And 2016 is, indeed, here. I must say that last year has been a very good reading year for me. I completed my Goodreads reading goal (my goal is to read 52 books and I ended up reading 58 books), attended my first book signing, I discovered new authors and met a lot of new book friends. With that, I am very optimistic that this year will be as exciting, if not more exciting than last year.
Keeping in mind my 2015 Reading Resolutions and Reading Goals, in no particular order, here are the 16 books that I am excited to read and review this year.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
One of last year’s most hyped up book/series in Booktube. I am very excited to finally jump into the bandwagon! 🙂
Cat on a Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
One of my reading resolutions is to read diversely and one of it includes reading a play and I am starting with this one. This play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I’ve been wanting to start reading something from Dostoevsky last year but I was unable to do so. I checked online and for a starter I should start reading Crime and Punishment as it is shorter and simpler with less characters to follow and plot to analyze.
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
I’m a fan of World war 2 books and being a Booker Prize-winning novel I don’t see any other readons why I should not read this one soon.
Si by Bob Ong
Yay for Filipino authors! Others who read this describe it as unique and I am very curious about it.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
I am really hoping to finish all the Harry Ptter books this year!
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
With all the buzz that I am hearing about this book, I consider this as one of my best find at a thrift shop last year! I still feel a little bit jittery when I see this book in my bookshelf.
1984 by George Orwell
I know, I know being a fan of dystopian novels, I should’ve already read this one. But hey, it’s never too late. 🙂
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A book about books plus an author I want to explore equals a book that I should really be adding on my list this year.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Milan Kundera is one of the authors that I am very curious about so when I got the chance to have a copy of his book last year, I immediately bought it. Often described as a book that combines philisophy, comedy and cultural criticism, I know I should check this one out.
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
In my Top 15 Books of 2015, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami is on the top of the list. I am really craving to read more of his works this year and this is the book that I am most excited about.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Much has been said about this series and I want to know it myself. 🙂
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
A sequel, to To Kill a Mockingbird, that took readers 50 years to wait. I am hearing mix opinions about this book but I want to know it myself that’s why I am adding this one up here on my list.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Continuing my reading resolutions that I set this year, this time to read more nonfiction, I am planning to start with this brave Pakistani girl who won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the second best book that I read last year. Last Night I Sang to the Monster is one of the author’s most celebrated works and I am looking forward to reading it soon.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book has been sitting on my pile for quite sometime now and I have been told that every bookworm should read this one. I don’t know why I have been putting this one on my reading pile but this year will definitely be the year that I’ll read The Book Thief.
My excitement caused me to add seven additional books to this list.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A retelling that I am very much excited about. One of my favorite Booktubers constantly rave about this book in her videos (watch her review here) and I know I have the end my agony about being curious about this book soon.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Trivia: The author committed suicide before the book was published. Many believed that it was partly because he got depressed that no publisher wants to publish his book which he called his magnum opus. 11 years later, when the book was eventually published, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It created a following after it was published and I am excited to read it.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Another author that I am curious about. I am really excited to explore his works.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I have read two of Gaiman’s middle grade books (Coraline and The Graveyard Book) and I am now excited to explore his adult-ish books.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I have had a good reading experience with Steinbeck’s novels. Of Mice and Men is one of the best books that I read from last year. I am very much excited with what this National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction winner is in store for me.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Again, a book that I am reading out of curiosity. I like how the trilogy has been described as dark and crazy.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I am very intrigued with the buzz that I am hearing about this book. Booktube has been raving about this book and I am very curious about the twist that they are talking about at the end.
I am really excited for my reading adventure this year! Any books above the you think I should read first? What books are you excited to read this year? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know your thoughts. 🙂
Check my Top 15 Books of 2015. 🙂