One of my goals for the new year (and really every year) is to read more. Last year, I set a goal to read at least 60 books because in 2014, I managed to read 50 books. Sadly, I didn’t even reach half of my goal for 2015 and only read 27 books. In the eyes of many, this is still an accomplishment, but for a bookworm like me, I was pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to experience as many books as I wanted to.
For 2016, I set a more realistic goal of reading 30 books. Honestly, I’m hoping to exceed that goal by a landslide, but I guess we’ll see in December! There are so many books sitting on my shelves and in the library just begging me to read them. My Goodreads TBR list is getting out of control, but these are a few of the books that I’ll be knocking off of that list this year.
SERIES TO FINISH OR CONTINUE
WINTER (LUNAR CHRONICLES #4) by MARISSA MEYER
Okay, this is kind of a cop out because I already finished it before I published this post, but it’s too amazing not to mention on this list. I have been wanting to read this book since I finished Cress, and honestly, it was worth the wait. My sister bought this book for me for my 26th birthday, and I didn’t hesitate to dive right in. I read the first few chapters and then ended up listening to the rest on audio book so I could enjoy it in the car, in the shower, while doing mundane tasks, etc. The audio book is 23 hours, and I managed to finish it within a few days if that’s any indication of how amazing it was.
The Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorite book series that I’ve ever read. It’s a futuristic retelling of fairy tales, and it’s so incredible. I’m sad to see it come to an end, but I love how Marissa Meyer concluded everything and tied all the story lines together with a little bow. Winter was my favorite book in the series by far, and it kept me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. I’m so happy that there are still some novellas related to the series to look forward to.
GLASS SWORD (RED QUEEN #2) by VICTORIA AVEYARD
I listened to Red Queen on audio book on a whim. It was one of those books that I clearly just judged by the cover. I was looking for a book to listen to on a road trip, and the cover intrigued me so I downloaded it from my library’s app. I zipped through Red Queen. It was absolutely amazing, and I’ve been impatiently waiting for Glass Sword to come out. It’ll finally be available on February 9th, and I can’t wait to dive into it.
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by JENNY HAN
This is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I felt like the first book could have easily been a standalone, so I’m curious to see how Jenny decides to continue the series.
ASHES TO ASHES (BURN FOR BURN #3) by JENNY HAN and SIOBHAN VIVIAN
I was so excited to read about how this trilogy ended, but I’ve waited to so long to buy the book. I actually just bought this book this week, and I plan to read it ASAP. Fire With Fire left me with so many unanswered questions, and I’m ready to get all of them answered. Part of me almost wants to reread the first two books since I haven’t lived in this world for such a long time. At any rate, I can’t wait to see how this bad boy ends.
WHY NOT ME? by MINDY KALING
I’m currently listening to this on audio book, and I’m loving it. I became such a huge fan of Mindy Kaling after reading her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). Yes, she’s hilarious, but I love when she writes about what it’s like being a minority, both in race and as a female. She’s a good role model for so many people, and I’m glad someone as inspirational as her is in the spotlight.
ADULTING: HOW TO BECOME A GROWN-UP IN 468 EASY(ISH) STEPS by KELLY WILLIAMS BROWN
As a millennial, I feel like it’s books like this that help navigate me through this time in my life. I don’t know anything about Kelly Williams Brown, but the title of this book hooked me in and made me want to buy it. This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for a couple years now, but my dad bought me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so when I spotted this, I immediately picked it up and then promptly erased it on Amazon. There are no words to explain how excited I am about reading this.
YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by FELICIA DAY
I adore Felicia Day. I love her adorableness on her YouTube channel, but I love her even more on Supernatural. She played one of my favorite characters, Charlie, and I’m sad that she (spoiler alert) died last season. I think it’s great that Felicia embraces her geekiness and is always 100% truly authentic. I’m excited to experience that authenticity in her book.
THIS STAR WON’T GO OUT by ESTER EARL and LESLIE EARL
This book was on my list to read last year, but clearly that didn’t happen. I have a feeling that when I finally do get around to reading this, I’ll need to have some tissues handy because I’ll be crying from both happiness and heartbreak.
#GIRLBOSS by SOPHIA AMORUSO
I feel like I’m the only female on the planet who hasn’t read this book. I’m so inspired by women who overcome challenges to follow their dreams. Sophia went from poverty to owning a multi-million dollar fashion company. Teach me your ways!
BINGE by TYLER OAKLEY
The YouTube world is one that I’d like to break into, but in the meantime, I plan on vicariously living through the lives of those who have already found YouTube success. I’ve only been watching Tyler Oakley’s videos for a few months, but I became a superfan super quick. He’s laugh-until-you-cry funny, but he’s also very open about the things he’s passionate about. I also enjoy listening to his podcast and following his tweets. After watching Grace Helbig’s Fri-Diary showing Mamrie crying from laughing so hard while reading this book, it’s obviously a must-read for me.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by JESSE ANDREWS
I honestly had no idea that this was a book before I saw the movie. In Shreveport, we have a little theater called Robinson Film Center, and they show private and indie films that wouldn’t be found in the mainstream movie theaters, like Regal or Cinemark. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was one of the movies they were showing, and I was so intrigued by the trailer that I had to go see it. After discovering it was a book, I hinted on so many avenues that I wanted this book so I could read it ASAP. I ended up getting two copies during the holiday season, so obviously I’m going to knock this off of my TBR list soon.
THE WINNER’S CURSE by MARIE RUTKOSKI
This is the first book in the Winner’s Trilogy, and I’m ashamed at how long it’s been sitting on my shelf. I was so happy when I bought this book using a gift card that someone gave me to one of my favorite used bookstores, 2nd and Charles. I first heard of this book when Marissa Meyer tweeted about how amazing it was. Marissa Meyer’s recommendations are like gold to me, so of course, I jumped at the chance to own this. Sadly, this book has been collecting dust (not literally) waiting for me to pick it up and read it. I think 2016 will be the year.
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by MORGAN MATSON
This book has been recommended to me so many times. I bought this book with a Barnes and Noble gift card last year, and I have yet to read it, even though it’s currently sitting next to me on the side table next to my bed. This book has excellent reviews on all channels, so hopefully this will be the year where I finally read through it.
THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by LESLYE WALTON
Leslye Walton is one of the authors I met when I went to the Texas Teen Book Festival. She was so adorable, and I got her to sign my nerdy little TTBF poster in spite of not actually buying her book at the festival. She was so sweet to talk to, and I later decided that I wanted to read her book, even though I had no idea what it was about. I found her book at the used bookstore that Nina took me to when I visited her in Tennessee. Now that I finally have it on my bookshelf, I’ll be able to read it ASAP. I’ve heard so many great things from other book bloggers and on Goodreads, so I have a good feeling about this one.
THE CHOICE by NICHOLAS SPARKS
It’s no secret that I love Nicholas Sparks. It fascinates me how he can create such believable characters and storylines and how those people and stories are translated so beautifully to the movie screen. I can’t wait to see The Choice in theaters, but of course, I plan to read the book first.
SHARP OBJECTS by GILLIAN FLYNN
I loved Dark Places, and even though Gone Girl frustrated the crap out of me, it was still a great (albeit stressful) read. My friend, Mandy, bought Sharp Objects for me for Christmas, and I’ve been wanting to read it for so long. I can’t wait to knock this off of my TBR list this year.
What books are on your TBR list for 2016?