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I decided to challenge myself this year with an official, mostly determined list of 40 books to read this year.  I normally read 75+ books a year, but many times they are just paperback novels that don’t take much brain power to process

So here is my current list which was derived from several sources including the 2016 Reading Challenge from popsugar.com  I found on Pinterest. Book titles in Blue have been read/completed already with the date finished. Purple titles are currently being read. books at #40 are additional books I’ve read and are marked in Orange.
I’ll be updating the list thru out the year!

  1. A book based on a Fairy Tale: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. A National Book Award winner: Redeployment by Phil Klay
  3. A YA bestseller: Looking for Alaska by John Green
  4. A book you haven’t read since High School: The Shadow Riders by Louis L’Amour
  5. A book set in your home state: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  6. A book translated into English: The Nimrod Flipout: Stories by Etgar Keret
  7. A romance set in the future: Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  8. A book set in Europe: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  9. A book under 150 pages: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  10. A New York Times Best Seller: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  11. A book that is becoming a movie this year: How to be Single by Liz Tuccillo
  12. A book recommended on Facebook: Soulless by Gail Carriger
  13. A Self Improvement Book: Men, Women & Worthiness by Brene Brown
  14. A book you can finish in a day: Winner Takes Nothing by Ernest Hemmingway
  15. A book written by a celebrity/comedian: My French Whore by Gene Wilder
  16. A political memoir: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali 1/10/16
  17. A book at least 100 year older than you: TBD
  18. A book with more than 600 pages: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher 1/10/16
  19. A Sci-Fi novel: Marque & Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
  20. A book recommended by a family member: Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
  21. A book published in 2016: Harmony Black by Craig Shaefer 2/17/16
  22. A book set in Summer: A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
  23. A murder mystery: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  24. A dystopian novel: The Beautiful Ones by Lori Brighton
  25. A book with a blue cover: The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean 1/14/16
  26. A book of Poetry: TBD
  27. A classic from the 20th Century: A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  28. An Autobiography: Night by Elie Wiesel
  29. A book about a road trip: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  30. A book about an unfamiliar culture: Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel
  31. A book about Faith/Religion/Belief: The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris 
  32. A book that might inspire you: Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
  33. A book by an author you would rather not read: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  34. Book #1 2 of a series: Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler Acedem’s Fury by Jim Butcher 1/16/16
  35. Book #2 3 of a series: The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher
  36. Book #3 4 of a series: Iceburg by Clive Cussler Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher 2/2/16
  37. A book you have read more than once: At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  38. Random Pick #1: Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross 1/24/16
  39. Random Pick #2: The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser
  40. Random Pick #3: TBD
  41. Extra Reading: Princep’s Fury by Jim Butcher 2/17/16
  42. Extra Reading: Fear the Survivors by Stephen Moss 2/29/16

As I read a book I’ll be offering up a mini book review and crossing it off the list.  As you will see there are several spots where I haven’t picked a book yet(To Be Decided)  If you have a suggestion please let me know!!  I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to books.