Books I want to read in 2020 | Jane Austen, Marie Kondo & more

One of my ”sort of New Year’s resolutions” is to read more. I set myself the challenge to read five books this year. Not much of a challenge if you’re an avid reader, but for someone who barely finished two books in the past six (!) years I’d say it’s about right haha! You can follow my progress on my Goodreads by the way! Anyway, here are the books I want to read this year (in random order)!


LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott
OK this one might be a bit of a cheat because I started this book at the end of December 2019, but I obviously want to finish it in 2020. Before February 7th in fact, because that’s when the latest film adaption is being released here in the Netherlands. Somehow I thought the film would come out in spring 2020 so now I’m in a bit of a ”rush” to finish the book ASAP haha! (I heard the film’s gotten great reviews, so that’s a bonus!) ”Little Women” is about the lives of the four March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. That’s basically all I knew about it before starting the book, because I haven’t watched any of the film or TV adaptions. So far I like the story!


THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo
Major first world problem, but for the past year or so I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I own. Makeup, clothes, accessories, homeware, drawing and painting materials etc: I have too much of everything! Especially since my new living space is quite small, so I don’t have enough space for all of my stuff. I’m not planning on becoming a full-on minimalist (and yes, I know Marie Kondo’s method and minimalism aren’t the same thing), but minimalism and decluttering are things that have been tickling my fancy for a while now and I’m interested in reading more about them!

OVERCOMING LOW SELF-ESTEEM by Melanie Fennell
In my ”New Year’s resolutions” post I mentioned that my self-confidence is almost non-existent, but I’m going to do my best at working on it this year. For the record, I don’t think self-help books are the answer, especially when your problems are very severe, so if you’re really struggling: please seek (professional) help! Since I’m already in therapy, I thought that in my case a book like this would just be a nice way to get some practical tips to apply to my daily life. I heard good things about this book by Melanie Fennell, and she uses cognitive behavioural techniques in her book, which will hopefully spark a bit of recognition in my brain because I’ve done cognitive behavioural therapy before.

PERSUASION by Jane Austen
This book is the only Jane Austen book I haven’t read and/or seen a film or TV adaption of! Imagine that! So obviously I really want to read it, especially since I got the gorgeous Penguin Clothbound Classics edition for my birthday. I honestly have no idea what ”Persuasion” is actually about, and I don’t know how that’s even possible since I basically grew up knee-deep in Jane Austen books and films/TV series. So no spoilers please (of any of these books obviously haha)!


THE CURATED CLOSET by Anuschka Rees
This book kind of links to the whole decluttering thing. My goal isn’t necessarily to form a capsule wardrobe or anything of the kind, but a bit of cohesiveness in my closet, and awareness of my personal style would be nice. Of course this book has been recommended by dozens, if not hunderds of ”influencers”, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good but I decided to give it a try anyway. I actually attempted to read it once before but I couldn’t get through it – not because the book is bad, but because I just wasn’t in a ”reading mindset” I guess.


THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton
Another book I read the first couple of chapters of, but didn’t finish. Mainly because I wanted to read ”Little Women” first, so I had to put this one ”on hold” for a bit. This book has all the elements of something I’d love: a 17th century setting, mystery, suspense, so I definitely want to read it at some point this year! Full disclosure: I already saw the mini-series. But I’ve seen people comment that the series isn’t as good as the book and that people definitely preferred the ending of the book, so I’m excited to find out the differences between the two!


THE BINDING by Bridget Collins
Another book that sounds like something I’d love, but that I don’t know a lot about. To be honest I wasn’t that interested in it, until I read some of the summaries (without spoilers of course). This book got some praise from the LGBTQ+ community apparently, which was surprising to me because I didn’t know anything LGBTQ+ related was part of the plot (until I read the summaries of course). According to the couple of reviews I’ve read, the story turns out a lot different from what it seems to be at the start. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing haha! Hopefully I’ll find out this year!


I know I mentioned seven books in this post instead of five, but like I said, these are the books is want to read at this point in time. I might not read all of them this year because I might find other things in the mean time which I want to read first. But maybe I will read all of them, or at least five of them! Who knows, we’ll see how it goes! I’ll try to update you guys on my progress within the next six-ish months! What book(s) do you really want to read this year?


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