52 Books

Every year I attempt to read 52 books. Some years I read more, some years I read less. Collected on this page are all the books I’ve read since 2013. Books marked in bold are the best books I read that year.


  1. Do No Harm by Henry Marsh.
  2. Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen.
  3. The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno.
  4. Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno.
  5. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.
  6. Lords of the Sith by Paul S Kemp.
  7. Devil In The Valley by Freeman Castle Jr. (Review)
  8. A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer. (Review)
  9. Morning Star by Pierce Brown. (Review)
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. (Review)
  11. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
  12. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce.
  13. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin.
  14. Railhead by Philip Reeve.
  15. The Just City by Jo Walton.
  16. Mend The Living by Maylis de Kerangal.
  17. Animal Farm by George Orwell.
  18. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
  19. The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks.
  20. Lost Stars by Claudia Grey. (Review)
  21. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
  22. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. (Review)
  23. Geek Wisdom by Stephen H Segal.
  24. Colin Firth: The Man Who Would Be King by Sandro Monetti.
  25. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. (Review)
  26. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar. (Review)
  27. The King’s Speech by Mark Logue.
  28. Voyage by Stephen Baxter. (Review)
  29. Time by Stephen Baxter. (Review)
  30. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. (Review)
  31. Stiletto by Daniel o’Malley. (Review)
  32. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre. (Review)
  33. Europe At Midnight by Dave Hutchinson. (Review)
  34. The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.
  35. The Girl In The Road by Monica Byrne. (Review)
  36. On Bowie by Rob Sheffield. (Review)
  37. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling. (Review)
  38. The Family That Couldn’t Sleep by DT Max.
  39. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.
  40. Goldenhand by Garth Nix. (Review)
  41. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. (Review)
  42. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. (Review)


  1. Mrs Queen Takes The Train by William Kuhn.
  2. The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.
  3. The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin.
  4. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg.
  5. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey.
  6. Alice and the Fly by James Rice. (Review)
  7. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.
  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
  9. Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter. (Review)
  10. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. (Review)
  11. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon.
  12. Smiler’s Fair byย Rebecca Levene. (Review)
  13. A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
  14. The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne.
  15. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
  16. Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. (Review)
  17. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran.
  18. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones.
  19. Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
  20. Sand by Hugh Howey.
  21. Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones. (Review)
  22. The Chimes by Anna Smaill. (Review)
  23. Golden Son by Pierce Brown.
  24. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig. (Review)
  25. Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder. (Review)
  26. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.
  27. The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence.
  28. The Humans by Matt Haig.
  29. The Room by Jonas Karlsson. (Review)
  30. The Catalyst by Helena Coggan. (Review)
  31. The People’s Guide to JRR Tolkien by TheOneRing.net.
  32. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran.
  33. Arcadia by James Treadwell. (Review)
  34. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. (Review)
  35. Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre.
  36. Those Above by Daniel Polansky. (Review)
  37. The Martian by Andy Weir.
  38. The Shore by Sara Taylor. (Review)
  39. Soil by Jamie Kornegay. (Review)
  40. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
  41. Holy Cow by David Duchovny. (Review)
  42. Warm Bodies by Issac Marion.
  43. Trying Not To Try by Edward Slingerhand. (Review)
  44. The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland. (Review)
  45. The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw. (Review)
  46. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.
  47. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. (Review)
  48. A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar. (Review)
  49. Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson.
  50. Room by Emma Donoghue.
  51. Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon. (Review)
  52. The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan. (Review)
  53. The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger. (Review)
  54. Theft of Life by Imogen Robertson. (Review)
  55. The Three by Sarah Lotz.
  56. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. (Review)
  57. The Spy Who Changed The World by Mike Rossiter. (Review)
  58. Comet by Carl Sagan.
  59. Angelfall by Susan Ee. (Review)
  60. Barbarians by Tim Glencross. (Review)
  61. The Secret Place by Tana French. (Review)
  62. The Museum of Things Left Behind by Seni Glaister. (Review)
  63. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. (Review)
  64. Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson. (Review)
  65. At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. (Review)
  66. He Wanted The Moon by Mimi Baird. (Review)
  67. Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman.
  68. Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K Glei.
  69. Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew.
  70. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. (Review)
  71. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis.
  72. Way Down Dark by James Smythe. (Review)
  73. Memory of Water by Emma Itaranta.
  74. The Awakened Kingdom by NK Jemisin.
  75. The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys.
  76. Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
  77. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling.
  78. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling.
  79. A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.
  80. One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley.
  81. Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Hemingsley.
  82. The Night Is Darkening Round Me by Emily Bronte.
  83. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow.
  84. The Zombie Autopsies by Steven Schlozman.
  85. Armada by Ernest Cline. (Review)
  86. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  87. Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. (Review)
  88. The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. (Review)
  89. Airframe by Michael Crichton.
  90. Reawakened by Colleen Houck. (Review)
  91. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell. (Review)
  92. Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
  93. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. (Review)
  94. The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. (Review)
  95. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.
  96. Atonement by Kirsten Beyer.
  97. Twelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu.
  98. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. (Review)
  99. Lock In by John Scalzi.
  100. Touch by Claire North. (Review)
  101. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. (Review)
  102. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  103. The Colony by Fred Colton. (Review)
  104. The Rook by Daniel o’Malley.
  105. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker.
  106. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.
  107. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
  108. The Art Forger by BA Shapiro.
  109. Pandora’s Star by Peter F Hamilton.
  110. Judas Unchained by Peter F Hamilton.
  111. Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne.
  112. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett.
  113. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller.
  114. The End of The World Running Club by Adrian J Walker.
  115. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.
  116. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.
  117. Shtum by Jem Lester. (Review)
  118. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
  119. Sleeping Embers of An Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock.
  120. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.


