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 exactly 52 books. Or, more accurately, I listed exactly 52 books that I read. I “read” many business books in the form of getAbstract summaries and I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. 2013 was an unusual year for me, too, in the significant number of books I started and gave up on before finishing.

I’m doing the same thing in 2014. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time sporadically 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.


58. Wait for Signs, Craig Johnson
57. Bitcoin and the Future of Money, Jose Pagliery
56. FastExercise, Michael Mosley
55. The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, Greil Marcus
54. The Counterfeit Agent, Alex Berenson


53. The Heist, Dan Silva
52. Jobs-to-be-Done: The Handbook, Chris Spiek and Bob Moesta
51. Rock Breaks Scissors, William Poundstone
50. The American Mission, Matthew Palmer


49. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny
48. The Outlandish Companion, Diana Gabaldon
47. The Brutal Telling, Louise Penny
46. Talk Like TED, Carmine Gallo
45. Driving Honda, Jeffrey Rothfeder


44. The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins
43. There Goes Gravity, Lisa Robinson
42. Wild Storm, Richard Castle
41. The March of Mobile Money, Sam Pitroda and Mehul Desai
40. A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny
39. A Rule Against Murder, Louise Penny
38. Rework, Jason Fried


37. How the World Sees You, Sally Hogshead
36. The Fires of the Gods, I. J. Parker
35. The Cruelest Month, Louise Penny
34. The Beautiful Mystery, Louise Penny


33. Murder on the Home Front, Molly Lefebure
32. Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rankin
31. You are Your Own Gym, Mike Laurer
30. Still Life, Louise Penny


29. Let Loose the Dogs, Maureen Jennings
28. Poor Tom is Cold, Maureen Jennings
27. Jony Ive, Leander Kahney


26. Any Other Name, Craig Johnson
25. Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano
24. How to be Danish, Patrick Kingsley
23. Pitch Perfect, Bill McGowan
22. A Short Guide to a Long Life, David Agus
21. George Washington’s Secret Six, Brian Kilmeade
20. The Janson Option, Paul Garrison
19. The Vikings, Neil Oliver


18. The Haunted Monastery, Robert Van Gulik
17. Night Work, Laurie R. King
16. Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone
15. The Mongolian Conspiracy, Rafael Bernal


14. The Bourne Retribution, Eric Van Lustbader
13. Judge Dee at Work, Robert Van Gulik
12. Wild Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz


11. The Chinese Lake Murders, Robert Van Gulik
10. The Chinese Gold Murders, Robert Van Gulik
9. Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, Robert Van Gulik


8. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams
7. Europe Between the Oceans, Barry Cunliffe
6. Feldenkrais:The Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement, Frank Wildman
5. A Short History of the Twentieth Century, John Lukacs
4. Spirit of Steamboat, Craig Johnson
3. A Man Without Breath, Philip Kerr
2. A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain
1. Italian Ways, Tim Parks

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