52 Books in 52 Weeks

52 books 52 weeks

I’ve been really enjoying getting back into my reading this year. Last year I read some great stuff but going back into my Goodreads profile I realised that I actually didn’t end up reading much and I barely covered any of my ‘want to read’ list.

Now that I have a little bit more time I plan to change that. I’ve set myself a goal – 52 books in 52 weeks.

I told my husband “I’d like to read 100 books this year.” He gently reminded me that I would have to read a book every 3 1/2 days…a bit unrealistic!

A book a week. With a little bit of catching up because I didn’t read anything in January. I’m keeping a strict record and also a running list of books I’d like to read. Now that I don’t have access to a local library I’m watching the Amazon kindle specials and trying books I’ve already got on my kindle app but haven’t read yet.

Here are my finished reads for 2016 so far

1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Reason for reading – Guangzhou International Women’s Club (GWIC) book club book. Unexpectedly wonderful, I’ll be interested to read more from this author.

2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. Reason for reading – recommended on the What Should I Read Next podcast and have read lots of media regarding the revelation that Robert Galbraith is a pen name for JK Rowling. Great whodunit (and chosen for my Sew Delicious Book Club) and I certainly plan to read the next two in the series.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Reason for reading – highly recommended by my friend Melissa. Loved it – beautiful tear jerker. Warning – you will possibly ugly cry – loud sobs and snot. DO NOT read the last part of the book in public. Make sure you read it before the movie comes out. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

4. Courting Cate by Leslie Gould. Reason for reading – an Amazon freebie I downloaded ages ago for my Nan’s ipad, thought I’d give it a try. Was definitely not my usual…I realised in the first few pages that I was reading an Amish romance. WHAAAAT? The storyline was pretty average but I really enjoyed reading about the Amish people and getting a glimpse into their world, it’s one I know very little about. (And hey, it was a freebie.)

5. Tiny Beautiful Things – Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Reason for reading – recommended by What Should I Read Next podcast and I really enjoyed her memoir Wild. This book is a compilation of the anonymous Dear Sugar columns from The Rumpus which had a huge cult following. Dear Sugar was later revealed to be Cheryl Strayed. I loved this book  – so much great advice and so many interesting topics, particularly hard and heartbreaking ones.

So I’ve read 5 books so far and we are currently up to week 9 of 2016 so I must make up some ground! I need a few more books like Me Before You – I burned through that in 24 hours. A real page turner.

Do you have any suggestions? What books have you been so glued to you stay up until 4am reading?

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

31 thoughts on “52 Books in 52 Weeks

  1. Don’t forget: a lot of Melbourne libraries do e-book loans 🙂

    Also, Rachel Joyce’s follow up The Love Song of Queeny Hennessey is just as great as Harold Fry.

    1. Yes! Darebin libraries (my local) do but I find their e-book selection is very limited and often has significant wait times on popular titles. I might have to have another look. Queeny Hennessey is on my to-read list 🙂

      1. Sign up to Moreland libraries (no need to be a resident of the council area; I’m a member of 4 councils’ libraries!); I find their e-book selection very good!

  2. there’s a sequel to me before you, called “after you”. Not as good, but still good. Also “me without you” by kelly rimmer, “losing kate” by kylie kaden, “the color of water in july” by nora carroll (all on kindle, it’s the only way I read)

    1. Ooh thanks for those recs Cate! I thought I’d take a break for a bit before I dive back into the world of Lou & Will. Looking forward to seeing what she does next though. I’ll have to check out some other Jojo Moyes books.

  3. Do they not have public libraries in China? Or is it that they only stock books in Chinese?
    I’ve just finished Cuckoo’s Calling – definitely need the next two now!

    1. Yes I’m sure they do but there is nothing available in english. There is one book shop I’ve found that has an english section but the prices are very high – cheaper and easier to buy from Amazon Kindle. Glad you enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling!

  4. I would definitely recommend a book called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time, It will have you laughing out loud. It’s an easy read, a little predictable but I absolutely loved it and have recommended it to lots of friends and family who have all really enjoyed it too.

    1. Thanks Lisa – I loved that book too, I read it early last year. I tried the sequel too but it was a bit disappointing.

