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52 Books in 52 Weeks – RECAP

Ahh… part of me still can’t believe I finished this. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions and encouragement! This project started out as just a motivation tool for myself but it turned into something with a life of its own. Not only did this exercise force me to read more, it also expanded my horizons. I discovered some really great books that I wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up and learned a lot of different fascinating things. Many people have asked me what I’m going to do next and if I’m going to do another 52 in 52. Well, while I haven’t ruled doing another book a week, I’m not planning on it just yet. I will admit that at some points during the past year it was a struggle to keep up pace and a few times I sacrificed other entertainment and/or sleep in order to finish a book. That being said, I wholeheartedly enjoyed the entire journey and feel an immense sense of accomplishment. I will, of course, continue to read. Reading has, and always will be, one of my favorite pastimes.

If anyone would like to discuss anything from my last year of reading or what I’m reading or planning to read, please don’t hesitate to ask. I assure you that I’ve thoroughly overthought & obsessively documented these 52 books.

Stats:

  • Total pages read: 17,938
  • Total hours read: 209
  • Average pages per book: 344.96
  • Average hours per book: 4.02
  • Average pages per hour: 85.83

MY TOP FIFTEEN (couldn’t pick just ten):

  1. The Disenchantments
  2. The Mark of Athena
  3. The Fault in Our Stars
  4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  5.  Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
  6. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
  7. The Night Circus
  8. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  9. Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
  10. The Martian Chronicles
  11. The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus
  12. The Boys of Summer
  13. The Woman Who Died A Lot
  14. The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
  15. Peril in Paperback

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week #44

The Violinist's ThumbThe Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

Total Reading Time: 5.5 hours

Review: The most accessible book about DNA that I’ve ever read. Okay, the only book about DNA I’ve ever read, but still user-friendly. While Mr. Kean does an excellent job of keeping the jargon to a minimum, reading can still be a bit of a slog at some points. However, it’s more of a history of genetics than a science textbook and really fascinating stuff.