Saturday, December 14, 2013

Books! Books! Books!

It's been quite a while since I made any nerdy end-of-year-best-of lists on this blog, so consider this a catching-up. Here are some of the best books I've read over the past few years (links go to my reviews on goodreads). For fiction, the best thing I've read is George Saunders. Yes, believe the hype -- he's really good. However the most purely entertaining book I've read in long while is The Lies of Locke Lamora. Totally fun. For non-fiction it's David MacKay's book on sustainable energy, which is available for free from his website if you're interested. Enjoy!

  1. Tenth of December: Stories, by George Saunders
  2. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Crónica de una muerte anunciada, por Gabriel García Márquez
  4. A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
  5. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
  6. The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
  7. Embassytown, by China Miéville

    Honorable Mention: True History of the Kelly Gang, Zeitoun, The Curse of Chalion, Wise Man's Fear, Sandman 4: A Season of Mists

  1. Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air, by David MacKay
  2. Tropical Nature, by Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata
  3. Bitter Fruit, by Stephen Schlessinger & Stephen Kinzer
  4. Sustaining Life, Eric Chivian & Aaron Bernstein, eds.
  5. El País Bajo Mi Piel, por Gioconda Belli
  6. Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy, by Paul Dix & Pam Fitzpatrick
  7. The Code Book, by Simon Singh

    Honorable MentionCollapseThe Heart of ChristianityWith The ContrasIn The RainforestHoly GroundFood Politics, Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish