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 68 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 68 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on.

In the previous year, the total number was 67.

I again found that I was starting and abandoning quite a few books. And I’m reading 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 2021 (in alphabetical order) that I’d recommend, I’d probably list:

1491, Charles C. Mann

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Becoming a Writer Saying a Writer, J. Michael Straczynski

Brain-centric Design, Rich Carr and Kieran O’Mahoney

Four Lost Cities, Annalee Newitz

I Came as a Shadow, John Thompson

Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler

The Model Thinker, Scott Page

The Secret World of Weather, Tristan Gooley

This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perloth

Together We Will Go, J. Michael Straczynski

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.

December

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

25. Lies My Mother Told Me, Melissa Rivers
24. The War that Made the Roman Empire, Barry S. Strauss
23. Satisfaction Guaranteed, Micheline Maynard
22. The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C. Mann
21. You Need a Budget, Jesse Meacham
20. The Genesis Machine, Amy Webb
19. The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
18. Origin, Jennifer Raff
17. From Strength to Strength, Arthur C. Brooks
16. Love in Amsterdam, Nicolas Freeling

March

15. The Proud Tower, Barbara Tuchman
14. The Art of War, Sun-Tzu

February

13. The Revolution That Wasn’t, Spencer Jakab
12. Surviving Autocracy, Masha Gessen
11. Cabin Porn, Zach Klein
10. The New Rules of Aging Well, Heryan Arkson
9. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert Massie
8. Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson
7. Arriving Today, Christopher Mims

January

6. The Whole Art of Detection, Lyndsay Faye
5. The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly
4. The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino
3. Miss Moriarty, I Presume?, Sherry Thomas
2. Silent Parade, Keigo Higashino
1. A Midsummer’s Equation, Keigo Higashino


[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (https://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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