Mission Statement (from the Shelfari group)

Steve Jobs said: “The fact is that people don’t read anymore…”

Shelfari’s 50 Book Challenge said: “Fie! Steve Jobs,” (We say Fie because we read a lot and we know a lot of words.) “Fie! Steve Jobs! We read 16,892 books in 2008.”

To elaborate: When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.

Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.

Take I
Take II
Take III
Take IV
Take V


4 Responses to “The 50 Book Challenge”

  1. 1 why not say it aloud July 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I couldn’t read any of those books but I read at least 300 books per year so I think I am all good! But great post idea! Love your blog!

  2. 2 contoveros August 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I’ve read but six books on this list. Mostly classics like the Time Machine, The Invisble Man, Animal Farm and 1984.

    Gotta keep an eye on this list to see what I might have been missing!


    michael j

    (By the way, do you have any idea who I might be writing to? I mean, is this a syndicate or a group of people, or are you really one person? Just curious)

    I’m just me. One and unrepeatable, but with way too much curiosity and too many interests. This place is my repository for all the stuff that makes me go ‘hmmm’ and I don’t want lost or taking up real space. A virtual storage facility that could rival Warehouse 13!

  3. 3 dream8land September 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Ya … people should read at least some of these books … They’re great! Unfortunately we all find pathetic reasons for not reading: we don’t have enough time…hmmm but we do have time to sit in front of a computer and do nothing….or we come home from work too tired…well reading is also a way of getting relaxed you know…These are note real reasons…the only reality is that we don’t WANT to find time to read…and some of us…spend all their time in front of the TV watching lame TV shows or movies so… Start reading…you won’t lose anything!

    The date I first entered the challenge was the day my son was born. If I managed 40 books with a newborn, everyone can.

  4. 4 walter December 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Nice! I set myself the goal of reading a book a week, but have fallen short for this year :(. I feel inspired again to really go for 50 books in 2011, cheers.

    I’ll be rooting for you, and for everyone willing to take on such a challenge, whether they fail or succeed!

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