I’m not going to add to the plethora of ‘Predictions for 2013′ posts (FWIW I’d say: sexting apps, streaming video apps, more social local mobile), instead I’m going old school with a list of my favourite 5 books from 2012. Yes actual printed books, not even Kindle versions. A caveat that they’re not necessarily books that came out in 2012, although 4 of them are, but books I read in 2012.
- We Learn Nothing by Tim Krieider. Certainly one of the finest non-fiction writers alive today. He gives new perspectives and insight into every day situations. If you’ve never read any of his articles, start with The Busy Trap, one of the New York Times, most shared articles this year. Perfect writing.
- The New Kings of Non-Fiction, edited by Ira Glass. If you like stories about life and people, you’ll love this collection of essays. Similar to the kind of stories you’ll find on This American Life, or used to find on John Peel’s Home Truths.
- How to tell if your cat is trying to kill you, The Oatmeal. One of the most popular living cartoonists, he’s pretty much taken over the internet. If he’s new to you, take a look at Making Things for the Web. You’ll be hooked.
- Born to run by Christopher Mcdougall. Whether you’re a runner or not you can’t help but be drawn into this incredible story about Mcdougall’s search for a better understanding about the impac of running on the body, the multi-billion dollar trainer industry and a tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world.
- The Intention Economy by Doc Searls. The only business book in the list, this is a fascinating view into the “customer driven economy” of the future. When social media becomes social business but with the depth of insight that you’d expect from the co-author of the seminal Cluetrain Manifesto.
I’ve just started Nate Silver’s, The Signal and the Noise about how to use data and trend information to make accurate predications. It’s proving to be a fascinating read. In a recent interview he mentioned that he may give up political forecasting and look at economics. If he does, make no mistake, he’ll be one to listen to. The man is a genius, well either that or a witch…
What have been your favourite books of 2012?