  1. Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. (Review)
  3. The Son by Michel Rostain.
  4. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl. (Review)
  5. Among Others by Jo Walton.
  6. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
  7. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
  8. Star Trek Voyager: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer.
  9. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  11. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
  12. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.
  13. Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Anonymous.
  14. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
  15. The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr.
  16. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey. (Review)
  17. The Silence of Animals by John Nicholas Gray.
  18. The Five Books of Moses by Anonymous.
  19. Dust (Silo #3) by Hugh Howey. (Review)
  20. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson.
  21. Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) by Thomas Harris.
  22. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day.
  23. I Ching, Or, Book of Changes by Brian Browne Walker.
  24. The Dhammapada by Gautama Buddha, Eknath Easwaran.
  25. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. (Review)
  26. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
  27. Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
  28. Victim Zero by Joshua Guess.
  29. Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier.
  30. The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle.
  31. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
  32. Parasite by Mira Grant.
  33. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
  34. California by Edan Lepucki.
  35. White Lies by Jo Gatford.
  36. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield.
  37. Player One by Douglas Coupland.
  38. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  39. The Four Loves. C.S. Lewis.
  40. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
  41. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith.
  42. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.
  43. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
  44. Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix.
  45. Sabriel by Garth Nix.
  46. Lirael by Garth Nix.
  47. Abhorsen by Garth Nix.
  48. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
  49. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.
  50. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
  51. Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer. (Review)
  52. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
  53. A Mad and Wonderful Thing by Mark Mulholland.
  54. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
  55. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.
  56. The Forever Watch by David Ramirez. (Review)
  57. The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson.
  58. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
  59. Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell.
  60. Our Zoo by June Mottershead. (Review)
  61. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
  62. Revival by Stephen King.
  63. The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney. (Review)
  64. The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin.
  65. Harry: A History by Melissa Anelli.
  66. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  67. The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin.
  68. Maskerade by Terry Pratchett.
  69. The Maze Runner by James Dasher.
  70. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
  71. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.
  72. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.
  73. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison.
  74. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer.
  75. The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth. (Review)
  76. Snowpiercer: The Escape by Jacques Lob.
  77. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
  78. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria.


  1. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window by Jonas Jonasson.
  2. The Never King by George Tyson. (Review)
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. (Review)
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
  5. Paper Towns by John Green. (Review)
  6. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
  7. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend.
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
  9. By Light Alone by Adam Roberts.
  10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
  11. Inferno by Dan Brown.
  12. Quiet by Susan Cain .
  13. It’s All About Treo by Dave Heyhoe.
  14. The Second Ship by Richard Phillips.
  15. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.
  16. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
  17. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman.
  18. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
  19. Shift by Hugh Howey. (Review)
  20. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
  21. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh.
  22. The Importance of Being Ernest by Ernest Cline.

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120 thoughts on “52 Books

  1. The books you’ve read are awesome. I really want to read Mr Penumbraโ€™s 24 Hour Bookstore but I’m trying to get through my massive tbr pile first. Having so many cheap bookshops in Glasgow is not helpful.

  2. Hi Emma. Thanks for dropping by on my blog and liking my post. I’m just a few days old in the blogosphere, so still finding my way around. Loved your nickname here. I love to read a lot too. This 52-books page seems like a cool idea. A book a week. Sounds good. I’ll also make a page like this on my blog. Thanks for the idea. Take care and have fun at school. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I had never really heard about it before I read it, so without any expectations it sort of blew me away. I’d be intrigued to see how they’d change it into a movie.

        1. I hadn’t heard of it either. I stole the copy my mum had bought because I was looking for something to read on the train. I did find it a bit confusing at first but thats probably because I read the second book first.

  3. I made a goal of reading 52 books this year, too. (I’m way behind, but a girl’s gotta have goals!). I’ll look you up on Goodreads.

  4. When I was writing my recommended reading list I realised I haven’t actually read as many books as I thought I had! It spurred me into a reading rampage so I might actually try this. It’s a really good idea.

    1. I’ve been really enjoying George Orwell’s stuff. I have Keep the Aspidistra Flying lying around somewhere and have been wanting to buy Animal Farm for ages. But its ridiculously expensive in my local book shop.

