12 Reads for 2016

Last year I hoped to get back on track with my reading, but with making the decision to go back to school and taking on quite a bit at the end of the year, I wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. This year, I’m hoping to better manage my time to account for some more reading, especially considering the insane amount of unread books on my bookshelf!

I just synced myself back up with Goodreads and officially challenged myself to read 12 books for the year. It might sound like a small number of books to many of you who read a book a week (or more!), but for me, a book a month is a big enough challenge. And now that I’ve accepted the challenge, I have to finish it! Here are the 12 books I’ll be reading this year.

12 Reads for 2016


Having read 2 of Rainbow Rowell’s books in the past year, I can definitely say she’s quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading Attachments and am really digging it so far. The chapters are short and it’s

What I Know For Sure

Oprah, the all-knower of life, has a book out and I’ve heard great things. I’m not sure if it’d be filed under the “self-help” section or not, but it’s supposed to be filled with her wisdom of life lessons and help empower readers to be their best selves. I love the theme!

Me Before You

I know I’m late to the game with this one, but its been sitting on the shelf for a good half a year now! It’s being made into a movie and released this year (starring Neville, guys!) so my goal is to finish reading it before the film comes out.

Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling’s first book had me laughing nonstop, so I’ve been dying to read her second book, which I got for Christmas. Even more exciting? It’s a signed copy!


I heard Ariana Huffington speak at BlogHer a couple years ago and it was so inspiring! While I love reading fiction books, the “real world” type books are fabulous too, and I think I’ll get a lot out of Thrive!

Maybe in Another Life

I first heard about this book in theSkimm and then later saw it popping up all over the place! At 29, the main character is still unsure what she wants to do in life, so she lives out two different lives in concurrent storylines. If only we could see our own futures like this!

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson (also known as The Bloggers) is absolutely hysterical. If I was judging a book by its cover, this would absolutely be one I’d pick up! Her second book is filled with even more ridiculous and insane stories, and if they’re anything like her keynote at BlogHer a couple years ago, it’s going to be amazing!

The Hidden Girl

Thriller movies and thriller books are my favorite, so I have high hopes for The Hidden Girl. Set in a remote village during a snowstorm with the uncovering of a crime, I’m thinking this psychothriller will keep me on the edge of my seat!

Carry On

Another Rainbow Rowell, what can I say? She just gets me! Carry On tells the actual story that we caught glimpses of in Fangirl (a must-read if you haven’t yet). From what I understand, it’s a bit like Harry Potter, with some magic and mystery!

Dark Places

We were all captivated with Gone Girl, and yet another one of Gillian Flynn’s books is getting attention. Oddly, I’ve heard feelings on both ends of the love/hate spectrum, but as the title states, it’s supposed to be a pretty dark novel.


I remember first hearing about this book back in high school. I stumbled across it in the bookstore not too long ago and decided to pick it up and add it to the read pile. Creating an ingenious scam, the main character in this book is dealing with several personal issues, and makes it his mission to fake choking at upscale restaurants to get money. I think this will definitely be the strangest/most interesting read on my list!

The Casual Vacancy

I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t read this one yet, especially since it’s been on my bookshelf since it was released! It’s J.K. Rowling’s first post-HP novel, and while I think she got some flack for it since everyone was comparing it to HP, I can’t imagine it being anything less than wonderful, because she just emits awesomeness!

books for 2016

Have you read any on my list? Have suggestions for additional reads if I get through these faster than expected?

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  1. January 19, 2016 / 9:39 AM

    I loved both of Mindy Kaling’s books! She is so fun to read. Good luck on your reading challenge…we should be friends on Goodreads!

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:42 AM

      Thanks, Christine! Mindy’s the best! What’s your Goodreads username?

  2. Mariah Liszewski
    January 19, 2016 / 9:53 AM

    I’ve been looking for a book list lately! You nailed some great ones I’ve heard of before too. I’m gonna keep this list close, thank you!

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:56 AM

      So great to hear! I hope you enjoy them, Mariah!

