52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

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This year, I have decided it’s about time I start to take better care of myself, and reading more is one of the ways I plan on accomplishing that. I’m happier when I have a good book to read, and plenty of things to think about.

The big goal this year is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Much of my motivation comes from a wonderful group of homeschool moms over at the Well Trained Mind Forums, who are working through the list of books in The Well Educated Mind and are simply reading. Not reading for school classes, not pre-reading their kids books, but simply reading for themselves. What a novel idea, right?

These days, good books are so easily accessible. Many classics are even FREE online through project Gutenberg or on amazon for kindle. With an ereader of some sort, this challenge can easily be completed for free…. which makes it hard to resist trying. To motivate me, and help me break out of my normal comfort zone, I’ll be following some of the “mini challenges” on the 52 books website. One of them is to read your books from A-Z, so I’ll be starting out with The Absolutist by John Boyne, and working my way through the alphabet.

If you want to join me for the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, you can pop on over to the 52 weeks website and see how others are doing it!

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A running list of my 52 books:
1. The Absolutist, John Boyne
2. Beloved, Toni Morrison
3. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
4. A Doll’s House (3 act play, translated) Henrik Isben
5. (detour from A-Z challenge) The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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  1. Really good! I stopped going A-Z because I ended up with some “other” books I wanted to read! I am at 23 complete, and have 4 in the works. I may not finish them LOL. I haven’t been crazy strict about it though, and am not pacing at a book a week…. but the point was to read more for ME, and I am doing that, so I am really happy!

    1. You don’t have to- that’s a secondary challenge (reading A-Z either by author or by title). Some people are also doing other challenges (I’ll find them and link you!). The biggest challenge is 52 books in a year :).
      People are kind of making up their own rules and challenges- the biggest is 52 books!

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