So I'm three months late, but still posting my annual "Best Books that I Read Last Year". As always, the books are not in ranked order.
- First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Speculative fiction with a bit of Groundhog Day (and even more like the classic novel "Replay"), where Harry August lives his entire life over and over again.
- Hondo by Louis L'Amour
Classic western that was made into the classic film staring John Wayne.
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
Peterson is a very divisive figure, but it would be difficult to argue against any of life lessons of this book.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The classic story is beloved for a reason.
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan Jr.
A plague wipes out all but one man, who sets off across the US and then the world. Various factions try to capture him for their own purposes. Not 100% realistic, but probably the best of this genre of story.
- Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon by Basil Liddell-Hart
Liddell-Hart examines the life and career of Scipio, probably the most neglected great general. He makes an excellent case that Scipio was the greatest ever.
- Madness from the Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
A collection of short stories, anchored by the title novel, in which the main character faces the extinction of humanity.
- The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris
History of early surgeons. Fascinating and well-told.
- Lord Edward's Archer by Griff Hosker
Hosker has a unique writing style that takes a bit of getting used to, but the stories in this series quickly draw you into the life of a Welsh/English archer and follow him as he fights in England, Wales, France, and on crusade.
- Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The first of Hughart's detective novels set in "a China that should have been", this is the best of the trilogy.