#52in52 in 2013

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

     In 2012, I participated in the 52 books in 52 weeks (#52in52). Although I explored many new books, embarked on adventures, and learned life lessons, I did not successfully read 52 books in 52 weeks, nor did I reflect as much as I wanted to on what I read.  There are many reasons for this but primarily, reading was not as much of a priority this year as I would have liked. This year I am trying again and I am using some different tactics to be more successful! If these tactics are successful, I will write about them later! For right now, I am very excited to try this again and will be reading books in print, on Kindle, and listening to audiobooks. Below is a list of books that I cannot wait to dive into organized into categories that I am dedicated to learning more about. I will check them off my list as I go. I am looking forward to both sharing lessons I learn and learning from others who are also participating.

Time in a day


  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  2. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, by Parker J. Palmer
  3. Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice, by Trudy W. Banta, Elizabeth A. Jones, and Karen E. Black
  4. Learning Is Not A Sprint, by K. Collins and D. Roberts
  5. The Speed of Trust The One Thing That Changes Everything, Steven M. R. Covey
  6. First, Break All The Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  7. Coming to Terms with Student Outcomes Assessment, Maki
  8. The Divine Comity, Cook and Lewis
  9. Developing Outcomes-based Assessment for Learner-centered Education, Driscoll and Wood
  10. Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners, Marguerite McGann Culp
  11. Outcomes-Based Academic and Co-Curricular Program Review, Bresciani
  12. The Radical Leap, Steve Farber

Language & Culture

  1. The History of Italy: (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations), Charles Killinger
  2. The History of France: (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations), W. Scott Haine
  3. Purgatorio, Dante Alighieri
  4. Paradiso, Dante Alighieri
  5. La Bella Lingua, My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language, Dianne Hales
  6. Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri
  7. Speak the Culture: Italy: Be Fluent in Italian Life and Culture, Andrew Whittaker   


  1. Empowering Women in Higher Education & Student Affairs: Theory, Research, Narratives, and Practice From Feminist Perspectives (An ACPA Publication), Penny A. Pasque, Shelley Errington Nicholson, and Linda J. Sax
  2. Power, Politics, and Pearls: How Women Can Win and Lead, Madeleine M. Kunin
  3. The Male brain, Louann Brizendine  
  4. Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, Jessica Valenti  
  5. On Becoming a Woman Leader, Susan R. Madsen
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. Just Give me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Die, Maya Angelou
  8. Bossypants,  Tina Fey

For Fun

  1. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Simon Wiesenthal
  2. Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, Jan Tomasz Gross
  3. The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli
  4. The Son of Neptune, Rick Riordan
  5. God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter, Stephen Prothero
  6. The Causal Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
  7. Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brene Brown  
  8. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  9. Rework, David Heinemeier Hansson
  10. The new Diana Gabaldon Book
  11. The new Rick Riordan book
  12. The final book in the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experiences and the fruits of many inquiries.” ~ A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

What are you reading in 2013?


6 thoughts on “#52in52 in 2013

    • Thanks for reading & commenting Becca. I really enjoyed your idea of using pintrest to keep track. I look forward to reading more of your book reviews!


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