Last year I implemented a system in which I would set a plan for the next five books that I would read. This limited the amount of second guessing I would do before starting a book. Instead I would set out the next five books and while reading I would keep a notepad on my phone of books I wanted to read next. Sometimes it would be the next book in a series or just a book I had heard something about. My biggest resource continues to be Goodreads which keeps track of the books I've read, want to read, and own and need to read. I loved my setup last year so will continue it again in 2016 where I will try and read 28 books.
#1: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I couldn't think of a better way to start 2016 then with this book. It was a book I bought for Jenn for Christmas and is one that she and everyone else I've ever heard talk about it rave about.
#2: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book won a ton of user and critic based awards in 2015. I actually purchased it right around its release but never got around to reading it. So for the second year in a row I will start out a year with a book based in WWII (last year was Night).
#3: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I cannot wait to read this one. It's a book I hadn't heard about at all until I started listening to a couple of book podcasts on my morning runs. Both BookRiot and Books On a Nightstand highly recommended Between the World and Me and so I cannot wait to hear what Ta-Nehisi Coates has to say.
#4: Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari
I had no plans to read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. It's not a book that was necessarily written for me. I haven't dated anyone but Jenn and we have been together for over a decade. But after watching Master of None on Netflix I'm ready for more Aziz so I am looking forward to jumping into this one.
#5: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I'm not above buying a book based on its cover. The cover for A Man Called Ove called out to me. I remember seeing it at Barnes and Noble at Fashion Island and thinking it looks like a book I'd love. I looked it up and saw great reviews and purchased it. I'm hoping I didn't make a big mistake with this one.