  3. January 19, 2016 / 9:58 AM

    Carry On is AMAZING<3!! I'm really hoping to read Me Before You and Maybe in Another Life this year as well as Attachments. Attachments and Landline are the only two Rainbow Rowell books I've haven't devoured yet. Choke was really interesting but my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book is Diary! Happy reading!

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:49 PM

      Attachments was so cute! I haven’t read Landline yet either. Once I get through the rest of the books on my list I think that one will be up! I don’t think I’ve heard of Diary, I’ll have to check that one out too!

  4. January 19, 2016 / 10:01 AM

    Attachments was pretty cute. Some people can’t get past the format of the book but I thought it was cute!

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:56 AM

      I finished it last night and loved it! That type of format is much easier for me to read (esp getting back into the swing of reading). Super long chapters can be hard for me to get into, this breaks it up nicely!

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:57 AM

      Thanks, Ashley! Hope you found some new ones to check out :)

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:49 PM

      Yes! I can’t wait to read it, Jenny was SO funny in person (and is on her blog)!

  5. January 19, 2016 / 10:59 AM

    I love that you plan out your year! I want to read 12 books too, but I just go with whatever is on my shelf. And I added a few of these too!

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:57 AM

      I hope you like them! I’ve had several of these books on my shelves for awhile now, so I told myself no more buying books until I’ve had a chance to get through the ones I already own!

  6. January 19, 2016 / 11:59 AM

    Ugh. I love Chuck Palahniuk. He is such an intense writer. If you get around to reading an extra book, try Haunted. It is absolutely my favorite book by him. (FYI: Choke was also made into a film several years ago, as well.)
    Thanks for the reads, I will try some out. I set myself a goal of 40 (going from reading maybe 2-3 books a year the past 5 or 6 years.). I’m also on Goodreads(kaylakedavra) and have a reading challenge over on the blog at a paper arrow.

    Good luck!


    • January 23, 2016 / 1:50 PM

      Oh wow, I didn’t realize Choke was a movie already! I won’t watch until I finish reading though :) Will have to check out his other book too. Your reading goal is amazing! Sounds like where I’ve been at with reading so hopefully I’ll get on your level soon :)

      • January 23, 2016 / 9:56 PM

        Oh yes. It came out in 2008, maybe 2009. I’ve been a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk since I saw Fight Club sometime in high school. I wish you the best of luck on your reading goals.

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:38 AM

      Thanks, Ashley! What books are at the top of your reading list?

      • January 24, 2016 / 6:16 PM

        I just finished the Nightingale, which I really loved, and next up is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road and All the Light We Cannot See is after that. :) I’m also hoping to revisit a few classics.

  7. January 19, 2016 / 1:48 PM

    I read Why Not Me and I loved it. It’s a really great read. I haven’t read any of the others yet but my to-read list is enormous! I think I read somewhere about 80 last year but I set 2016 to a goal of 50. We’ll see how I do.

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:59 AM

      Good to hear, I just started it! 80 books last year?! Amazing! I think I read 4.. yikes! I do love reading though. I think I have a good lineup to get me back in the swing of things. Good luck with your goal this year!

  8. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    January 19, 2016 / 2:05 PM

    Ok this makes me want to go on vacation with nothing on the agenda but to lounge and read! Great book suggestions!

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:51 PM

      Thank you, Chrissa! That sounds fabulous right now! What’s on your reading list?

  9. January 19, 2016 / 3:55 PM

    Dark Places is so good!
    xoxo, Jenny
    xoxo, Jenny

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:37 AM

      Glad to hear! I can’t wait to read it!

  10. January 19, 2016 / 8:00 PM

    Thrive is on my list!!! Thank you so much!

