrach, the same demons that killed her mother. When her dad pledges her marriage to the prince, she’s forbidden from taking up her knife again. She instead finds herself being forced into silk gowns. After the wedding goes horribly wrong does she realize she has the same magic that she’s sworn to destroy.

The premise of this book has intrigued me since I first heard about it coming out in 2018. I know I’ve said that before, but it remains to be true. I’m hoping that it meets my expectations since people whose opinions I trust have said that they’ve enjoyed this read.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee: Min comes from a long line of fox spirits but you’d never know by looking at her. Her mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, that they must appear human at all times, but this – mixed with all of the house rules and responsibilities – rubs Min the wrong way. She can’t wait to follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something’s wrong and decides to run away to help clear his name.

I can’t wait to read this book and read how the kitsune in this world will be. I’m looking forward to reading about these tricksters. Truth be told, the only reason I didn’t get into this book at the end of December was the fact that the bag of books I packed was already too full and heavy. 

Omens by Kelley Armstrong: Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. That is, until her perfect life is shattered and she finds out she was adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers service life sentences. Trying to get away from the limelight, Olivia finds herself in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois – a town where things aren’t always what they seem. Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime which her mother swears will prove their innocence. Digging into her past causes Olivia to draw on abilities that remained hidden since her childhood. Gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies.

I’m looking forward to rereading this story. Armstrong’s novels are a trusted great read, so I’ve given myself a guaranteed enjoyable read for the month.

Part of Your World by Liz Braswell: The “fifth” book in the Twisted Tales series is all about Braswell’s take on Disney’s The Little Mermaid. One of my favourite Disney movies, I can’t wait to read how Braswell reinterprets this classic children’s tale. Hopefully it’s not as sad as the original (the children’s tale – not the Disney movie)!

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett: Okay, even though I started this book a month ago, it’s one of the first books I plan on finishing this month – and not just because I have to finally return it to the library. This book is said to be a mix of Romeo and Juliet and Children of the Corn. I have to say, I didn’t look too deep into this story past that so I can let the story speak for itself. I’m looking forward to this read as it’s rare I get into a book without knowing anything about it – even if there are two books on my TBR this month that fall into that category.

Small Bones by Vicki Grant: Dot has always had big dreams, but these dreams have had to be put on hold while she searches for the truth about her parents. She gets a job as a seamstress in rural Ontario and falls hard for Eddie, a charming local boy that is equal parts helpful and distracting when it comes to her investigation.

Flight by Katie Cross: Twins Sanna and Isadora aren’t sitting back anymore. Both are involved in different hidden worlds in Antebellum, both are playing crucial roles, and both feel in well over their heads.

Flashback by Shannon Messenger: Sophie’s having a harder time than ever figuring out what – and whom – to believe. When the Neverseen prove that Sophie is far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, the solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have taken to date.

War of the Networks by Katie Cross: In the midst of war and with the Central Network on the brink of destruction, Bianca is even more determined than ever to defeat Mabel’s Almorran magic. When Mabel kidnaps her, taking her into the heart of the Western Network, Bianca finds that Mabel is even more dangerous than she’s ever been before.



What books do you have on your TBR this month? Are there any books you planned to read in 2019 that you want to get to now that it’s the start of 2020? As always, I’m interested to hear about your reading plans.

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