The Quest for 52 Books: February

Not quite as prolific a reading month as January, but I finished 9 books to bring my two-month total to 26 books! Halfway there! (And sure, livin’ on a prayer.)

2017 and the Quest for 52 Books

January: 17 books completed

  • Jonathan Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See
  • Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up
  • James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
  • Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History
  • Will Hines’ How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
  • Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
  • Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic
  • Parvati Markus’ Love Everyone
  • Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart
  • Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
  • Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • Rob Bell’s What We Talk About When We Talk About God
  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Eat
  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Love

February: 9 books completed

  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
  • Eknath Easwaran’s (trans.) The Bhagavad Gita
  • Andre Aciman’s Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
  • Mary Oliver’s Upstream: Selected Essays
  • Charlotte J. Beck’s Nothing Special
  • Octavia Butler’s Kindred
  • Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States [Infinite Winter selection]
  • Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

The Queue

  • Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot
  • Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters
  • Giulia Enders’ Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
  • Danielle L. McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance
  • Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Leo Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You
  • Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  • Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist
  • Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
  • Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah
  • Vivian Gornick’s The Situation and the Story





  1. dasfuller

    You’re already halfway there. So why not stop and just READ MOBY DICK ALREADY?

    1. Luigus (Post author)

      At this point, I might just make it my 52nd book.

      1. dasfuller

        Only when the prize is safely in hand? Coward.


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