A good year for fiction, especially of the science variety. I thoroughly enjoyed The Moor’s Account based on both the concept of the book as well as the story itself. I especially enjoy how Ian McEwan paints his characters, and The Children Act did not let me down. The Sixth Extinction was less in depth and more accessible than Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker articles, but the breadth captures the scope of the disaster humans are making of the planet. The Serial podcast was memorable for its storytelling, although it ended up putting a big dent in my reading time.


The Children Act
Ian McEwan

The Son
Philipp Meyer

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

The Moor’s Account
Laila Lalami

Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel

The Book of Strange New Things
Michel Faber

Howard Jacobson

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

Tenth of December
George Saunders

On Such a Full Sea
Chang-Rae Lee

Train Dreams: A Novella
Denis Johnson


How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
Steven Johnson

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential (unfinished)
Tom Kelley

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town
Beth Macy

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Ken Jennings


Notable Articles

The Case For Reparations –  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Reza Aslan on What the New Atheists Get Wrong About Islam
How Fossilized Ideas Live on Even in Science – Andrew Crumey
How To Get Beyond The Parasite Economy – Eric Garland
Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem – Yiren Lu
The Mammoth Cometh
The Collateral Damage of a Teenager