52 Books Project


Objective: To read 52 books in 52 weeks


Timeline: July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009


Purpose: To make a dent in all the good stuff out there.


Progress: Complete!

  1. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  2. Against Happiness by Eric G. Wilson
  3. How We Got Insipid by Jonathan Lethem
  4. Diary of a Bad Year by J. M. Coetzee
  5. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
  6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  7. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  8. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  9. Independent People by Halldor Laxness
  10. Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel by Heather McElhatton
  11. Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C. G. Jung
  12. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  13. Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler
  14. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  15. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
  16. When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale
  17. All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
  18. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  19. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
  20. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  21. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  22. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  23. Can Love Last? by Stephen A. Mitchell
  24. Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
  25. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  26. Abnormal Psychology by David H. Barlow and V. Mark Durand
  27. Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler
  28. Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister
  29. An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
  30. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers
  31. Heat by Bill Buford
  32. A Year with Swollen Appendices by Brian Eno
  33. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler
  34. Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías
  35. Break It Down by Lydia Davis
  36. The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
  37. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  38. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
  39. Reborn: Journals & Notebooks, 1947-1963 by Susan Sontag, David Rieff ed.
  40. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  41. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
  42. Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, by Leanne Shapton
  43. Ambient Findability by Peter Morville
  44. The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
  45. In America by Susan Sontag
  46. Epileptic by David B.
  47. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  48. Lowboy by John Wray
  49. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  50. Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
  51. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  52. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky


List as of 6/29/09 (Week 52). More information and (possibly more) up-to-date list here.



4 responses to “52 Books Project

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  3. tis de la myre

    good taste

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