I’ve been doing some thinking. After my difficult experience with reading challenges in 2015, I think I’m going to take a more relaxed approach to setting reading goals in 2016. The only official “challenge” I’m going to participate in is the Goodreads Challenge, because it’s so convenient and open-ended.
I also made a Book Bucket List, a list of all the books that I hope to read sometime. Definitely won’t be able to tackle all of them this year, but I thought these would be a good selection of books to kick me into gear in 2016!
Goodreads Challenge: Read 50 books
Books I Want to Read in 2016:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I’ve wanted to read this book forever, and it’s been sitting on my shelf since, like, 2006. I actually really enjoyed my experience with Jane Austen in Persuasion, and this will be the year I finally make it through P&P!!
Shakespeare: I read (and was not very impressed) with King Lear this summer, but I am still dutifully making my way through Shakespeare’s work. Haven’t decided which play I want to tackle this year, so if you have any recommendations please let me know!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I’ve heard amazing things about this book from the blogging community, and I am so excited to finally check it out! I just bought a copy (literally, like 25 minutes before I wrote this post) and it’s on the top of my TBR for 2016.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Another book that the book blogging community loves! I’ve heard really wonderful things about this one.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Kind of an outlier choice, but this is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read since it came out. I’ve put it off because I was waiting for the ‘perfect summery beach read moment’, but that hasn’t happened in the last two years. This is the year I finally read it!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Throne of Glass seems to be a love it or hate it series (mostly love, from what I can tell), and I will need a new fantasy series after I wrap up my much beloved The Lunar Chronicles in the next few days. This seems like a good next step!
Winter by Marissa Meyer: So this is a little bit cheating because I am about 60% finished with it already, but it’s so long (823!) that I felt I deserved to cross something off when I finish it. I will be very sad when this series is over; it has made the last half of 2015 so enjoyable for me.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: The Book Thief is my personal Everest. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that this has been on my seasonal TBR lists every season and…I still haven’t read it. I know this is supposed to be such an amazing book, but honestly I just want to get it over with at this point.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: My TBTB Secret Santa was lovely enough to gift me this book! It’s set in Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities ever, and I am really looking forward to reading it!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: I bought this massive tome of a book at Powell’s in November, and I really want to get to it this year! The size of it is definitely daunting, but the premise and time period (a murder during the New Zealand gold rush) sound so unique and fascinating.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: This is one of those rare books I have never heard a single negative comment about. It seems universally beloved.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Another book that comes highly recommended from just about everyone I know.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This book will be a challenging but important read.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: I definitely have some hoarder tendencies, especially when it comes to books. Some of Kondo’s precepts seem a little out-there, but I have also heard people claim that this book really did change their lives! I am cautiously optimistic.
Any books not on my list that I absolutely HAVE to read
next this year? Let me know! Cheers to the New Year!