TTT: Anticipated Reads for 2020


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

I’m putting a spin on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.  The original topic was Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.  To me, that would be a lot of repeating my Winter TBR list and, I’m sure in a few months we’ll be listing our Spring TBR.  So instead, I will be listing other (older) books I’ve been wanting to read.

I’ve always toyed with idea of reading as many of the banned books as possible.  Due to other reading “duties” (I say that loosely because I love all of the reading opportunities I am afforded) I don’t get a lot of chances to read older books, let alone classics.  There are a lot of banned books lists out there with different information, so I decided to go with the books listed in the Mental Floss article.  Mostly because they do a good job of making the reasons the books were banned or challenged clear.  They have a list of 24 and I’m picking 10 I want to try to read this year.

Quick note: Some of the 10 I chose I have already read, but when I was a teen or younger.  I’d like to look at these stories with fresh and more mature eyeballs.

The Call of the Wild
by Jack London

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

The Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

by Vladimir Nabokov

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz

by Lauren Myracle

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

I’m curious as to how I’ll view these banned books, especially those I read in the past.  But I’m also giving myself permission to DNF if any of the stories just aren’t doing it for me.  That’s 10 books for 12 months, I know it’s do-able…now I just have to do it!

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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10 Responses to TTT: Anticipated Reads for 2020

  1. You might want to look for an audio of Scary Stories. The series of three books is great on audio.

    • Cheri says:

      I’m not generally one for audio books, but I haven’t tried one that is more short stories instead of a full length novel. Thanks for the tip, I may give it a try. That way I can read while cleaning the house!

  2. Lauren Becker says:

    I’ve read Lord of the Flies, but it’s not one I really care to re-read. I love Brave New World and Of Mice and Men though!


  3. lydiaschoch says:

    Of Mice and Men was amazing. Enjoy.

    My TTT .

    • Cheri says:

      I read it over 30 years ago, in high school, and remember loving the story. I’d like to revisit it to pick up the subtleties I’m sure I missed as a 15 year old.

  4. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    I read The Call of the Wild and Scary Stories with my son not too long ago. We enjoyed them both! And great idea with the twist on this week’s topic! I kind of felt like I was just repeating myself too, but I didn’t have the brain power to think up something different. 😉

  5. Dani says:

    Alexie Sherman’s novel was a favorite of the year for me when I read in in 2018. So much so that I own a copy, which is saying a lot since I’m very particular about the books I choose to keep! I know I read A Brave New World in high school, but I don’t remember much about it, so that may be a re-read for me as well. I’ve actually never read Lord of the Flies- curious time hear your thoughts on it! Good luck getting through this list!

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