2016 Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year, I'm challenging myself to read at least 75 books again! In 2015, I read 76 books - largely in part because I read so much during our marathon snowy winter and days off from school last year. I do know that it may take some extra work, but I think that I can achieve this challenge.

To make things a little bit more interesting, I am giving myself a bit of an extra challenge - to only read books that as of January 1, 2016 are on my Goodreads To Read list or sitting in the large pile next to my bed or already purchased on Audible (with exceptions for book club picks!). This list is comprised of over 226 books and so I will have lots to choose from! I am hoping to start with the basket and the (not so neat and organized) piles of books next to my bed, before moving on from those.

This is the list of the books pictured above...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Family Pictures by Jane Green
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Her by Harriet Lane
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The History of Venezuela by H. Michael Tarver and Julia C. Frederick
The Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli
Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution by Hugo Chavez and Marta Harnecker
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Native Son by Richard Wright
Walking Dead Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkland
Walking Dead Compendium 3 by Robert Kirkland
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Z by Therese Anne Fowler
Is There Tomorrow? by Caroline Leavitt
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Son by Lois Lowry
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

And, finally, my already purchased books on Audible...

I am currently already reading All Fall Down, The People of the Book and The Notorious RBG and as soon as I'm done with them, I am excited to start reading A Little Life! I've heard incredible things about A Little Life and I am so excited to dive into it! I am also excited to finish listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe - which I will hopefully finish this week! 

Have you read any of these books? What were your favorites? Are you taking on any reading challenges for 2016?




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