Books To Read This Year

Books To Read This Year

A new year means a new book list! 

I’m a pretty happy camper when I’ve got a good book to look forward to each evening. I do most of my reading in the bath tub; it’s the perfect way to wind down from the day. With bath salts. And wine. Or coconut water. I aim to read a chapter or two before settling in for a night of writing or bedtime and it’s just so rejuvenating to escape into another world or learn something new. Books, I love you.

Last year I read 40 books. I’m still so impressed with that since 12 was my goal. I practically read a book a week! I mean, kind of. Much closer to a book an week than a book a month. This year, I’m guessing I’ll fall somewhere in the middle since I’ve got a wee one hanging with me in the evenings now … 2 books a month perhaps? Maybe a few extras after I add in ones book club selects.

And now, here’s what I’m planning to read throughout 2016! 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Crown (Selection Series #5) by Kiera Cass 

Wifey by Judy Blume

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard — which could very likely result in Queen Song, Cruel Crown, and Glass Sword

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

A Fireproof Home For the Bride by Amy Scheibe

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way To Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel Siegel

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer by Micha Boycott

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us by Seth Godin 

Oh, and here is a confession. Last year, I gave up on 2 books. I just couldn’t make my way through Watermelon by Marian Keyes and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. They have officially been abandoned. Below is a list of a few books I started and do actually intend to finish up. What can I say, it’s slow going for me when it comes to non-fiction these days.

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You by Jessica N. Turner

What are you planning to read this year? I’m always adding book ideas to my Goodreads list, so let me know what’s on your radar!

And, if you want to follow along with my reading adventures on Instagram, I’ve got all past and current books tagged with #thatmamareads!

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  1. Laura Burns says

    Oh I’ve read both Radical Homemakers and A Year of Biblical Womanhood… liked them both, but I have no intention of living either one out haha!

  2. Bri Runde says

    I set a goal to read 12 books this year just to get back in the habit of one of my favorite hobbies. So excited to see how it goes. I may refer back to your list when I need ideas. :-)

  3. Scott and Jamie Durham says

    Found is a phenomenal book.

  4. says

    Great list! I loved The Last Anniversary, Fringe Hours, and the Call the Midwife books. I abandoned The Happiness Project too and I have Three Wishes, Interrupted, and Raising Cain on my lists too =]