TBR: 12 Books from the Backlog To Read in 2020 – #StartOnYourShelfathon

How many of us have a huge stack of books we’ve been “meaning to read” for ages? Whether it’s a release I thought I’d get to immediately after its publication, something I picked up on a whim thanks to a recommendation, or a book my boyfriend mentioned to me when we first met and he found out how into reading I was, I’ve got a huge backlog of titles I’d love to start getting through this year.

In addition to my normal monthly TBRs & also my #BranchOut2020 project, I’ve made a stack of 12 books that fit the above description in some way or another, and plan to read one per month for all of 2020! I thought I’d share a list of all 12, along with a synopsis for each, in case anyone has any of these on their 2020 TBR as well! I’m always down for a buddy read! 😍

I’d been planning on this (and had this post prepped) for about a week when I stumbled on my lovely friend Destiny’s post about #StartOnYourShelfathon, which is a 2020 readalong of everything you already own. The point is to help with the shelf backlog a lot of us have, as well as to read more of what we’ve already got before buying more. I did set a couple budget-like goals for myself this year for book buying ’cause it’s my weakest shopping point (next to art supplies – NEVER take me to a craft store!!!), so I’m hoping the combination of that along with this awesome readalong challenge will help a lot!

You can read more about the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge on the original post by The Quiet Pond Book Blog by clicking here! That’s where I got that adorable little header above, as well as tons of resources to keep track of our reading stars.


1) MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson

2) LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

3) ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

4) KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames

5) THE DEEP by Nick Cutter

6) NORWEGIAN WOOD by Haruki Murakami

7) GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn

8) ALL THE EVER AFTERS by Danielle Teller

9) UNDEAD TV edited by Elana Levine and Lisa Parks

10) STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein

11) GERALD’S GAME by Stephen King

12) THE LINE THAT HELD US by David Joy


I’m so excited for this upcoming year of reading, and can’t wait to track it all – and get some cool stars for little Castor – with this challenge! If you’re joining, make sure to use the #StartOnYourShelfathon hashtag to be a part of the fun.

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  1. […] this readathon on Twitter, and since I’m already participating in The Quiet Pond’s #StartOnYourShelfathon, I thought this would be a super cute & fun thing to do alongside […]



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