I haven't even compiled the list yet and I already know my reading rate was terrible this year. I probably didn't even average out to a book a week. Anyway, here's what I read:
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
- Silent Hall by N S Dolkart
- The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White
- Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
- Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer
- The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
- Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald
- Off Rock by Kieran Shea
- The Sculpted Ship by K. M. O'Brien
- The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
- Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Empire by Tom Wainwright
- Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome (audiobook)
- Fifth Ward: First Watch by Dale Lucas
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
- You Die When You Die by Angus Watson
- Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
- Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
- Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
- The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker
- Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone
- Barbary Station by R. E. Stearns
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders -- I'll be honest, it's not an easy read because of some stylistic choices the author made and that will turn a lot of folks off, but if you can wade through it, there's some amazing stuff going on in this book and it really sticks with you.
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill -- A wild West adventure in a post-apocalyptic world where robots have killed off just about everything. The story grabs you from page one, has some deeper themes it addresses really well, and all in a self-contained package. Great stuff.
Angels of Ruin by Max Gladstone -- I mean, all of his books are great so it almost doesn't count.
The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White -- a significant book in a year where lots of people are wondering what they can do to make a better world.
The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith -- An outstanding primer on political power and how it works or doesn't.
On the plus side, I'm starting off the year with a new Nick Harkaway book and that's almost certainly a sign of good things to come. Here's hoping I get it read before March.