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 80 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 80 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 68.

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 2022 (in alphabetical order) that I’d recommend, I’d probably list:

Advice for Future Corpses , Sallie Tisdale

Arriving Today, Christopher Mims

Butler to the World, Oliver Bullough

Hiding in Plain Sight, Sarah Kendzior

Origin, Jennifer Raff

Pretty Good House, Dan Kolbert

River of Gods, Candice Millard

Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson

The Genesis Machine, Amy Webb

The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman

The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C. Mann

Work Clean, Dan Charnas

I’m doing the same thing in 2023. My approach is the same as 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.










26. Culture, Martin Puchner
25. Trust the Plan, Will Sommer
24. Off the Edge, Kelly Weill
23. Empress of the Nile, Lynne Olson
22. Range, David Epstein
21. The Declassification Engine, Matthew Connelly
20. Last Call at the Hotel Imperial, Deborah Cohen


19. Empireland, Stahnam Sanghera
18. A Hacker’s Mind, Bruce Schneier
17. Figuring It Out, Charles D. Ellis
16. Mind Your Mindset, Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller
15. The Devil’s Element, Dan Egan
14. Mark Reese, Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement
13. Black Ball, Theresa Runstedtler
12. Untold Power, Rebecca Boggs Roberts
11. Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin
10. Keep It Moving, Twyla Tharp
9. Deceptions, Anna Porter
8. Tracers in the Dark, Andy Greenberg


7. The Terraformers, Annalee Newitz
6. My Darkest Prayer, S.A. Cosby


5. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
4. Artificial Intelligence, Melanie Mitchell
3. Louise Penny, A World of Curiosities
2. American Midnight, Adam Hochschild
1. The Wolf Age, Tore Skeie

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