52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2019

52 Books in 52 Weeks


I used to regularly participate in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.  It was one of my favourite challenges and was reasonably easy for me to accomplish.  Then life became busy and 52 books now seems almost impossible to read in a year.  But 2019 is a new year and I’m determined to make reading more of a priority.  So the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge is back on Classical Carousel!

For this challenge, all you have to commit to do is to read 52 books, 1 during each week of the year.  The rules are relatively broad and easy to accomplish:

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
  • Our book weeks will begin on Sunday
  • Week one will begin on Tuesday, January 1st.
  • Participants may join at any time.
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2019.
  • Book may overlap other challenges
  • If you have a blog, create an entry post linking to this blog.
  • Sign up with Mr. Linky in the “I’m participating post” in the sidebar
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.  Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  • Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of each of the weekly posts for you to link to reviews of your reads.

Already I have some books on my radar to read including Tom Jones, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Moby Dick, David Copperfield, Kidnapped and The Grapes of Wrath.

I’m excited to add the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge to my Back to the Classics, and Newbery Award challenges for 2019!  What challenges are you going to participate in in the new year?



24 thoughts on “52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2019

  1. i guess i’m a bit shy of group things… i read three or four books a week anyway, but i just write down the titles in a journal… recently i down-loaded 300+ golden age mysteries from Gutenberg, but i’m not sure i’ll live long enough to read them all… besides all of them won’t appeal, so i’ll end up deleting the ones i don’t like… Oppenheim and Wallace are always good, tho…

    • I think we need group-ish people AND non-groupish people. You win the award for the most faithful commenter ever! If you were “grouped” you might lose that focus.

      That Gutenberg grab sounds awesome! I can only hope that there’s lots of reading in heaven! 😉

  2. Hi Cleo,
    Good for you for being willing to plunge into the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge!
    I often read 45-52 books a year, but this coming year I’m scheduled to read a large number of very long tomes.
    Then, I see that I have no cause for complaint! Because you have Tom Jones on your list, Moby Dick, David Copperfield, and Grapes of Wrath, all four of which are chunksters, especially Tom Jones, which I haven’t read yet, but which is on my Classics List for 2020, probably.
    I would sign up for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks, but I’m afraid I’d fall short and perhaps ruin the challenge for other people.
    Isn’t it fun to have problems like this?

    • Hi Judith. You wouldn’t ruin the challenge for anyone. Some people shoot for 52 books and others set their own goals. I remember a couple folks who read more classics than anything else, set a goal of one per month. So anything goes. The more important thing is reading and the joy that comes with it.

    • Like Robin says, you should give it a try, Judith. I’m sure I fell short a couple of years but at least it pushed me to read more than I would have otherwise. Yes, I have some big ones too. Perhaps we can keep each other on point! 🙂 And certainly! Book problems are usually fun! 😉

  3. Is this one of those challenges for people who don’t read as much as “some” people?

    The only challenge I plan on participating in this year is the regular “Get up and go to work each morning” challenge. It’s a toughy! 😉

    • Well, let’s hope those plans come to fruition. You’re welcome to give me a virtual kick if I lag too much behind! 😉

    • I’m happy to inspire anyone to read the classics! Thanks for hosting this challenge again, Robin! It’s one of my favourites!

    • Thanks for the wishes, Kristina! I think I’ll have to save it for summer vacation or a read-a-thon. Or maybe keep it for my 53rd+ book without that pressure.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Even with my increase reading of late, 52 books in a year (unless they are all very short or children’s books!) seems unachievable for me – but I hope it is achievable for you. (Though you’re setting yourself a tough challenge with some of those lengthy books, there!) Good luck!

    • I know! Sigh! Me and lengthy books! But I must admit, if I can only read MORE next year than this, I’ll be happy. A small goal and hopefully achievable. Thanks for the wishes!

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