Wednesday, January 5, 2022

52 Weeks Ahead

Last year, in February, I wrote about "52 Weeks Challenges." In it, I described my own personal pursuit to reading 52 books to correlate with the 52 weeks of the year. I kept a running list in my Artful Agenda digital calendar, and I did indeed hit 52 books... by August 11th. I also hit my stretch goal of 75 books, hitting 76 by the year's end. With a mix of fiction and non-fiction, sometimes it was a campy light read, and sometimes it was a book with deeper meaning. But it definitely was a year of a lot of reading... and escape... and new ideas.  

My book list for 2021 is below. Stars indicate my favorites. I'm going to go for another 52 books for 2022.

My hiking friend also met her goal on her #52HikeChallenge, hitting a grand total of 58 hikes during the year. Impressive!

What's your plan for the next 52 weeks? Where will you be a year from now? What changes do you hope to conquer, and what will it take to get you there. Whatever your plan is, take note of it, keep track and go for it!

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MY GOAL: Read 52 books this year!

Achieved August 11th, 2021

Stretch Goal 75--Super Stretch goal 80

Stretch goal met December 26th, 2021

Total: 76 books 47 Fiction titles 29 Non-fiction titles

January = 5

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan

**Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

Sam & Isla's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan

Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness & Live an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

February = 4

Eat Smarter by Shawn Stevenson

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

**Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas

March = 10

Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

**Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Woman Last Seen in Her 30s by Camile Pagan

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Sonoya Chemaly

**The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

The Home Place: Memories of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Latham

The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries by Zoe Weil

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky

April = 6

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms

There's No Planet B: Teen Vogue's Book on Climate Crisis Edited by Lucy Diavalo

**Immigrant Innovators: 30 Entrepreneurs who Made A Difference by Samantha Chagolian

Promise Cove by Vicki McKeehan

Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson

Kid Innovators: True Tales of Chuldhood from Inventors and Trailblazers by Robin Stevenson

May = 8

**The 3 Mrs. Wrights by Linda Keir

My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism by Titania McGrath

Woke: A Guide to Social Justice by Titania McGrath

Wildernes: Gateway to the Soul by Scott Stillman

**Teaching When the World is On Fire edited by Lisa Delpit

The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy

The Cafe on the Edge of the World: A Story About the Meaning of Life by John Strelecky

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult by Julie Lythcott Haims

June = 5

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human Centered Planet by John Green

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universes by Benjamin Saenz

The President Is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton

**Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols

Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias Book 1) by Sherryl Woods

July = 11

A Slice of Heaven (The Sweet Magnolias Book 2) by Sherryl Woods

Duck: An Outer Banks Village by Judith D. Mercier

Coastal Wild: Among the Untamed Outer Banks Photography by Steve Altman and Mark Buckler

Feels Like Family (The Sweet Magnolias Book 3) by Sherryl Woods

Booked For Trouble: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

**Park & Eleanor by Rainbow Rowell

The Culture Code : The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

Beach Read--Emily Henry

**Squeeze Me—Carl Hiasson

Songs of a Confederate Raven--Kathleen Thomas -- Robyn Hill (Illustrator)

August = 7

Sorry I Missed You—Suzy Lrause

The Proposal—Jasmine Guilleroy

The Truth and Other Hidden Things: A Novel—Lea Geller

The Restarting Point—Marci Bolden

**Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good—Jennifer Williams

**How the Word Is Passed: A Recogning With the History of Slavery Across America—Clint Smith

The Inn At Eagle Point (Chesapeake Shores Book 1)—Sherryl Woods

September = 4

Trophy Life—Lea Geller

For Once in My Life—Colleen Coleman

Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle For a Better World and a Meaningful Life—Zoe Weil

Party of Two—Jasmine Guillory

October = 4

Life Unscheduled—Kristen Rockaway

**Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World—Katharine Hayhoe

The Meetinng Point — Olivia Lara

Less—Andrew Sean Greer

November = 5

**Seven Perfect Things—Catherine Ryan Hyde

One Hit Wonder: A Samantha True Novel — Kristi Rose

When Life Gives You Lemons — Fiona Gibson

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth — Jo Langford

The Comfort Book-Matt Haig

December =7

If the Fates Allow-Rainbow Rowell

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily—David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

**Twelve Days of Christmas—Debbie Macomber

The Christmas Blanket--Kandi Steiner

A Christmas Message—Debbie Macomber

**Hope Is a Verb: Six Steps to Radical Optimism When the World Seems Broken—Emily Ehlers

The Bette Davis Club—Jane Lotter

TOTAL = 76 books

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