52 Book Challenge – Reading A Book Per Week For An Entire Year

After finishing a book I will leave nameless, I woke up early, desperate for a new read.

This book had sparked something within me which had been dormant for years.

I already possessed a burning desire to learn but I had forgotten the quickest method to achieve knowledge.

A 200 page book, which took all of eight hours to read, had delivered more wisdom than a year of living ever could.

I felt like I could conquer the world. My love for books was back full throttle.

Upon rising that morning, I immediately took to the internet to find some new recommendations.

I quickly stumbled upon the subreddit r/52book/.

This corner of the internet is a community dedicated to achieving one simple goal – read one book per week for an entire year.

While this may sound daunting or insane to some, the idea was romantic to me.

The Rules Of The 52 Book Challenge

I hope you will join me on this journey.

Together, with the wisdom provided by books, we can grow to be superhuman.

We will progress our lives 10 years in the span of one.

While everyone is watching netflix we will be lost in words, growing at a rate which will be hard to compute.

In order to achieve this progress, we need to set some rules to the content which we read.


Rule #1.

The only rule to the 52 book challenge.

If you wish to make this effective, every book you read must be, in some way, related to self development.

That means no fiction, unless you have finished your reading for the week.

Sorry for now but you can thank me later.

If you wish to read fiction, you may as well watch netflix.

This challenge isn’t for the weak. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, walking the streets abundant with wisdom.

If you wish to stand out from the crowd, you must work harder than everyone else.

Note: This isn’t a rule in the subreddit mentioned above.

If you follow this one rule, you are travelling on a road all to yourself. No police or civilians to slow you down as you fly through life at 200 mph.

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The Four Pillars Of Self Development

In no particular order, these are the four things we should be learning to improve upon, week after week, year after year.


#1. Health 

A subject that requires almost no explanation as to why you might wish to improve it.

Your health and your time are, in the end, your most valuable and neglected resources.

When your health is optimal you can do more and be more than you possibly could otherwise.

Realistically, who doesn’t want to slow the aging process and feel like a 20 year old as long as possible?

Learn about hormones, neurotransmitters, diet and fitness, and anything else that may benefit your health either physical or mental.

I know I will be spending a lot of time learning how to maintain my youth this year. You only get one body and despite what you may think, it isn’t a rental.

One day you will realize that your health is the root of almost all your success or limitations.


#2. Relationships

Everyone can be a better partner, parent, friend or son/daughter.

When you improve the relationships in your life you will begin to see life in a new light.

Your allies will grow, you will receive more opportunities and ultimately, a good portion of unhappiness will be cut out of your life.

Imagine coming home every night to a loving partner who is thrilled to see you after being apart for only eight hours.

Imagine being able to make friends easily even though you struggled with social anxiety for years.

Whatever you struggle with in terms of relationships, there is a book, written by an expert, to help you.

Rather than waste years of your life doing the wrong things, spend 30 minutes per night learning how to correct mistakes you may not even realize you are making.


#3. Wealth and Business

Most of us eventually get to a stage in our life where we realize our financial situation isn’t exactly ideal.

If you aren’t there yet, consider yourself lucky (or naive) and do everything to prevent arriving at this miserable destination.

Like all of the other topics listed here, there are countless experts for you to learn from.

Learn from the mistakes people made and additionally learn what millionaires actually did right.

A few books on the topic of wealth and money and you are guaranteed to feel closer to freedom within the calendar year.

I plan on reading a lot of books on business and entrepreneurship this year.

I am willing to guess that by learning from experts, and cutting through the bullshit, we can learn more in one year than we could in four years of business school.

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#4. Spirituality

In my opinion, no 52 book challenge would be complete without a hefty portion of books invested into spirituality

Spirituality is the glue that holds your mental health, physical health, and overall well being together.

A vast deal of wisdom can also be attained through spiritual practices.

This will likely be the most avoided topic by those of you who choose to participate in the 52 book challenge but could potentially be the most beneficial.

Skip spirituality if you must, however, I do not recommend it.


Don’t Forget Your Best Friends

This challenge will work twice as well if you keep a notepad and highlighter handy.

I personally never read a book without at least one of the two.

These tools make for quick and effective reflection.

When something resonates with you highlight it or write it down and stick it on your wall.

Odds are, if you are reading a book a week, your wall will look like a mad scientists within a year.

You may have the IQ to match.


Shall We?

If you have made it this far, it is evident you want more out of your life.

Get your wallet out, find your car keys, and go buy some books!

When the budget is tight, get a library card.

Always remember that learning is a lifelong process. The sooner we start learning daily, the greater a life we get to learn from.



Check the site regularly for updates and recommendations of books I have read.

If you found this helpful let me know in the comments or share a favorite book of yours below.


*Update* Books I have read since starting this challenge (Great for anyone just joining):


Tools Of Titans by Tim Ferriss 

A collection of wisdom from over 100 of the worlds most successful athletes, entrepreneurs, actors, and more.

Chapters are short yet every one contains a piece of information worth keeping on hand.

Engagement: 8/10

Wisdom Provided: 10/10

Re-read value: 10/10

Overall: 9/10

Get Tools of Titans Here


Twelve Pillars by Jim Rohn

Twelve Pillars takes the major principles of success and puts them into a fictional story. The story is an easy read but packs a lot of wisdom. The book can be read in a few hours.

Engagement: 10/10

Wisdom Provided: 8/10

Re-read value: 8/10

Overall 8/10

Get Twelve Pillars Here


The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Perhaps the most motivating book I have ever read. I wrote a full review soon to be published. Everyone needs to read this book. If you can’t afford it, rent it from the library.

Engagement: 10/10

Wisdom Provided: 10/10

Re-read Value: 10/10

Overall: 10/10*

Get The Compound Effect Here


Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

A recollection of life in the concentration camps of World War Two that provides some much needed perspective to suffering.  If you want a different view on life, this is a must read.

Engagement: 9/10

Wisdom Provided: 8/10

Re-read Value: 7/10

Overall: 8/10

Get Man’s Search For Meaning Here


The Reason For God by Timothy Keller

A deep look at Christian faith and philosophies. Profoundly thought provoking for Christians and atheists alike.

Engagement: 9/10

Wisdom Provided: 10/10

Re-read Value: 9/10

Overall: 10/10

Get The Reason For God Here


As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

A brief but exceptional read for understanding how our thoughts affect our lives. Grandfather material to all self-improvement.

Engagement: 10/10

Wisdom Provided: 10/10

Re-read Value: 10/10

Overall: 10/10

As A Man Thinketh


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Leave a Reply 2 comments

Vinn - 18/06/2017 Reply

I’ll join the journey.

Except, why the criticism for fiction? Story is how humans have learned since the beginning of… humanity.

Check out becoming filthy rich in rising Asia, and the alchemist.

    Regan - 18/06/2017 Reply

    Glad to have you on board. I picked up a few books you recommend on your site: The Compound Effect and The War Of Art.

    My goal with this is rapid self development. I’ve been recommended The Alchemist a few times and definitely plan to get around to it. Stories like that have some great knowledge in their story lines which still make them valuable. I don’t want people to think reading a Hairy Potter book every week will do this challenge any benefit or improve their life beyond a brief escape from reality.

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