2016 Goals and TBR

I always set a Goodreads goal and this year I’m going for 24 books.  While this is dramatically less than in years past, it’s more than I read this year.  I’m hoping to exceed this, but given the amount of free time I’ve had recently, I want my goal to at least be attainable.  In addition to the Goodreads goal, I also have a yearly TBR.  I know that the amount of books on this TBR is greater than anything I’m likely to read, but I’ve found when I have a short TBR, I end up reading stuff not on the list because I’m not in the mood for what I’ve got on the list.   By making my list so long, I was able to stick to it for the most part this year and hope to do the same next year.  Anyhow, here’s the TBR list broken down by genre:


  • Dajjal – The AntiChrist by Ahmad Thompson
  • Muhammad Messenger of Allah by Qadi ‘Iyad Ibn Musa Al-Yahsubi
  • Burnishing the Heart: Selections from the Qur’an for Self-Awareness by Abdulwahid Hamid
  • Miracles of the Prophets by Abdul Mum’im Hashmi
  • The Ideal Muslim Society by Dr. Muhammad Al-Hashimi
  • Abridged Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (S) by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab At-Tamimi
  • Early Days: Stories of Creation & The Early Prophet Adam to Yoonus by Ibn Katheer


  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  • Bengali Girls Don’t by L.A. Sherman
  • American Gypsy by Oksana Marafoti
  • I’ll See You Again by Jackie Hance
  • Banished by Lauren Drain
  • A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans
  • My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure by Shawn Decker
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in Mumbai’s Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • First Darling in the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood by Thifty Unrigar
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


  • Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Entwined by Heather Dixon
  • Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
  • Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  • Song of Susannah by Stephen King
  • The Dark Tower by Stephen King


  • What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck


  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons by Sinclair Lewis
  • It Can’t Happen Here by
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Graphic Novels

  • Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  • Saints by Gene Luen Yang

South Asian

  • Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
  • Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
  • Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair
  • The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan

African/African American

  • Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful by Alan Paton
  • Philida by Andre Brink

Far Asian

  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
  • The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen
  • Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
  • The Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra
  • The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

Middle Eastern

  • Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mojha Kahf
  • Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
  • Bone Worship by Elizabeth Eslami

Historical Fiction

  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry
  • London by Edward Rutherford
  • The Clan of Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel


  • Trail of Tears by John Ehle
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
  • Flu by Gina Kolata
  • No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for omen Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
  • The Faithful Executioner by Joel F. Harrington
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Londoners by Craig Taylor


  • Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Something Blue by Emily Griffin
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell



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