52 Books in 52 Weeks

Based on popular blog movement, one of my new year resolutions is to read 52 non-technology related books in 52 weeks. I realize that being techies, we naturally tend to focus on technology books leaving other genres unattended. To accommodate for this deficiency in literary well-roundness, the books I've selected for this task are on wide variety of diverse topics. The list can be found on my urdu blog.

Hearing this, Stephen Soong, a friend and avid sci-fi reader made his own list and promised to let me borrow from his sci-fi collection.  Here is Stephen's list.


  • The Game, Ken Dryden
  • Moneyball, Michael Lewis
  • The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons
  • Breaks of the Game, David Halberstam
  • Once a Runner, John L. Parker


  • Annapurna, Maurice Herzog


  • Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens, Patricia Duffy
  • The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
  • The Panda's Thumb, Stephen Jay Gould
  • Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan


  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament

Chinese Classics

  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義), Luo Guanzhong
  • The Water Margin (水滸傳), Shi Nai'an
  • Journey to the West (西遊記), Wu Cheng’en
  • The Deer and the Cauldron (鹿鼎記), Louis Cha

English Classics

  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  • Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams


  • I Robot, Isaac Asimov


  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
  • Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  • Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson
  • Legend of Drizzt, R.A. Salvatore


Graphic Novels

  • Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons


  • Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn


Other Non-Fiction

  • Freakanomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

Other Fiction

  • Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  • The Stand, Stephen King