It’s that time again – time for us to share our must-reads for the new year! You might remember our list from this past year, and while I’m still working on fitting a few of those books into my schedule, I made it through many of them and thoroughly enjoyed them! Now I’ve been scouring the “Best of 2016” lists to create a new collection for the coming months. Check them out and let me know what you would add!
1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
If you’re an Anna Kendrick fan, you’re probably like me and can’t wait to read this one! Personally, I’m planning on downloading the audiobook next month and diving in. Scrappy Little Nobody is a collection of essays on Anna Kendrick’s life: growing up, attending middle school, her foray into acting, and much more of the ordinary and extraordinary.
2. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
This is a historical fiction read that might be a little heavier, but it’s a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016, so it must be good. Set in Delhi, two schoolboys are killed by a bomb detonation. Their friend, however, survives, and the story follows him as he deals with the effects of that day and the things he encounters when he returns to Delhi years later.
3. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
You can’t keep me away from a Jodi Picoult book for long, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. Ruth, an African American labor and delivery nurse, receives a reassignment because one white family doesn’t want her touching their infant. When the baby goes into cardiac arrest alone with Ruth in the nursery, she hesitates for just one second, and it’s the beginning of a public scandal and trial. The majority of the book follows Ruth’s relationship with her white public defender and where the case takes them both.
4. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
From the author of Room, this book is another one that will have you on the edge of your seat. Tourists are flocking to visit a girl who is said to have survived without food for months, and when an English nurse arrives on the scene, she finds herself fighting to save the little girl’s life.
5. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This one is a little different from the books I would normally read, but it sounds so intriguing that I just have to add it to the list. The story involves magic, time travel, and the future San Francisco as the world is on the brink of the apocalypse. Two long-lost friends must band together to save the planet before it’s too late.
6. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
If you’re not on the Hamilton bandwagon yet, what are you doing? Since I can’t get tickets to the musical anytime soon, I’m going to inhale every line of this book, which is both a text version of the musical along with notes from Miranda himself, and some general behind the scenes on both the show and the story.
7. The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
It’s going to be difficult to pull myself away from watching Fixer Upper long enough to actually read the book about it, but I think it will be well worth it. Everyone who has seen their show loves Chip and Joanna Gaines, and I can’t wait to find out more about how they got to where they are today.
8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This year’s young adult read is this one by Morgan Matson, focusing on the daughter of a politician who, like her father, always likes to have a plan. But after the scandal, all of that changed. It sounds like a fun, easy beach read, and I’m all about those!
9. All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Every book list needs a thriller, and this one shouldn’t disappoint. Nicolette’s best friend disappeared when they were kids, and it’s been years since she’s been back to her hometown. When she does return, however, another girl disappears, and Nicolette is thrown back into the investigation. The story is told in backwards order and promises to be a definite page turner.
10. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
For fans of Liane Moriarty (think Big Little Lies or The Husband’s Secret), this one should be another hit! It follows the story of two best friends and their husbands, a complicated friendship, and an incident at a BBQ that might change everything between them.
Which books are on your reading list for the next year? Drop some more suggestions in the comments, and if you’re craving more, do a search for “books” to find lots more recommendations!