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Every year new books are released and added to my reading list, but since I haven’t been taking the time to sit down and read this list just gets longer and longer!

I find that if I can tell myself what to read and when, I’m more likely to do it. So this year I’m planning to read one book every month. To a lot of people that seems like nothing at all. In fact, I see a lot of bloggers who are attempting to read a book every week. For myself, a book a month is perfect. Most of the books on my list are non-fiction and I like to take the time to really soak it all in, to take notes, to highlight quotes and learn from it.

Here’s what’s on my reading list for 2016.

2016 Reading List:

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January – Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

What it’s about:

Better Than Before is about not only creating good habits and destroying bad habits, but also learning about ourselves and how to create habits based on our own unique personalities. Rubin tests all of her theories on herself and does an amazing job not only documenting her own experience but explaining how to apply the same lessons she’s learned to the reader’s own life. No matter what habits you want to change, this book is supposed to be a great tool.

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Why I want to read it:

I read The Happiness Project in 2013 and really enjoyed it. I love Rubin’s writing style because it’s easy to follow, and even though her books are packed with great information and facts they’re still fun to read.

The reason I want to read this book in January is because I really want to change some of my habits to live a more organized, productive and simple life, and I believe creating good habits is the best way to start working on that. ‘Cause, for real, I have some friggin’ awful habits! Like, terrible. And after just reading the first couple chapters already, I know this book is going to help me big time!

February – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

What it’s about:

In Big Magic Gilbert shares her process and perspective on creativity. She talks about inspiration, curiousity and suffering and how we need to embrace all of these things, while also sharing the attitudes, approaches and habits we need to live our most creative lives.

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Why I want to read it:

I consider myself a creative entrepreneur because I write, draw and take pictures as a way to make money. Even if I didn’t work for myself, I would still consider myself a creative person. I love everything I’ve heard about this book and I really want to read it in February, my birthday month, because I feel it would help me open up and do better work.

March – Yes Please by Amy Poehler

What it’s about:

Yes Please is Poehler’s autobiography/memoir full of stories, poems, lessons and more. Poehler is a comedian, actress, producer and director. She’s hilarious as heck and I love her work!

Read more about Yes Please here.

Why I want to read it:

As mentioned above, I love Amy Poehler’s work! She is so funny and smart. I think a lot of women should look up to her because she’s not only a comedian genius, but quite the bad-ass babe. I have a feeling this book will be a lot of fun to read!

April – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

What it’s about:

Rhimes is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder. She’s also a mom of three. Her busy life had her saying no to a lot of things that came up. Then Rhimes’ sister challenged her to only say yes to things for an entire year, and the Year of Yes was born. In this book Rhimes shares how saying yes more often has had a positive impact on her life.

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Why I want to read it:

I’m a chickenshit, introvert, shy, weirdo. I have a really hard time saying yes to things outside of my comfort zine, which is actually very small and I feel that reading this book might help me get out there and live the life I know I want but have been too scared to have.

May – Inside Out by Anastasia Amour

What it’s about:

I’ve been following Anastasia Amour online for a while now. I love her body positive message that she sends out into the world every day! Inside Out is a 14-day guide that Amour wrote to help other people change the way they see themselves. In this book Amour offers advice on how to change your relationship with food and exercise, as well as improving your self-esteem and body image.

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Why I want to read it:

I have struggled with having a negative body image and poor self-esteem for as long as I can remember. I have a terrible relationship with food and often find myself too scared to exercise. It’s a weird and terrible way to live. Amour’s message has always been about being happy at any size. For as long as I’ve been following her, she has never promotesd weight loss/gain or reaching a certain size, but always talks about feeling happy with yourself, just as you are, and learning to treat your body with respect and kindness. I know her book is going to be amazing for me.

June – Real You Incorporated by Kaira Rouda

What it’s about:

Real You Incorporated was written for female entrepreneurs specifically on creating an awesome brand based on themselves. Apparently it has a pretty awesome 8-step program to follow, too, which I always prefer when reading books like this.

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Why I want to read it:

I really enjoy books on business that I can relate to and easily follow. I’m always trying to make my brand more relatable and sincere, but sometimes I feel like I’m not doing the best job yet. Therefore, a book on creating my business’s brand around me sounds pretty cool.

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July – Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling

What it’s about:

Radical Self-Love is Gala Darling’s first book, which was released in June 2015. I never got around to ordering my copy before she took them off the shelf, but her book was acquired by Hay House so it should be out again soon. Hopefully by July, which is when I wanna dive into some self-love help. Radical Self-Love is a guidebook on learning to love yourself, discovering how to create your dream life and recognizing your brilliance. There’s a chapter for every part of your life from romance to style, friendships to manners, and more.

