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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Books on My 2016 to Read List

There is no way that I can outline the entire list of books I plan to read in 2016. Between this post and today's I'm hoping to tackle at least half of my goal of 50 books. How many books are you trying to read this year?

Without listing every book I plan to read, I want to start working on finishing series that I've started (i.e. Outlander and The Mortal Instruments). But who knows if I'll actually get to that this year. Here are some other books I plan to read in 2016.

Orwell, George. 1949.

1984 by George Orwell
A negative utopian novel that creates a convincing imaginary world that Orwell envisioned when he wrote this book in 1949. The novel focuses on the imaginations of whole generations and a power that grows with the passage of time.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. 1850.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Set in a Puritan community in the 17th century, Hester Prynne is publicly disgraced and ostracized when she engages in adulterous behavior. She has to draw on her strength and spirit to emerge as a heroine in this one.

Cupeco, Rin. 2014.
The Girl from the Well by Rin Cupeco
A girl was thrown down a well by a man 300 years ago. Now she walks the streets hunting murderers. She befriends a young boy who has moved in the neighborhood. Both begin to participate in doll rituals and Shinto exorcisms that take these two from a suburb in America to Aomori, Japan. The boy has a terrifying secret that would kill to be released.

Hodkin, Michelle. 2011.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer wakes in up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there or what happened. She knows there was an accident, but she thinks that there is more to it that she can't remember. After all, all of her friends are dead, and she is unharmed. To top it all off, she's falling in love too.

Hodkin, Michelle. 2012.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara no longer believes that she can run from her past or that her problems are only in her head. The boy she's in love with is still keeping secrets from her. What's going to happen to her?

Brown, Jennifer. 2009.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Valerie was injured trying to stop Nick, and ended up saving the life of a classmate. However, she is still implicated in the shooting because of the list she and Nick created of things and people they hated. Which happened to be how Nick chose his targets. Valerie is forced to face her guilt by returning to school after a summer of seclusion. She is haunted by the memory of Nick and trying to navigate rocky relationships. In order for Valerie to move on with her life, she has to come to terms with her role in the shooting.

Bergin, Virginia. 2014.
H2O by Virginia Bergin
Ruby is at a party where frantic parents are trying to quickly get everyone in the house as it starts to rain because the rain will kill you. Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Everyone else has died fro being touched by the water. The only drinkable water is running out and she only has one chance for survival: hike across the country to find her father. At this point, Ruby doesn't even know if her father is alive.

Evans, Richard Paul. 2011.
Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
Alan Christoffersen lost his wife, his home and his business. Leaving everything behind, he sets off with only a backpack to walk to Key West. A roadside stabbing leaves him confined to a hospital bed. With no where to turn, a mysterious woman named Angel enters Alan's life. In order for Alan to continue on his own journey, he must first help Angel with hers.

Gregory, Philippa. 2014.
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
Margaret Pole is married off to Sir Richard Pole who is entrusted with the governorship of Wales. Margaret's life is changed by the arrival of the Prince of Wales and his bride. Margaret hides her connections to the Tudors and becomes an advisor and friend to the couple. The bride, Katherine, fulfills the Prince's wishes of marrying his brother Henry VIII. Margaret becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to the Queen. Her charmed life of being of high stature within England only lasts until the rise of Anne Boleyn and the falling of the Tudor court. Margaret has to make a decision on what is most important to her and where her allegiance lies.
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