The Classic Brunette: 16 Books You Should Read in 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

16 Books You Should Read in 2016

One of the goals on my 101 in 1001 list is to read 20 books, so what better way to encourage myself and others to read than by making a list! The title of this post is kind of a lie, mostly because I haven't read the majority of these books before. It's really more of a list of books that I want to start reading because others have spoke highly of them, and I'm letting you lovely readers know about them as well. Some of these are specifically for bloggers, but most are just good books. Essentially it's more of a reading bucket list for the year, nonetheless, I hope you enjoy!

Wildflower | The Martian | Fantastic Beasts | The Girl On The Train |
Big Magic | Bossypants | #GIRLBOSS | Pride & Prejudice & Zombies |
The Selection | I Take You | Only Ever Yours | Disclaimer |

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gatsby became one of my favorite books after I had to read it in high school, and I've been meaning to re-read it for some time now. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good read. You could just go and see the movie, because who doesn't like to stare at Leonardo Dicaprio for two hours, but it doesn't do the book nearly enough justice.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Another one of my favorites that I would love to read again. Amy Poehler seems to really get me with this book, down to the details of using laughing gas at the dentist's office so I don't have to see a needle! (Seriously, that's in the book and it's too true.) Hilarious and heart-warming all at once.

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

A book that the blogging world can't stop talking about. From what I gather it teaches you how to make a successful career out of your passions and slay in social media. The author was one of the first in the fashion industry to really invest in the impact of social media, and obviously it made her a huge success!

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Am I the only one obsessed with everything that Mindy Kaling does? I love her on the Mindy Project, can't get enough of her on instagram and twitter, and I've been meaning to pick up her book for a while now.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Another pretty lady that I'm completely obsessed with. Drew Barrymore can do no wrong in my eyes, and I'm anxious to read her book. It's the first time she's written about herself since she was young, and I know a few stories about her, but am dying to read them from her point of view.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Have you seen the movie yet, because I have, three times. The movie is Oscar nominated, and for good reason. I gave the book to my dad for Christmas and he really enjoyed it, and it's next on my reading list. I absolutely loved the movie and how Matt Damon portrayed the character so I can't wait to see how it compares to the novel.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

The film adaptation is currently in production, and I honestly don't remember if I've read this or not, so I think I'll just have to pick it up again to make sure. How can you go wrong with anything in the Harry Potter universe?

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

People are calling this book the next Gone Girl, and although I never read it, I did watch the movie and it was crazy! I've heard so many great things about this book, so it definitely earned its place on this list.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Another book from the blogosphere that is getting quite a good reputation. The book is full of Elizabeth's wisdom on being creative and how to inspire yourself to live your most creative life.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I love that there are so many female comedians writing books about how to take control of whatever situation you're in. Tina Fey is another one of my favorite comedians, and Bossypants has also been on my bookshelf waiting to be read.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This book isn't new this year, but it has so many bloggers going crazy about it. Nearly every blogger who I've talked to raves about this book, and I can't wait to pick it up this year.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Set to become a movie this year, this interesting take on the classic Jane Austen novel seems, well, really cool. I haven't read the regular pride and prejudice, and I only just watched the movie a few days ago, but I think this would be a great read. Something totally different than anything I've ever seen.

The Selection by Kierra Cass

As some of you may know from reading my recent tweets, I've been a little obsessed with the show Reign. So obsessed in fact, that I googled some books that are similar in style to the show. The Selection series came up in many results, and so I believe I'll have to add them to my list now.

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

This book has been sitting in my bookcase since the beginning of summer, but I just haven't gotten around to it. In all honesty, I don't remember what it's about, although it had to be intriguing enough for me to buy it from Barnes and Noble!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O Neill

Apparently this book is like a bigger and badder mean girls with a little bit of influence from the book The Handmaid's Tale. It's basically a novel filled with haves and have-nots, and lots of drama. One of my guilty pleasures is reading the extremely cheesy, drama filled books, and this seems like a fantastic one.

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

This is the most interesting book on this list. It's about a girl who picks up a murder mystery novel and where she happens to be the main character. Think of the movie inception but creepier.

Are any of these books on your reading list? Did I miss a book that should definitely be on this list?


  1. Excellent choices. I've already read a handful of these suggestions, and they're all great!


    Legit, my new years resolution was to read more. I've read "The solitude of prime numbers" (okay) and "the imperfectionist" (amazing!). Currently reading 'yes please' and so far love it.
    This is a great list though! Read Gatsby, Bossypants, Girl on the train, and the martian (which is honestly the greatest book of all time and I cannot rave about it enough). I wasn't sure where I was planning to go after I finish with 'yes please' but now I have a list. So excited for a great year of reading!

    1. I feel like reading more is always on my list! I still haven't started The Martian (even though it's literally on my nightstand...) but I need to! And go finish Yes Please!!!! Seriously, it's just so good haha, I love Amy Poehler.

  3. There are so many on the list I want to read, but I feel like I would enjoy Only Ever Yours. Have you ready Everybody Rise yet?

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    1. I haven't! But I have heard about it and I'm adding it to my list! Only Ever Yours sounds so great haha, I can't wait to read it too, I think anything similar to Mean Girls is going to be amazing.

  4. thanks for the tips


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