52 Books: 52 Weeks

Leaders are readers…and I love books.

Through books you encounter the world and grow. There is a huge world out there to learn from and there are more books than anyone could ever hope to read, but it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t give it a good try.

  • A book a week. Simple, right?

Below is the list of books I have already read. I will keep the list update to date as I read.

  1. Daring Greatly, Brene Brown – 256 pages
  2. Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith – 464 pages
  3. Artisan Soul, Erwin McManus – 208 pages
  4. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – 167 pages
  5. Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott – 320 pages
  6. Art Of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau – 242 pages
  7. The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs – 367 pages
  8. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand – 472 pages
  9. The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Edith Beer – 336 pages
  10. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith – 464 pages
  11. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt – 775 pages
  12. The Fault In Our Stars, John Green – 352 pages
  13. The Rosie Project, Gareme Simsion – 324 pages
  14. The Fellowship Of the Ring, J.R.R Tolkien – 407 pages
  15. Two Towers, J.R.R Tolkien – 352 pages
  16. The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien – 432 pages
  17. A House in the Sky, Amanda Lindhout – 400 pages

If you’re interested in joining in, please do so! You don’t have to wait until January to start. In fact, I started in April 2014 – there are no rules for when you start something, just that you start!

Guidelines and Definitions.

  • Book – A full length fiction or non-fiction book; YA is fine, but no children’s books.
  • Week – Monday 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.

Happy reading!