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I love to read, though lately, I have been finding myself procrastinating online, more often than not still reading, only it is fan fiction. To overcome this, I decided to take upon a challenge to read 52 books in the calendar year. I counted everything, some books were required for school, others by choice.

The Guidelines

The rules that I set for myself were really flexible, though I knew I wanted to have a basic system; it was a challenge after all. One of the main reasons for these guidelines was because I couldn’t count all the hours I spent reading fan fiction.

  • The book must be published (no fan created works)
  • Any manga that I read only counts as one. In other words, volumes within a series could not be counted as separate titles.
  • I need to comprehend the complete storyline and understand the material. Books I do not complete can not be counted.
  • Audio books are accepted. *

  1. Red Glove — Holly Black
  2. Shaman King — Hiroyuki Takei
  3. Still Waters — Ask Parsons
  4. The Lighthouse Land *— Adrian McKinty
  5. Peak — Roland Smith
  6. Black Heart — Holly Black
  7. How to Eat Fried Worms — Thomas Rockwell
  8. Lizard Radio — Pat Schmatz
  9. The Raven Boys — Maggie Stiefvater
  10. Fans of the Impossible Life — Kate Scelsa
  11. Survive The Night — Daniella Vega
  12. The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter — Allan Zola Kronzek
  13. The Witch of Blackbird Pond* — Elizabeth George Speare
  14. A Legend of Wolf Song — George Stone
  15. Humans of New York — Brandon Stanton
  16. Pop Painting — Camilla d’Errico
  17. The Marvels — Brian Selznick
  18. The Dreamer — Pam Muñoz Ryan & illustrated by Peter Sís
  19. Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle — Rick Riordan
  20. Nimona — Noella Stevenson
  21. I Am Malala* — Malala Yousafzai (link to my reflection)
  22. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child — J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
  23. Smithsonian Intimate Guide to the Cosmos — Dana Berry
  24. The One and Only Ivan — Katherine Applegate
  25. Hipster Animals: A Field Guide — Dyna Moe (see more on their Tumblr page)
  26. Animals Real and Imagined: The Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be  — Terryl Whitlatch
  27. Robinson Crusoe* — Daniel Defoe
  28. Moby-Dick In Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page — Matt Kish
  29. Astronomy: 365 Days — Jerry T. Connell and Robert J. Nemiroff
  30. Walden — Henry David Thoreau