At the beginning of 2014 I decided to set myself a little challenge (not a new years resolution because I don’t really believe they ever work). My challenge was to read one book a week for the entirety of 2014 and I’m happy to say I’ve stuck to it and have finished my 52 books a little before my December 31st deadline!

I’m a self-confessed book nerd anyway so this challenge wasn’t actually too taxing for me, although there were definitely times when I ended up a bit behind and had to race through a few books in order to catch up..

Here’s a list of the 52 books I read with my favourite ones in bold

1 – 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

2 – Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster

3 – The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

4 – Inferno by Dan Brown

5 – Seventy-Seven by Andy Murray

6 – The Killer I by Jack Elgos

7 – The Killer II by Jack Elgos

8 – The Killer III by Jack Elgos

9 – Don’t Tell Mum I Work on The Rigs by Paul Carter

10 – This is Not A Drill by Paul Carter

11 – A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

12 – The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

13 – The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

14 – The Papers of Tony Veich by William McIlvanney

15 – Blindsided by Jay Giles

16 – The Accident by C L Taylor

17 – Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

18 – Jack-Knifed by Wonny Lea

19 – The Coopers Field Murder by Wonny Lea

20 – Killing by Colours by Wonny Lea

21 – Money Can Kill by Wonny Lea

22 – Shy Feet by Frances M Thomson

23 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

24 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

25 – The Last Witness by Denzil Meyrik

26 – The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

27 – Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin

28 – On the Road by Jack Kerouac

29 – London Eyes by Frances M Thomson

30 – 48 Hours by J Jackson Bentley

31 – A La Mod by Ian Moore

32 – The Betrayer by Daniel Judson

33 – Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson 

34 – Eeny Meeny by MJ Arlidge

35 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

36 – Wild by Cheryl Strayed

37 – The Art of Revolution by Jonathan Fields

38 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

39 – Birdman by Mo Hayder 

40 – Tell No One by Harlan Coben 

41 – A Long Walk Home by Jude Tebbutt

42 – He Who Hesitates by Ed McBain

43- Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

44 – Fade to Black by Steven Bannister

45 – Killed in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho

46 – The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham

47 – Abducted by T.R. Ragan

48 – Dead Weight by T.R. Ragan

49 – A Dark Mind by T.R. Ragan

50 – Obsessed by T.R. Ragan

51 – Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

52 – The Remains by Vincent Zandri

I actually found myself really enjoying this challenge and I felt like I’d really achieved something when I completed it. It forced me to keep reading a few books that I’d otherwise have given up on half way through (they were pretty dire!) and I felt better for pushing on and finishing them off.

I’ve read everything from travel fiction to science fiction this year and I’ve enjoyed some genres much more than others. I’ve realised science fiction is definitely not for me!

I think this is a challenge that I’ll be trying out again during 2015. It was rewarding, it challenged my mind and it kept me focused on some nights when I really couldn’t be bothered to read, but actually felt so much better after I curled up with a book and escaped into a fictive reality.

Did you complete the 52 books challenge this year? Are you going to give it a try in 2015?