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 115 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 115 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. You will also notice tat I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories. If 2018, those were Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone) and Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks).

If you forced me to pick a top 10 for 2018 (or ten recommendations for books you might read), I’d probably list:

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz

Build an A Team, Whitney Johnson

Portfolio Life, David Corbett

The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber

For All the Tea in China, Sarah Rose

Gridiron Genius, Mike Lombardi

Creative Strategy, William Duggan

Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller

The Dan Sullivan Question, Dan Sullivan

I’m doing the same thing in 2019. 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.


89. The Water Will Come, Jeff Goodell
88. What You Do Is Who You Are, Ben Horowitz
87. The Art of the Start 2.0, Guy Kawasaki
86. A Study in Sherlock, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
85.A Mind to Murder, P.D. James
84. From Hell, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
83. Testing Business Ideas, David Bland and Alex Osterwalder


82. The One Hour Business Plan, John McAdam
81. How Will You Measure Your Life?, Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
80. Keep It Moving, Twyla Tharp
79. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, Maj Sjowalland Per Wahloo
78. Rosanna, Maj Sjowalland Per Wahloo
77. Measure What Matters, John Doerr
76. The Long Call, Ann Cleeves


75. Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith
74. The Trillion Dollar Coach, Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle
73. Overtime, John U. Bacon
72. The Doorbell Rang, Rex Stout


71. How Customers Buy . . . & Why They Don’t, Martyn Lewis
70. The Scarred Woman, Jussi Adler-Olsen
69. The Hanging Girl, Jussi Adler-Olsen
68. Secrets of Sand Hill Road, Scott Kupor


67. Loonshots, Safi Bahcall
66. Becoming Superman, J. Michael Straczynski
65. The E-Myth Attorney, Michael Gerber
64. The New Girl, Daniel Silva
63. The Quiche of Death, M.C. Beaton
62. The Breakers, Marcia Muller
61. How to Write Copy that Sells, Ray Edwards
60. Tell Me Who I am, Marcia Muller
59. The Nocturnal Brain, Guy Leschziner
58. Get Clients Now!, C.J. Hayden
57. Book Yourself Solid, Michael Port
56. Queer: A Graphic History, Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
55. Skeleton in the Closet, Marcia Muller
54. The Speaker Author, Cathy Fyock and Lois Creamer
53. One Person Marketing Plan Workbook, C.J. Hayden


52. The Color of Fear, Marcia Muller
51. Someone Always knows, Marcia Muller
50. The Night Searchers, Martha Muller
49. Looking for Yesterday, Marcia Muller
48. Gentleman Jack, Anne Choma
47. Indemnity Only, Sarah Paretsky
46. The marco Effect, Jussi Adler-Olsen
45. Greeks Bearing Gifts, Philip Kerr
44. Moneyland, Oliver Bullough
43. City of Whispers, Marcia Muller


42. Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor, Tren Griffin
41. Coming Back, Marcia Muller
40. No Tomorrow (Killing Eve), Luke Jennings
39. Turning the Flywheel, Jim Collins


38. Locked In, Marcia Muller
37. Burn Out, Marcia Muller
36. Metropolis, Philip Kerr
35. The Most Important Thing Illuminated, Howard Marks
34. The Ever-running Man, Marcia Muller


33. Vanishing Point, Marcia Muller
32. The Dangerous Hour, Marcia Muller
31. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
30. Invested, Danielle Town and Phil Town
29. Profit First, Michael Michalowitz
28. The Shape of Water, Andrea Camilleri
27. Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog, Grant Peterson


26. Invisible Women, Caroline Criado Perez
25. Women & Power, Mary Beard
24. Innovating, Luis Perez-Breva
23. The Purity of Vengeance, Jussi Adler-Olsen
22. Essentialism, Greg McKeown
21. A Conspiracy of Faith, Jussi Adler-Olsen
20. Wild Fire, Ann Cleeves


19. Careless Love, Peter Robinson
18. Start with Why, Simon Sinek
17. The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
16. The League of Frightened Men, Rex Stout
15. Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, Karina Longworth
14. Rupture, Ragnar Jonasson
13. Depth of Winter, Craig Johnson
12. The Future of Professions, Richard and Daniel Susskind


11. Fer De Lance, Rex Stout
10. 10 Step KPI System, Aleksky Savkin
9. Measuring Performance, Harvard Business Press
8. Faceoff, David Hagberg
7. Listen to the Silence, Marcia Muller
6. The Minimalist Home, Joshua Becker
5. Dead Midnight, Marcia Muller
4. Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon
3. The Fox, Frederick Forsyth
2. Your Best Year Ever, Michael Hyatt
1. Listen to the Silence, Marcia Muller

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