For the last decade, I’ve aimed to read 80 to 90 books per year. A lot of people have asked me how I do this, implying it is a lot, but I have to say it is not that difficult. If you follow a simple formula of rarely watching television and carrying a book with you at all times to read in spare moments, I guarantee that you will be pleased with the results. There is also Francis Bacon’s helpful dictum, “some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested,” that, if remembered, will teach you how to optimize your reading based on circumstance. I only read 53 books this year as it was an unexpectedly busy year for me and I recently have begun devoting some more of my free time to language learning. That said, I did read a handful of gems that I wanted to share and that I think that anyone would find interesting and entertaining.