First selection of books ‘ 52 books in 52 weeks ‘ challenge

This is the list of books I would love to read in 2012 to help accomplish my goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. The list can and probably will change in the future.

There is no particular order in what books I will be reading.

How to read 52 books in one year

To be honest I have no idea. Reading books is something I love and there are times I can read multiple books in a couple of weeks and other times 6 months will pass without having read a single book. Reading one book every week seems a lot though. I’m planning on reading during the mornings before work and 1 hour every night before I go to bed. If I’m able to read 1 hour every day I should succeed in this challenge.

I will make a new post once I started the challenge and know what the best ways are to read at least 40 pages every day.

What I hope to gain from this

Basically three things; knowledge, pleasure and discipline.


I’m a firm believer in keeping yourself educated. There is absolutely no reason to stop learning new things. Sadly many people forget this.


Being part of a great story is something amazing. Let yourself loose and dive into all the incredible adventures that are out there.


Together with all the different challenges in my life this will make me a stronger, smarter and better human being.

My ” 52 books in 52 weeks ” book list

This list is in no particular order. I will add more books along the way.

  1. True History of the Kelly Gang   Peter Carey
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao   Junot Diaz
  3. Oh the Glory of It All   Sean Wilsey
  4. All Quiet on the Western Front   Erich Maria Remarque
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird   Harper Lee
  6. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress   Robert Heinlein
  7. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance   Robert Pirsig
  8. The Great Gatsby   F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Slaughterhouse 5   Kurt Vonnegut
  10. 1984   George Orwell
  11. The Catcher in the Rye   J. Salinger
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray   Oscar Wilde
  13. The Grapes of Wrath   John Steinbeck
  14. The Call of the Wild   Jack London
  15. The Dharma Bums   Jack Kerouac
  16. Catch-22   Joseph Heller
  17. The Master and Margarita   Mikhail Bulgakov
  18. Ishmael   Daniel Quinn
  19. Blood Meridian   Cormac McCarthy
  20. East of Eden   John Steinbeck
  21. Hatchet   Gary Paulsen
  22. The Boys of Summer   Roger Kahn
  23. The Stranger   Albert Camus
  24. Undaunted Courage   Stephen E. Ambrose
  25. White Teeth   Zadie Smith
  26. No Country for Old Men   Cormac McCarthy
  27. The Lovely Bones   Alice Sebold
  28. Never Let Me Go   Kazuo Ishiguro
  29. The Book Thief   Markus Zusak
  30. The Road   Cormac McCarthy
  31. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time   Mark Haddon
  32. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell   Susanna Clarke
  33. From Russia With Love   Ian Fleming
  34. The Spy Who Came in from The Cold   John le Carré
  35. Shogun   James Clavell
  36. Let The Right One In   John Ajvide Lindqvist
  37. Darkly Dreaming Dexter   Jeff Lindsay
  38. The Hobbit   JRR Tolkin
  39. The Little Stranger   Sarah Waters
  40. Absolute Friends   John le Carré
  41. Coma   Alex Garland
  42. Dead Souls   Nikolaj Gogol
  43. Carter Beats The Devil   Glen David Gold
  44. I Am Legend   Richard Matheson
  45. Dying Light   Stuart Macbride
  46. Starship Troopers   Robert H. Heinlein
  47. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher   Kate Summerscale
  48. The Power of One   Bryce Courtenay
  49. Great Expectations   Charles Dickens
  50. 1Q84   Haruki Murakami
  51. Litany of the Long Sun   Gene Wolfe
  52. The Pillars of the Earth   Kenn Follett

I’m not sure yet if I’ll write a review of each book or not. I will keep you updated on what book I’m reading at that specific time.

If some of you have suggestions or tips on what books to read send a message or leave a reply.

Wish me luck !

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17 thoughts on “First selection of books ‘ 52 books in 52 weeks ‘ challenge

  1. emelie says:

    I love this challenge! I love to read and I think this would be a fantabulous discipline. I’m so going to have to try this… thank you!

    • Just imagine all the different characters, worlds and adventures you are able to be a part of while reading all these books. Every day on your way home you know there is another adventure waiting for you on your bookshelf. Cant wait ! 🙂

  2. Exciting 2012 project. This is one of the most respectable new year resolutions!

    A Chinese intellectual once said, “a person who hasn’t read for three days has already turned insipid”. I agree with that.

    I do hope that you’re going to review the books on this blog after you’ve read them…

    All the books are fiction! I suggest adding some great non-fiction works in there, too (and something Chinese, but I am quite biassed). I recommend this book: for some Chinese non-ficiton. It revels in the delights of staying at home with lots of books, among other things.

    I also suggest drinking interesting teas while reading.

    Are you reading paper versions or electronic versions?

    • Thx for the recommendation James !
      Most books I have read until now are non-fiction. We kinda have the same taste tbh.
      I love reading books about self-development or reading books from great minds about almost any subject.
      The reason I choose only fiction in 2012 was to get more familiar with the world of literature. I feel its time to educate myself through some great fictional stories. I will definitely take a look at ‘ The Importance of Living ‘ and maybe it will get a spot in my list of 52 books 🙂

  3. This is a good list. I decided to refer to it for my own use.

    Ah, I found that I have read seven on your list. Under the Dome and The Stand will set you back by more than a week each. The Stand, in particular, is a very long, but rewarding book.

    I could not finish Blood Meridian. Too dark for me. I think I read 1984 when I was your age in 1980, but forgot.

    I have definitely read:

    To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
    The Catcher in the Rye J. Salinger
    The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
    East of Eden John Steinbeck
    The Road Cormac McCarthy
    Under The Dome Stephen King
    The Stand Stephen King

    May I suggest Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett to be number 52?

  4. Hey Norbert,

    I really appreciate suggestions so thank you very much.
    The Pillars of the Earth looks very promising and seems to be a great classic. So it’s definitely a book I would love to read one day. So number 52 it is !

  5. ficfaq says:

    Eclectic list of books…but it will be hard work carrying it out over a year, but good luck!

  6. nakawtingin says:

    Good luck with this challenge! 🙂 I kind of want to steal your list because I want to read most of the books here, too. 🙂

  7. subtlekate says:

    Exciting challenge and excellent list. I’m thinking of one book every 10 days as my 2012 challenge IE 10% of a book a day. This may be too mathish but it combines my love of maths and reading into every day. ( that sounds so geeky)
    I’m looking foward to reading about your progess 🙂

  8. subtlekate says:

    I shall keep my blog updated as soon as the 1st hits us. Now to sort out my list.

  9. This is a great challenge to set for yourself! Good luck!

  10. Julie says:

    That is one heck of a list! You have so many fantastic books there. I agree with a previous commenter that I think even a speed-reader would have trouble finishing The Stand and The Dome in one week.

    The only other suggestion would be to pick a few lighter, just-for-fun, easy reads to break it up with, otherwise your brain might explode – LOL!

    • I agree that I wont be able to finish them in a week. I’ll see where I Stand (see what I did there ? ;)) in a couple of months, maybe I’ll replace them, who knows 🙂
      Tonight I’m going to finish my first book of the year so expect a first review very soon !

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