2016 TBR List!

2016 TBR List!

Hey guys!

So it’s that time of year again. The time where I make a TBR ( to be read) list and fail shamelessly at accomplishing it!! But I’m going to try it again! Last year I set a reading goal of 25 books and ¬†I surpassed that I read 38! But.. of the 10 books I had on my TBR list, I read a grand total of……. ( drum-roll please….) 3! Side note: One was a devotional that I am currently reading for the next forty days and the other is on my dresser waiting to be picked up next ūüėõ

So this year I decided to narrow it down to 5 books that I absolutely must get through this year, thus leaving plenty of room for randomly wonderful reads.

So the five books I have chosen as my must reads are:

  1. Room: By Emma Donoghue ( Now a major motion picture) The synopsis of this book is as follows:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

This book has been collecting dust on my bookshelf since 2010….. ( yes 2010) I loved the premise of the story when I initially picked it up but you know how book life goes(lol) ¬†I got sidetracked. I really want to see the movie but I always like to read the book prior to. So here I go. I hope to read this by February( but don’t hold me to that :P)


2. And The Mountains Echoed: By Khaled Hosseini. ( Author of “The Kite Runner”) ¬†I had picked up this book right after its release in 2013 as I have loved all of this authors previous works. I had initially started it and somehow it got lost by the wayside. This year will be the year I actually complete it! ¬†The synopsis of this book is as follows:

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times‚Äďbestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe‚ÄĒfrom Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos‚ÄĒthe story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

And the Mountains Echoed

3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Maya Angelou. This book is a re-read for me. I read this book as a young girl ( probably about 10) before I could really internalize the message she was trying to deliver. I think It’s a fine time for a re-read! The synopsis of this book is as follows:

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother‚Äôs side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age‚ÄĒand has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

4. The Illegal: By Lawrence Hill. I bought this book at the tail end of 2015. I loved Lawrence Hills other works and He’s Canadian and currently lives in my city! So why now support local talent!! ¬†The synopsis of this ¬†book is as follows:

All Keita has ever wanted to do is to run. Running means respect and wealth at home. His native Zantoroland, a fictionalized country whose tyrants are eerily familiar, turns out the fastest marathoners on earth. But after his journalist father is killed for his outspoken political views, Keita must flee to the wealthy nation of Freedom State‚ÄĒa country engaged in a crackdown on all undocumented people.

There, Keita becomes a part of the new underground. He learns what it means to live as an illegal: surfacing to earn cash prizes by running local races and assessing whether the people he meets will be kind or turn him in. As the authorities seek to arrest Keita, he strives to elude capture and ransom his sister, who has been kidnapped.

Set in an imagined country bearing a striking resemblance to our own, this tension-filled novel casts its eye on race, human potential, and what it means to belong.

The Illegal

5: Troublemaker:Surviving Hollywood and Scientology: By Leah Remini. I want to read this simply because I am intrigued, curious and want to know what finally made her walk about from that religion..

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church‚Äôs actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a ‚ÄúSuppressive Person,‚ÄĚ and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners‚ÄĒincluding members of her own family‚ÄĒwere told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini‚Äôs remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly‚ÄĒfrom an author unafraid of the consequences

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

I have to order this online because It is not sold in Canada. It does not adhere to Canadian defamation policies my local bookstore told me. Perhaps a quick drive to Buffalo ( I only live about 45 minutes from the border) at some point this year.

Finally, I found this handy dandy little 2016 Reading challenge list that looks like fun and will totally help me stay on track and complete my TBR! I’m going to print these out and put them in a jar and anytime I finish a book I will draw out my challenge for my next read!

Here’s wishing you a successful reading year! What are you planning on reading this year? Let me know!!!!

‚ÄúThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.‚ÄĚ





My 2015 To Be Read List

My 2015 To Be Read List

“Hi my name is Sophia and I’m addicted to buying books!!”

Honestly is there a Book Hoarders anonymous ¬†support group i can join because I seriously have a problem! This year I have decided to minimize the amount of books i purchase. I wont say that I wont purchase books because that would be a bold face lie! But, I really want to try to read some of the books on my bookshelf that are just there collecting dust. ¬†Eventually, I’ll take you guys on a bookshelf ¬†tour and do a count of how many unread books are on there for me to read ( I fear the number will be astronomical :))

However , I have chosen 10 books off of my shelf that I¬†plan to read before the conclusion of 2015. I’m sure I’ll read other books in the midst but these are the ones I¬†really want to conquer this year. Hope I’ll inspire a few of you to join me on this reading journey!

