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.
47. Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth, and Soul, Melissa Rappaport Schifman
46. Riviera Gold, Laurie R. King
45. The Bourne Treachery, Brian Freeman
44. The Cellist, Daniel Silva
43. The Verge, Patrick Wyman
42. Pipe Dreams, Chelsea Ward
41. Together We Will Go, J. Michael Straczynski
40. Learn Like a Pro, Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe
39. The Thinker’s Toolkit, Moran Jones
38. AMC’s Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance, Ryan Harvey
37. Castle Shade, Lauri R. King
36. Better Data Visualizations, Jonathan Schwabish
35. The Plague Cycle, Charles Kenny
34. Broad Band, Claire Evans
33. Filters Against Folly, Garrett Hardin
32. Kindred, Rebecca Sykes
31. Essential Hempcrete Construction, Chris Magwood
30. The Model Thinker, Scott Page
29. Essential Sustainable Home Design, Chris Magwood
28. Exercised, Daniel Lieberman
27. Brain-centric Design, Rich Carr and Kieran O’Mahoney
26. The Kobalt Dossier, Eric Van Lustbader
25. The Secret World of Weather, Tristan Gooley
24. Effortless, Greg McKeown
23. Becoming a Writer Saying a Writer, J. Michael Straczynski
22. This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perloth
21. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram Kendi
20. How to Draw Without Talent, Danny Gregory
19. How Buildings Learn, Stewart Brand
18. A Brief History of Earth, Andrew Knoll
17. A Timeless Way of Building, Christopher Alexander
16. A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
15. Technological Revolution and Financial Capital, Carlota Perez
14. Welcome to the Jungle, Hilary Smith
13. Billion Dollar Whale, Tom Wright
12. Creative Confidence, Tom Kelley
11. The Code Breaker, Walter Isaacson
10. Four Lost Cities, Annalee Newitz
9. The Data Detective, Tim Harford
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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