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.

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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.













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