2016 is the year I tackle the ridiculous amount of unread books on my shelf! I’ve set some pretty lofty goals for myself, and (as you can see from my list), I’m going big this year. As in, big books. Tomes. Doorstops. The books that will actually cause damage if I drop them on my face while reading in bed. (Yes, I’ve done that. Several times. And yes, it hurt.) I threw in a few shorter novels just for fun, but this list easily equates to at least 8,000 pages.
Here are the sixteen books I am planning on reading in 2016:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace is just one of those novels that everyone claims to have read, but no one actually reads. But, since I felt amazing when I finished Anna Karenina last year, I thought I would finally attempt it. For about six months last year, I had strange urges to pick it up whenever I had a big assignment due (and obviously didn’t have time to read it). This year, I’m just going to take my time with it and eventually get through it.
Morning Star by Pierce Brown. I am obsessed with this trilogy, and this is the final book. Part of me doesn’t want to read it because I don’t want it to be over (and honestly, I’m a bit scared – Brown is almost as brutal as George R.R. Martin). But I am insanely excited for this book! I also need to find a way to get my copy signed, because I’ve had Pierce Brown sign both of my other books (Red Rising and Golden Son) and they definitely need to match. Right?
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen! Last year I read three of her novels – Pride and Prejudice (reread), Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. This year, I really want to finally read Persuasion, because, out of the remaining three, it seems like the one I’d like most (I did attempt to read Emma for a class in college and couldn’t through it). It’s also the shortest. And since I’m (hopefully) reading some massive books this year, it will be a nice break.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. I read A Game of Thrones back in the summer of 2014 and just kind of stopped there. Not going to lie, the size of these books is incredibly intimidating. But I love the TV show, and really want to get into the books because I know the storylines diverge.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I started reading this in May of last year and never finished it because I fell into a reading slump. I’ve been getting pretty into Russian literature, and I kind of hate leaving books unfinished. Plus, I actually liked what I read of this one.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. I kind of read The Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was twelve. And by that I mean, I think I skimmed most of it just so I could say I’d read it, and totally did not appreciate the genius that is Tolkien. If I manage to get through the rest of my TBR (plus my grad school reading and ARCs), I will read the trilogy this year.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I own multiple copies of Walden. I’ve been to Walden Pond. And yet, I have not read Thoreau’s masterpiece.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I actually just bought this after seeing a production of the musical (my cousin was playing Jean Valjean), which reignited my interest in the story. It’s enormous – even bigger than War and Peace – but I’m still going to try and get to it this year.
Atonement by Ian McEwan. When I first moved to Boston, I lived across the street from one of the oldest used bookstores in the US. Needless to say, I bought a lot of books. This was one of the first. And I still haven’t read it. I love the movie, so I think I need to read the book.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long time. Plus, it’s really short, so it’ll be a nice, quick read when I need a break from all of the giant books I’ll be reading this year (hopefully).
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’ve had this book for a while, but it honestly kind of intimidates me. But it was recommended to me by a friend who I recently discovered has very similar tastes in books, so I’m determined to read it soon.
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I adored the first book in this series, A Darker Shade of Magic, so I cannot wait for this book!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Donna Tartt is one of those authors I hear about all the time, but I have yet to pick up one of her books. And, since The Secret History sounds more interesting to me than The Goldfinch, that’s the one I’m going with.
Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. This one has been on my list for a while, and I actually already read the introduction and preface. I absolutely adored the movie The Imitation Game, and this book was cited as inspiration for both the script and many of the actors (Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly both read it before filming). I think the story of Alan Turing is fascinating, and I want to learn more.
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Another sequel I’ve owned for a while and just never read. One of my goals in 2016 is to work on finishing some of the series I’ve begun, including the Ender Quintet (because I love Ender’s Game).
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I really wanted to get to this last year, but with all of my other reading and schoolwork, I just didn’t get to it. But, I’ve completed all of my literature classes (which are more work/reading than most of my other courses), so hopefully this year, I’ll have the time and motivation to get to this book.