I spend so much time reading (and writing) on the computer, that the commitment to finish a whole book can feel a bit overwhelming to me. Let alone 12 of them!
The other thing you need to know about my reading, before I share my 2016 Book List, is that I have read two fiction books in the last five years. No joke. I gravitate toward non-fiction; maybe I think reading fiction is too “self indulgent”.
In fact, when I originally asked for your book recommendations on Facebook, I just assumed I’d only be reading non-fiction. But then you guys recommended so many great fiction books, that I started to change my thinking. Only three of the 12 books on my list are non-fiction.
I am hoping that some of you will want to read along with me one month, a couple of months, or every month. I’m planning to host some kind of “virtual” book club at the end of each month. I am still thinking through how this will work exactly, so stay tuned for more details on that.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance — This one wasn’t on any of your lists, but I have been wanting to read it since listening to a fascinating NPR story.
This Is Not a Love Story: A Memoir by Judy Brown
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
June (I picked the lightest reads for June & July, since those are going to be really busy months for me. I’m also “warning” you right now that I may not get through both of them!)
The Rosie Project: A Novel (Don Tillman Book 1) by Graeme Simsion
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
To be determined. I had to make a change in our schedule. The December entry was moved up to February (so I can read it before the movie comes out in June!) and I will pick a new book for December.
If you’re looking for more ideas, check out this master list of your favorite book recommendations. There are over 125 books on the list!
What do you think of my choices? Do you have a list of books you’d like to read this year? Or is your approach to picking books more free-flowing? Anyone else have to “force” themselves to read fiction?