Starting 2016 with a good book (or 24)!


Ever since graduating from nursing school in May of 2015, I have been incessantly adding books to my ‘to-read’ list and reading as much as possible. It feels amazing to curl up on my couch with a soft blanket and a good book and not have to worry about studying for the NCLEX or my latest nursing exam. As much as I loved learning to become a nurse, the elation I feel for not having to read another college text book…..ahhhhh. It make me anxious just thinking about it!

Reading for pleasure has been one of my favorite hobbies since I learned the alphabet. I absorbed words like a sponge, and that voracious appetite for books has never left. Now that I am an adult, daily life makes it hard to sit down and read like I want to. But that will change this year!

Without further ado, my own personal reading challenge for 2016!

I googled a few reading challenges, and decided to compile my own list of books from suggestions from some of these lists.

2 of my favorite lists were the Modern Mrs Darcy 2016 reading challenge and the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge. (disclaimer: I meant to find 2016 challenges, but somehow didn’t realize that I was looking at the Book Riot 2015 list…I really liked the suggestions, so I just stuck with it!) Here is the link to Book Riot’s 2016: Reading Challenge. I also included some of these on my list as well 🙂

Now I haven’t chosen a book for all of these categories, but it takes me a while to choose a new book. I like to read a few reviews before I put my time into it. Here are my compiled categories:


  • A collection of short stories: Neil Gaiman has been on my radar since reading his book Ocean at the End of the Lane. For this category I’m choosing ‘Trigger Warning‘.
  • A book by an author from Africa: ‘Half of a Yellow Sun‘ by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A sci-fi or fantasy novel: I recently joined a sci-fi reading group on GoodReads where I found this book. Emily St. John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven‘. This is one of my favorite genre’s of books, so I’m looking forward to this one!
  • A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade: ‘All the Light We Cannot See‘ by Anthony Doerr (2015 Pulitzer Prize winner)
  • A book that was recommended to you
  • A collection of poetry
  • A book by or about someone from an indigenous culture
  • A book by or about someone that identifies at LGBTQ
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book chosen for you by your spouse, friend, sibling, etc.
  • A Horror book: House of Leaves‘ by Mark Danielewski
  • A book that was banned at some point
  • A book you own but never read
  • A book that intimidates you (I’m excited about this one!)
  • A book you’ve already read at least once: Without a doubt, this one HAS to be Betty Smith’s ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn‘. This has been my favorite book ever written since the first time I read it in 9th grade. This will be the 6th or 7th time I’ve read it.
  • Read a biography
  • A dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
  • A book published in the decade you were born
  • A book under 100 pages
  • A book of historical fiction set before 1900

These last 4 are just books I have been eyeing.

I am proud of myself for setting this goal, and will be updating my progress on my Good Reads reading list and editing my blog post to reflect the books I choose!

Add me on GoodReads

Please share with me! Does a reading challenge sound like something you would be interested in? Tell me your suggestions for books you plan on reading this year, I would love to hear them, and possibly add some new ones to my list!

Happy Reading this year!



  1. January 4, 2016 / 10:43 am

    Your list overwhelms me! haha. But it’s so good and I am definitely going to have to return and reference this list to spark ideas for me. This year, I’m making it a goal to read one fiction and one nonfiction book each month. The biggest hurdle for me is purchasing the books (my husband and I travel full-time so we don’t have access to a library membership) but a few dollars a month will be worth it if I can expand my horizons by reading! 🙂

    • Dominique
      January 6, 2016 / 5:16 pm

      Hi, Linda! It overwhelms me too! But that’s why I love it! I suggest for purchasing hard copies, otherwise e-books are another option I love (my Nook has tons of books stored for a rainy day ;).
      (also, can I just say how geeked I am to have my first comment! thank you!)

  2. January 7, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Love some of these suggestions. I would particularly love to read a book that was published before I was born (1986), because I hardly read any after it was mandatory in high school. Being Dutch, I haven’t read any of th eEnglish/American classics except a few in their Dutch translations.

Let's Chat!