  5. This was my New Year’s resolution and I am on book 52 now! I spent over two months on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, so I was worried I wouldn’t make it but I am so happy I am almost there!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! 52 books a yearโ€ฆwhat a great idea! I just might jump on the bandwagon. I wonder how much my life would change from doing that. Hmm…

    1. I wouldn’t say that reading 52 books this year changed my life. But I enjoy reading and challenging myself to read 52 books means that I have read more than what I would normally read in a year.

      But you should totally try it!

  7. Thanks for stopping by lorinotes. I’ve been looking for an interesting new book–now I’ve got some new titles to investigate. Cheers–

  8. Hi, Emma! I can’t believe I’ve only just come across your blog NOW. I’m a book fanatic just like you and already your blog has me gripped! I started reading The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer too, but I only got about a quarter of the way through because my school work was taking over. Do you think it’s worth carrying on? I’ve heard some great stuff about it. I’m just a little sad that I’ve left it so long to finish.

    Thanks a lot,

    Chane ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Chane, thanks for following ๐Ÿ˜€ I wasn’t that impressed with The Shock of the Fall and I know its had some good reviews. Its really your decision if you stick with it or not. I finished it but didn’t like it.

      Glad you like my little blog.

      Emma ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi, thank you for reading/following my blog. I have read a very few on your list. But I do nit have that much reading time. My current Fourth Dec. Blog is a piece I am just writing. Not sure what will happen to it. Not finished yet, by. Long chalk.

    1. Do I choose in advanced what I am going to read every week. Is that what you mean? Not really. I used to just pick the closest unread book I had to hand. But now I have a list of all my unread books and pick randomly from that.

  10. I would love to be able to read a book a week, but it just never works out with all that’s going on. I average about a book every two weeks. Congrats to you. Some great selections here.

  11. Funfunfun blog! I too am an avid trawler of second-hand bookshops – I will often go out of my way just to head to certain areas of the country that have excellent concentrations of them, (West Hampstead is one…Oxford city centre another!)

    Keep up the book a week challenge: and thanks for dropping by my blog! If you are at all interested in travel, culture, history and sports, there will be a new book to add to your list in a couple of months, when my first book comes out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS Love that you have Gaiman and Vonnegut up there, two of my favourites!


  12. I loved 12 books from the 2013 and 2014 lists. Doesn’t sound like many, but the 12 I loved, I loved SO much, that I had to comment and follow you immediately.

  13. Love it! I am in love with your list. I will be having a look through on what more books I can read. Thanks! x

  14. We would have fun discussing some of these. I have an OCD thing about keeping track of my reading as well. I’m on a site called Listology where I keep track of no less than 10 lists. So many books…so little time!

  15. What a list! I only have 12 books on mine and that’s a lot for me considering the time I have…but if you can do this I can certainly read 12 ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. …are those all the books you read in those year?! My oh my – you’re such a fast reader!!! It takes me AGES to finish a book… I don’t know why but I’m such a slow reader ๐Ÿ˜ฆ A few years back I challenged myself to read one book for every month and was superduperhappy when I had managed 14 ๐Ÿ˜€ Now compared to you it feels like nothing *ggg*. I still write them down, I just finished number 3 ๐Ÿ˜€ Keep it up, I admire that :)! Thanks for sharing โค

  17. Wow! This is awesome! I too set this same lofty goal for myself as a new year’s resolution…which is going “okay.” Must admit to choosing a few short-reads to make it manageable though. It looks like you pre-picked some of your reads? Good thinking!!

    1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ picking shorter books definitely helps. I don’t pick what books I’m going to read in advanced. I have a TBR jar I use sometimes but normally I just pick up whatever book is closest to me and hasn’t been read yet.

      Good luck!!!

  18. wow! that’s so cool that you actually have a list of what to read ๐Ÿ™‚ do you read something except that too? I mean I set my goal on goodreads to read 100 books – that’s third year in a row I am trying – but no specific ones ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Wow. You’re very ambitious. Colour me impressed. Have you ever done the 50 Book Pledge? I tried last year and only made it to 30 something *hangs head in shame*

  20. I noticed that you read Clariel by Garth Nix, what was your opinion of it compared to the other novels in that series? Sometimes I find that authors go astray when doing a “past” book after having written everything after that time period.

        1. I would say read it anyway because it has the back story for one of the characters in Lirael/ Abhorsen. But yeah, see if you can get it from the library or buy it cheap somewhere.

  21. wow. I read about two books per week, but I never came to an idea to actually list and organize them. Especially it is good because you can return to them. I may just borrow that idea from you. From the list I only finished # 5. Thank you for inspiration.

  22. That’s exceptional. I really don’t know how many books I read but it’s there maintained in Goodreads. May be one day will try to create list like this. You instantly gain follower ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. If I could recommend a book or two. Well it’s one book with a sequel and it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever read. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. You won’t regret reading this one.

        1. These books have a lot of foreshadowing so it’s worth reading them over and over so you can figure things out before reading the final book. It’s that type of book.

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