A Year of Books 2016

An Exciting Update!

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!)



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.


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


  • 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.