It’s been a weird year for me. Although i can’t explain why, books have taken a back seat this year. I mostly concentrated on magazine articles, blogs and also board games rules. I read in total 23 books compared to the 26 of 2012. It’s definitely been the year of the non-fiction which has totally dominated my reading in terms of quality and number of pages read. 2013 has also seen the return of the comic book and the graphic novel in my reading. Finally most of my fiction books are what you would categorize as Young Adult… Like i said, a weird year.
Unsurprisingly all my must reads are non-fiction. Let’s start with the giant.
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer – The book of 1,266 pages had taken me 8 months to read. From February to August. It’s brilliantly written and captivating to read. Definitely a book to remember for a long, long time. I’m not too keen on this kind of lengthy books but this is one to seriously consider.
- All The Shah’s Men, by Stephen Kinzer – This is a re-read and it’s as good as i remember. If you want to read about the roots of how the United States has become the Satan in the eyes of Iranians you can start here.
- Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kalheman – Remarkable as those two books above are they are unlikely to change your life. This one might have that effect. It will change the way you think about your thinking and the way you make your decisions. I’m now reading Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler on how some of the conclusions reached by Kalheman can be implemented in our daily lives.
- The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, by Emmanuel Guibert – One of the most beautiful and unique reading experiences i’ve ever had.
- Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, The Invisible Industry Which Brings You 90% of Everything, by Rose George
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
- The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
- The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thomson Thomas
- The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
- Jute’s Charmed Life, by Garret Alley
- Retribution Falls, by Chris Wooding
- Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
- Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
- Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom
- Persepolis, by Mariane Satrapi
- Persepolis 2
- Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
- The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
- Irrationality, by Stuart Sutherland
- Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba & Then Lost it to the Revolution, by T.J English
- The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
- Room, by Emma Donaghue
- Jesus’ Son: Stories, by Denis Johnson