- Seeing what others don't by Gary Klein
- Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
- Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald
- Hark! A vagrant by Kate Beaton
- Ingenious by Jason Fagone
- Shenzen by Guy DeLisle
- Jerusalem by Guy DeLisle
- Best Efforts by Kenny Moore
- Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand
- Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron by Jai Arjun Singh
- The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters
- If it's Monday it must be Madurai by Srinath Perur
- Calories and Corsets by Louise Foxcroft
- My Autobiography by Usain Bolt
- The Media Relations department of Hizbollah wishes you a Happy Birthday by Neil Macfarquhar
- Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham
- Which comes first, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life - by Scott Adams
- Gulp by Mary Roach
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande*
- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield*
I read fewer books in 2014 than I have in the last 5 years but I am happy to say that I loved every one of them, unlike in previous years. I read zero books for review's sake alone. While that meant I made no money from reading the books, the experience was wonderful in each case. Bolt's book was perhaps the weakest in the list above and Mipham's book didn't leave such a memory as the other 19 did but that's it. Admittedly there' a sports bias and more generically, a non-fiction bias but that's been a conscious choice.
The best book of the lot was not so easy to pick, given the rationale above. However Gawande's book pushed out Jai Arjun's & Fagone's in the end, since it has several overlaps with my current choice of a career and the influence of good health on it.
I am currently reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Adam Grant's Give and Take, among a bunch of others including Bryson's One Summer. There's a couple of Hitchens' books which have been partially read in the last 2 years which I will try and finish in 2015. So there's much to look forward to in 2015.
Wish you all a splendid new year. Let me know if you have any book recommendations from your own reading last year.
* Both these books were still being read at the time of making this post, but I am so far into them that it felt weird to include both in next year's list.