Happy 2016!

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski Flawed - Cecelia Ahern The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy, John Bayley, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman Cress - Marissa Meyer Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
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I hope everyone is having a happy and safe New Year's Day!  I'm looking forward to discovering what 2016 will bring to the world and excited to set some (realistic) bookish goals for myself.  Rather than focusing on quantity of books, I'd like to seek out balance in my reading endeavors.  Here are some of the books that I'd like to read in the upcoming year:


Most Anticipated 2016 Book Release: March cannot come soon enough!  I'm dying to know how Kestrel and Arin's journey concludes in The Winner's Kiss.  I'm trying not to get my hopes too high so I can enjoy the book regardless of what happens in the story.


New Book Series: Flawed by Cecilia Ahern is supposed to be released in April and is marketed as The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent.  The comparison seems a bit odd to me, but my interest is peaked nonetheless.


Unfinished Book Series to Revisit: There are several book series that I enjoyed reading but due to a busy schedule I put them aside. I'm not as enamored by the Lunar Chronicles books as some other readers, but the series is certainly entertaining and I'd like to read Cress by Marissa Meyer and if I have time, possibly Winter (it's over 800 pages long so we'll see).  I also want to try finishing The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, which are books that for some reason didn't hold my attention like I anticipated.


Sci-Fi/Fantasy: There are SO MANY books that I cannot wait to get my hands on and it is impossible to pick just one. I just started reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  It's so different from other YA sci-fi books I've read....but in a really good way.  I purchased Fortune's Pawn and Steelheart on my Kindle over a year ago but neither made it into my book rotation, so I'd like to include them in my reading list.  I also picked up Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay at a bookstore a while back so I'd like to give it try.


The Classics: I told myself last year that I would be more inclusive in my reading material and failed miserably. I made the mistake of reading Anna Karenina and watching the 2012 film before I finished the book. I liked the book....the movie not so much. I'd really like to finish it, as well as incorporate a few other literary classics into the mix such as As I Lay Dying, The Age of Innocence and In Cold Blood.


Books to Read Again: I read The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende when I was a junior in high school and remember being absolutely captivated by the story. It's been more than ten years since I read it, but I would like to see whether or not my impression of the book will change.  I also want to read all seven Harry Potter books again - but make it more of a challenge by reading the series in French. I've basically lost all ability to speak the language, but I think this would be a fun way to improve my reading skills so I can tackle more challenging French language works in the future.