52 Weeks, 52 Books

For 2014, I’m planning to read at least 52 books. For those who know me, you’ll realise that that in and of itself isn’t much of a challenge. In fact, as I write this towards the end of November, I’m probably on track to hit more than 50 books this year. The difference is that next year I am going to be making a concerted effort to improve the variety of what I read. In general, my non-fiction reading tends to be of a much higher quality than my fiction reading so getting my fiction reading away from exclusively swords and sorcery is the main aim. Although my non-fiction reading is mostly good, I do have an unfortunate penchant for business books. So they’re also going to be confined to the “occasional treat” pile with fantasy novels.

Ideally, I’m looking to have a fairly even divide between good fiction, literary fiction, good non-fiction and my usual crap. The difference between good fiction. literary fiction and my usual crap fiction is probably going to be a line only I can defend but we’ll see how things pan out as the list develops. I’m working on it now so if you’ve any suggestions please add them. As things stand, there will be ten books from Esquire’s 30 Books to Read Before You’re 30, ten suggested by my friend Derek who has far better literary taste than me, the twelve monthly books from the Tim Ferriss Book Club, and twelve books that will be undecided from the start so that I can take into account books I decide to read. This leaves eight books that will likely come from my “To Read” shelf on Goodreads or suggestions from anyone else. So if you’ve got suggestions, send them in!