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2016 Book List

Thrift store scores and library books

Every year I find immense joy in curating a good yearly book list. Resolutions? Nah. I'll just stick with books. 2015 proved to have a fairly easy list (with more then 30 tacked on in my journal) and I read a good 80% of them. A few I looked for but couldn't find locally, and two I just recently found at the thrift store! I write a small list for the beginning of the year--around 30 books--because I almost always find tons of books throughout the year I want to read and add to the list. I end up reading about 60 books a year, and 30 is a good jumping off point. Here's the list!

*Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
*Stiff by Mary Roach
*All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
*What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
*Essentialism by Greg McKeown
*Imagine Childhood by Sarah Olmsted (H)
*Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow - Bible study book
*Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
*Being Mortal by Atul Guwande
*Lila by Marilynne Robinson
*The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
*The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
*Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Sally Clarkson (1/2 way through) (H)
*The Summer of the Great-Grandmother (Crosswicks #2) by Madeline L'Engle
*Tender at the Bone by Ruth Riechl
*The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
*Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
*Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
*The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey (H/P)
*Scary Close by Donald Miller
*An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
*Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson
*Things That Are by Amy Leach
*Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
*At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
*Shadows of the Workhouse (Call the Midwife #2) by Jennifer Worth
*Quite A Year for Plums by Bailey White
*The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
*Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson (H/P)
*Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide (H)
*The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

Of course I've already got a few more in my queue on pinterest, another way I love to keep track of books, but for now, these are the ones I'm really excited to read. The ones with an "H" behind them means they are for homeschool research. "P" is for parenting. 

Now, more importantly, what are you most excited to read in 2016?

Comments

Hena Tayeb said…
Quite a list.. I have read a few off you list.. and some are on my list too..
I read the Alchemist when I was very young and I don't think I fully appreciated it back then.. seemed over hyped to me.. may need to read it again as an adult.

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