2016 Reading List

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Pretty sure every year I say, “I want to read more.” and never do. You know why I never do? BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER MADE A LIST. If I put something on a to-do list, it gets done. SO. What better way to force myself than to make a PUBLIC list that will hold me accountable. I haven’t steadily read in a realllllly long time so I didn’t want to be too ambitious, but I also wanted it to be a little bit challenging which is why I looked up all the page counts for the books and tried to plan accordingly, so we shall see… Here’s the plan:



The Way by Saint Josemaria Escriva

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr



Chiara Corbella Petrillo by Simone Troisi

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez



Kristin Lavransdatter II: The Wife by Sigrid Undset

Compass: A Handbook of Parent Leadership by James B. Stenson



Macbeth by Shakespeare

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck



The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn



The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Confessions by Saint Augustine



Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art Bennett



The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck



Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell



Little Women by Louisa May Alcott



Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


So no Harry Potter formally planned, but I started Chamber of Secrets over Christmas so I may pop into that here and there. Does this seem realistic!? What’s on your list this year?? Anything I should add in if I miraculously make it though all of these??




You have some real winners on this list!! A great year of reading ahead. I also want to read The Way — I keep trying on my phone but need to get it in paper.


You have many of my all-time favorites on this list! It’s going to be a good reading year. ;)
I just read ‘Cannery Row’ by Steinbeck and we visited the Steinbeck Center yesterday that houses many mementos that inspired his stories. (Definitely recommend if you’re ever near Salinas!) Now, I’m wanting to dive in deeper…thinking of ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ next but I also want to read ‘Of Mice and Men’ too. Just worried about how sad it is (what I’ve heard).

Jenna Wilber

I haven’t read any Steinbeck so I’m super excited! We drive through Salinas every year when we go to Big Sur and he’s been calling out to me. Thanks for the tip about The Steinbeck Center!

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