The Great 2016 Read-a-thon Book Bonanza!

Hello friends!

2016 is almost upon us and we wanted to do something a little different for this year's Read-a-thon. Instead of just Ariana and I competing against each other, we thought it might be nice to include our friends as well.

So, here is your invitation to participate! It will require a little bit of work on your part, but if you win you will receive fabulous prizes such as bragging rights for all of 2017! You will need to keep track of the title and author of the book, as well as the date that you completed it. Ariana and I will update the blog monthly with everyone's books so you will need to send us a monthly e-mail with your list.

This year's rules:
1. The entire book must be read. That means no individual chapters, no partial plays, no individual short stories in a volume, and definitely no academic papers. We would like the focus to be on reading this year, so we will also not be counting graphic novels or comic books.

2. While there is no minimum page requirement for a book to count, this is a friendly competition and we ask that you not take advantage of this rule (so no reading 200 children's books and counting them all). The goal is to get us all to read more in 2016, not pad our book counts with Dr. Seuss.

3. We are keeping our rule from years past about being able to re-read books. This allows all participants to re-read books that they love (because you simply cannot read To Kill a Mockingbird too many times).

4. All participants must have indicated their interest by January 31st 2016. After that date, you can play along at home, but your achievements won't be advertised on this blog and you won't win any bragging rights. You'll just be that jerk telling everyone you can do better but with no proof to back it up.

5. All participants should e-mail their lists for the month by the 5th of the following month. So all books read during January will be e-mailed to us by February 5th and so on. This allows Ariana and I to update the blog and then post on Facebook about who is in the lead and who hasn't read any books 6 months into the competition (Ariana *cough cough*).

The finalized tally will be announced in early January 2017.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

This year's participants and their tallies:


Ariana: 24 (Halfway: 18)
01/04/16 - The Elite (The Selection) - Kiara Cass
01/06/16 - The One - Kiara Cass
01/17/16 - Shadows - Robin McKinley
01/17/16 - The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
01/31/16 - Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente 
02/10/16 - The Royal We - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
02/15/16 - First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen
02/23/16 - Girl at War - Sara Novic
03/15/16 - Inside the O'Briens - Lisa Genova
04/17/16 - Uprooted - Naomi Novik
04/24/16 - A Study in Charlotte - Brittany Cavallaro
04/27/16 - Cinder - Marissa Meyer
04/29/16 - Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
05/06/16 - Cress Marissa Meyer
05/08/16 - Winter Marissa Meyer
05/13/16 - Inside an American Hostel - Vikki Matsis
05/18/16 - One Plus One - Jojo Moyes
06/20/16 - The Girl You Left Behind - Jojo Moyes
07/04/16 - 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
07/12/16 - UnEnchanted - Chanda Hahn
07/16/16 - Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
08/02/16 - Stronger Faster Better - Charles Duhigg
09/12/16 - Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
12/30/16 - The Dirty Life - Kristen Kimball

Kristen: 38 (Halfway: 23)

01/03/16 - Memoirs of a Muse - Lara Vapnyar
01/07/16 - Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity - Gary Paul Nabhan
01/16/16 - Fall on Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
01/21/16 - The Good Fairies of New York - Martin Millar
01/23/16 - Dreaming Water - Gail Tsukiyama
01/30/16 - Shutterbabe - Deborah Copaken Kogan
02/09/16 - The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom
02/19/16 - Naked - David Sedaris
03/20/16 - From Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik
03/30/16 - No. 4 Imperial Lane - Jonathan Weisman
04/04/16 - The Hotel and the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
04/08/16 - Loving Frank -Nancy Horan
04/26/16 - Sideways - Rex Pickett
05/01/16 - The Virgin of Small Plains - Nancy Pickard
05/07/16 - The Shadow Catcher - Marianne Wiggins
05/08/16 - The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
05/14/16 - The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
05/16/16 - The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
05/24/16 - Madame President - Lane Smith
06/05/16 - The Plague of Doves - Louise Erdrich
06/15/16 - The Bookseller of Kabul - Anse Seierstad
06/24/16 - A Yellow Raft in Blue Water - Michael Dorris
06/29/16 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
07/19/16 - Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
08/08/16 - Circling the Sun - Paula McLain
08/15/16 - The Sex Lives of Cannibals - J. Maarten Troost
08/27/16 - Gardens of Water - Alan Drew
09/13/16 - The Bartender's Tale - Ivan Doig
09/25/16 - The Bone People - Keri Hulme
10/16/16 - South of Superior - Ellen Airgood
10/22/16 - Towelhead - Alicia Erian
11/01/16 - England, England - Julian Barnes
11/01/16 - Pomegranate Soup - Marsha Mehran
11/24/16 - Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
11/27/16 - Martin Dressler - Steven Millhauser
12/24/16 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Phillip Sendker
12/29/16 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
12/31/16 - Lost in Translation - Nicole Mones

