For quite a 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 59 books. Or, more accurately, I listed 59 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 2017. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time 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.

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.


79. Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews
78. Creative Intelligence, Bruce Nussbaum
77. The 10% Entrepreneur, Patrick McGinnis
76. One Small Step Can Change Your Life, Robert Maurer
75. 80/20 Sales and Marketing, Perry Marshall
74. Glass Houses, Louise Penny
73. The 7th Sense, William Duggan


72. Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews
71. How Do I Get There from Here?, George Schofield
70. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran
69. House of Spies, Daniel Silva
68. Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit


67. Visual Intelligence, Amy Herman
66. Life in Code, Ellen Ullman
65. Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr
64. Cockpit Confidential, Patrick Smith


63. Rather Be the Devlin, Ian Rankin
62. Even Dogs in the Wild, Ian Rankin
61. Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rankin
60. Standing in Another Man’s Grave, Ian Rankin
59. Exit Music, Ian Rankin
58. The Lost City of the Monkey God, Douglas Preston
57. Book More Business, Lois Creamer


56. The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
55. Manuscript Found in Accra, Paulo Coelho
54. The Naming of the Dead, Ian Rankin
53. Fleshmarket Alley, Ian Rankin
52. A Question of Blood, Ian Rankin
51. Testimony, Robbie Robertson
50. Resurrection Men, Ian Rankin
49. The Falls, Ian Rankin
48. Mary Russell’s War, Laurie R. King


47. Cold Earth, Ann Cleeves
46. Set in Darkness, Ian Rankin
45. Dead Souls, Ian Rankin
44. The Hanging Garden, Ian Rankin
43. Farther Than Any Man, Martin Duggard
42. Black and Blue, Ian Rankin
41. Let it Bleed, Ian Rankin
40. The Kill Artist, Dan Silva


39. Everyday Cook, Alton Brown
38. Quiet, Susan Cain
37. August of Money, Mehul Desai
36. Pivot, Adam Markel
35. Mortal Causes, Ian Rankin


34. The Black Book, Ian Rankin
33. Strip Jack, Ian Rankin
32. The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis


31. The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant
30. The Scorpio Illusion, Robert Ludlum
29. 1491, Charles Mann
28. Crashed, Timothy Hallinan
27. Let It Go, Peter Walsh
26. Tooth and Nail, Ian Rankin
25. Shoe Dog, Phil Knight
24. Lucky Bastard, Joe Buck
23. Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett


22. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wolf
21. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
20. The Lion’s Gate, Steven Pressfield
19. Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud
18. Hide and Seek, Ian Rankin
17. Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss
16. The Prisoner, Alex Berenson
15. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande


14. Insane Clown President, Matt Tabibi
13. Deep Work, Cal Newport
12. Windows 10 for Dummies, Andy Rathbone
11. Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss
10. 50 Plus!, Robert Dilenschneider
9. Knots and Crosses, Ian Rankin


8. The Pattern on the Stone, Danny Hillis
7. The 8 Colors of Fitness, Suzanne Brue
6. A Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young
5. A Test of Wills, Charles Todd
4. The Index Revolution, Charles D. Ellis
3. The Black Mountain, Rex Stout
2. M Train, Patti Smith
1. Notorious RBG, Iron Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

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