Now that it is January of 2013, we’re all busy looking back and wondering what we liked about 2012 and making our lists of favorites. I thought I would add to that list by listing out my top ten among the books I read in 2012. Most of these were published last year as well, though some are from prior years.
1. Nate Silver – The Signal and the Noise
2. Dan Ariely – The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
3. Chris Anderson – Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
4. Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit
5. Sam Kean – The Violinist’s Thumb
6. Nathan Wolfe – The Viral Storm
7. Clayton Christenson – How Will You Measure Your Life?
8. Robert Burton – On Being Certain
9. Rachel Maddow – Drift
10. Jonah Berger – Contagious
It is amazing how a book can transport you from your immediate surroundings to a totally different world of suspense and intrigue, of fascinating experiments and eye opening insights. I hope that I get lucky in 2013 as well and good reads like the ones above cross my paths this year as well. Ideas have the power to transform us all, and like brownian motion, unless there are enough collisions with interesting ideas, our lives are more likely to be stuck in the drudgery of now rather than the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.