I'm trying to read unread books from my shelves this year (she says, in the midst of an intense reading slump) so I'm here today to share 16 books from my bookshelves that I want to read in 2016. Some of the books in this selection have been sat, patiently, for years waiting for me to turn my attention to them, whilst others have merely just begun to settle in.
Inspired by Amanda and her concise book hauls, I thought I would share three short phrases about each book that allude to either what drew me to the particular title, what it is about or what I hope to get from reading it. No rambles from me today, pals. Miracles do happen!
m train by patti smith
It's not so easy writing about nothing.
BELOVED, SAVOUR, INSPIRING.
READ MY M TRAIN REVIEW.
americanah by chimamanda ngozi adichie
Princeton, in the summer, smelled of nothing, and although Ifemelu liked the tranquil greenness of the many trees, the clean streets and the stately homes, the delicately overpriced shops and the quiet, abiding air of earned grace, it was this, the lack of a smell that appealed to her, perhaps because the other American cities that she knew well had all smelled distinctly.
PROLIFIC, OVERDUE, JUXTAPOSITION.
I first saw Hundreds Hall when I was ten years old.
REVERED, MYSTERIOUS, PAGE TURNER.
meridian by alice walker
Truman Held drove slowly into the small town of Chicokema as the two black men who worked at the station where he stopped for gas were breaking for lunch.
ALICE WALKER, MULTIPLE LEVELS, OPPRESSION.
revolutionary road by richard yates
The final dying sounds of their dress rehearsal left the Laurel Players with nothing to do but stand there, silent and helpless, blinking out over the footlights of an empty auditorium.
HAUNTING, CHARACTERS, RELATIONSHIPS.
the book of strange new things by michel faber
'I was going to say something,' he said.
OMNIPRESENT, DIFFERENT, CURIOUS.
special topics in calamity physics by marisha pessl
Dad always said a person must have a magnificent reason for writing out his or her Life Story and expecting anyone to read it.
BEAUTIFUL COVER, ENGROSSING, SUMMER READ.
going to meet the man by james baldwin
Across the street from their house, in an empty lot between the houses, stood the rockpile.
TO BE CONTINUED, EVOCATIVE, IMPORTANT.
cathedral by raymond carver
This friend of mine from work, Bud, he asked Fran and me to supper.
FAVOURITE, OBLIQUE, MASTERFUL.
beloved by toni morrison
124 was spiteful.
UNIVERSITY, MISSING OUT, ICONIC.
vampires in the lemon grove by karen russell
In October, the men and women of Sorrento harvest the primofiore, or "first flowering fruit," the most succulent lemons; in March, the yellow bianchetti ripen, followed in June by the green verdelli.
ST LUCYS HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES, SHORT STORIES, BIG IDEAS. BELOVED, SAVOUR, INSPIRING.
READ MY VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE REVIEW.
the girls by EMMA CLINE
I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.
SUMMER RELEASE, CULTS, NEXT READ.
the handmaid's tale by margaret atwood
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
TO BE CONTINUED, DYSTOPIA, WOMEN.
wuthering heights by emily bronte
I have just returned from a visit from my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
KATE BUSH, GOTHIC CLASSIC, THE BRONTES.
things fall apart by chinua achebe
Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond.
THE AFRICAN NOVEL, INNOVATIVE WRITER, POWERLESSNESS.
READ MY THINGS FALL APART REVIEW.
the people in the trees by hanya yanigahara
I am Ronald Kubodera - but only in academic journals.
AWARD WINNER, ANIMALS, THRILLING.
What books are you aiming to read in 2016? Furthermore, I'd love to know which of the aforementioned books you adored so I can bump them up to the top of the list! I'm off to enjoy this Spring day..and probably play some videos games too. Let me live!
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