So, I wanted to write a Ten Best list. This isn’t it (for one thing, I’ve included 13 titles — plus a ringer). Instead, these are books that stayed with me and a few that I’ve been dipping into when I want a break (looking at you “Around the World in 80 Books”). I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few that were important to me, and I know that as soon as I post this, I’ll think of others. But the end of the year is a deadline I want to honor and so here’s my list. Did any of these books resonate for you? Are there others you wish I had included? I’d love to hear your picks and pans. Please, let me know!

(Here’s the list on so you can click through and buy from an indie: )