The 52 Book Challenge: January Report

An update to the list I provided a few weeks ago. Titles in bold indicate the books I’ve finished reading. The rest are books I have actively in my queue (meaning I have physical copies or Kindle digital copies). As you can see, I have a long way to go to complete the 39 here, but it’s only February, friends. 

2017 Quest for 52 Books

  1. Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States [Infinite Winter selection]
  2. Jonathan Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See
  3. Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
  4. Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up
  5. Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah
  6. James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
  7. Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  8. Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  9. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History
  10. Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
  11. Will Hines’ How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
  12. Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
  13. Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic
  14. Parvati Markus’ Love Everyone
  15. Leo Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You
  16. Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  17. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  18. Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  19. Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist
  20. Octavia Butler’s Kindred
  21. Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart
  22. Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  23. Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
  24. Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  25. J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  26. Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  27. Rob Bell’s What We Talk About When We Talk About God
  28. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
  29. Danielle L. McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance
  30. Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Eat
  31. Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Love
  32. Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
  33. Eknath Easwaran’s (trans.) The Bhagavad Gita
  34. Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters
  35. Giulia Enders’ Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
  36. Andre Aciman’s Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
  37. Mary Oliver’s Upstream: Selected Essays
  38. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  39. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot


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