“So many books, so little time.”
January 4, 2016 5:50 AM Subscribe
The Great 2016 Book Preview [The Millions]
- 2016 The Year Ahead for Readers [The New York Times]
We think it’s safe to say last year was a big year for the book world. In addition to new titles by Harper Lee, Jonathan Franzen, and Lauren Groff, we got novels by Ottessa Moshfegh, Claire Vaye Watkins, and our own Garth Risk Hallberg. At this early stage, it already seems evident this year will keep up the pace. There’s a new Elizabeth Strout book, for one, and a new Annie Proulx; new novels by Don DeLillo, Curtis Sittenfeld, Richard Russo and Yann Martel; and much-hyped debut novels by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Callan Wink. There’s also a new book by Alexander Chee, and a new translation of Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller. The books previewed here are all fiction. A non-fiction preview will follow next week. While there’s no such thing as a list that has everything, we feel certain this preview — at 8,600 words and 93 titles — is the only 2016 book preview you’ll need.
- 2016 The Year Ahead for Readers [The New York Times]
Once the Star Wars tie-ins (my favourite was Slave to the Empire: An Erotic Star Wars Adventure) and novelty Christmas books for people who don’t read (remember A Simples Life: The Life and Times of Aleksandr Orlov?) are safely remaindered, it’s time to look ahead to 2016’s fiction lineup. After a vintage 2015, next year has much to live up to, and the early signs are good, with a particularly fine-looking collection of debut novels on offer.- Books in 2016: a literary calendar. [The Guardian]
From a new novel by Julian Barnes to the film of The Girl on the Train, from the most hotly tipped debuts to Henning Mankell’s farewell essays – everything you need to know about the literary year ahead- Science fiction and fantasy look ahead to a diverse 2016. [The Guardian]
After fans fought back at the Hugos, seeing off the Sad Puppies with a host of votes for “no award”, we can look forward to SF becoming a little less old, white and male in 2016. The growing range of authors breaking through to mainstream recognition, often after years of hard work in small presses, means the work is there to chose from. Books like Daniel José Older’s Half Resurrection Blues, NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy and Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings have been working to redefine the archetypes of fantasy and sci-fi for a broader audience. With that groundwork in place, you can expect to see some of these writers go on to mainstream recognition and bestseller success in 2016.- The 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge [Book Riot] [.PDF]
There are, once again, 24 tasks averaging out to two per month if you’re planning out your reading year. As I said last year, “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.”
1. Read a horror book- #BustleReads Challenge 2016 Encourages You To Read Women And Writers Of Color [Bustle]
2. Read a non-fiction book about science
3. Read a collection of essays
4. Read a book out loud to someone else
5. Read a middle grade (YA) novel
6. Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography)
7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
9. Listen to an audio book that has won an Audie Award
10. Read a book over 500 pages long
11. Read a book under 100 pages
12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
13. Read a book that is set in the middle-east
14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
16. Read the first book in a series by a person of colour
17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie, and debate which is better
19. Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes
20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)
21. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)
22. Read a food memoir
23. Read a play/drama
24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness
1. Read a Book Written by a Woman under 25- 2016 Bingo Reading Challenge. [Bingo Card]
2. Read a Book on Non-Western History
3. Read a Book of Essays
4. Book about an Indigenous Culture
5. Read a Book before You See the Movie
6. Read a YA Book by an Author of Color
7. Read a Book Set in the Middle East
8. Read a Book about Women in War
9. Read a Graphic Novel Written by a Woman
10. Read a Book about an Immigrant or Refugee to the U.S.
11. Read a Children's Book Aloud
12. Reread Your Favorite Book from Childhood
13. Read a Memoir from Someone Who Identifies as LGBTQIA
14. Read a Work of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Written by a Woman
15. Read a Feminist Sci-Fi Novel
16. Read the First Book in a Series You've Never Read
17. Read a Book Set in Africa, by an Author from Africa
18. Read a Book in Translation
19. Read a Contemporary Collection of Poetry
20. Read a Book by a Modernist Woman Writer
1. Read at the beach- The 2016 Reading Challenge. [Modern Mrs. Darcy]
2. Read while travelling
3. Read in a coffee shop
4. Read in a park
5. Read with someone
6. LGBT romance
7. Dystopian SF
11. Chosen for the cover
12. Outside your comfort zone
13. Will help with your career
14. Won or borrowed
15. A story about mental illness
16. Favourite author
17. Most recently added to your TBR pile
18. Recommended to you
19. Author you have met
20. Adapted to screen
21. Published before 1990
22. Under 200 pages
23. Over 400 pages
24. Published in your birth year
25. Graphic novel
26. First book in a series
27. Second book in a series
28. Last book in a series
29. Number in the title
30. Food in the title
1. A book published this year- 19 Ways to Read More Books in 2016 [Metro]
2. A book you can finish in a day
3. A book you've been meaning to read
4. A book recommended by your local librarian or book-seller
5. A book you should have read in school
6. A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF
7. A book published before you were born
8. A book that was banned at some point
9. A book you previously abandoned
10. A book that you own but have never read
11. A book that intimidates you
12. A book you've already read at least once
1. Carry a book everywhere you go- 16 New Year’s Resolutions Only Book Nerds Can Relate To [Buzzfeed]
2. Start a ‘books I’ve read’ notebook
3. Download the Goodreads app
4. Start asking people if you can borrow their books when they’re done
5. Try The Willoughby Club (book subscription service)
6. Join the library
7. Make time to wander around local bookshops
8. Give yourself permission to give up on books you’re not enjoying
9. And don’t shame yourself for enjoying ‘dumb’ ones
10. Get a kindle/kobo/eReader/tablet
11. Start/join a book club
12. Ask for recommendations
13. Make a note of books you want to read
14. Set yourself a page target per day
15. Put down your phone
16. Set up reading spot
17. Stop worrying about being productive
18. Schedule time to read
19. Remember reading is fun
1. First off, you promise yourself you won’t buy ANY more books until you finish your unread pile.- 2016 List of Lists. [Goodreads Lists]
2. And you solemnly swear you’ll stop using receipts as bookmarks in favor of one you won’t lose.
3. You’ll FINALLY commit to donating those piles of books that have been sitting in your closet for months.
4. And you’ll pledge to read That Classic Novel Everyone Else Has Read But You.
5. You’ll also vow to read books from an author you haven’t read before.
6. And you *swear* this is the year that you’ll FINALLY get your shelves organized.
7. You’ll also tell yourself this is the year you FINALLY tackle all the Game of Thrones books.
8. You’ll promise to *try* and stop whining when your book club picks a title that doesn’t appeal to you.
9. And you’ll tell yourself you won’t judge people when they say that their favorite book is just the current #1 best-seller.
10. You’ll pledge to read various genres instead of ONLY sticking to your favorite.
11. You’ll promise to stop babbling on about the current book ~that changed your life~ when you KNOW your friends are zoning out.
12. You’ll swear to explore more of your local indie bookstores.
13. And you’ll make an effort to not get *too* ragey when someone in your family interrupts your reading time.
14. You’ll promise yourself not to spend ALL your bookstore gift cards in one trip.
15. You’ll also pledge to be more organized when remembering which book you leant to which friend.
16. And most importantly, you’ll swear on all of your stacks that you’ll NEVER stop reading.
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