Mission: 52 books in 52 weeks

I’m starting with Harry Potter. Fifty-two books in 52 weeks—a year—that’s my mission. A Google search reveals many people have this same mission, so I’m not alone. At first, when I came up with the idea, I thought it was really great and really unique. Then I went online where I saw that thousands of people already are blogging their way through one book per week. I still think it’s cool, and, well, the more the merrier. I’m not alone in my quest. Through this year, I aim to discover new authors I like and, through them, learn more about this thing called life.

Here are my rules:

1.)    The book must be finished every week by Saturday.

2.)    A post will follow the book’s conclusion, on the weekend.

3.)    I will post my book lists, including why I chose each to read.

4.)    I am not allowed, even under extraordinary circumstances, to break the rules.

It won’t be easy. That I know. I work a lot—sometimes as many as 60 hours per week—and in-between that time I’ll be squeezing in the reading. But I draw inspiration from such figures as Julie Powell from the wonderful movie (and book) who cooked her way through Julia Child’s cook book and from the myriad of other courageous, creative people who similarly embarked on new adventures. Mine will be through books. And I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Real stories from Real Life” How does this fit in with the Blog theme? Though I am allowing myself to read fiction—see first book I chose—I do plan to post about the books. The posts will include my thoughts/feelings/reactions to the books. These will include stories from my own life.

First book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Date to be finished: Saturday, Jan. 7.

Pages yet to be read: roughly 200. (yikes!)

Time left to read them: Two days.

Why Harry Potter, you ask? My little brother Jeffrey’s been asking me to read the series for some time now, because he wants my opinion on them. He loves them, like millions of other readers. They’re somewhat controversial in Christian circles, what with the witchcraft throughout them and everything, so he is curious what I think of them. I told him I’ll let him know when I finish, which will be on Saturday.



  1. This is a lovely idea. I will wait for your views on the book.

    I have never read the Potter series. But have always loved the movies. And a lot of Harry Potter book lovers say the book is way better.

    One of my unsaid resolutions for the year – I made a promise to the self; to read. Continuously. I am currently reading “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera and “Messages from the Masters” by Dr Brian Weiss. I can never force self to keep a deadline though. That will just make me shy away from the whole deal! 🙂

  2. Oh my…That is a heady task. Good luck on this one…..and you think you will have time to blog? That shopping list you have stuck to the side of your fridge, add an extra box of toothpicks. I think you might need them to keep those eye lids propped open.

  3. Grayquill, thanks for the luck! I think I’ll need it. Haha; hopefully I won’t need the toothpicks – (ouch!) – but maybe I should keep them nearby for desperate occasions. Have a great day.

    And Choco, I think that’s a great resolution to do. Whether having a deadline (like me) or not, I believe reading is always a good thing. Best of luck with your own resolution!

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