- John Adams, David McCullough
- A Man on the Moon, Andrew Chaikan
- A People's History of the Civil War/ Bitterly Divided: the South's Inner Civil War, David Williams
- Salt: a World History, Mark Kurlansky
- Blood, Iron, and Steel, Christian Wolmar
- If Walls Could Talk, Lucy Worsley
As mentioned, a lot of my reading this year connected to a 'civic awareness' theme, one that grew out of my longstanding interest in urbanism. The books I read in this area combined science, history, technology, and social criticism. They were the cream of the crop, many the kind of books that made permanent inroads in my mind. When I composed a "top ten" list, they took six spots.
- Bowling Alone: the Decline and Revival of American Community, Robert Putnam
- Asphalt Nation, Jane Holtz Keay
- Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
- Suburban Nation, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zybeck et. al
- Consuming Kids, Susan Linn
- The Great Good Place, Ray Towneley
- The Green Metropolis, David Owen
What will 2013 bring? Well, I've not yet exhausted Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, and he has another medieval work about to be released which I'm sure to jump on. I'll be keeping up with Trek literature, of course. I anticipate continuing my civics and society theme, and in particular finishing Jane Jacob's The Life and Death of Great American Cities, which I began reading last spring, until I fell off the horse and became fascinated by books on trash and toilets. Even only halfway in, though, Jacobs' work has profoundly altered my worldview.
I've opted to take down my embarrassingly bloated book wishlist with an "upcoming reads" section, which will only list at maximum 25 titles. The idea is the same, but I'll be including only titles I'm very much interested in.