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:51 PM

      I think it’ll be a great one – Ariana’s such an inspiration! Happy reading :)

  11. January 19, 2016 / 8:51 PM

    I read the Casual Vacancy about a year ago and went into the experience with high hopes since I LOVE the Harry Potter series so much. I came away really disappointed. :/ Really, The Casual Vacancy is more like a collection of character sketches than an actual novel with a cohesive movement. The end felt rushed and oddly tacked on and completely out of nowhere–as if JKR got to x number of pages (it’s a HUGE novel) and said, “Well, this is a good place as any to stop.” Plus, it seemed like she was trying SO hard to distance herself with the HP series that the novel didn’t do much for me. I hope you have better luck with it!!

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:54 PM

      Oh no :( I’m wondering if that’s why she created the new penname after it? I know they made a series or movie of it but I wanted to hold off until I read it. Hopefully there are at least some good parts in it!

  12. January 19, 2016 / 9:39 PM

    You’ve never read Me Before You??? OMG you are in for a treat!!! Keep the tissues close :)

    • January 23, 2016 / 10:59 AM

      Oh nooooo not a tearjerker! I’ll be sure to keep them nearby, thanks for the tip :)

  13. January 19, 2016 / 9:50 PM

    Ah! Me Before You is on my list, too. I’ve heard it’s really sad though so I am procrastinating starting it!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:52 PM

      I just started Mindy Kaling’s second book and I think I’ll get another light/funny read for after Me Before You. If we pad funnies around it maybe (hopefully) it won’t be so sad!

  14. January 19, 2016 / 11:33 PM

    I’m almost done with Why Not Me and I can say it is everything and more! It’s so funny, a great light-hearted read with some great nuggets of knowledge as well! I can’t recommend it enough!

    • January 23, 2016 / 1:54 PM

      So good to hear! I just started it. I’d love to just hang out with her for a day. She’s the best!

  15. January 20, 2016 / 9:52 AM

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I have a little list going. I started GoodReads, but keep on forgetting to use it. Opps! Thanks for the suggestions.

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:00 AM

      I love being able to track progress (esp how far along I am in a book) on GoodReads. It’s a great tool to keep you on track with reading!

  16. January 20, 2016 / 10:55 AM

    I want to read Thrive so badly! You’ll have to let me know what you think :) I started reading Dark Places and I need to get back into it. Seems like you have a great list going!!

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:35 AM

      I will! I started Dark Places last year but couldn’t get as into it because I wasn’t able to dedicate time to read consistently. I hope this time I’m able to get through it! We should start a book club to keep ourselves accountable!

  17. January 20, 2016 / 12:43 PM

    A lot of these are on my to-read list since I’ve heard awesome reviews! I’m adding the JK Rowling book for sure!

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:33 AM

      That’s why they’ve been on my list too :) I hope you enjoy them!

  18. January 21, 2016 / 9:42 AM

    I need to look into these books. I’m currently challenging myself to read 15 books this year.

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:25 AM

      Great goal! Are there any books at the top of your list?

  19. January 21, 2016 / 9:54 AM

    yay attachments! loved that book. the only other one i’ve read is me before you. good luck on your goal, you can do it!

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:25 AM

      Thanks, Kristen! I just finished it last night and loved it too! I’m hoping all of these will be good reads so it keeps me in the reading spirit :)

  20. January 21, 2016 / 9:18 PM

    I don’t read a lot :/ I’ve never been into it honestly. lol. (except my Bible and blogs. LOL) Anyways, but I did venture out and read a book called “Good or God” by John Bevere SOOOOO GOOOOOD! lol.

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:27 AM

      I read SO much in high school but once I got to college and after it hasn’t been high on my list of priorities, so I hear you! Blog reading has been the main type of reading that I do too! Haha

  21. January 27, 2016 / 3:53 PM

    I haven’t had the chance to read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books yet, but I’m making it my goal to read at least one this year! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it! And Dark Places was really dark, but if you liked Gone Girl, you’ll probably like it too! And don’t worry, I’ve had The Casual Vacancy on my list for a long time too, and I still haven’t read it either!

  22. February 1, 2016 / 9:25 PM

    Have a box of tissues ready for Me Before You. Such a good book!

  23. March 15, 2016 / 4:00 PM

    The Casual Vacancy is a tough read, emotionally not mentally. Let us know what you think when you get to it!!