Ten books I want to read in 2016

This year I want to challenge myself somewhat to read outside my usual boundaries, to tackle some topics that are uncomfortable for me and to encounter diverse characters and cultures. So without any particular rules in mind, I selected various books from my TBR that I’d like to make a priority in 2016. I made this list some time ago and have actually already read two of the books on it, both of which I loved — so the effort so far is definitely worth it.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


JustMercy  BeingMortal  BetweenWorldMe  ExcellentDaughters  SixthExtinction


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – Read, January 2016

Being Mortal by Utul Gawande – Read, February 2016

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Excellent Daughters by Katherine Zoepf


Lagoon  StationEleven  MidnightRiot  Kindred  UnnecessaryWoman


Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich

Kindred by Octavia Butler

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

25 thoughts on “Ten books I want to read in 2016

  1. The Sixth Extinction is excellent, and Lagoon is a fun read. I am about 20% into Excellent Daughters and find it quite interesting. At this point in the book, Syria is quite different from what it has been over the past 3 years, so I am curious to find out if and how the author addresses the current situation in that area of the world.


  2. The Sixth Extinction for me too! I read an essay in the Best American Science & Nature Writing a while ago that eventually became, or maybe originated as, a chapter in The Sixth Extinction, and it was FAScinating, and I’ve been meaning to read the book proper ever since. Just haven’t gotten to it yet.

    From your list, I’ve read Lagoon and Between the World and Me and Station Eleven, and really liked all of them!


  3. I think I love Dickens in spite of (or maybe because of) his outrageous plots and crazy coincidences!

    I don’t know any book lover who isn’t a sucker for a book list! Thanks for sharing this!
    I have only read Kindred and Station Eleven. Kindred was excellent I thought and it gives the reader a lot of food for thought. I wasn’t a huge fan of Station Eleven, but I did enjoy it.

    Between The World and Me is on my mental TBR. I just have to make time for it. I don’t gravitate towards Non-Fiction but am almost always happy when I finally do make the time to read it.


    1. I’ve been reading so much more nonfiction since I started blogging (and especially, reading other blogs). It’s a wonderful world out there.


  4. I really enjoyed Between the World and Me, The Sixth Extinction, and Being Mortal and both your other nonfiction picks are on my to-read list too 🙂 I also was impressed with how well Station Eleven lived up to the hype.


    1. Being Mortal and Sixth Extinction were Nonfiction Book Club picks that I couldn’t manage at the time, but I still really wanted to read. Good to hear that about Station Eleven — I’m often disappointed by heavily hyped books.


    1. It does sound intense, but I’ve heard only good things about it. And Octavia Butler seems like a writer I have got to encounter very soon. Thanks for the recommendation.


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