Book List for 2016

If you don’t know this about me already, I’m a huge reader. I’m constantly in the middle of a book, and I could sit there for hours and read. Last year I tried to do a 50 book challenge and I got pretty close ( 33!) considering I was taking 5 classes and had an internship and everything else going on. I’m going for it again, and to prep for this challenge, My to-read list is getting a little long, here’s what some of it looks like:




Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read her other book Eat, Pray, Love a while back and loved it. I think she writes beautifully, and I’m excited about this one too. It became an instant New York Times Bestseller, and people are raving about it. She wrote this book all about her creative process and how she gets inspired through open generosity and empathy. This book is perfect for the creative soul in everyone, and I think it will be extremely enlightening!



Year of YES by Shonda RhimesAnother amazing talent here, Shonda Rhimes is known for being the executive producer on How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal. She uses this book to explain how even an introvert can lose fear and be open to new opportunities and experiences with the simple word: yes.



Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Okay, I’m a sucker for anything Aziz does really. I think he is jus the funniest! We even drove down to Cincinnati just to see his standup, we were not disappointed. One of the funniest things about him is, he’s just explaining the truth. His situations and bits are what happen to so many people of our generation, it’s the dilemma of falling in love in a digital world.


Not listed here, but I’m also planning on reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and How to Win Friends and Influence people by Dale Carenegie. My tastes and book choices are usually all over the map (I’m usually a big fan of the classics), so if you need a suggestion feel free to ask!


Right now I’m reading a book called Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, and honestly, it is nothing like what I thought it would be, but I’ve enjoyed it a lot so far and can almost turn the last page of the first new book of the year, so exciting! I’ll try and post reviews about my favorites as often as possible this year as well incase you need a little literary inspiration. Happy Reading,


4 thoughts on “Book List for 2016

  1. My challenge for 2016 is to read all of the books that the title character reads early on in Roald Dahl’s “Matilda.”

    Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
    Kim by Rudyard Kipling
    The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Good Companions by J.B. Priestly
    Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
    Animal Farm by George Orwell

    – I’ve already read quite a few of these (Brighton Rock is my favourite) but I thought it would be a fun challenge, and a fitting tribute to Roald Dahl.

      1. The Old Man & The Sea is first on my list – I’m looking forward to it. Most people tell me my attempts at writing are too verbose, full of long sentences ridiculously packed with metaphors. Hopefully some Hemingway will help me be more succinct. It’s a real skill to write like that!

Let me know what you think!