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 79 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 79 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 2018. 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.


115. The Ivory Grin, Ross MacDonald
114. The Way Some People Die, Ross MacDonald
113. The Drowning Pool, Ross MacDonald
112. More than You Know, Michael Mauboussin
111. The Seagull, Ann Cleeves
110. Sleeping in the Ground, Peter Robinson
109. When the Music’s Over, Peter Robinson
108. In the Dark Places, Peter Robinson
107. Children of the Revolution, Peter Robinson
106. Watching the Dark, Peter Robinson
105. The Moscow Sleepers, Stella Rimington
104. The Moving Target, Ross MacDonald
103. The Absent One, Jussi Adler-Olsen


102. Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker
101. All the Colors of Darkness, Peter Robinson
100. Smarter Faster Better, Charles Duhigg
99. Piece of My Heart, Peter Robinson
98. Strange Affair, Peter Robinson
97. Business Model You, Tim Clark
96. White Nights, Ann Cleeves
95. The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis
94. Playing with Fire, Peter Robinson
93. Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen
92. Designing for Growth, Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie
91. Close to Home, Peter Robinson
90. Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
89. Aftermath, Peter Robinson


88. Where Other People Sleep, Marcia Muller
87. The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber
86. For all the Tea in China, Sarah Rose
85. Cold is the Grave, Peter Robinson
84. The One-Hour Business Plan, John McAdam
83. Both Ends of the Night, Marcia Muller
82. In a Dry Season, Peter Robinson
81. The Other Woman, Daniel Silva
80. The Four Tendencies, Gretchen Rubin
79. Burn the Business Plan, Carl Schramm


78. Blood at the Root, Peter Robinson
77. The Broken Promise Land, Marcia Muller
76. Gridiron Genius, Mike Lombardi
75. Liminal Thinking, Dave Gray
74. Creative Strategy, William Duggan
73. Innocent Graves, Peter Robinson
72. A Wild and Lonely Place, Marcia Muller
71. Wednesday’s Child, Peter Robinson
70. The Middle-Man, Olen Steinhauer
69. Till the Butchers Cut Him Down, Marcia Muller


68. Island of the Mad, Laurie King
67. Learn Better, Ulrich Boser
66. Past Reason Hated, Peter Robinson
65. Dead Water, Ann Cleeves
64. Who We Are and How We Got Here, David Reich
63. Codename Villanelle, Luke Jennings
62. Wolf in the Shadows, Marcia Muller
61. Pennies on a Dead Woman’s Eyes, Marcia Muller
60. The Hanging Valley, Peter Robinson
59. Where Echoes Live, Marcia Muller
58. Orr: My Story, Bobby Orr


57. A Necessary End, Peter robinson
56. A Dedicated Man, Peter Robinson
55. Gallows View, Peter Robinson
54. Trophies and Dead Things, Marcia Muller
53. The Shape of Dread, Marcia Muller
52. The Glass Room, Ann Cleeves
51. The Way Through the Woods, Colin Dexter
50. I Think Therefore I Play, Andrea Pirlo
49. There’s Something in a Sunday, Marcia Muller
48. How to Get Ideas, Jack Foster
47. Eye of the Storm, Marcia Muller
46. Under the Radar Michigan: The Next 50, Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman
45. There’s Nothing to Be Afraid Of, Marcia Muller
44. Build an A Team, Whitney Johnson


43. Leave a Message for Willie, Marcia Muller
42. Games to Keep the Dark Away, Marcia Muller
41. The eMyth Attorney, Michael Gerber
40. The Cheshire Cat’s Eye, Marcia Muller
39. Ask the Cards a Question, Marcia Muller
38. Edwin of the Iron Shoes, Marcia Muller
37. A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee
36. Reckless, Chrissie Hynde
35. Measure What Matters, John Doerr
34. Core Strength for 50+, Dr. Karl Knopf


33. Entrepreneurial You, Dorie Clark
32. Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller
31. Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon
30. Trouble Follows Me, Ross MacDonald


29. 80/20 Sales and Marketing, Perry Marshall
28. The Dan Sullivan Question, Dan Sullivan
27. The Big Four, Agatha Christie
26. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
25. Autonomous, Annalee Newitz


24, Lagom, Linnea Dunne
23. The Deceivers, Alex Berenson
22. The Kremlin Candidate, Jason Matthews
21`. Telling Tales, Ann Cleeves
20. Dollars and Sense, Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
19. Thinking in Bets, Annie Duke
18. You Need a Budget, Jesse Mecham
17. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz


16. The Seekers, Daniel Boorstin
15. Murder in the Dark, Kerry Greenwood
14. Unnatural Habits, Kerry Greenwood
13. Singapore Noir, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
12. Gold Dust Woman, Stephen Davis
11. Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winsoear
10. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson


9. The Martian, Andy Weir
8. The One Thing, Gary Keller
7. American Nations, Colin Woodward
6. The Four Steps to Epiphany, Steve Blank
5. Living Forward, Michael Hyatt
4. Encore, Marc Freedman
3. Portfolio Life, David Corbett
2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
1. Urn Burial, Kerry Greenwood

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