Top Books to Read This Year, Lists & Fun Ideas

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Tips for the Book Reader- lists for the new year, fun ideas and printables

I mentioned my love for reading awhile ago when I shared a list of books for tween/teen girls.  I know it sounds silly but reading the Babysitter’s Club helped me get through a tough time as a girl. I learned to love flipping pages and getting lost in stories.  I seem to go through spurts of reading a ton and then not reading at all.  I haven’t really had the solid time to devote to reading like I’ve wanted to the last little bit but I know it’s a matter of prioritizing really.   This is another accountability post.  So far I’ve shared decluttering, running, cleaning in the new year.  I figure if I put all this out there, I’m more likely to actually do what I say.  Hold me accountable!

15 must read books for this year!

I have these books on my list from friends and people I admire.  I realize not all of these will make everyone’s list.  I have a thing for dystopian books.  I like young adult books.  I am a sucker for a love story.  And if a book doesn’t have a good love story in it somehow, chances are I might not like it.  Can we still be friends?   Here are the ones I can’t wait to read this year:
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The Selection Series: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir 
Outlander Series 
Party Girl
If I Stay
The Swan House
The Rent Collector
Sarah’s Key
Orphan Train
Graceling series
Before I Fall
Uglies Series
The Language of Flowers
Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Some of my favorites from past reading:

Delirium series
Matched series
Divergent Series
the Rosie Project
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Help

In case you want a way to track the books you read this year, I made a little printable sheet:

Printable Books to Read List from

Download this printable books to read sheet.  For personal use only.  Thanks!

When I was trying to find new books to make my list for this year, I came across a bunch of awesome ideas for readers.  Everything from how to host book club to book swap and a way to organize your reading with a challenge.

26 Books in 2015:
My friend Erin loves to read! She’s in the know for the best books.  She created a fun little challenge for the new year called 26 Books with Bringing Up Burns.  She has a whole list of how to read books in a different way.  It’s so much fun! Check it out.
26 books in 2015

and download a printable version of this list:

How to Start a Book Club:
This is such a well written post on how to get a successful book club going.   I have been a part of some book clubs in the past.  This pretty much covers all of it.

How to start a book club for kids:
What a fun idea for kids to start a book club! An awesome way to encourage reading with kids.

339 Books Referenced in Gilmore Girls:
For all you who loved Gilmore Girls, this is a huge list of all the books mentioned on the show.   Rory was a great book lover and it influenced a lot of her life.  I love that they compiled all the books she talked about.  So cool.

How to Host a Book Swap Party:
The perfect way to declutter in the new year! I did this once for a church activity and ended up with some good ones.  It’s awesome to get books that you wanted to read anyway and not have to spend the money.

Over 50 Appropriate Tween/Teen Books for Girls:
This is a great list of appropriate books for tween and teen girls.
Over 50 Age Appropriate Tween and Teen Books for Girls. Fun holiday gift ideas!

So what books are on your list for this year?  Any that I missed that are must reads?


  1. Pam S. says

    Thanks so much for the list of books! I just finished ‘The Selection’ and have started ‘The Elite’. I REALLY like it and it isn’t a series I would have just decided to read….so thanks again for the suggestion!!

  2. says

    Wow! a really insirational post. Thank you for all the idea’s. I was having a bit of a book burn, where I just couldnt find anything i liked. So here we are! I have added all the books to my wish list and discoved that one was free – we like free from amazon.. The Selection. I have joined in with Erins fab fun 26 books. I’ve never dont a book challenge before.. So excited!!

    • Marilyn says

      Sarah’s Key never leaves you for long. As soon as it is mentioned the feelings from that story come racing back..

  3. Michelle says

    ‘Iroob Envy’ by Shelly Jones….no, not a smut book lol! it is a young moms story of being diagnosed with a serious breast cancer diagnosis, how she made it through with her children and husband and the funny things that happened along the way! My favorite part is on Cinco DeMayo how she ran over thei outdoor grill!!!

  4. Cristine says

    Graceling and The selection series are both awesome! I have also been finding a lot of good series on kindle unlimited. I read A LOT and it’s nice to be able to keep reading and not run out of books.

  5. Candice says

    If you are reading If I Stay, you need to read the sequel Where She Went. Amazing books!

  6. Jennyroo says

    Oh I so loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette!!!! I read that one last year and I seriously can’t wait to read it again. I looooooooooved it. If I were you I’d start with that one first. :)

  7. Becca says

    I like to read fiction, mostly Christian fiction. But, I have a list on full of books that I want to read. Some are books I have already read, some are books that I read part of the series, or that were recommend from Goodreads because of what I have liked or marked that I read in the past. is a great way to keep track of books that you read, want to read, or have read. There is even a yearly challenge to read any amount of books that you want. You can list it from 1 to any number that you want. It also lets you rate the book and give a synopsis of the book.

  8. Karen Lynch says

    Once you read If I Stay you’ll want to read the follow up Where She Went. Also the Outlander Books are quite lengthy and there are 7 or so books.

  9. Debbie W says

    The Outlander series is awesome! I’ve been a fan for years and have reread them several times. Reread it recently when the 8th book came out this past June. I have them in trade paperback, Kindle and now Audible versions.

    Unbroken is great and I’m currently listening to Where’d You Go Bernadette. A recent book that our book club read and everyone liked was “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion

  10. Stephanie says

    The Outlander series is awesome! I fell in love with the characters right from the start! A must read.

  11. Marilyn says

    Thanks for the list of recommended books. M y sisters and I all enjoy History Books and Historical novels. Any Amish books are great ,too. A biography is usually interesting. We also enjoy many Young Adult books, they are good if you are looking for an easy read. You acn not go wrong with the Classics,too. Rereading the Classics are another thing we enjoy.

  12. Giselle says

    I have a book recommendation for you!
    The distance between us by Kaie West
    I’m re-reading it, I love it soooo much! Hopefully you will, too :)

  13. Deb says

    A good way to track what you’ve read, see what friends are reading, and get ideas for what to read next is to use!