A Year of Books 2016

An Exciting Update!

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My completed Summer Book Bingo Card.

In addition to the 2016 Reading Challenge, my life as a reader will now also be guided by Seattle Public Library’s Summer Book Bingo! (Yes I’ll be taking credit on both lists… I’m only human after all!)

 

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My 2016 New Years Resolution takes this form of a Reading Challenge. The lists below are borrowed from PopSugar, and I’ve included both the 2016 and 2015 challenges. The 2015 challenge was my initial inspiration for this undertaking, and while I don’t imagine finishing both lists in the span of a year it gives me extra motivation to keep reading.

2016

The Transcriptionist – Amy Rowland
The Remains of the Day – Kazoo Ishiguro
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey – Rick Dodgson

  • A book based on a fairy tale: Briar Rose – Jane Yolen
  • A National Book Award winner: The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  • A YA bestseller: Paper Towns – John Green
  • A book you haven’t read since high school: The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho 
  • A book set in your home state: Truth Like the Sun – Jim Lynch
  • A book translated to English: Penguin Lost – Andrey Kurkov
  • A romance set in the future: The Library at Mount Char – Scott Hawkins
  • A book set in Europe: The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A book that’s under 150 pages: The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  • A New York Times bestseller: The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Obsession in the Amazon – David Grann
  • A book recommended by someone you just met: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone – Olivia Laing
  • A self-improvement book: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • A book you can finish in a day: The Map Thief – Michael Blanding
  • A book written by a celebrity: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles – Julie Andrews Edwards
  • A political memoir: Man Without A Country – Kurt Vonnegut
  • A book at least 100 years older than you: The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages: We, The Drowned – Carsten Jensen
  • A book from Oprah’s Book Club: The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • A science-fiction novel: The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
  • A book recommended by a family member: Swampland! – Karen Russell
  • A graphic novel: Fight Club 2 – Chuck Palahniuk
  • A book that is published in 2016: While the City Slept – Eli Sanders
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: War of the Encyclopaedists – Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite
  • A book that takes place during summer: Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  • A book and its prequel
    • Prequel: Finn – Jon Clinch
    • Book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • A murder mystery: When We Were Orphans – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A book written by a comedian: The Hippopotamus – Stephen Fry
  • A dystopian novel: The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  • A book with a blue cover: Armada – Ernest Cline
  • A book of poetry: The Lunatic – Charles Simic
  • The first book you see in a bookstore: Mr. Splitfoot – Samantha Hunt
  • A classic from the 20th century: Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • A book from the library: Packing for Mars – Mary Roach
  • An autobiography: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
  • A book about a road trip: The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
  • A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: Euphoria – Lily King
  • A satirical book: Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • A book that takes place on an island: Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies – Alastair Bonnett
  • A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: The Martian – Andy Weir

2015

  • A book with more than 500 pages
  • A classic romance
  • A book that became a movie
  • A book published this year (2015): Delicious Foods – James Hannaham
  • A book with a number in the title: Zeroes – Chuck Wendig
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book with nonhuman characters
  • A funny book
  • A book by a female author: The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman
  • A mystery or thriller: Assault and Pepper – Leslie Budewitz
  • A book with a one-word title: Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk
  • A book of short stories: Pretty Monsters – Kelly Link
  • A book set in a different country: The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  • A nonfiction book: Getting Beyond Better – Roger L. Martin & Sally R. Osberg
  • A popular author’s first book
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: Moxyland – Lauren Beukes
  • A book a friend recommended
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  • A book based on a true story: Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time – Dava Sobel
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  • A book your mom loves
  • A book that scares you
  • A book more than 100 years old
  • A book based entirely on its cover: The Guild of Saint Cooper – Shya Scanlon
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  • A memoir
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – Joshua Hammer
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle: Welcome to Braggsville – T. Geronimo Johnson
  • A book set in the future: The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalup
  • A book set in high school
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A book that made you cry
  • A book with magic
  • A graphic novel
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before: State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
  • A book you own but have never read
  • A book that takes place in your hometown
  • A book that was originally written in a different language
  • A book set during Christmas
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started by never finished

 

Also check out what I read last year.