For many 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 67 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 67 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on.

I thought that I might do more reading than ever in a  year of pandemic. That wasn’t the case. In 2019, the number was 89.

I’d guess that I probably started more books without finishing them than I ever have before. I also probably read more audiobooks than ever before

You will also notice that I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories.If you forced me to pick my top books for 2020 (in alphabetical order) that I’d recommend, I’d probably list:

Agency, William Gibson 

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Demand-side Sales 101, Bob Moesta

Hit Refresh, Satya Nadella

Influenza, Dr. Jeremy Brown

Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi

The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidge

The Expertise Economy, Kelly Palmer and David Blake

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dan Egan

The Peripheral, William Gibson

Why Customers Buy . . . And Why They Don’t, Martin Lewis

I’m doing the same thing in 2021. 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.











8. Not Dark Yet, Peter RObinson
7. The Darkness, Ragnar Jonasson
6. American Traitor, Brad Taylor


5. Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler


4. Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
3. Testing Business Ideas, David Bland & Alex Osterwalder
2. I Came as a Shadow, John Thompson
1. The Price of Peace, Zachary Carter

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