  1. And the Mountains Echoed: By Khaled Hosseini- This book¬†begins simply enough, with a father recounting a folktale to his two young children. The tale is about a young boy who is taken by a div (a sort of ogre), and how that fate might not be as terrible as it first seems‚ÄĒa brilliant device that firmly sets the tone for the rest of this sweeping, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel. A day after he tells the tale of the div, the father gives away his own daughter to a wealthy man in Kabul. What follows is a series of stories within the story, told through multiple viewpoints, spanning more than half a century, and shifting across continents. The novel moves through war, separation, birth, death, deceit, and love, illustrating again and again how people‚Äôs actions, even the seemingly selfless ones, are shrouded in ambiguity. ( amazon.com)
  2. Love Anthony:By Lisa Genova-After 14 years of marriage and three children, Beth Ellis discovers her husband is having an affair with a local waitress. Feeling heartbroken, rejected, and alone, Beth wants to recapture the independent, creative spirit she used to be and finds the inspiration to pick up pen and paper once again. What emerges is a startling new voice, one that will become a balm for her wounded soul. Newly separated Olivia Donatelli has just moved into her family’s rental cottage. Struggling to understand the unraveling of her marriage, she is also desperate to make sense of her eight-year-old autistic son Anthony’s short life and accidental death. A chance encounter between these two women develops into an unexpected and meaningful friendship, giving one writer the opportunity to find her voice and a grieving mother a chance to finally understand her son
  3. Roots:By Alex Haley A classic I’ve never been able to finish because the content was too strong. I feel I’m ready now.:)
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun: By¬†Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:a magnificent novel in which the dreams and tragedies of 1960s Nigeria are filtered through the minds and experiences of stupendously compelling characters. From page 1, an unbreakable bond is forged between the reader and Ugwu, a bright and kind young teen who has left his barebones village to serve as houseboy to Odenigbo, a robust and radical professor full of hope for newly independent Nigeria in spite of ingrained ethnic divides and colonialism’s deleterious aftereffects. Ugwu becomes devoted to Odenigbo’s beautiful and cultured lover, Olanna, as Odenigbo’s treacherous mother plots against her, and her estranged twin sister, tough and sardonic Kainene, takes up with a gentle Englishman. The momentous psychological and ethical pressures Adichie engineers could support an engrossing novel in their own right, but her great subject is Nigeria’s horrific civil war, specifically the fate of Biafra, the doomed breakaway Igbo state.(Booklist.com)
  5. 12 years a slave: By Solomon Northrup:.This is the true story of Solomon Northrup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family – a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south. These are the true accounts of his twelve hard years as a slave – many believe this memoir is even more graphic and disturbing than the film. His extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.( amazon.com) I began reading this before the movie came out and then got distracted and just watched the movie instead, I feel i should finish it lol.
  6. The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell: By Nadia Hashimi.¬†In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive? (amazon.com)
  7. Any Known Blood: By Lawrence Hill ( Author of the Book of Negroes)¬†The son of a black man and a white woman, the down-and-out narrator of Hill’s substantial, historically inflected novel, struggles to determine his identity in racially polarized Canada and within his own well-educated, upwardly mobile family. At 39, Langston Cane V is divorced, childless, uprooted, and a failed writer. Prompted by an elderly mentor to write about his forebear’s illustrious past, Langston decides to investigate the family lore that claims the first Langston Cane died fighting alongside John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859. His research takes him to Baltimore, where half the family lives?among them his tough-talking, corpulent Aunt Milly, who’s kept her distance from Langston’s side of the Cane clan since Langston’s parents’ marriage. As he pieces together the puzzle of the past through Milly’s stories, diary entries, newspaper clippings, letters and ephemera, Langston’s own life appears in sharper focus. His Virgil in urban education is Yoyo, an entrepreneuring Cameroonian illegal immigrant. Langston survives a drive-by shooting, experiences a sexual rejuvenation with a young woman from Milly’s church and discovers an old scandal involving his aunt (publishersweekly)
  8. 72 Hour Hold :By Bebe Moore Campbell ( a book a started years ago and really loved but got distracted and put down :)) Trina is eighteen and suffers from bi-polar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Frightened by her own child, Keri searches for help, quickly learning that the mental health community can only offer her a seventy-two hour hold. After these three days Trina is off on her own again. Fed up with the bureaucracy and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention known as The Program, launching them both on a terrifying journey.
  9. What on Earth am I Here For: By Rick Warren . ( a revamp of The Purpose Driven Life) a 40 day Devotional.¬†The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents–God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God’s master plan
  10. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings: By Maya Angelou ( a re-read) Maya Angelou’s debut memoir.

So that’s my¬†TBR ( to be read) ‚̧

What I’m currently reading this week: The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk KIdd and 1 John (bible)

Happy Reading


‚ÄúThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.‚ÄĚ


Happy Reading