Chris J.: 5 (Halfway: 5)

01/12/16 - Half A War - Joe Abercrombie
01/23/16 - The Martian - Andy Weir
01/28/16 - The Road - Cormac McCarthy
02/01/16 - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
02/15/16 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowlings

Helfer: 3 (Halfway: 3)

01/12/16 - The Golden Compass - Phillip Pullman
01/16/16 - A Brief History of Time and Space - Steven Hawking
01/26/16 - Shadow Games - Glen Cook

Mike: 15 (Halfway: 11)

02/ 05/16 - The Bands of Mourning - Brandon Sanderson
04/06/16 - The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships - Neil Strauss
04/15/16 - The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
04/19/16 - The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
04/26/16 - The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
05/08/16 - Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
05/16/16 - Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson
05/22/16 - The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
06/12/16 - Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
06/15/16 - Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
06/24/16 - Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
07/05/15 - The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
August - The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan
September - The Shadow Rising - Robert Jordan
October - The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan

Christine: 0


Gary: 11 (Halfway: 11)

January - The Return of the Black Company - Glen Cook
January - Rath's Deception - Piers Platt
January - Decisively Engaged - CJ Carelia
January - Fires of Prophecy - Brian Pratt
February - Hell's Foundations Quiver - David Weber
February - Brothers in Valor - Paul Honsinger
February - Splendid Apocalypse - Timothy Gawne
February - Dead City - Mitchell Jacobs
February - Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li - Brian Pratt
February - Armada - Ernest Cline
February - Tunnel in the Sky - Robert Heinlein

Kayleigh: 4 (Halfway: 4)

01/06/16 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
01/14/16 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
01/20/16 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
01/30/16 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

Stephan37 (Halfway: 18)

01/05/16 - Der Golan-Marathon - Yassin Nasri
01/06/16 - Murder List - Julie Garwood
01/11/16 - The Method - Juli Zeh
01/24/16 - The Lurker at the Threshold - HP Lovecraft with August Derleth

01/31/16 - Abstieg vom Zauberberg - Jens Walther
02/06/16 - The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson
02/10/16 - Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
02/15/16 - The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
03/15/16 - Asian American Dreams - Helen Zia
03/27/16 - The Shadow Over Innsmouth - H.P. Lovecraft
04/18/16 - The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
04/20/16 - Dragon of the Lost Sea - Lawrence Yep
04/21/16 - Dragon Steel - Lawrence Yep
04/27/16 - Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii - A. Grove Day (editor)
05/14/16 - Rogues - edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
05/23/16 - The Warded Man - Peter Brett
05/31/16 - Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
06/21/16 - The Desert Spear - Peter Brett
07/03/16 - The Daylight War - Peter Brett
07/18/16 - A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
07/20/16 - A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
07/28/16 - The Exile of Time - Ray Cummings
08/01/16 - Enchantment - Orson Scott Card
08/19/16 - Jonathan Strange and Mr Morrell - Susanna Clarke
09/11/16 - The Magicians - Lev Grossman
09/14/16 - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling and some other people
09/29/16 - The Fortunate Fall - Ralph Carter
10/09/16 - The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis
10/26/16 - Codex - Lev Grossman
11/02/16 - Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
11/13/16 - The Aquiliad - S.P. Somtow
11/19/16 - Die Schriften von Accra - Paulo Coelho
11/28/16 - The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus - Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein
12/14/16 - Hyperion - Dan Simmons
12/19/16 - Bared Blade - Kelly McCullough
12/24/16 - I am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
12/30/16 - The Magician's King - Lev Grossman

Jen: 15 (Halfway: 6)
01/08/16 - House of Thieves - Kaui Hart Hemmings
01/11/16 - Juniors - Kaui Hart Hemmings
01/16/16 - Girl on a Train - Paula Hawkins

02/10/16 - John Dies at the End - David Wong
03/21/16 - Safari Jema - Teresa O'Kane
04/03/16 - The Last Girl - Joe Hart
09/15/16 - You Are Not So Smart - David McRaney
10/05/16 - Five Star Billionaire - Tash Aw
October - Map of the World - Tash Aw
October - China Rich Girlfriend - Kevin Kwan
October - Crazy Rich Asians -Kevin Kwan
October - The Circle - David Eggers
December - How to Party with an Infant - Kaui Hart Hemmings
December - Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
December - Inferno - Dan Brown

Chris M17 (Halfway: 9)

January - Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
February - The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
March - Middlesex - Jeffery Euginedes
March - When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
March - A Field Guild to Awkward Silences - Alexandra Petri
March - Girl at War - Sara Novic
April - The Girl on the Train - Paula Haskins
June - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
June - The Fight -Norman Mailer
July - Valiant Ambition - Nathaniel Philbrick
September - The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
September - The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
November - Mr. Splitfoot - Samantha Hunt
November - Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War - Mary Roach
November - Between the World and Me - Ta-Neishi Coates
December - Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow

