20 Books I Want to Read in 2016

20 Books I Want to Read in 2016 | Rose Colored Water

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As you may already know, I have some big goals for 2016. There’s a lot happening, and much is expected of me in my first few months of being in the operational Air Force. With all these goals and things I want need to accomplish, I haven’t been able to read a single book (unless you count Darril Gibson’s CompTIA Security+ guide).

As an avid fiction reader, this hurts my soul. My paper heart is shriveled up. I need to read. That is why I am making a new goal to intertwine with my old goals. I am going to read 20 books in 2016. That may not seem like a lot to some, but I’ve already lost about 3 months and I have Air Force CDCs to complete (more textbook learning). Those are top priority for my career right now, but I can have my cake and eat it too, right?

20 Books I Want to Read in 2016 | Rose Colored Water
Some of these books are new to me, while others have been sitting on my Goodreads TO-READ shelf for years. The time is now, friends. Summer may prove difficult, as Denver and the Rocky Mountains may steal a majority of my time and attention, but winters in Colorado can be rough, so I’m sure I can make up lost ground then. All in all, I believe I can do this.

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This historical fiction novel is set during World War II in France. It has 4.5 stars on Goodreads, and it’s a fairly new print, so I’m excited to jump into it. I am a fan of historical fiction, and I hope this WWII novel is more compelling than All the Light We Cannot See.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I’ve been working on this book for more than two years. I cannot get into it. However, I am determined to work my way through this book once and for all. Then I’m going to give it away because it has not given me the life revelations I was promised.

3. Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove

I don’t know if I want to read this, but I’m going to anyway. My history with SeaWorld is an interesting one. In 2010, I went to Maine to study Marine Biology and Captive Animal Care so that I could someday be an orca trainer. Sounds crazy, right? I even obtained my Scuba Diving certification. Consequently, that was the same year Tilikum killed senior trainer Dawn Brancheau. Friends and family told me to give up my dreams – that the job was too dangerous.

I didn’t let that hold me back though. However, Calculus and Statistics DID. Long story short – I went back to writing major and let my dreams of working at SeaWorld die. Since then, there have been several horror stories tossed around about the treatment of these animals. I’ve tried to drown it out because I didn’t want to believe it, but I’m sure they are true. I want to read this trainer’s encounters to see what really goes on behind the scenes of SeaWorld’s training programs.

4. After You by Jojo Moyes

If you haven’t read Me Before You, you are missing out. The book was so fantastic they made a filmAfter You is the continuing story. I have been wanting to read this since I finished the first book, but I haven’t had time. This year, I will make time.

5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I don’t know what it is about this book that intrigues me so, but it feels like the book is pulling me to it. I’ve been obsessed with it for the last two years, even though I’ve never read it. I have heard it is dark and you have to be at a good place in your life to read it. I am content with where my life is, so the time to read it must be now.

6. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

This is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the wild west. It looks like a beautiful story line, and I’m in the mood for that. I’m tired of the same ole’ same ole.

7. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

It’s fantasy? What can I say? I love this genre, and I wish there were more well-written fantasy books out there to read. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy this one as much as I have others, but I want to give it a try.

8. The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart

I don’t know how I ended up picking so many dark reads for this list, but this book seems to mimic the likes of I am Legend or World War Z. The summary describes it as a mixture of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

9. Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

A friend recommended this book to me, and I think it will be amazing. It involves a bit of magic and sorcery, so I’m sure I’ll be hooked. It has female leads too, which is always a nice change up from the norm.

10. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a barrier breaker. She is seen as one of the greatest female philosopher’s of our time. I have never read her work and am interested in seeing how she sees things. The Fountainhead is her most famous piece, so I want to start there.

11. A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

More historical fiction. I can’t get enough. This book involves England and kings – two of my favorite things. I think it might be a saga? Not sure.

12. The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton

Secrets, suspense, and a historical fiction? These aren’t my usual reads, but I’m feeling risky. Ha! It sounds interesting. That is all. The cover is intriguing as well.

13. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I think this novel was on the New York Times Bestsellers list for months. It may still be on there. I know it has rave reviews and practically everyone has read it. I guess I’d better read it too.

14. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

If there’s anything I love more than historical fiction, it’s historical fiction set in New York City during the 1920’s & 30’s. I am a sucker for these reads. I want to love this one as much as I loved Rules of Civility.

15. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Ernest Hemingway and his wife – what more needs to be said? Plus… Historical fiction.

16. The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

This book looks compelling. It follows the journey of three women in New York City. I think it’s modern day, but I’m not sure. It doesn’t have great reviews on Goodreads, but it was on the Best Seller’s list.

17. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I’ve added a classic to the list for good measure. I’ve heard this one is a bit like 1984, so I’m sure I won’t enjoy it. Still, it’s good to expand horizons, which is what this reading list as a whole seems to do.

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

18. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I feel compelled to read this book because I read The Marriage Plot and enjoyed it. It was a hard read for me, and I wonder if Middlesex will be the same.

19. Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik

This looks like an easy, light read for warm summer days. It’s about a group of twenty-something girls suffering from quarter-life crises, so they join a knitting club. I love knitting and I am a twenty-something who has been through and survived a quarter-life crisis, so I think I can relate.

20. Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

This is the book I’m reading now. I talked a bit about it in my April Goals post. I cannot decide if I’m enjoying it or not, but it does have a cool cover. I want to finish it so I can move on to better books, like the ones listed above (minus The Alchemist). 

Tell me what you think!