Happiness is found in a pile of books waiting to be read. My To-Be-Read shelf in 2016 is already stacked to the ceiling. These are not books being published in 2016. They are simply books I want to read. I’m in a Science Fiction & Fantasy phase, so at least half my list falls in those genres. I’ve already read 5 books this year, but here are 17 more I’m excited to read.

Science Fiction & Fantasy


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab – I just started this one and I like this twist on magic in parallel Londons. The minimalist cover is really cool.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – I bought the ebook and audible book with my Amazon gift card money. I adore Stephenson’s Reamde and I can’t wait to dig into this one.

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson – It’s classic Fantasy and the reviews are really good. It’s been recommended by many booktubers as one of their favorite books. It’s been on my TBR list too long.

The Deed of Paksenarrion (Paksenarrion #3-5) by Elizabeth Moon – While Christmas shopping I went through the Fantasy section of Barnes & Noble. I saw a lot of Elizabeth Moon books. I looked her up on Goodreads and found Deeds of Paksenarrion very highly rated. I had started the book 2014 and didn’t finish it, because I wasn’t in the mood for Fantasy. My friend Topher recommended the book to me years ago and I need to finish this one.

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson – Classic Science Fiction

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card – I’ve read Ender’s Game three times and I’ve read Speaker for the Dead, but I’ve never read the story from Bean’s perspective.

The Rule of Thoughts and The Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine series) by James Dashner – I love the way James Dashner writes books. I liked The Maze Runner series for it’s fast paced, mind bending stories. I read The Eye Of Minds earlier this month and I can’t wait to finish this YA series. If you like the movie Blade Runner, then you’ll like these books.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank – I read this book in high school and I really liked it as a teenager. I’m curious to see if I still like this book as an adult. I started watching The 100 and it kind of reminds me of this book.

Non-Fiction Books


Jesus, The One and Only by Beth Moore, Dale McCleskey – Each chapter has an assigned reading from the Bible. Then Beth Moore writes a narrative and commentary about the assigned section of scripture. This book follows the life of Jesus in the book of Luke.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver – This was super popular a few years ago, but I never read the book. I feel like Christians get pushed to serve and do a lot of things. I’m curious to see what this book has to say about a Christian culture of actions and serving.

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst – I already feel like I’m good at saying no, but the book was $3 over the holidays so I bought a copy.

Book Club Picks


The book club I participate in picked a lot of good books for 2016. These are 5 books I’m glad we selected.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – I’m dying to see this Oscar nominated movie, but only if I’ve read the book first.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – This is my book club’s YA pick for the year. My high schooler niece is a big fan. The cover is really cool. Fingers crossed, this one is good.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I bought this as a Kindle book over a year ago. I’ve been too afraid to read this one, so I’m glad book club is pushing me to read it.

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner – 1940s, England. I’m sold.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – This was thrown in as a joke at our book club selection party. We kept joking about it’s horrible cover so much we decided to read it. I’m 10% in and I’m picturing Max as Jon Hamm and Mrs. De Winter as Lady Rose MacClare from Downton Abbey. I’ll be glad to have this classic read.

What are you excited to read this year? 

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