What I’m Reading to Kick Off the Roaring 20’s

While I am in fact a writer first, I am also a reader, and a voracious one at that. And while I do have a lot of writing posts planned and half-wrote for this blog, right now, I want to talk about books. Ebooks, print books, comic books…. a lot of books.

There’s a lot I want to read for 2020. Since the decade is almost at a close, let’s get talking.

1. Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

I love Welcome to Night Vale to pieces, which is why I’m excited to read this book. I’m pretty sure this was on my list of books I wanted to read for 2019, but I didn’t get the chance to. Hopefully next year, I will. The premise intrigued me from the get go.

2. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

I really love weird fantasy, and while this doesn’t sound like weird fantasy, it still sounds like a lot of fun. It combines a lot of elements that I love and seems like it will bring new elements to the table. I sure hope so!

3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve heard this is a lot different than the Studio Ghibli movie, but I’m still excited to read it! It seems about as whimsical and magical as the movie based off of it, so I’m excited to relive the experience in book format.

4. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

Some of my favorite booktubers have mentioned this book, as have my best friend. While perhaps a more… bizarre choice, I’ve heard a lot about the nuances and my friends had theories intriguing enough to make me want to read it.

5. Darkling by Brooklyn Ray

Do you love trans witches? I love trans witches. I’ve seen this book plenty of times on my Twitter feed and each time, I get more excited over it. It combines a lot of my favorite tropes into one – it seems. Time will tell if it lives up to the hype or not.

6. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I follow the author on twitter and she is hilarious. More than that, though, the idea tickles all my feel-good spots. I love com artist characters and I love magic. I can’t wait to read this book and, hopefully, the rest of the series as well.

7. A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

I’ve been quite fond of Alice in Wonderland-esque worlds and plots, and this is no exception. This seems like a more unique take on it, which makes me even more excited.

8. Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

I love cyberpunk in theory, but it is a bit of a mixed bag in execution. I’m very hopeful that this book won’t let me down. That and with the growing destruction to our planet, this sounds like a narrative we desperately need.

9. Deadline by Stephanie Ahn

This book promises a lot of things that excites me: magic, gays, women in suits, and a whole lot more. It’s a common theme in my “want to read” list for 2020, but I’m especially excited for this one.

10. Witches of Ash and Ruin by Erin Latimer

Once again, features a lot of the things I love. Witches, gays, magic, and so much more. Plus mental health rep that we deserve. This author is also a lovely person, which helps.


As you can see, I have a lot of common threads to the books I’m hoping to read in 2020. I have a lot of “types.” But what about you? What are you hoping to read in 2020? Are any of them on this list?

Author: draconako

Alex is a queer writer, game-maker, and mountain of incomprehensible goo living in the Pacific Northwest. When they aren’t being paid to manage insurance accounts, they’re researching whatever interests them, reading from their arsenal of books, playing video games, or spending time with their partner. They can be reached at @draconako on most of the internet or at authoralexharvey@gmail.com

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