52 Books for 2016

I'm not a big resolution-maker. It never seems to work out for me in the long run to make a list of all the ways I'm going to change come January 1. What does seem to work for me though is mapping out slow 'n steady ways to accomplish what I'd like to accomplish by the end of the year. I suppose it's more "goal-mapping" than "resolution-making".

Already this week, I've begun knitting wool hats, making my own almond milk and almond flour, and researching for/outlining my first book. I've also eaten far too many peanut M&M's.  

Along with these small progressions (or retrogressions in the case of the M&M's), I've created a list of must-reads for myself in the coming year. Some of them are new to me; some I've read before. They're a bit all over the map as far as genres go, but that's my style. (Although it's definitely weighted heavily on the side of creative literature, fiction and non-fiction alike).

I'd like to share my list in hopes that it may encourage you to pick up a few good reads this coming year. Whether you're an avid reader in search of new material, or a one-book-a-year kind of fellow, one of the best things you can do for your creativity, intellect, worldview, and overall quality of life is to READ GOOD SHIT. So here you go:

In no particular order:

  1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  3. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Complete Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  5. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
  6. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
  8. Memories, Dreams and Reflections by Carl Jung
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  10. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  11. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce
  13. The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
  14. Lust for Life by Irving Stone
  15. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  16. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  17. The Story by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee
  18. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  19. The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
  20. The Gift by Lewis Hyde
  21. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  22. The Language of God by Francis Collins
  23. Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  24. A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer
  25. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  26. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  27. Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox
  28. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  29. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  30. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  31. Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  32. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  33. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  34. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  35. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  36. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  37. Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  38. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad 
  39. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  40. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  41. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  42. The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  43. Consolations by David Whyte
  44. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  45. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  46. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  47. The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
  48. Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar
  49. Hold Still by Sally Mann
  50. Rising Strong by Brené Brown
  51. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  52. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

What about you? What are some of your must-reads for the coming year? What are the best books you read in 2015? 

[image by Meghan Sadler]



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