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 56 books.

I’m doing the same thing in 2013. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

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.


52. Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett
51. Seeing What Others Don’t, Gary Klein
50. Decisive, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
49. The Lawyer’s Field Guide to Effective Business Development, William Flannery
48. The Sports Gene, David Epstein
47. Learnings from the Long View, Peter Schwartz
46. The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker


45. The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed, Ruth Carter
44. The Investigator, Terry Lenzner
43. The English Girl, Daniel Silva
42. Sleepless in Hollywood, Lynda Obst
41. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
40. Beloved Enemy, Eric Lustbader


39. Slow Getting Up, Nate Jackson
38. The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli
37. Letter to a A Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson
36. The Consummata, Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
35. The Map of Innovation, Kevin O’Connor


34. WordPress Websites in One Hour for Lawyers, Jennifer Ellis
33. Big Data, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
32. Lawn Gone, Pam Penick


31. Tea Lover’s Treasury, James Norwood Pratt
30. Revolutionary Summer, Joseph Ellis
29. The Shanghai Factor, Charles McCarry


28. A Serpent’s Tooth, Craig Johnson
27. Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes


26. Foreign Influence, Brad Thor
25. Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified, Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster
24. The Expats, Chris Pavone
23. The Signal and the Noise, Nat Silver


22. Frozen Heat, Richard Castle
21. How Georgia Became O;Keeffe, Karen Karbo
20. Dreamland, David Randall
19. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Dummies, Vanessa Williams


18. Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, Maria Konnikova
17. The Utopia Experimment, Kyle Mills
16. The Aden Effect, Claude Berube


15. The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman
14. The Aden Effect, Claude Berube
13. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell
12. Why Grow That When You Can Grow This, Andrew Keys
11. Mission to Paris, Alan Furst


10. Among the Islands, Tim Flannery
9. Spy the Lie, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero
8. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Geoff Dyer
7. Garment of Shadows, Laurie R. King


6. Naked Heat, Richard Castle
5. Heat Wave, Richard Castle
4. Trust Me I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday
3. Death Without Company, Craig Johnson
2. How Music Works, David Byrne
1. Bruce, Peter Ames Carlin

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