Book Report: Update on 52 Books in 52 Weeks

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read one book a week this year for a total of 52 books.


I thought I’d take a minute today and stop to list all the books I’ve read (I guess the list will be roughly 26 titles long if I’ve been successful so far.  If not, I guess I have some extra reading to do!).
I haven’t always read an entire book in a week and sometimes I’ve read more than one in a week so it will hopefully, all even out in the end.  Without further ado (although there is no Shakespeare on the list…hmm…yet), here is my list including my current selection:
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Krucinka.
I’m a huge proponent of her book Raising Your Spirited Child (it is one of my absolute favorite parenting books out there!) and this one has not been a disappointment.  Sound, common sense “real-life” advice that employs treating children with respect rather than intimidating them into compliance.  I’m about halfway through and just now starting to try the ideas which were as always quite illuminating.   I also picked up her companion workbook for Raising Your Spirited Child but have not begun to go through it yet.  I’m debating if I want to call the friend who borrowed my book and see if she’s finished with it yet.
The rest of the books I’m going to just list and if I mentioned my thoughts on them somewhere else on the blog, I’ve included a link.  Note they are in no particular order.
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  (What you noticed a theme?  Yes, I also watched all the movies again with the exception of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because I couldn’t find it in the teenager’s room.  Starting with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the movies start to leave out quite a bit of the book subplots.  I still like the movies but the cliché of the “book was better” holds true even in the Harry Potter world.)

  8. Under the Dome by Stephen King

  9. Prelude to the Foundation by Isaac Assimov  Book

  10. The Foundation

  11. Second Foundation

  12. Foundation and Empire

  13. Foundation’s Edge

  14. Foundation and Earth

  15. Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (This was previously published as All You Need is Kill.  I still haven’t seen the movie although I would like to do that soon.)

  16. Divergent by Veronica Roth

  17. Insurgent

  18. Allegiant

  19. Duty by Robert M. Gates

  20. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

  21. Getting Things Done, The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

  22. Composed by Rosanne Cash

  23. Dr Montessori’s Own Handbook

  24. Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

  25. Maximum Ride, School’s Out Forever

  26. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

  27. The Final Warning

  28. Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets

  29. Who Is Steven Spielberg by Stephanie Spinner

Yes, I realize that there are a lot of Young Adult books on my list.  I like Young Adult fiction.  It also gives me something to talk about with my 13 year-old son.  I’ve sort of been using his room as a library when I need something to read.  I have The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau sitting here in my pile to read next because he wanted me to read it (he’s working on book 3 in the series right now).  He thinks I’ll like it because it is kind of like Divergent. Video games aren’t my thing so it’s nice to have a way to relate to him.
My list also contains a lot of science fiction type books.  I enjoy reading it and when I started this project, it was just to read a book a week to get back to my love of reading.  I’m not out to read all the books on one of those “150 books you should have read to be a properly educated person” type lists.  I try not to judge what others are reading (or not reading)…happens to be a pet peeve of mine when people do that.  If your kids are reading a comic book, let them!  It is STILL reading and they’ll get around to reading chapter books at their own pace.  I guarantee it will be a slower pace if  you judge their choice of reading material.
I didn’t include the many picture books I’ve read on the list since I’ve pretty much read them all many times.  I may do a list of my favorite preschool books sometime if there’s interest from my blog readers.  Eric Carle is my favorite picture book author.  I’m also fairly certain I’ve read the other two books in the Stranded series by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets but I can’t find the books in either of my boys’ rooms to verify that.
I suppose there is only one way to end this post and it’s by asking if you’ve read any good books lately?
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13 thoughts on “Book Report: Update on 52 Books in 52 Weeks

    1. Jean Post author

      I love the artwork in the Eric Carle books (if you go to his website, you can check out how he makes the pictures) as much as the stories. My boys never did get very into the Mo Willems’ books. I’m not sure why.

      1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

        I think it depends on the books with Mo Willems. If the only Mo Willems I ever saw was the Knuffle Bunny stuff, I’d toss it. But Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is Funny and for some reason we find the Pigeon books hysterical. The Gerald and Piggie ones crack my daughter up.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I’ll have to check out her series. I really do like young adult books. I finished the City of Ember series (4 books, not super long) this weekend.

  1. Elizabeth

    What a great list! What a great feat! I am reading “The Brethren” which is a historical fiction about the Knights Templar. I am liking it!

    P.S. I love that you read Asimov. 😉
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I used to love historical fiction when I was ahem younger. I think I read just about every book by John Jakes at that time. Historical fiction about the Knights Templar sounds intriguing!

    1. Jean Post author

      I really think you would like the Foundation books. You’re welcome to borrow mine–just let me know 🙂

  2. Deanna

    I am also a young adult fiction fan.

    I just finished Hate List this morning. super creepy, but really good.

    I don’t read sci-fi, but sometime maybe I will. Also, I’m looking to read more of the John Green books, though I won’t be able to borrow my daughter’s – she’s too picky about her books, the ones she loves LOL


    1. Jean Post author

      Is the Hate List YA? Wonder if it is something G (and myself) would like to read. He’s talking about some Michael Vey (or is Bey?) books that he thinks I’d like now. Gone Girl was a nice (but chilling and creepy!) step away from YA last week. I’ve not read any of the John Green books. I guess they don’t appeal to my teenage boy. I didn’t have to go see that sad movie either.

  3. Deanna

    Yes, Hate List is YA. So sad, and creepy at the same time.

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a good book, as is What Alice Forgot – but those are adult. I think “The Husband’s Secret” is by the same author as the Alice book, and that’s good too 🙂

    I’ve got quite the stack by my bedside, in addition to the three bookcases by my bed LOL I’m reading, I’m reading 😉

    I don’t know anything about the Michael Vey books, but here’s the titles in order:
    The Prisoner of Cell 25
    Rise of the Elgen
    Battle of the Ampere
    Hunt for Jade Dragon



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