10 Books to Read in 2016

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When I was a teenager, not yet 16, I hated taking the school bus home. Heck, I hated taking the school bus in general. So, on nice days, I would walk home the one and a half miles instead of riding the bus.

10 Books to Read
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On the walk home, I made two stops. The first being a pharmacy so I could peruse their candy selection before choosing one or two of my favorite candy bars to eat. The next was the library, one of my favorite places in the world. The small library filled with books and information captured my heart. If not for being limited on time, I could spend hours doing research in a reference book or hunting for a new book to read.

Over the years, my love for libraries has not diminished, and I hope my girls learn to cherish libraries as much as I do. Since moving to our town in October, I’ve taken my girls to the local library several times. They enjoy going, and can’t wait to check out books. (Although, I think their favorite part of going is playing with the toys in the children’s library.) 

While having three daughters keeps me busy, I still find time to read. Even if it is only 5-10 minutes in my day, Reading is like breathing to me, and just as important. 

One of my greatest challenges (besides finding the time) is deciding which book I read next. Do I revisit an old friend? I do have a few series that I read over and over. Or, do I pick out a new book? If I do decide to read a new book, which one should I read? There are too many good ones to choose from. Thank goodness for Goodreads to help me narrow down my choices. (Is a list of over 300 books I want to read narrowing it down? Really?)

This year, I’ve decided to do something different, I’ve created my reading list for 2016. 

10 Books to Read in 2016:

10 Books to Read in 2016

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King  Just the concept of this book excites me: a teacher going back in time to stop Kennedy’s assassination. Then, when you look at who wrote the book, perfection! I can’t wait to dig into this one.

Defenders by Will McIntosh  I’m not big into typical sci-fi fare with aliens, but I am making an exception for this book. Why? It’s written by someone I know. Will McIntosh was a professor on my thesis committee while working on my Master’s in psychology. Oh, and one other reason, this book is being made into a movie.

The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith (aka, J. K. Rowling) I read the first book in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and LOVED it! I need to find out what happens next to private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue This book seems scary and emotionally wrenching. A mother and her son being kept prisoners in one room for seven years. I can only imagine, especially since the book is told from the perspective of the child. 

The Gods of Gotham (A Timothy Wilde Novel) by Lyndsay Faye I adore historical crime fiction (or historical mysteries). The description of the book captured my attention as it describes a police detective investigating a murder in 1854 New York City (where there is a forest north of 23rd Street). It’s also the beginning of a series. Win-win!

The Martian by Andy Weir I saw the movie, loved it, and now want to read the book. Books are almost always better than the movie, right? 10 Books to Read in 2016

Witch Child by Celia Rees Another historical novel, this time taking place in the 1600s. It is the story of Mary as she goes to the New World after witnessing her grandmother being hung for being a witch. It is a Young Adult novel, but who cares.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows  All right. You got me, yet another historical novel. I love them, what can I say? This one takes place in 1946 London. Written completely in letter format (from what I understand), it follows the correspondence of Juliet and the Guernesey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 

The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness I read the first two books in the trilogy and loved them. I need to read the last one. Of course, when I tried to start this book last year, I realized I didn’t remember anything from the second book. So, I plan to reread the first books before starting this one. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend them! It follows Diana Bishop as she learns she is a witch after discovering a manuscript while doing academic research.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens I have to be honest now. I’ve never read a Charles Dickens book. I thought this one, about poor Oliver dealing with the criminal underworld, would be a good place to start. 

As long as I remember to return the books to the library, I think I might be able to read all of them this year. Otherwise, out of shame, I won’t return to a library from sheer embarrassment over the fines I’ve owed (and paid). 

What books are on your reading list for 2016?

About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.



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  1. Lots of options here, Denise!

    I’m currently reading Amy Cuddy’s Presence – and about ten other things! (I do that.) Working through Susan Cain’s Quiet for the second time and I pick up A Jane Austen Christmas when I have just a few minutes to read – that one was a Christmas gift. Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods is up next, too.
    Have you read Little Girls Can be Mean? You have three daughters so it made me remember the book – one of the best things I’ve read. It’s all about how and why girls do the “mean girls” thing, how early it begins (frightening), and how to help guide your daughter through it all. Excellent. I highly recommend for anyone who has or works with girls.

    1. There you go, adding to my reading list. Did you not catch the part where I already have a ton of books on my to-read list? LOL! I’m more of a fiction-type of girl. Every once in a while, I will read non-fiction though. I may check out that book you mentioned for my girls. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Oh my… you and I do not like the same books.

    I read romantic, medical and biographies.

    Mysteries, Sci Fi, Back in time scare me. I am much too old to be scared.?

    1. LOL! Well, romances bore me, although I read them in grad school because they were quick and easy reading beyond psychology journals. I don’t like medical type books. But, I do love biographies. I’ve read several, and I have a few on my Goodreads list but not on my 10 for the year.

      As for mysteries and sci fi, I don’t go for scary books as a general rule. I do love the occasional thriller, though. I enjoy light and fun mysteries (you might enjoy some, like Earlene Fowler’s Fool’s Puzzle). The sci-fi books I read are not your typical. I read a series on angels by Sharon Shinn (Archangel). You might like that. Not scary sci-fi at all, and definitely romance involved…more subtle than a romance book though. 🙂

  3. Good list! Mad my list for 2016 in January and I’ve already read two of them. I just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and it was amazing!!! Historical, too, so you would probably like it. If you haven’t already read it, I definitely recommend adding it to your list!
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    1. This is the first year I’ve EVER made a list. I’ve been thinking about the Nightingale. I haven’t added it to my list, but I may. I know my SIL loved it, too.

  4. I looked up Earlene on Kindle and there are soooooooo many.
    How do you know,where to start. They don’t look numbered. It looks similar to Diane Mott Davidson and I love those. Cheaper to buy the book. I am/have forbidden myself to take out a library book as I never return them on time. Maybe I will download from there.

    1. Fool’s Puzzle is the first book in the series, hence why I suggested it. I have almost all of the books and know the order (I refer to publishing dates if I get stuck or go to an author’s web page). You might be able to find these books at a used bookstore. If you lived closer, I’d loan you mine. 🙂

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