52 in 52 (books)

This year, I’m taking on a bit of an ambitious challenge: finish fifty-two books by the end of the year. I’m not normally one for New Years Resolutions, but I am one for goals. In fact, last year I created a year-long list of challenges for myself and started in November just so it couldn’t be called a New Years Resolution! I only made it through the first six months of that, but let’s not dwell on the past. I’ll be keeping a list of the books I start/complete here, with books in progress in (parentheses), finished books in bold, and books I plan to read unmarked. A secondary goal is to post a review of one of the books I’ve read once a month – those will also be linked to here. If you have suggestions for books I should add to the list, leave them in the comments!

1. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis

2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

3. Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

4. The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

5. The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan

6. The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

7. L’étranger by Albert Camus

8. Desiring the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith

9. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

10. Still by Lauren Winner

11. Scary Close by Donald Miller

12. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

13. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

14. Building Social Business by Muhammad Yunus

15. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie

16. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

17. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

18. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

19. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

20. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

21. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

22. Faith Beyond Reason by A.W. Tozer

23. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

24. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

25. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

26. Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller

27. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

28. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

29. The Stranger by Albert Camus (a translation, this time)

30. Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner

31. And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer

32. The Little Prince by Antoine de

33. Creation Regained by Al Wolters

34. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

35. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

36. For the Sake of the World: The Spirit of Buddhist and Christian Monasticism by Patrick G. Henry and Donald K. Swearer

37. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

38. Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

39. Creatures of Habit by Jill McCorkle

40. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

41. How to Solve It by G. Polya

42. Bossypants by Tina Fey

43. Religion and Science by Ian Barbour

44. Lila by Marilynne Robinson

45. A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor

46. Paper Towns by John Greene

47. The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers

48. Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

49. God’s Grandeur, and Other Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins

50. The Last Battle by CS Lewis

51. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

52. On the Road by Jack Kerouac


3 thoughts on “52 in 52 (books)

  1. You’re reading (/planning to read) The Brothers Karamazov too? Have we talked about this already? Lynnette and I started together at the beginning of the semester, I just finished, she’s part way through, and it turns out her roomate’s been reading it for the last three years (but also just finished). It’s an absolute epidemic.

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