Upcoming Reading Through 2016

It’s that time of year when I am figuring out what I will be reading through the end of the year. I recently finished reading John Le Carré’s The Pigeon Tunnel. With that finished, I was looking for something escapist, so I started reading book 2 of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Die Trying. I read the first book in the series last year, and decided it was time to give the second book a try. Much to my surprise, it is a page turning that I am having difficulty putting down. It’s just the thing I needed.

So, I imagine there will be a few more Jack Reacher books before the end of the year.

What else is on my list?

Next up is likely going to be Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil. I heard Cathy on the most recent episode of Postlight’s Track Changes podcast. She was fascinating and they talked about the book in the episode and I felt I had to give it a try.

In early December, the audiobook version of Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run, comes out. The book has been out for a few weeks already, but I held out for the audiobook in the hope that Springsteen would narrate it. Turns out, he did, and so I look forward to reading that book when it comes out.

Kelly and I both like the HGTV show Fixer Upper, and it turns out that the hosts, Chip and Joanna Gaines, have written a book called The Magnolia Story about the show, and how they got started. The audiobook version is 5 hours long, which is the perfect length for the first leg of our drive down to Florida in mid-December.

So these books, coupled with a handful of Jack Reacher books, and perhaps one or two surprises, should get me through the end of the year. The current Jack Reacher book I’m reading is the 655th book I’ve read since January 1, 1996. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ll finish the year with 662 books since 1996. That would give me about 32 books read in 2016.

What will you be reading through the end of 2016? Let me know in the comments.


  1. My wife will get me Michael Chabon’s newest book. Also have a copy of the Golem and the Djinn a friend gave me that’s been gathering dust. Plus whatever comics or graphic novels I haven’t gotten around to.

  2. I just finished Killing Floor this weekend. Yeah, hit the hay around 4 AM Sunday morning. Right now, I’m reading the Best Mystery Stories from 2010 and I’m going try to finish up a couple of Brad Thor novels. Happy reading.


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