52 Books In 52 Weeks?

Reading, not writing!

Apparently people think I am able to produce more than is even possible. When I posted about my idea to read a book a week on Facebook, people thought I meant writing books, not reading them.

52 books, 52 weeks

I suppose I could have been clearer in my statement…there is no way I could write 52 books in a year!

I have always read a lot. I mean A LOT.

As in when I was a kid and we went to the library, I would take out 15 to 20 books and read nearly every single one of them in a few weeks. When I was in junior high, I was a book a day kind of a girl. Malcom Gladwell would most likely agree that reading is what I have spent my 10,000 hours on, or close to it.

In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
~ Malcolm Gladwell

  • Why not add a few more hundred to my nearly 10,000?

Leaders are learners … and so are authors.

In order to grow myself, my writing, and learn more about the world, I have decided to give into my book a week idea. I will be reading one book a week and posting on Mondays about the book I just read and give you the Official Donloree Opinion, aka Ridiculousness.

  • I may even make a video if I am feeling adventurous.
I am going to have to set up a reading corner in my house!

I am going to have to set up a reading corner in my house!


Reading is a team sport.

This should be epic, in a good way, and the more the merrier!

In case you want to join in (which you know you do), below are the Guidelines and Definitions for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.

Guidelines and Definitions:

  • BookA full length fiction or non-fiction book; YA is fine, but no children’s books.
  • WeekMonday to Sunday makes up the reading week.
  • Reading ahead is acceptable. If a book is long and requires more than a week to finish it is fine to start ‘early’ and take a few weeks to read it as long as another book is being read to fulfill the ‘book a week’ goal.
  • Start dateWhenever you start is fine. No one needs to wait until January 1 to start new things – start today! I am starting on March 31, 2014.
  • AccountabilityI will post a weekly blog about the book I just read – hopefully on Mondays and letting you know which book is up next in case you want to read along.
  • Social mediaBecause I love social media, I started a Pinterest board and will use the hashtag #52books when I tweet about the crazy book reading.
  • Number is up to you. If you want to do 26 in 52 weeks, 13 or maybe even 6 – go for it! The point is to push yourself to read more and be intentional about it. Don’t let my ridiculousness stop you from setting your own goal.

If you do decide to take up the challenge, let me know! Drop me an email at dl@donloree.com or you can email me on my contact page, send me a tweet or drop me a message on Facebook.

Library and bookstore, here I come!

Library and bookstore, here I come!


And it is official, I am looking for book recommendations – both fiction and non-fiction; especially creative non-fiction. If you have a recommendation, send it my way!

So who else is going to be a reading fiend with me? Are you in?

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  1. I just finished the new John Grisham (Sycamore Row) and it was fabulous. There’s a silly little series about a town called Lumby that I just wrapped up too. I think you’d like it (plus, they’re easy-going reads so it might be nice for you to mix them in along the way between the heftier ones): http://www.lumbybooks.com/

  2. So funny. I gave myself I much lesser, but much needed challenge three weeks ago; to just read real books (not web content) for 30 minutes per day. So far, so good.

    I have to admit that at first glance when I saw your Facebook post about this, I was one the “Oh my gosh, she’s gonna write a book a week” side of things too…

    Best wishes in your endeavor. Glad there is a skip forward clause since, of course, there is no Santa Clause 🙂

    • Apparently I give off the ‘I do crazy, epic things’ vibe for all the responses about me writing 52 books this year. 😉 There is something about reading a real book, isn’t there? Read on friend!

  3. I’m really looking forward to your weekly book posts! I love to read and I’m always looking for new books or new authors to try. I’m not going to join in the challenge though because I think I’d be setting myself up for failure. Life is somewhat chaotic right now. I sometimes read more than one book a week, sometimes less, but when I read something I think you might enjoy, I’ll let you know. I recently enjoyed two books by Roberta Gately entitled Lipstick in Afghanistan and The Bracelet. I think you’d enjoy them too.

  4. Here are some recommendations: Life of Pi, The Hunger Games, Still Alice, The Help, Sarah’s Key, The Night Circus, Before I Go To Sleep, The Baker’s Daughter

  5. Heidi Perry says

    Ok, I am in for a reading challenge, but my challenge to myself is different from yours. Two books a month, only one fiction. I made a wordpress site to track my progress http://heidisreadingchallengeprogress.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    As for recommendations…have you read “The Secret Life of Bees”? Really good and pretty short. The author has a new one out, “The Invention of Wings”, which I haven’t yet read, but I suspect is equally hard to put down. Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley” is a good road trip book with insight into what the US was like in 1960.

    • Heidi, hooray for a blog to track the progress! I love it. I think I am going to read fiction every other book because there is only so much learning one woman can do! Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

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