I’m a bit of a slow reader and combined with my predilection for long nonfiction books, it tends to make my pace of reading slower than I would like. Nevertheless, here are the books that I have read for 2012. This list is based on the books that I’ve listed as read on GoodReads, so it’s possible I might be missing some books that I forgot to list.
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Picked this up as a Kindle Deal of the Deal. I’m not a big Bourdain fan, but I found Kitchen Confidential to be interesting behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant business.
The Long Run by Mishka Shubaly
This Kindle Single turned out to be not what I expected. I thought it was a story of how long distance running saved Shubaly from his addiction problems, but it’s more of a tale of sobriety with a mild connection to his long distance running.
The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan’s Tour of the NBA by Chris Ballard
I really enjoyed this book, even though it’s now a few years old and has become slightly dated. I remember I devoured this book during my training trip to San Francisco.
End Malaria by Michael Bungay Stanier
This ebook is a collection of 62 business-themed essays. Portions of every book sale goes toward purchasing a mosquito net for a family in need (hence the title, End Malaria) and this was published under Seth Goldin’s Domino Project.
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton
Long read but an interesting one. Clinton has a knack for breaking down large issues into consumable bites and he does an excellent job of showing how different policy issues are all related.
Cooking Solves Everything: How Time in the Kitchen Can Save Your Health, Your Budget, and Even the Planet by Mark Bittman
Another Kindle Single, Cooking Solves Everything is a fast and compelling essay about why cooking could not only improve your quality of life but also the world around you.
Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
I read this before Lehrer got discredited for fabricating parts of this book. I believe the publisher has pulled copies from booksellers so it’s no longer available for purchase.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Yeah, The Hunger Games trilogy. *shrugs* It was free via Amazon Prime. I generally enjoyed all the books, although the second and third books weren’t nearly as strong as the first.
Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum
I had heard or read about most of the stories that are covered in this book, but it was fun to hear it again through McCallum’s words. All the Olympic coverage and media reminiscing of the Dream Team probably diluted the impact of the book, but it was a fun read to get details on the Dream Team experience.
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
A tremendously complex story of how British Intelligence ran double agents during WWII to trick the Germans about the D-Day invasion. There’s a long setup before D-Day to introduce the vast cast of players and I willfully admit I lost track of who some characters were more than once.
Redshirts by John Scalzi
I picked up this book after getting the first three chapters for free and it seemed like a fun take of the famous Redshirt curse on Star Trek. However, the book takes a weird turn midway through and changes tone completely so that its second half is less fun than the first half.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The tenth anniversary edition of the book. I’ve seen and loved the Henry Selick movie adaptation but hadn’t read the book until now.
The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall
Each chapter is devoted to a particular show, so my level of interest wavered depending on how familiar I was with the show being discussed. The Lost chapter is great, as was the chapter on The Sopranos but I had less of a connection to St. Elsewhere so it wasn’t as interesting to me. The good news is that each chapter stands alone, so you could skip chapters if you wanted to.
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
My last book for 2012, this book is targeted more to middle school kids so it was a really fun and quick read.