2013 New Years Resolution #1: Read 52 Books

Harry Potter World Butterbeer

One of my 13 New Years Resolutions for 2013 is to read 52 books. The number was 33 (20 + 13) at first but it was nearly impossible for me to narrow down the list to only 33. So I thought of a genius idea: read an average of one book per week!

I used to be one of the two kids in my classroom known for the amazing ability to not remember anything that I just read in a book. I was a math wiz (best in the class) but my comprehension was the worst (bottom 1%) all through grade school. It did not improve much in high school or college but I was no longer a complete idiot.

With blogs taking the world by storm, I began to read lots and lots of articles on the internet about nutrition in 2009 which lead me into reading actual books.

And now I have this crazy ass goal to read 52 books in 2013 even though I have not read 52 books in full during my entire 24.5 years of life on this planet!

I’ve broken them down into categories as I saw fit. If I am to meet my resolution of receiving my WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate with a 4.0 then me reading the first 14 books is a must (kind of).

WISE traditions nutrition certificate

The following books are required reading for the WISE 102 to WISE 106 classes that I will be taking in 2013. I am in the middle of WISE 102 but have yet to read any of the books. Learn more about this toadally kick ass certificate here.

  1. Eat Fat Lose Fat
  2. Good Calories Bad Calories
  3. The Vegetarian Myth
  4. The Whole Soy Story
  5. The China Study
  6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  7. Fast Food Nation
  8. Food Politics
  9. Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal
  10. The Sheer Ecstasy of Being A Lunatic Farmer
  11. The Untold Story of Milk
  12. Pottenger’s Cat: A Study In Nutrition
  13. Devil in the Milk
  14. The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

Harry potter series

I’ve been to Harry Potter World but have not read a single word in any of the books. I’ve watched two movies; I think the first and sixth. Since I’m an Amazon Prime member, I’ll be reading all seven books on my kindle for free; only one per month though.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows


I don’t read novels often. But now that I’m a huge fan and now friend of Joshua Fields Millburn (and Ryan Nicodemus too!), I’m excited to read Harry Potter and the following three with the first being about Joshua’s life. Or is it? I’m not sure how Animal Farm got on my list but East of Eden was recommended via this facebook post.

  1. As A Decade Fades
  2. Animal Farm
  3. East of Eden

The human being

What makes us human? Perhaps hunting and cooking? Are we vegans or meat eaters? What is optimal? Perhaps I’ll know a little more after reading the following 8 books.

  1. Girl Hunter
  2. Eat Paleo Save the World!
  3. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
  4. Meat Eater
  5. The Meat Fix
  6. The Human Career
  7. The Agile Gene
  8. The Real Eve

Simple & intentional living

Simple living is my favorite topic to read about. I’ve been a minimalist since early 2011. I currently own less than 100 things and am ready for an adventure-filled 2013. I’m chasing experiences. Are you?

  1. Little House on a Small Planet, 2nd
  2. You Can Buy Happiness
  3. The Book of Awesome
  4. Everyday Zen
  5. Thanks!

Learning & Thinking

How could you not want to read Tim Ferriss new book, The 4-Hour Chef? I definitely do. And will. All of it. The most important part will be applying what he teaches. The thing I want to learn most at this moment is speed reading. I’d love to learn how to remember names too. I plan on hugging 20,130 humans in 2013 after all…

  1. The 4-Hour Chef
  2. Moonwalking with Einstein
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow


I’m a traveling entrepreneur who is a huge fan of Chris Guillebeau. Who isn’t a fan of a dude who has visted every country in the world except for 2? Yea, he’s throwing an End of the World Party in Oslo, Norway on April 7. I’ll be there.

  1. The $100 Startup


I don’t think I’ll ever go a year without reading at least one nutrition book. The following is what I currently plan on reading in 2013! The last book – Fat Profits – is not nutrition per say but it’s all about how WRONG the governmental nutrtion guidelines are which I’m stoked to learn about! It’s all about the money folks…

  1. The Great Cholesterol Myth
  2. 12 Paleo Diet Myths
  3. Eat for Heat
  4. The Perfect Health Diet
  5. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox
  6. The Coconut Oil Miracle
  7. Wheat Belly
  8. Coffee Is Good For You
  9. It Starts With Food
  10. Vitamin D Revolution
  11. Fat Profits

View the Facebook post with excellent book suggestions.

Questions to ponder and leave a comment on: How many books do you wish to read in 2013? Which books should I add to the list and then which ones should those books replace?

