I love lists. I love lists so much that sometimes, crossing off one thing on my list results in the complete re-write of the list to incorporate new additions. I carry around a little notebook with me with a million lists including movies to see, books to read, books to read by a certain date, books to buy, books to .. you get the picture.

Each year, I scribble a little list of books I already own that I want to read that year. Most of the time, I barely scratch the surface of that list, but this year, with the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge being one of my top priorities this year, I am going to try again. This year, I’m putting a bunch of those books that are a bit chunky and have been put off for so long because of it. No more fear of big books! I’m also throwing in a classic, and some genre books I’ve really wanted to read!

Also, in December, I wrote a post about being inspired (after hearing Gloria Steinem speak) to become “a force”in my life. In 2016, I made a little promise to myself to learn more and use that knowledge to form educated opinions, and also to figure out how I can make changes both in my life, and in the world. So next to my 16 books I would like to read this year, I am choosing an additional 10 books that I want to read, which will begin my “force”journey.

As a note, I would absolutely love if anyone wants to join in with the “force” reading. I’m awful at naming things, so if anyone wants to take a jab at a proper title, I am open to suggestions. Though… I do like that “Be A Force” makes me feel like a Jedi.

Like usual, these are all just goals and are in no way binding. If I get a few read, I will be a happy camper! So without further ado, THE BOOKS! (And as a note, I already own all of these books, so no buying will be necessary!)

16 Books to Read in 2016

  1. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
  2. Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh
  3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini
  4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  6. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  7. The Patron Saint of Liars – Ann Patchett
  8. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. The Ruins – Scott Smith
  10. The Orenda – Joseph Boyden
  11. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  13. Don’t Look Now and Other Stories – Daphne Du Maurier
  14. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
  15. Glitter and Glue – Kelly Corrigan
  16. The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer

“Be A Force”Reading List

  1. Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo
    (To learn about struggle and poverty in other areas of the world. This is putting it in the most simple terms possible, but I know this book will open my eyes to so many things I don’t understand now.)
  2. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
    (I’ve been a vegetarian for two years now, but have only read the first 1/4 of this book. I loved it, but it fell victim to my reading way too many things at once. It’s been years ago, so I am planning to begin again, and learn, learn, learn.)
  3. The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
    (History is something I do not pay enough attention to. I’ve heard that this is tremendously inspiring and can’t wait to begin.)
  4. My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem
    (The one that made me want to start this goal in the first place!)
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
    (One of the most recommended books I’ve ever heard of. This promises to teach about history, science, race and so much more.)
  6. Drink – Ann Dowsett Johnston or Blackout – Sarah Hepola
    (I just feel that this is an important subject to know about and one I’m personally very interested in. Both of these books have been recommended on the subject of alcoholism, primarily in females.)
  7. Stiff – Mary Roach
    (Time for a little science. Not to sound overly morbid, but death has always interested me and after reading Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, I feel like Mary Roach can take me a little further down the rabbit hole.)
  8. The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King
    (An important work in aboriginal history and even current society.)
  9. Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
    (This may seem like an odd choice, but I want to understand a little more about sports as a passion. Living with a man who adores hockey and baseball, and not quiet understanding the draw of it all has me curious. Also, Hornby is, in my opinion, simply amazing, so why not let him lead the exploration.)
  10. Notes From A Small Island or In A Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson
    (I’ve never been much of a traveler, but want to begin learning more about the rest of the world, and eventually going to see it for myself. I’m midway through Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and definitely trust him with taking me to another country. We’ll start with England and Australia …because I already own those two.)

10 thoughts on “16 Books to Read in 2016 & “Be A Force”Choices

  1. You have some GREAT books on your 2016 List! I LOVED The Patron Saint of Liars, Fates and Furies, AMERICANAH, and The Glass Castle. The Interestings was really good and so was The Goldfinch. I’m excited for you to read any of these!

    And I LOVE your Force challenge. Drink is actually my book club book this month and after my New Year’s Day I feel like it’s going to be a great reminder of all the reasons why maybe I should stop hitting the booze. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an incredible piece of non-fiction. I need to read The Inconvenient Indian – I have been putting it off because I’m totally uncomfortable with the subject matter but I can’t avoid it much longer.

    Happy reading in 2016!

    • I loved this whole comment! I get so excited when I heard that everyone loved books I’m about to pick up. I think of you whenever I see my copy of the Patchett because I remember you telling me you loved it and you’re the only person I know who has actually picked it up!

  2. So many great books on your lists! A friend just recommended Red Rising, so I might check it out once the trilogy is complete (maybe it is already? I have to check). On the nonfiction side, I highly recommend Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Boys in the Boat, and Henrietta Lacks. I LOVED all of those.

    • So glad to hear that! I love hearing that the books I have lined up are beloved :). I’ve been recommended Red Rising by so many people too, and I don’t know anyone who didn’t enjoy it. Hope we both like it when we get to it!

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