I Read 52 Books in a Year (This is What Happened)

Updated: Mar 31

June 23rd, 2021

David Peachment


What Reading 52 Books in a Year Taught Me

A few years ago, I set out to do what I thought would be a monstrous task: reading a book every single week for a whole year. I had read a decent amount before, but the max I would ever read would be half a dozen books a year. Nowhere near the same as 52! I initially got the idea from a YouTube video describing how many of the greatest and wealthiest people spend hours reading every day. So I thought to myself, why not give it a try and see what happens?

Without further ado, here are my three outcomes of reading 52 books in a year!

I Can Achieve Anything

The first thing that reading taught me was if I can set my mind to something, I can truly do it. When I started, I didn’t even believe I could accomplish it. I thought I’d just get as close as possible. And to be fair, it was definitely a big challenge for a while there. But eventually, I got into a schedule and rhythm. I broke it down into sizable chunks (just 30-60 minutes of reading a day) and consistently read. What seemed like a ginormous undertaking got stripped down to a simple task I could do and follow every day. What followed is the realization that if I put my mind towards a goal and plan out how to achieve it, it can be done. I’ve applied that philosophy to many other areas of my life, such as diet and exercise, creative projects, and more.

Being Open to New Ideas

Another thing that I learned was the openness to new ideas. Reading differing opinions of various subjects opened my eyes to alternate ways of looking at the same problems. As a result, I was able to grow in ways I never thought I could. The books I poured through included books on subjects I wasn’t familiar with, such as politics, certain religions, culture, history, and general school subjects. My understanding of more complex issues and portions of the world became more in-depth. I could hold conversations with people from different walks of life. I got the ability to look at situations and ideas in different lights and better evaluate them. Subjects that seemed too complex previously I was able to f