Hello readers! As we barrel into the new year, I’m sure we are all busy making resolutions for 2016. My main resolution for 2016 is to only make resolutions I am really passionate about (so no “fluff” or obligatory ones). One of those is to read more real books. I read every day, without fail. However, a lot of that is reading that is not really doing much to enrich my mind. I like reading silly romance novels (and not the well thought-out, well written ones, the really bad cheesy ones) because they help me unwind at night when I don’t want to think about much. I certainly am not going to stop reading these books because I need that time to enjoy brainless entertainment (it’s why I love Bravo TV!), but I do want to make an effort to also read books that are going to challenge me a little. I’m sure this list will grow as the year goes on, but this is what I am going to start with! (Note: all of these links are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through the link, I will get a small portion of the sale. So buy some books and read along with me!)
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling: I’m a very bad Harry Potter fan for never having read this book! Gotta get it in before the movie comes out, and before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in April!
2. BFG by Roald Dahl: This is another one I’ve got to read before the movie comes out in 2016. The tale of a big, friendly giant and a little girl named Sophie.
3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: I have no intention of being a CEO with 400 employees working for me, but I’m sure Sophia’s kickass attitude will be inspiring, nonetheless.
4. Paper Towns by John Green: I am a huge John Green fan and I have had Paper Towns sitting on my shelf for far too long. Time to actually read it!
5. Games of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: I’ve technically already started this one, just gotta buckle down and finish it!
6. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin: I have it on my 30 by 40 list to finish the series, so I’m gonna have to knock out more than one per year!
7. The Siren By Kiera Cass: I am a big fan of Cass’s The Selection series (see below) so I’m interested to read her other work.
8. The Heir by Kiera Cass: The final book in The Selection series comes out in May, but I still have to read number four! The series is like a cross between the Hunger Games and the Bachelor (both of which I love) and is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
9. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling: Another one I want to read before seeing the movie. I love the idea of reading this to Squirt eventually and considering I have a degree in English (writing, but still English), I have read very few of the classics.
10. The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory: I love all of Gregory’s historically based books, especially those centering on the Tudor family. This is the latest and focuses on Henry VIII’s final wife.
11. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: This was on a lot of book lists last year, but I am behind the times so I will be checking out this mysterious love story in 2016.
12. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This looks like it will be one of the most popular YA novels this year, and since it is part of my job as an educator (that’s really just an excuse because I love YA lit), I should read this one.
13. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: This is another one that I have started and not finished. A friend of mine is reading this murder mystery by the author of Gone Girl and she advised me to give it another shot, so I added it to the list.
14. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: Another YA piece, this one focuses on a chubby teenage girl and her beauty pageant mother.
15. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn: We’ve all read plenty of dystopian teen lit at this point, but this one seems like a new take. The main character gets implanted with a memory of her future (chew on that one) and is automatically arrested as a criminal.
So that’s where I am going to begin with my reading for 2016! Anything you think I should add to the list? Anything in particular you would like me to review when I am done?