Sunday, January 3, 2016

52 Books in 52 Weeks: 2015

 Last January, Grace and I decided to challenge ourselves to read 52 books in 52 weeks. At the time I really did not think I could accomplish that goal  - moms don't exactly have a lot of personal reading time, after all. I figured I would just get as close as I could. But I am very happy to say that I did it!  I read exactly 52 books in 52 weeks!

I didn't finish a book every week: some books took longer, others were quicker. I had a few weeks (vacation weeks) where I was able to do quite a bit of reading during the day, which helped a lot with my count. And I read every night before bed for half an hour or so, which is much more sleep-inducing than going on the computer.  I tried to remember to bring my book along when I would be waiting for an appointment or during someone's lesson. I got a ton of reading done recently during back-to-back dental appointments for the kids. I also found that reading in my room for just 15 minutes works wonders for the late afternoon fatigue and irritability I am prone to. So, although I thought I didn't have much time for reading, it turns out that it fits into my life pretty well.

 Grace was also successful at reading 52 books, and even went a book or two over. She was adamant that she wouldn't count anything she read for school, otherwise her count would have been even higher. As for me, I counted a few of the books I read aloud (A Christmas Carol, Swiss Family Robinson, Watership Down), but the vast majority were ones that I read to myself, by myself.

 I am posting my 2015 list here for posterity - I have kept it in the tab up above all year to track my progress, but I will be clearing out that tab to start my new challenge for 2016.  I want to do this again! I enjoyed most of the books I read and was happy with the variety. I didn't read any "difficult" books. I am at a time in my life where page-turners and relatively easy reads are a better fit - otherwise I fall asleep! I may challenge myself a bit more this year, though.

My top 5 books this year (in no particular order):

This House is Haunted  - Because I love a good ghost story.

The Silent Wife  - I finished this book very quickly; I couldn't put it down!

A Christmas Carol - I read this every year; this year I read it aloud to the kids for the first time.

Challenger Deep ...Because Grace & Christopher read it too, so we could all discuss it.

Cutting for Stone  - I think this was the longest book I read, and certainly one of the most beautifully written.

My 2015 52 Books in 52 Weeks List

Book #1.... Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Book #2.....Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own by Jenna Woganrich

Book #3....This House is Haunted by John Boyne

Book #4....The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by Neil Gaiman


Book #5.....Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood


Book #6......Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison

Book #9..... Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Book #10.... Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

Book #11.... Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Book #12....We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Book #13.....The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Book #14..... The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows


 Book #15.....Watership Down by Richard Adams

 Book #16..... Lessons at Blackberry Inn: Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

Book #17.....The Absolutist  by John Boyne

Book #18.... Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book #19....The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 Book #20.....The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes: Stories of Tidiness, Self-Esteem and Other Things I gave Up On by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

 Book #21....The Book of Unknown Americans  by Cristina Henriquez

Book #22....The Dinner by Herman Koch

 Book #23....A Hundred Flowers  by Gail Tsukiyma

Book #24....Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide

Book #25.....The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney

Book #26....The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Book #27.... A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Book #28.... Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Book #29.... The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Book #30....Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Book #31....Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

 Book #32...By the Pricking of My Thumbs: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery by Agatha Christie

 Book #33....The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Book #34...Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

 Book #35....The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss

Book #36...The Quick by  Lauren Owen

 Book #37..... A Slight Trick of the Mind  by Mitch Cullin

Book #38...Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Book #39...Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea  by Jules Verne

Book #40...This Is the Water by Yannick Murphy


Book #41....  Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Book #42...The Hundred-Year House  by Rebecca Makkai

Book #43...Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

 Book #44...The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon


Book #45...Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life  by Karen Miller

Book #46...Legend by Marie Lu

Book #47... At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

Book #48... The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Book #49...A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Book #50...The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel

Book #51...The Fall by Albert Camus

Book #52...Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

That was fun! Right now I am working on my first book for 2016 and will post a picture of my current bookpile soon.

Till next time!


  1. Thank you so much for listing the books you read last year! I had fun going through them and adding many to my library "to read" list. You brightened an otherwise long winter afternoon! :-)

  2. You are very welcome! Making lists of books to read is one of my favorite activities too.


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