Lisa: 5 (Halfway: 5)

02/01/16 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep - Phillip K. Dick
02/28/16 - The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
 - Madonna of the Seven Hills - Jean Plaidy
 - Light on Lucrenzia - Jean Plaidy
 - The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons

Kathryn: 6 (Halfway: 6)

01/04/16 - Janet Dailey - Lord of the High Lonesome; North Dakota Series
01/22/16 - Abraham Verghese - My Own Country: A Doctor's Story
02/28/16 - Southern Nights - Janet Dailey
03/18/16 - Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Leah Remini
03/26/16 - Strong Looks Better Naked -Khloe Kardashian
05/07/16 - Iggie's House - Judy Blume

Kellian: 50 (Halfway: 40)

January - My Notorious Life - Kate Manning
January - Under the Jeweled Sky - Allison McQueen
January - Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
January - The Good Dream - Donna VanLiere
January - The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel - Maureen Lindley
January - The Concubine's Daughter - Pai Kit Fai
January - The Language of Silence - Peggy Webb
January - Empress - Shan Sa
January - The Mapmaker's Children - Sarah McCoy
January - Honolulu - Alan Brennert
January - The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim
February - The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
February - My Name is Resolute - Nancy Turner
February - Mademoiselle Chanel - C.W. Gortner
February - The Pink Suit - Nicole Kelby
February - Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth - Jim Rendon
February - Searching for Grace Kelly - Michael Callahan
February - The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
March - The Secrets of Jin-Shei - Alma Alexander
March - Blue Asylum - Kathy Hepinstall
March - Hilter's Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn - Ingrid Von Oelhafen
March - The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri Tepper
March - The Vatican Princess - C.W. Gortner
March - Four Seasons in Rome - Anthony Doerr
March - Medici's Daughter - Sophie Perinot
May - The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great - Eva Stachniak
May - The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan
May - Fear Itself - Andrew Clements
May - The Things we Cherished - Pam Jenoff
May - Accidents of Providence - Stacia Brown
June - The Little Tokyo Informant - Andrew Rosenheim
June - The Sisters of Versailles - Sally Christie
June - Fire Horse Girl - Kay Honeyman
June - The Hired Girl - Laura Amy Schlitz
June - To the Tower Born - Robin Maxwell
June - Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
June - A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen
June - Royal Flush - Rhys Bowen
June - Royal Blood - Rhys Bowen
June - Naughty in Nice - Rhys Bowen
July - All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
July - America's First Daughter - Stephanie Dray
July - The Midwife's Tale - Sam Thomas
July - The Midwifes's Tale - Gretchen Moran Laskas
July - Kitchen Chinese - Ann Mah
July - Rock Paper Tiger - Lisa Brackmann
July - The Harlot's Tale - Sam Thomas
July - The Witch Hunter's Tale - Sam Thomas
July - The Midwife and the Assassin - Sam Thomas
July - Mare's War - Tania S. Davis

Jess: 0

Donna3 (Halfway: 1)

02/27/16 - The Girl on the Train - Paula Haskins
08/17/16 - I, Alex Cross - James Patterson
10/17/16- Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me - Ron Miscavige

Kristin: 4 (Halfway: 2)

02/05/16 - Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World - Rachel Swaby
03/15/16 - African Queen: The Real Life of the Hottentot Venus - Rachel Holmes
07/06/16 - The Devil in the Grove - Gilbert King
07/13/16 - Passing - Nella Larsen

Ben: 6 (Halfway: 6)

01/01/16 - The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean
01/15/16 - A Call to Arms - David Weber
01/17/16 - Raising Rabbits the Modern Way - Ann Kanable
01/20/16 - Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
02/15/16 - Storm Front - Jim Butcher
02/18/16 - Fool Moon - Jim Butcher

Nick: 0

Tom: 2 (Halfway: 2)

January - The Martian - Andy Weir
January - Haunted - Chunk Palahniuk

Renee: 0


Aaron: 18 (Halfway: 18)

January - A Thousand Suns - Graham McNeill
January - The First Heretic - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
January - Horus Rising - Dan Abnett
January - False Gods - Graham McNeill
January - Galaxy in Flames - Ben Counter
February - Flight of the Einstein - James Swallow
February - Fulgrim - Graham McNeill
February - Legion - Dan Abnett
March - Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter
March - Mechanicam - Graham McNeill
April - Fallen Angels - Mike Lee
April - The Outcast Dead - Graham McNeill
April - Deliverance Lost - Gav Thorpe
April - Blood of Heroes - Richard Foxx
June - Left Alive One - Jeremy Laszlow
June - Left Alive Two - Jeremy Laszlow
June - Left Alive Three - Jeremy Laszlow
June - Left Alive Four - Jeremy Laszlow