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Why I want to read it:

I love Gala Darling’s blog and have been reading it for about three years now. Her work inspires me, and as I continue to learn how she’s managed to create her own dream life, I figured she has some valuable insight and advice. I feel that summer will be the perfect time to work on my own radical self-love journey with this guide.

August – Shock Value by John Waters

What it’s about:

Shock Value is Waters’ autobiography published in 1981. He starts this book with his upbringing and then goes on to talk about how he got started in his career, which I think would be really interesting.

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Why I want to read it:

I LOVE John Waters work! I’ve read two of his books so far (Role Models and Car Sick), and I cannot wait to read this one, too! Role Models was based around people who have inspired him throughout his life, but I would love to read more about his career and personal life, too.

September – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

What it’s about:

Furiously Happy is Lawson’s memoir about living with depression and anxiety, among other mental disorders. It’s supposed to be at times funny, other times serious, but overall honest and relatable.

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Why I want to read it:

I, too, suffer from anxiety and depression. It’s annoying as fuck. But, I’ve learned to live with it, laugh at it and even at times love it. I think Furiously Happy will be a lot of fun to read because Lawson maybe feels the same way? Or at least, she seems pretty happy being her weird, “broken” self. And that seems amazing.

October – The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

What it’s about:

In The Art of Memoir, Karr shares her own process on how to write an excellent memoir.

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Why I want to read it:

One of my goals for this year is to start writing my own memoir. Reading it right before NaNoWriMo sounds like a great idea to me, so I can maybe finally accomplish this life goal of mine!

November – Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

What it’s about:

Why Not Me? is Kaling’s second coming of age memoir focused on life lessons she’s learned in everything from dating to Hollywood, weight loss to friendship.

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Why I want to read it:

I enjoy Kaling’s comedy style and even though I don’t think I will be able to relate to her at all, I feel that I’ll at least enjoy learning more about her and her life. Because that’s important – being open to learning about people who are nothing like you.

December – The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

What it’s about:

The War of Art gets a lot of praise in the creative world. It’s about the battles that all creative people face, mainly procrastination. After pinpointing what these battles are, Pressfield provides the reader with an action plan to conquer it and achieve greatness. Or so I read.

Read more about it here.

Why I want to read it:

I bought this book last year and it’s kind of been sitting around my apartment since then. It’s kind of funny though, because I know the book talks a lot about procrastinating and here I am procrastinating reading it. But in all seriousness, I do want to read this book! It seems like it will have a lot of valuable lessons in it. But I’ll procrastinate reading it until December.

And there you have it! The 12 books I most want to read in 2016, and which months I plan to read them in!

Have you read any of these books? What’s your thoughts on them? AND, what’s on your 2016 reading list?

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20 Comments

  1. might steal a few of these. ive been looking for new books to read lately. i have ridiculously high standards when it comes to books and i blame Bioware. so hard to find a heroine who doesnt need a man.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That is very true! But I think authors are getting better at writing more independent, strong female characters, which is nice.

  2. What a great list. These books will definitely keep you busy this year. I don’t have much time for leisure/pleasure reading, but I’d love to read Shonda Rhimes’s and Mindy Kaling’s books!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I’ll be surprised if I actually get to read a book a month to be honest. I didn’t finish last year lol. But it’s good to try! I’m excited to read those two, too!

  3. Really interesting list, thanks for that – I love Amy Poehler too, not only because she’s incredibly funny but also because she’s a feminist and strong lady. The War of Art really caught my eye too as I had just recently updated a blog post about how to motivate oneself in creative fields, will definitely check that out!

  4. I’m doing a 52 Leadership Books in 2016 challenge on my blog this year. Some of your books are on my list and some may be added because I don’t quite have 52 yet. Great goals and some really great books!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you! 52 books in a year is inspiring! Best of luck!

  5. I REALLY want to read Yes, Please! I am adding it to the hoards of books that I want to read once I graduate in four months!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Lol! It is so hard to find the time to read for pleasure while in school! I barely read anything when I was in college other than the news and textbooks.

  6. Nice list! I’m adding a few of these to my
    Yes, Please was one of my favorite reads of the past ten years. It’s authentic and refreshing, inspiring and truly funny.
    Big Magic was just okay, not really magical. (It’s more of an anecdotal memoir.)
    If you’re already an artist and have a halfway open mind, you’re not going to hear anything new or mind blowing. I found it a little trite.
    Your other titles look great. I love Kaling. That’s a must for the audio version. Love her delivery. 😀

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thanks! I’m excited to read Yes, Please, for sure! I enjoy comedy a lot. A little disappointed to hear you didn’t care as much for Big Magic, but I do enjoy memoirs A LOT, so maybe I’ll still enjoy it. 🙂

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