I don’t get to read very often. Prior to children I could knock out a book within a week, and if I was really into it a couple of days. Now I’ll be lucky to polish off a book within 3 months. For 2016 I want not only want to get back into reading, but I also want to speed up how quickly I can read a book. I will be giving myself 1 month per book. That means, instead of trolling Facebook when I have nothing to do I’ll crack open a book and read it. This is a challenge I’m putting myself through as it’s apart of my goals for 2016, which included me doing more things I enjoy. It doesn’t matter if I read one page or 5 chapters, if I’m free then I will read – that’s the rule.

And just so you see how serious I am, I’ve taken the liberty of ordering all of the books listed. I will share them with you when they arrive, which will be in no time thanks to Amazon Prime.

This is my list of books (in no particular order) that I will be reading this year:

Fringe Hours: Making Time For You
Jessica N. Turner

As you know I’m all about that self-care. I want it for myself, and for you as well. So when I discovered blogger turned author Jessica Turner’s ‘Fringe Hours: Making Time For You‘ I knew this would be one that I would be diving into. This is all about ways that you can carve out more time in your life in order to make more time for YOU! Every mom wants to know how to wisely make use of a  full day, and so if Jess has the secrets then I’m all ears for it.

A Sinful Calling
Kimberla Lawson Roby

With a release date of summer 2016 (no cover has been released) I am biting what’s left of my nails in anticipation of my hands on ‘A Sinful Calling‘, the 13th installment in the Reverend Curtis Black Series. Since reading ‘Casting the First Stone’ (the first installment) more than a decade ago she has taken me and her faithful following on a roller coaster ride of cheating, deception and murder all happening inside of a church! Sista Johnston surely ain’t ready for all this drama within the congregation and neither are you. Note: Sista Johnston is a fictional person I use when I reference black churches. She’s the church member who sits front row every Sunday, takes no nonsense from anyone and everyone is pretty much terrified of her. Oh, and she always has life savers candy in her purse.

The Taming of the Queen
Philippa Gregory

When you talk about historical fiction there is only one name that stands out and that’s Philippa Gregory. She is a master at bringing to life time periods of long ago, most notably the Tudor era. You may remember the film The Other Boleyn Girl starring Natalie Portman. Now I admit the movie was not that great (I don’t know where they got those accents from. I’m looking at you ScarJo), but the book was FANFUCKINGTASTIC! So it’s a total no brainier that I will have my nose deep into her latest ‘The Taming of the Queen‘, which follows the life of the 6th and final wife of Henry VIII, Kateryn Parr. As crazy as he was at that point she’s lucky her head didn’t end up on the block like wives 2 and 5. But nonetheless, I’m quite sure that was something juicy going on as Philippa can craft one helluva story in between the pages of history. This title will be released on April 26, 2016.

The Girl On The Train
Paula Hawkins

I haven’t heard so much about one book since The Da Vinci Code, one of my favorite books of all time! I feel like I’m the only one on the planet who hasn’t read The Girl On The Train. What’s it about? Well, Rachel spots some mess from the train she’s on regarding a couple she sees everyday. What she sees is so crazy she now has to investigate it, which pretty much means this is not gonna end well for someone. I can’t wait to find out what the hell she saw that just got her Jessica Fletcher investigative juices flowing. Did you read it? How was it? Note: You do know who Jessica Fletcher is don’t you?

Humans of New York Stories
Brandon Stanton

No account on the internet can make people smile and cry at the same time than Humans of New York. Brandon Stanton is a saint among us. In 2015 alone he helped a young boy from Brooklyn raise over 1 million dollars for his school. All it took was one story about how he admired his principal and from there the donations poured in. HONY, as it’s affectionately called started with Brandon taking photos of random people and asking them questions that triggers them to share with him some of the most amazing stories you will ever read. He took some of the most memorable stories, and some you never read and put them in his latest book Humans of New York Stories. This is more than a coffee table book its a conversation piece that every New Yorker (and human being with caring soul for their fellow man) needs to own.

The Martian
Andy Weir

When I saw the preview for this movie with Matt Damon I knew I had to see it. I never made it – the story of my life when it comes to getting to the movies. But, when I found out it was based on a book I thought, even better. The Martian is about a man who was left on Mars by his crew who thought he was dead and now he must do everything he can to survive. Whoa! I’m willing to buy this book just to find out if he made it off the red planet.

Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns

My personal Facebook timeline was a buzz with friends coloring. Yes, coloring. In what is known as adult coloring books. Stress reliving coloring books are clearly all the rage, and it’s really interesting to see all the creativity that emerges from my friends when they tackle a new pattern. I can actually see myself with some soothing sounds in my ear coloring away after the kids are asleep. I feel relaxed just thinking about it.

Moms Who Drink & Swear
Nicole Knepper

Okay it’s obvious that this book was written for me. For the people who really know me I’m know they’re shocked I haven’t penned something similar, as I am a mom who drinks and cusses up a gotdam storm – see! Moms Who Drink And Swear is a book of tales about all the shit that happens in the homes of parents who have kids. This is no holds barred, so if you’re squeamish and put off by someone who thinks their kid is acting like a little asshole all while still being the apple of their eye then this book is NOT for you.

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

Okay I cannot mention The Girl On The Train without Gone Girl. For the record these two books are not related in any way, hell they aren’t even by the same author. BUT there was much talk about which one was better than the other it deserved to be added *rubs hands together* I love a good book debate. Now I bought this book last summer. Yes, last summer. But I never read it. As a matter of fact, it’s still in the B&N bag. But I’m dusting it off and cracking the binding on it. If you don’t know about Gone Girl, it was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck that came out a couple of years ago. I will not spoil it if you have not seen it. But trust me when I tell you this book/movie is what mindfucks are made of. You need to watch it. Now I did hear some who did read the book didn’t care for the movie. I thought it was fantastic but I’ll see if that holds up when I’m on the last page. It’s a thick read so I need to pick a month with 31 days to do it. Again I implore you…WATCH IT!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Issa Rae

If you follow her on Twitter then you know nothing else needs to be said about this one. She is funny, smart as a whip and all around relatable. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of essays told in only a way that Issa knows how. Covering everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself. Don’t let the title fool you, I assure you don’t have to be black to enjoy this book – anyone who is an introvert and/or just experiences a lot of awkward moments (me) will be able to enjoy this book.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
George R. R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is the prequel to Game of Thrones – obviously we all must buy it and read it. I’ma tell you right now this book will take me at least six months to read. Hell I haven’t even cracked open the Game of Thrones series. But I am curious to read about what takes place beforehand and if you’re die hard GoT fan then you probably already own it. Note: 2 things: 1 – If you don’t watch Game of Thrones then I’m utterly sorry for you as it is the greatest thing to hit television since the invention of television. The new season starts in April so you have from now til then to redeem yourself by purging on all 5 seasons. 2 – And I hope you really don’t think I’m gonna finish this book in a month. It’s not happening. I really will need six months. lol 

American Housewife Stories
Helen Ellis

American Housewife Stories will debut later this month.  The reason this book made list is because the cover art grabbed me (this is actually how I choose books most of the time), then housewife (which I am), and finally the part about housewives who wear pink lipstick murdering people at garden parties. Wait. What? Killing people over casserole? Where does that even happen? I’ve never heard of this author before, but because she has my interest highly peaked I will, on my gut alone give this book a go. I like to think that I can trust my gut when it comes to books. I can’t name too many books that I hated despite what my initial judgement told me. So I hope I’m starting the new year off right with this one.

And there you have it – my list for the year. While a lot of my books have published dates of 2015 or earlier this list was complied to highlight a number of books that I have an interest in reading for the year. If you’re looking for upcoming releases for the year Huff Post has a great list worth checking out.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I have no romance novels listed, it’s because I don’t do romance. At all. Okay that’s a half truth. I used to read a lot of it way back in early 2000’s but they began wear thin on me. I mean come on….those Fabio covers with all that heavy petting and looking into each others eyes for no reason. Ugh. I just can’t do it anymore. Maybe one day. But I guarantee you it won’t be anytime this decade.


Bonus mentions

Characters Who Need To Come Back – Bad ass assassin Gideon created from the mind of Eric Jerome Dickey. It has been almost seven years since the shit storm that took place in South America. I wanna know where he’s at already. I hate when authors keep you on pins and needles with follow up titles. I guess I’ll have to keep waiting on bated breath til a release date rolls around.

(Update: I tweeted EDJ and asked him about Gideon I didn’t a direct answer but he did retweet my tweets which is major!)

Books That I will Never Read – 50 Shades of Grey. Nothing more needs to be said about that hot mess of a trilogy. I read some sample pages on my kindle out of curiosity, and I swear to the almighty heavens if I didn’t love my Kindle more than life itself I would’ve hurled it across the room. The mediocrity of that crap is astounding, but not as astounding as how many people love it. Smh. Just terrible.

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