2016 is upon us! By now most people have signed up for yearly challenges and made a Goodreads reading goal. I have done both (70 books for Goodreads and three different reading challenges). While contemplating how my reading year was going to pan out, I realized that there are still some goals I want to meet this year, even if I didn’t join a challenge for them. So throughout January I’ll be posting some 2016 bookish goals I want to accomplish. These are low-pressure goals I’m hoping to meet, but won’t be of the tearing-my-hair-out-trying-to-accomplish variety if you know what I mean. For this first post, I wanted to highlight a few authors that I’ve heard wonderful things about, whose books I haven’t been able to pick up, but would like to this year.
Now I’m only kind of cheating with this one since I just finished a book by her. But up until now, I hadn’t picked up a Catherynne M. Valente book, despite having The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making on my TBR for years. I ended up reading Deathless by her, but I have my eye on her more recent novel Radiance.
This is another author I hear bloggers just rave and rave about. So why haven’t I picked up a book by him yet? I have no idea! Fantasy is by far my favorite genre, so it’s a real shame that I haven’t pick up a book by Brandon Sanderson. I do have Mistborn on my shelf, which I fully intend to get to it this year.
The elusive Angela Carter. I’ve been wanting to read something of hers for so long, but for some unknown reason my library (and those in my county) don’t carry a wide variety of her works. I wanted to read Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales, but I haven’t been able to find it, but it looks like I’ll be getting a short story collection by her from the library. Finally!
I hear so many wonderful things about The Lies of Locke Lamora, another great fantasy series. There are several bloggers who I know who just love this series. I really want to finally give this one a try this year.
Now this one might not be true, I vaguely remember books from my childhood, so I might have very well read a book by the famous Roald Dahl. What I do know for sure, is I can’t recall doing so and I know I’ve never read Matilda. I loved the movie when I was a little girl, but I never read the book. This year I’m going to read it. I have a feeling I’m going to adore it and I’ll probably be gifting it to my niece in the future.
Are there any authors you keep hearing about that you want to try in 2016? Have you read any of these authors? Let me know in the comments!