As an avid reader, for many years I have set the goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. It’s ambitious, but reading is a hobby and this exercise helps me keep track of what I’ve read. In 2023, I read 92 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 92 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on.
In 2022, the total number was 80.
I again found that I was starting and abandoning quite a few books. And I’m reading way more audiobooks than ever before – largely a function of convenience and the trickiness of fonts and font sizes as I get older.
If you forced me to pick my top books for 2023 (in alphabetical order) that I’d recommend, I’d probably list:
- Artificial Intelligence, Melanie Mitchell
- Breaking Through, Katalin Kariko
- Bridge, Lauren Beukes
- The Earth Transformed, Peter Frankopan
- Every Man for Himself and God Against All, Werner Herzog
- Excellent Advice for Living, Kevin Kelly
- Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement, Mark Reese
- Saving Time, Jenny Odell
- The Smart Mission, Edward Hoffman, et al
- Unmasking AI, Joy Buolamwini
I’m doing the same thing in 2024. 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.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (https://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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