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  1. says

    Excellent resolution – and choice of books!

    I have always been an avid reader, and for the past couple of years 52 books a year has been my goal. Last year I read 56 books, but this year has been busier so I’m still working on my last book to finish before New Years Eve.

    The WISE Certification looks really interesting as well, and I’ll definitely need to have a look through all of the books listed.

    Do you use any social media platforms for books (such as Goodreads (which I use), or Shelfari)?

      • says

        I’ll actually have to do a blog post about favourites – thanks for reminding me.

        I have almost finished The Four-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss, and that’s def on the list. Other books would be:
        The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau (The $100 Startup is also on my list!)

        The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

        Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess, probably the funniest book I’ve ever read)

        God Is Not a Christian by Desmond Tutu

        Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris (Should be required reading by everyone)

        I read a lot of other good books, but I think these are the ones that made the biggest impression on me this year.

        • says

          Wow! It seems like we have very similar beliefs based on the titles of those books. I’m going to cautiously assume that you are not a Christian. Am I wrong? I am going to add all of those books to my wish list! I may have to take a full month just to read!

          • says

            Haha that is very likely! And you would be right to assume that I’m not Christian, although it has been a long journey for me. I grew up in a very Christian (evangelical) family, and had quite an interesting journey until today. The God Delusion really helped me deal with a few of the leftover questions I had, as it gives excellent explanations for so many things.

            As for God Is Not a Christian, it sounds very unChristian, but is actually written by Desmond Tutu who is the archbishop of South Africa and probably my favourite Christian. He fought against the apartheid, and today he fights against the mistreatment of homosexuals.

  2. Andrea says

    Animal Farm is great. I read it in high school, and got to rant about politics with my classmates. It’s very short, but packs a good message.

    • says

      I’m glad to here that. Now that I think about it, I think Robb Wolf recommended it but I am not entirely sure. I’m stoked to read it! It must not be a novel which I think is the category its under…

        • says

          That is on my wish list too. We had to read it in high school but that was when my comprehension was still dull so I only read a few pages! I used to despise reading. And now I could do it all day if I did not love so much else in this world.

          • says

            I definitely will! I’ll be creating a separate page for 2013 soon that will have my progress of all my resolutions. I hugged 27 people so far today on Jan. 1 and have walked 11 miles which is ahead of the pace I need to walk for 4000 miles. And it’s FREEZING outside so this is the most difficult day to accomplish this feat!

  3. Amy says

    Sounds like a great goal! I’ve got a pile of books at home that I want to read (plus others I don’t own yet) that I should get on.

  4. markkoeks says

    Hey Todd, great list, I’m green with envy that you might actually finish all of these! :) Alot are on my list “to read” too. My question is – how? Do you speedread? What method do you use and how did you learn it? All the best for 2013!

    • says

      I hope to learn how to speed read. I’ve found that I read MUCH faster and retain more of what I read on my kindle or my kindle app on my iPhone vs reading a physical book. I might listen to the audio versions of some books too and count that. I mean, why not?

  5. Galt56 says

    Save your time and your $$ and skip 12 Paleo Diet Myths. Don’t want to criticize, just wanted to say the intellectual value is not there.

  6. Debbie says

    You should listen to the Harry Potter series! They are done very well on audio. The guy who narrates was on broadway and does all the voices. He’s very good. I listened to all of them while driving or walking. Plus, I got them for free at the library.

    • says

      Thanks for letting me know about this. A lot of folks have recommended that I listen to some books. The thing about Harry Potter is that it’s free with Amazon Prime for the kindle so if the audio costs $$ then I will probably just read it.

  7. Johanna says

    Awesome list of books, especially the Harry Potter series :-) if you consider the other commenter’s idea of dropping 12 paleo myths, add Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer to your list or another Pollan, In Defense of Food. Happy New Year and good luck with your challenge!

  8. Brookelynn says

    Hi Todd, I love your list. I’m going to have to read some of these books. My goal this year is to also read some books, my guilt pleasure books are the Hunger Games. I also want to focus on being a minimalist- this is going to be the biggest challenge for me, because I like to shop when a new season starts. I’m all about trying to focus on chasing experiences. Thanks for the inspiration and good luck on your goals this year.

    • says

      Thanks so much! My reading is going to kick into high gear for the second half of January. I’ll be finishing book #1 right… now! Then #2 tomorrow or Thursday. Really!