Can you believe we’re already a month into 2016? I definitely can’t! I set a goal to read at least one book a month all year, and I have to say, I’m already behind – which is why I want to make a list of some of the novels I’m dying to get my hands on this year.
These books all come from different places: some are friend recommendations, some are top rated on Goodreads, and some I’ve heard about through social media. Make sure you leave a comment and let me know what you recommend!
1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I know it’s been a few months since Mindy’s latest book came out, but I still haven’t had the chance to pick it up. I absolutely loved her first one and as far as I know, this one is just as great if not better. I’m looking forward to learning more about Mindy’s life and history and learning from her relatable advice.
2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
This book won Best Nonfiction on Goodreads and that was the thing that finally made me decide I want to read it. I’ve heard a lot about how much research Aziz Ansari put into this book and how interesting it is to learn about the new era of dating and romance.
3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I’ve read this before, but since the movie is coming out this year, I want to revisit it. It’s such a heartbreaking yet beautiful story about growing older and understanding the nuances of life. I’m excited to learn more from it when I page through it again.
4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I’m told that if I loved The Fault in Our Stars (which I did), I’ll love this book. This one also has a movie coming out soon, although it won’t be until next year. It’s the story of a girl who can’t wait to leave her small town and a boy who loves every moment of living.
5. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
A mix between a novel and a depiction of foodie culture in the midwest, this book is supposedly beautifully written and an unexpected reflection on the nature of life itself. It’s the story of how one woman rises to become a star chef and the lessons she learns along the way.
6. The Royal We by Heather Cocks
It seems like this book has been everywhere, from blogs to podcasts to the Goodreads awards. Inspired by the real royal family, it’s about a normal girl who falls head over heels for a prince, and how that changes her life – and maybe her, herself – forever. It sounds like a fun beach read I’ll save for the summer!
7. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Recently, I heard about this novel, and it intrigued me. The story follows four friends living in New York through the years, detailing how their relationships change and shape each other, and how they ultimately must band together to help one friend overcome his past.
8. Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey
I stumbled upon this book while scrolling through Goodreads and it immediately had my attention. As the summary describes, it’s a memoir written by a girl who slowly gained a more and more serious light insensitivity, to the point where she could not stay around light for any extended period of time. She began to spend most of her time in a dark room, listening to audiobooks and doing anything else she could find to pass the time – finally writing this book about it.
9. I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make The Most Of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam
If I need to read any book, it’s this one. Vanderkam researched many, many mothers who earn more than $100,000 a year and how they spend their time. I can’t wait to pick this up and learn the tricks of the trade (and improve my use of time while I’m at it)!
10. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
For those of you who read my winter break reading guide, you’ll remember that I recommended A Man Called Ove. I did read that one over winter break, and it’s made me want to read everything else Backman has ever written. He only has a few that have been translated into English, and I’ve heard this one is just as beautiful and charming as the last one I read. I’m excited to dive in.
Have you read any of these, or do you have any other recommendations? Leave them in the comments! And if you’re looking for more book suggestions, check out my past reading guide posts!