      1. Hi Ros, I was also very disappointed by The Rosie Effect and I had such high hopes for it too.
        I have recently finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s not as funny as The Rosie Project but it’s still a good read.
        I am currently reading a book by Marian Keyes. I have read loads of her books and have loved them all but I’m struggling with this one – I’m wondering if maybe I’ve ‘outgrown’ her books.

        1. Interesting Lisa – I kind of feel the same way about Marian Keyes. I devoured a lot of her stuff during my twenties but now I feel much less interested in her characters. Perhaps we’ve both outgrown her. Cathy Kelly novels are a similar genre (set in Ireland, usually about a group of friends or women whose lives intersect) and they are a bit more engaging for me these days – usually because the characters are a bit older and have had more life experience. Perhaps give one of hers a try!

  5. I am in a little book group with 7 of us, actually that’s enough. We loved ‘me before you.’ I like Elly Griffiths, she writes about a forensic archeologist eh o lives alone on the north Norfolk coast called Ruth Dalloway. The books need to be read in order as there is a theme running through as well as thevmystery cases shevgetscadked to help with by the local police. I went to hear Elly talk at Derby Book Festival last year. She is an attractive young woman and a great speaker. Do try the first book.
    Any chance of you starting a little group. It’s nice to meet, have a drink and chat.

    1. Ahh you had me at ‘forensic archaeologist’. Love books like that, when I was a teenager I devoured the Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta books and more recently I read the odd Kathy Reichs. Love those types of series. I agree – a small book club is wonderful, I have just joined one here but I’m yet to attend a meeting, I’m looking forward to it.

  6. I used to try to read 52 books in a year. I hardly ever made it, because I’d pick up a classic like ‘war & peace’ or ‘lord jim,’ and they just take longer to read. All worth it though. Ha ha.

    1. Ahh War & Peace…a book I’ve avoided for many years. I just don’t think I have it in me! Give me some light chick lit any day 🙂

      1. Well, apparently the BBC had made a cracking mini-series out of War & Peace. Much easier to digest. Cannot wait to get my eyes on it. 🙂

  7. Good luck! It is very ambitious – I wish I had the time to read that much. I am reading a great book at the moment called Seveneves by Neal Stephenson although it is loooong so may throw your stats out. I just finished The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell and hat also had me staying up way too late. World War Z was surprisingly good. Anything by Liane Moriarty is a good read especially if you’ve had dealings with school P&F committees. And for the all round nicest book I’ve ever read you can’t go past The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’ve added Me Before You to my list – I love a book that can make me cry

    1. Oh yes Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – one of my all time favourites! I haven’t read in for a few years so I think it’s time for me to revisit it. I’ve come across The Bone Clocks from a few different sources lately so I think the universe is telling me to read it!! Thanks Hayley!

  8. Hi!
    You might like “Hunting and Gathering” by Anna Gavalda. I find the English title a bit odd as the book is about four people in Paris, each hardly managing to get by on their own but making it work as a foursome.
    “The Imaginary Invalid” by Moliere is something different altogether, an old (originally French) play about a man who constantly imagines himself to be sick although he is not – it’s a bit weird but really funny.

    While I’m at it, thank you for sharing so many valuable tips and tutorials on your blog!

    Best wishes,

  9. I listen to a lot of audio books available to download from most libraries. One of my favourite books is an older one “I heard the Owl Call My Name” by Margaret Craven, perhaps you could consider this if you have not already read it.

  10. The Sound of Glass by Karen White; made me cry and laugh

    I also like the Aurthor Lisa See, I’ve read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Dreams of Joy. Which coincidently, are books about Chinese women, but I do enjoy her writing. She came to my town and I heard her speak, she puts a lot of research into her books. She is American but her great-grandfather was Chinese.

    1. Interesting! Thanks for those recommendations. As it turns out, I also have a great grandfather who is Chinese 🙂

  11. Try Janet Evanovitch series about Stephanie Plum a female bail bondsman. The first is called One for the Money. Her writing is so descriptive that I find myself laughing out loud at some of the antics described. Truly enjoyable.

    1. Thanks for reminding me about them! Years ago I read several of them and really enjoyed them. Very funny. I think I got up to about number 11 or 12. I think they are up to about 20 now? I’ll have to re visit them and read some of the new ones 🙂

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