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To Be Read 2016

There are SO MANY books that I haven’t read. This includes classics, books that have been out for years and new releases that everyone is talking about except me. Every time someone recommends me a book or I like the look of one in a BookTube video I watch, it gets added to my TBR List. There is the actual list on my Goodreads and then there’s also one in my head and a physical one on my bookshelf.

I am attempting the 50 Book Challenge again in 2016 (spoiler: it’s the third week of January and I’m already behind) and I thought I would prioritise some books that I want to read. I took a look at my bookshelf and picked out 8 books that I WILL read in 2016! Here we go…

Room by Emma Donoghue 


I went to a press screening of the film adaptation in December, absolutely loved it and it made me want to read the book! It’s about a young woman who was kidnapped and her son who was born in Room and she has brought him up to believe that Room is the entire world. It’s heartbreaking and incredible. I am so excited to read this.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


I am so late to the party on this one. I have watched Adichie’s TED Talks many times: We Should All Be Feminists and The Danger of a Single Story. Both are absolutely brilliant and I think she’s brilliant so I can’t wait to finally read this book! I genuinely have no idea what it’s about. Good start.

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne


First of all, this isn’t the actual cover it’s a proof copy. Holly is a friend of mine and you may remember her as I’ve spoken about her books The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting and Am I Normal Yet? on my channel before. She is a wonderful YA author and isn’t afraid to tackle important topics like feminism, sex and mental health. How Hard Can Love Be? is part of the  ‘Normal’ series and it carries on from Evie’s story in the first book with Amber’s story in this one. I know lots of you enjoyed Am I Normal Yet? so get your hands on this one when it comes out in February!

A Billion Wicked Thoughts by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam


This is part of my “read more non-fiction books about sex” resolution. This book is an exploratory look at people’s desires, sexual attitudes and behaviours based on their Google searches. Sounds fascinating to me!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill


This is the first book by O’Neill (her second being Asking for It which is our Banging Book Club read for January). I’ve already finished it and spoiler alert she’s an amazing author so I’m very keen to read this book too. From what I understand it’s a dystopian novel about beauty. Can’t wait.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers


Speaking of the Banging Book Club, All the Rage is our book for April and I’m really interested to see how it differs from Asking for It because it is about similar themes.  I have heard so many good things about this book. Also, the actual cover is different, this is another proof cover.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer


Amanda Palmer is another one whose TED Talk The Art of Asking I absolutely love. My friend Leena recommended me this book and I very much trust Leena’s judgement. Palmer is a musician and the book is about vulnerability and crowdfunding and I don’t know how many more times I can say I am excited to read a book but I am excited to read this book and I’m expecting/hoping it to change the way I think about my relationship with my audience.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson


Okay this book was sent to me by Pan Macmillan (thank you!) and I genuinely know nothing about it. I’m basically sold on the cover and the tag line: ‘a funny book about horrible things’. Sounds right up my street.

There you go! Those are 8 books that I already own that I am planning on reading in 2016. Let me know what books you’re prioritising to read this year in the comments! Happy reading!

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  1. I’ve just requested Asking for it from the library so hopeful I can partake in Banging book club! Also love Holly Bourne, looking forward to How Hard can Love be? xx

  2. These look great! I’m prioritising Wicked, I am Malala and any Caitlin Moran book I can get my hands on! I just love her writing! I really need to have a look at some Holly Bourne books though, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews!

    Jemima x

  3. Asking For It is an incredible book! The terrible society they live in ripped my heart to pieces but I loved it. It was such a powerful read! I haven’t read Am I Normal yet but can’t wait as The Manifesto On How to be Interesting was a fun read that was written just perfectly. Good luck with your 50 books challenge! : )

  4. I think ‘The Art of Asking’ is probably the most powerful book that I read in 2015 – it really opened my eyes and made me think harder about the way we interact with each other and with the people who create the things we enjoy. I’d love to hear what you think of it when you’re done with it!

    There are loads of books I’m looking forward to reading in 2016, particularly eager for the release of Caitlin Moran’s new book in March!

    Hannah Simpson Writes

  5. Americanah is essentially a social commentary on Race and it is something you will really enjoy.

    Try to read Midnight’s Children and American Gods. Both have elements of history mixed with fantasy and magical surrealism. It’s great.

  6. Room is an amazing book! After seeing the trailer for the film a good few times when I went to the cinema, I began highly anticipating it to come out! I bought the book and read it in about 3 days (would have been one if I didn’t have school). The book is amazing, as is the film which I’ve seen twice now.

  7. I read The God of Small Things at GCSE a few years ago now but I’d like to reread it this year as part of my 52 books in 52 weeks. Have you read this before?

  8. I’m glad to hear Americanah is getting good reviews…Hopefully I will get to that one soon! Coming up on my list is The Handmaid’s Tale, Middlesex, and Bad Feminist. I hope you do some reviews of the books, Hannah – no pressure though 🙂 But they are always helpful, and these look like some interesting choices!

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