TBR 2020

Back in 2011, I walked into a book store. It may have been a used book store, which is even better because there’s a sense of the hunt at play. And while ordinarily this venue would fill me with joy, on this day in 2011, I had just started graduate school, and effectively knew every book I would be reading for the next seven years. Book stores only reminded me of possibilities I didn’t have time for.

Well, I’ve graduated twice since then, and I’ve got a stable job at a community college. And I noticed that 2019 was the year I started earnestly enjoying reading again, as opposed to feeling like I was sneaking something in between assignments. This was also the year that I really got my feet under me at the new job and my entire schedule significantly relaxed.*

*”Relaxed” is used here in a relative sense–no one who teaches a 5/5/2 of mostly composition courses can be said to have a schedule that even approaches “relaxed.”

Anyway, now that I’m reading again, and reading on purpose, I want to keep track of what I’m doing and what I intend.

Below are the books on my current TBR (To-Be-Read) pile. The plan is not to read them all in 2020–especially not with so many fantasy series on the trawl!–but to keep track of what I have read. I’ll add to this list (heavens!) over the next year. Maybe (let’s be honest) I’ll delete a few things. If I write up any blog posts on any of these books, I’ll link them here.

By the way, this list owes a lot to the only podcast I consistently listen to, Our Opinions are Correct.

Original List Length: 58. (December 26, 2020)

Read: 31


  • Green text denotes a book I read
  • Blue text denotes a book I read that was not originally on the list
  • (Audio) denotes a book I read in audiobook format
  • (Hybrid) denotes a book I read simultaneously in audiobook and traditional formats.
  • Books I didn’t get to were carried over to the following year’s list, if I still wanted to read them.
  1. Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three.
  2. —. The Black Cauldron.
  3. —. The Castle of Llyr. (audio)
  4. —. Taran Wanderer. (audio)
  5. —. The High King. (audio)
  6. Austen, Jane. Emma. (hybrid)
  7. Ashman, Howard, with Alan Menken and Dennnis Green. Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. (hybrid)
  8. Butcher, Jim. The Dresden Files #2: Fool Moon. (audio)
  9. —. The Dresden Files #3: Grave Peril. (audio)
  10. —. The Dresden Files #4: Summer Knight. (audio)
  11. Butler, Octavia. Dawn.
  12. —. Adulthood Rites.
  13. —. Imago.
  14. Carillo, Ellen C. MLA Guide to Digital Literacy.
  15. Jordan, Robert. The Eye of the World. (audio)
  16. —. The Great Hunt. (audio)
  17. —. The Dragon Reborn. (audio)
  18. —. The Shadow Rising. (hybrid)
  19. LeGuin. Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea. (audio)
  20. —. The Tombs of Atuan. (audio)
  21. Moxon, AR. The Revisionaries.
  22. Muir, Tamsyn. Gideon the Ninth.
  23. Porter, Chana. The Seep.
  24. Pratchett, Terry. The Wee Free Men. (audio)
  25. —. A Hat Full of Sky. (audio)
  26. Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things. (audio)
  27. Salesses, Matt. The Hundred-Year Flood.
  28. Scalzi, John. Redshirts.
  29. Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  30. Strunk, William, and E. B. White. The Elements of Style.
  31. Vonnegut, Kurt, with Ryan North and Albert Monteys. Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Graphic Novel Adaptation.