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The Best Books of 2018

The books of the year in a number of categories: biggest book of the year; best fiction; best book I wish I had read years ago; best book about dinosaurs; best physics; best book about Wittgenstein that is(n't) about Wittgenstein; most useful, most disappointing and more.

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The Best Books of 2017

The best books I read in 2017 in various categories: best fiction, best science, best economics, best book about the USA, most useful, most eye-opening.

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The Best Books of 2016

Some of the best books I read this year including recently published books as well as classics, in a number of categories: best fiction, best science, best book about Claude Lévi-Strauss, best economics and more.

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If I Could Only Recommend One Book

Someone recently asked Tyler Cowen which book he would recommend to a smart person in his thirties who hasn't read much, if he could only recommend one book. Here's my attempt at an answer.

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The Best Books of 2015

A selection of the best books I read this year in a number of categories: best fiction, best big history, best book I wish I had read years ago, best book by a French academic, best economics and most disappointing.

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Svetlana Alexievich: Second-hand Time

Second-hand Time is a collection of voices, stories, fragments and witness accounts. They tell of the individual and collective experience of existence in the grinding jaws of history.

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The Best Books of 2014

A selection of the best books I read in 2014 in various categories, from best fiction and best non-fiction to most fashionable, most eye-opening and the best book about Wittgenstein that is(n't) about Wittgenstein.

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The Best Books of 2013

A selection of the best books I read in 2013, including the best books I wish I had read years ago, the best book about Claude Lévi-Strauss and the most disappointing books.

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John Updike: Rabbit, Run

Every now and then I read a novel that leaves me wholly indifferent. This is one of them.

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The Best Books of 2012

A selection of the best books I read this year, which this year includes a number of books I wish I had read years ago.

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Super Sad Prescient Love Story

Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story is a surprisingly prescient novel. A recent article in the NY Times shows that another part of his dystopian vision is already a reality.

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Günter Grass: Die Blechtrommel

I didn't read it in high school because someone told me it was dreadful. He was right.