Popsugar 2016 Reading ChallengeNothing like a list to get motivated, right? Thanks to the wonder of social media sharing, I recently came across a meaty 2016 Reading Challenge list. The checklist items are broad – allowing individual users to choose their own books.

<– Here’s a copy of the checklist. And my choices are below. (You should join me.)

Downtown Owl
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
The Stand
The Stranger
One Hundred Years of Solitude
American Gods
The Robber Bride
Fortune Smiles
The 5th Wave
Heart of Darkness
Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories
All the Pretty Horses
The Sun Also Rises
Death in the Afternoon
The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
The Name of the Wind

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Here’s what I’ll be working on in 2016:

  • a book based on a fairy tale: The Robber Bride
  • a National Book Award Winner: Fortune Smiles
  • a Young Adult bestseller: The 5th Wave
  • a re-read from High School: Heart of Darkness
  • a book set in your home state: Goodbye, Columbus // All the Pretty Horses
  • a book translated into English: 1Q84
  • a romance set in the future: Wool (finished Jan 2016)
  • a book set in Europe: Death in the Afternoon // The Sun Also Rises
  • a book under 150 pages: The Stranger
  • a New York Times bestseller: TBD
  • a book becoming a movie in 2016: Queen of Katwe
  • a book recommended by someone you just met: The Name of the Wind
  • a self-improvement book: Year of Yes
  • a book you can finish in one day: Downtown Owl (finished Jan 2016)
  • a book written by a celebrity: An Object of Beauty // Troublemaker
  • a political memoir: The Path to Power (Thatcher) // Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
  • a book at least 100 years older than me: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • a book longer than 600 pages: The Stand
  • a book from Oprah’s book club: Middlesex
  • a science fiction novel: Dune
  • a book recommended by a family member: TBD
  • a graphic novel: Sandman
  • a book published in 2016: TBD
  • a book with a protagonist who has my occupation: Native Tongue
  • a book that takes place during the summer: Talented Mr. Ripley
  • a prequel with its main work: Wide Sargasso Sea // Jane Eyre
  • a murder mystery: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • a book written by a comedian: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  • a dystopian novel: Ready Player One
  • a book with a blue cover: Fates and Furies
  • a book of poetry: Milk and Honey
  • the first book you see in a bookstore: The Girl on the Train
  • a classic from the 20th century: One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • a book from the library: TBD
  • an autobiography: Mark Twain
  • a book about a road trip: American Gods
  • a satirical book: Candide
  • a book that takes place on an island: The Fish Can Sing
  • a book guaranteed to bring you joy: TBD
  • a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: Americanah
2016 Reading Challenge

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