Below is a list of books I read this year. The first ten books were my favorites (in no particular order).
As for themes: continued the theme from the last few years on “how the world became modern” (loosely defined); a deep-dive into Communism; American political evolution post-1960s; Middle East geopolitics; Ancient Rome; and the history of Christianity.
The books had an older average publication date than in years past. I didn’t read a single “business” book.
My primary source for book recommendations was Marginal Revolution. After that, I tended to dig through the bibliographies of books I was especially enjoying (e.g. Before European Hegemony and Civilization and Capitalism were nice discoveries).
For next year, I’m likely to continue with this year’s themes, as well as exploring the French Revolution, Islam, and the history of California.