52 Books 2018 – another year another challenge.
At the start of 2017, I created a new year’s resolution to read 52 books by the end of the year. It was a challenge with a difference, and it quickly turned into one of my most enjoyable resolutions.
I’ve always been a keen reader since I was a kid – and’s let’s face it, to complete 52 books a year, you must have an interest in reading!
So how hard was the challenge?
Well, although at one point I did start to question what I had got myself into, it turned out not to be as bad as expected. Once a regular reading routine was put in place the challenge turned out to be quite fun. More importantly, I enjoyed the challenge so much that I’ve decided to continue it on into 2018.
52 Books 2018
When I started the 52 books challenge in 2017, it was because I wanted to push myself to do more. Then once the challenge started I found myself with time to:
Reading forgotten books – there’s a small list of ever-increasing books that I’ve wanted to open up over the years, and for whatever reason, I’ve just not got around to starting. Some were recommendations, others had just been sitting hidden away in folders on my laptop.
Reading books on new topics – if I’m only reading a few books a year then its guaranteed I‘m sticking to something that’s proven to be enjoyable. Reading 52 books a year allowed me to expand an experiment with other books on a wide range of topics.
Re-reading old books – sometimes a subject might be information-rich, meaning it’s just not possible to absorb the full extent of the concepts the first time around. Or maybe the book was so good the first time its worthy of a second or third.
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
― Francis Bacon
Highlights of the First Challenge
The majority of the books I picked up last year were enjoyable to some extent. But I enjoyed these four the most:
Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway – my first Hemingway book and I loved it!
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson – I’ve never been a huge Apple fan but the story behind Steve Jobs was well told and captivating.
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss – sounds very similar to the title of my blog but as usual Tim Ferris brings a wealth of information gathered from the top performers in their relevant fields.
Van Diemen’s Land by James Boyce – a look back into the history of how a convict state turned into present day Tasmania.
Also, the challenge wasn’t just about me and there were multiple appearances from some authors.
From the following authors I read two books each:
- Mitchell Zuckoff: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Happened In Benghazi and Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend.
- J. Maarten Troost: Getting Stoned with Savages and Lost on Planet China.
- Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs and Einstein: His Life and Universe.
Sadly I couldn’t get into the Albert Einstein biography with the same enthusiasm as the writer’s effort on Steve Jobs. A Geek in Japan and Muay Thai Fighter didn’t get the blood flowing either. But with so many great titles to compete against they did have a high benchmark.
Any challenge shouldn’t be about trying to plough through as many books as possible just to tick them off and I did earnt a few tips to make 52 Books 2018 more comfortable and less of a chore.
It’s best not to plan – I found reading whatever book whenever worked well for me. The challenge wasn’t rigid and scheduled as that would have just taken the fun out of it.
Not a book a week challenge – it’s natural to think 52 books a year divided by 52 weeks would equal a book per week. However (quite quickly) I found that not all books are made equal. Some had less than 300 pages while others were nearly three times bigger with more than 800!
Don’t be afraid of big books – looking back, this shouldn’t have worried me as much as it did because I’ve always been a fast reader. Now I know what I’m capable of handling 1000+ page monsters and now take the sky’s the limit approach (or at least the top shelf of the bookstore).
Finally, The 52 Books 2018 List
For all those who wish to follow my progress or join in the fun this year, like before I will be updating toolsoftravel.com with all the 52 books 2018 titles as they become available.
So enough is enough and time to kick off the 52 books 2018 challenge!
1) The Mechanic’s Tale by Steve Matchett.
2) Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course by Matt O’Sullivan.
3) The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need by Scott Pape.
4) Excursion to Hell: Mount Longdon by Vincent Bramley.
5) Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff.
6) Trump: How to Get Rich by Donald Trump.
9) By the Rivers of Babylon by
10) The 4-Hour Workweek by
11) Brokenomics Dina Gachman.
12) No Easy Day By Mark Owen.
13) Stretching Your Boundaries By Al Kavadlo.
14) C-Mass: Calisthenics Mass By Coach Wad.
15) The Interloper By Peter Savodnik.
16) Fatal System Error By Joseph Menn.
17) Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff.
18) Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.
19) The Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart.
20) David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6000/ILCE-6000 Guide by David Busch.
21) Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.
22) Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund.
23) Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens.
24) 5:2 Fast Diet for Beginners by Rockridge Press.
25) Killing Rommel: A Novel by Steven Pressfield
26) Empire by Niall Ferguson.
27) The Adventures of Martin Cash by Martin Cash.
28) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.
29) Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink.
30) Land Of Fire by Chris Ryan.
31) Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals by Ray Moynihan & Barbara Mintzes.
32) Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane.
33) Spartan Warrior Workout by Dave Randolph.
34) Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society by Longman.
35) Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson.
36) Multiple Streams of Property Income by Rob Moore.
37) Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink. (2nd time reading)
38) Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki.
39) The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.
40) Basic Manual Of Knife Fighting by William L. Cassidy.
41) Darwin Spitfires: The Real Battle for Australia by Anthony Cooper.
42) Martin Cash: Life After Bushranging by Maree Ring.
43) Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark.
44) I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart.
46) The White Tiger: A Novel Paperback by Aravind Adiga.
47) Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography by Lonely Planet & Richard I’Anson.
48) 101 iPhone Travel Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Apps by David Ragg.
49) 7-Day Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan by Louise Hendon.
50) Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan by Jonathan Manthorpe.
51) The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin.
52) Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
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