For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 57 books.

I’m doing the same thing in 2012. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books. In addition, Tom Mighell has almost talked me into keeping the list in GoodReads as well.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.


56. Fooling Houdini, Alex Stone
55. Content Management for Mobile, Karen McGrane
54. Project Runway: The Show That Changed Fashion, Eila Mell
53. The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds


52. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
51. The Cocktail Waitress, James M. Cain
50. The Fallen Angel, Daniel Silva
49. As the Crow Flies, Craig Johnson
48. The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook


47. How to Feed a Lawyer, Evan Schaeffer
46. Father Night, Eric Van Lustbader
45. The Janus Reprisal, Jamie Frevaletti
44. DNA USA, Bryan Sykes
43. River Republic, Daniel McCool


42. Culinary Intelligence, Peter Kaminsky
41. Blowout, Byron Dorgan and David Hagberg
40. Cryptoscatology, Robert Guffey


39. Red Star Burning, Brian Freemantle
38. Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes
37. The Dark Horse, Craig Johnson
36. The Social Conquest of Earth, Edward O. Wilson


35. Too Much Magic, James Howard Kunstler
34. Too Big to Know, David Weinberger
33. The Epigenetics Revolution, Nessa Carey
32. The Art of Detection, Laurie R. King
31. Junkyard Dogs, Craig Johnson


30. Kindness Goes Unpunished, Craig Johnson
29. Another Man’s Moccasins, Craig Johnson
28. Trigger Point, Matthew Glass
27. The Shadow Patrol, Alex Berenson
26. Revelations, Elaine Pagels
25. The Big Retirement Risk, Erin Botsford


24. Just Ride, Grant Peterson
23. Boomerang, Michael Lewis
22. Best Music Writing 2011, Alex Ross
21. Pirate King, Laurie R. King
20. The End of Money, David Wolman


19. The God of the Hive, Laurie R. King
18. Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, Joan Vernikos
17. Explorers of the Nile, Tim Jeal
16. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
15. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
14. Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett


13. The Language of Bees, Laurie R. King
12. Locked Rooms, Laurie R. King
11. The Game, Laurie R. King
10. Facebook for Dummies, Carolyn Abram
9. Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson
8. LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, Dennis Kennedy and Allison Shields


7. O Jerusalem, Laurie R. King
6. The Moor, Laurie R. King
5. Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command, Paul Garrison


4. Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler, The KunstlerCast
3. Crazy River, Richard Grant
2. Shaq Uncut, Shaquille O’Neal
1. The Abyss, David Hagberg

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