What to Read in 2016

What to Read in 2016

Looking for some reading inspo for 2016?

Perhaps for an upcoming holiday, your book club or because you’re looking for something a bit different?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

In today’s post, I’m sharing my bookclub lists (yes, that’s plural for I’m in two book clubs) for 2016.

How do we come up with these lists?

It’s pretty democratic actually.

At the end of every year, we discuss what we’d like to read over the coming year. We all nominate books we’ve been wanting to read, new titles and all the recommendations and tips we’ve picked up from family and friends.

Occasionally, one of us will nominate a book we’ve read if we know the rest of the group will love it but usually we pick books none of us have read. (For example, I nominated Life After Life which no-one else had read and my friend Christine has read Wonder but said it’s a must read and insisted we all read it).

Having sorted our lists, we’re ready for plenty of holiday reading as soon as Christmas ticks over.

This year, we managed to work out our lists pretty quickly. In my first book book club, we’ve again tried for a variety of fiction, a bio, a couple of Australian authors and hopefully a good range of themes and settings. (For more info on how we choose our books and how book club works see this post).

We’ve also included books (some new) from some of our favourite authors like Geraldine Brooks (we’ve read all her books), Anita Diamant (we’re named after The Red Tent) and JoJo Moyes (we all loved Me Before You last year).

So, without further ado, here are my book club reading lists for the year. What’s on yours?

This first list is for my book club that meets monthly.

February: The Lake House by Kate Morton


March: The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna


April: A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty


May: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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June: Movie Month – watch a movie adapted from a book instead

July: The Boy on Top of the Mountain by John Boyne


August: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


September: Paris for One by JoJo Moyes


October: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


November: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


December: The Girls Guide to Fishing and Thinking by Melissa Bank


Thankfully, this year there’s a bit of overlap between my book clubs which makes reading all the books that much more achievable. Phew.

In my second book club, which meets bi-monthly, we’re reading:

February: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna (we’ve nominated two books as we generally knock over a couple over the holidays).

April: The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen


June: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


August: The Lake House by Kate Morton

October: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks


December: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton


For reviews on these books as I’ve read, tune in to my regular book review here on the blog (usually bi-monthly). You can catch up on previous book and movie reviews here and my fave books of 2015 here.

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What you currently reading? What’s on book club’s list? Have you read or would you recommend any of the above?