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.

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Last year, I read 58 books, 6 more than in 2013. Or, more accurately, I listed 58 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.

I’m doing the same thing in 2015. 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 noticed that I tend to read all or most of a series or two of books each year. Last year, they were Robert van Gulik’s Judge Dee mysteries and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series.

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

I welcome your recommendations of good books I might read this year.

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.


53. How to Meditate, Pema Chodron
52. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
51. The Meditation Transformation Jennifer Brooks
50. One Dot, Two Dots, Get Some New Dots, David Silverstein
49. Kerry Greenwood Blood and Circuses
48. Flying Too High, Kerry Greenwood
47. Cociane Blues, Kerry Greenwood
46. Ross Poldark, Winston Graham


45. Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin
44. Indian Summer, Alex Von Tunzelmann
43. Jerusalem: City of Mirrors, Amos Elon
42.What I Saw, Joseph Roth
41. Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins


40. If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Di I Just Eat?, Bill Heavey


39. The Long Way Home, Louise Penny


38. Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, John Szwed
37. The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny
36. Less Doing, More Living, Ari Meisel
35. Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins, James Runcie
34. The English Spy, Daniel Silva
33. Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, James Runcie
32. Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, James Runcie
31. Sidney Chanbers and the Shadow of Death, James Runcie
30. Tomorrowland, Steven Kotler
29. The Age of Cryptocurrency, Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
28. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King


27. The Janson Equation, Douglas Corleone
26. The Outsiders, Gerald Seymour


25. All the Old Knives, Olen Steinhauer
24. Becoming Steve Jobs, Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
23. Data and Goliath, Bruce Schneier
22. How to Do More in Less Time, Allison Shields and Dan Siegel
21. John Robison, Be Different


20. Dry Bones, Craig Johnson
19. The Lady from Zagreb, Philip Kerr
18. Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates, Howard Pyle
17. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
16. 1177, The Year Civilization Collapsed, Eric Cline


15. The Republic of Pirates, Colin Woodward
14. Flash Points, George Friedmann
13. The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin
12. The Geneva Strategy, Jamie Freveletti
11. Retribution, David Hagberg


10. Slim by Design, Brian Wansink
9. Twelve Days, Alex Berenson
8. Waking Up, Sam Harris
7. Zero to One, Peter Thiel
6. The Journal of Best Practices, David Finch


5. Austria, Culture Smart
4. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Think Like a Freak
3. The Resilience Dividend, Judith Rodin


2. Ada’s Algorithm, James Essinger
1. The Lean Startup, Eric Ries

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