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2016 Reading List I

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Like any true bibliophile, I collect books. You would most likely find me at Barnes & Noble or the book section at the Publix or Target scoping out the the bestsellers, bargain books, and just whatever looks good. As a result, I have shelves of books, many of which I have not yet read. And if that’s not enough, I also have books on my Nook that I’ve purchased either through Barnes & Noble or Amazon (I have the Kindle app) and never read.

But as we approach the end of 2015, I am committing myself to reading all the books that I’ve purchased but never read. And besides, one of my goals for 2016 is to read more. Sadly, I don’t read as much as I used to when I was in high school. I never knew it then but I had so much free time in high school to just read and do nothing but read (as long as my homework was done, of course!).

For most of this year, I just did not have time to read because of work and college. But now that I’ve graduated, I should be able to find some time to read. If I can write 50,000 words in a month for Nanowrimo, then I should be able to spend at least an hour a day reading.

I’m going to post the names of these books here (as well as a link to Amazon, if you’d like to read them yourself. Read along with me! We could have a virtual book club!).

Horns, by Joe Hill — I bought this book at my local Walmart and I bought it for two reasons. It was on special for $3.97 . And perhaps most importantly of all, I had just recently seen the movie Horns on Netflix and absolutely loved it. So, naturally, I wanted to read the book.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson — My friend at work actually gave me a copy of this book last year. He knows that I am particularly interested in Nazi Germany, the plight of the Jews, Anne Frank, the Holocaust.

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov — Another friend from work gave me this book as a gift early last year. She thought that I would enjoy it as it is a book that examines life and the human condition, among other things, in this fine work of classical Russian literature.

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling — This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, since it was first published in 2012. It was the first non-Harry Potter book written by Rowling and so I obviously had to get it. Enough said.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith — As I’m sure most of you know, this book is actually written by Rowling. And again, it’s a book that I have to read because it is written by her. Brand recognition is strong, isn’t it? Become a best selling novelist and you are set for life. 🙂

An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork, by Etty Hillesum — This book was given to me by another friend. Again, because of my interest in the Holocaust.

Elizabeth I, A Novel, by Margaret George — Another interest of mine is the Tudor Period. I am particularly interested in the wives of Henry VIII. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about Elizabeth I and her impact on British history.

This is all the physical copy of books that I own and haven’t read. I guess the list isn’t as long as I expected. I think I will tackle this list first before turning to the unread books on my Nook. Have you read any of these books? If so, give me a shout out and let’s discuss! If not, let’s read the books together. Collaboration and teamwork are vital in achieving success when working towards goals.



Two Books



For my birthday last month, a co-worker bought me this book. It is a Russian novel about life in the USSR in the 1930s. Chapter one starts off with two men sitting on a bench, when a foreigner arrives….

I recently read Flynn’s Gone Girl, which was phenomenal. I felt like the novel sent me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I enjoyed the ending, but it was unpredictable and disturbing. Because I enjoyed the book so much, I went ahead and purchased another book by Flynn. I’m hoping that I will enjoy Dark Places just as much as I enjoyed Gone Girl.