In 2012 I've read, starting with the most recent: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky A Farewell To Arms, by Ernest Hemingway The Origins of Political Order, by Francis Fukuyama The Great and the Good, by John Giles Coalescent, by Stephen Baxter Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People, by David Dimbleby A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce Living in the End Times, by Slavoj Zizek Crime and Punishment. by Fyodor Dostoevsky For now this is just a placeholder. I'll review some of the above and provide thoughts on what follows. I've a bit of time off now and need to decide what to read next. As you may see, I've been trying to read some of the "classics" over the last while, having at one point been alarmed at how few I'd read. I had spent my teenage years, for example, reading Star Trek novels and UFO conspiracy nonsense.