I don’t think I read quite as many books in 2013 as I did in 2012, but I’m pretty sure I read substantially more long-form and short-form content. I’m on a better pace so far this year, but I’ve noticed that I tend to read much more in the winter and during my summer break. Here, in no particular order is what I managed to get through.
The Orphan Masters Son – I can’t recommend this enough.
The Teleportation Accident – I was entertained, but not completely thrilled with this.
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Well crafted, if not completely satisfying scifi.
Transatlantic – Fairly sprawling, beautifully written historical novel.
The Windup Girl – I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought: another scifi book with a good mix of tech, plot and character development.
The Plot Against America – An alternate history that was very entertaining and well-written.
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo–and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Reporting of a murder that reads like fiction.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Deeply interesting to me, and certainly sends a message about how we continue to ravage this planet.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon – Really stunning piece of fiction.
The Brothers – If you’ve ever wondered why the rest of the world hates the US, read this.
Why it’s time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon
Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality - Clay Shirky
And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ – Fred Vogelstein
American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How. – Elizabeth Weil
What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China – Adam Davidson
The Enlightenment’s ‘Race’ Problem, and Ours – Justin E. H. Smith
Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
The Innocent Man, Part Two: Texas Monthly December 2012 – Pamela Colloff