2016 Roundup for Rikki

I've never set a reading goal for myself before. I just loved to read, and so I did. Work, marriage, and children often play a huge part in one's reading life, and so it goes, there were many years in which I sporadically picked up a novel, and rarely kept track. That's most of us though, right?

This year, I decided I wanted it to be different. I wanted a goal, I wanted to push myself to ensure that books were a big part of my life again. I've encouraged my children to read, and they love to do so. But it's important that they see me reading as well, making it an active and prioritized part of my life.

So I set out on Goodreads, made my first ever annual goal of 25 books. And I exceeded it! I feel rather proud of myself, and excited to up it a little more each year, see how much more I can do, and to live in so many new worlds. One of the joys of reading with your children, is that my son is currently into Young Adult and Children's chapter books, many of which I never read as a kid. We've enjoyed sharing new books we find and read them together (hence the few randoms in the list). 

Without further ado, here is my 2016 reading list. Many of which have topped my chart for favorites! Enjoy!

  1. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. The Rescue, by Nicholas Sparks
  5. Breathless, by Lurlene McDaniel
  6. The Maze Runner #1, by James Dashner
  7. The Scorch Trials #2, by James Dashner
  8. The Death Cure #3, by James Dashner
  9. The Kill Order #.5, by James Dashner
  10. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  11. Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary
  12. The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks
  14. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  15. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, by Russell Freedman
  16. The BFG, by Roald Dahl
  17. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
  18. My Girl, by Patricia Hermes
  19. The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller
  20. Breakfast at Tiffany's (plus 3 short novels), by Truman Capote
  21. Leave Her to Heaven, by Ben Ames Williams
  22. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
  23. Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes
  24. After you, by JoJo Moyes
  25. Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry
  26. The Importance of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde
  27. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  28. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
Rikki Rivera