9 February, 2016

What Are You Reading in 2016? | 53 Suggestions

53 Books to Read in 2016 - Callaloo Soup

How do you choose which books you’re going to read? The New York Times Bestseller List? Book reviews in other publications? Suggestions from friends and family?

I definitely use mainly the latter, but over the last several years I have also gotten into the habit of saving reading lists and book challenge lists from around the web. This year I decided to be a bit more systematic with choosing my list for 2016 (Remember I want to read 64 books this year). So I went through seven of the lists I have saved, and picked a few, okay a bunch, to go on my To Be Read List for 2016.

Last year I sort of started this practice when I chose 12 books to read from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge (I only read four, so I am carrying over the other eight).

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Total read so far: 90
Goal for 2016: 16

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

How The Light Gets In by M J Hyland

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

The Legend of Bagger Vance by Stephen Pressfield

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

Bambi by Felix Salten

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

And I’m filling out my list with books pulled from thefollowing challenges or lists. Each heading links to the source, so you can click over to see the complete lists.

7 Wonderful Books That You Can Read in Less Than A Day

Ficciones by Jorge Louis Borge

We the Animals by Justin Torres

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (I’ll read it in French!)

43 Life-Changing Books

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Jubilee by Margaret Walker

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

Books Recommended by Stephen King
List 1 | List 2

The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Quick by Lauren Owen

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Marauders by Tom Cooper

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Beauty on Earth by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz

Smile as they Bow by Nu Nu Yi

The Ladies are Upstairs by Merle Collins (written by an author from my homeland Grenada!)

By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

NW by Zadie Smith

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

Pym by Mat Johnson

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (I’ve already started this one, it’s amazing!)

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Phew! That’s 53 reads for my list. My goal for the year is 64, so that leaves me wiggle room for any other great books I may happen to come across.

Have you read any of these? Would you recommend any others?

Now excuse me while I go see which of my older books I can sell so that I can finance my 2016 reading!