2019 Book Picks

Every year, I read 52+ Books. Sometimes, the books I read are merely average. Every once in a while, I’ll find one that truly wows me and sticks around in my mind long after I’ve put the book down. Each month, I choose the book which had the biggest impact on me and list it below. For more books to read, check out last year’s list.

January

killing the ss o'reilly dugard

Killing the SS is the latest installment in Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing series. Specifically, it covers the aftermath of World War II: what ever happened to all of those Nazis who committed such acts of horror? In most cases, the answer will twist at your stomach and boil your blood. In a few cases, the answer is only slightly more satisfying. This is the kind of history which is often pushed to the background. After all, there was a lot going on in the 1950s-1990s. The Cold War, the Space Race, assassinations, the 60s, and so much more. I’m glad that the story of the struggle to bring these war criminals to justice is coming to the forefront of historical converation. Though the authors do speculate at times regarding as yet unproven conspiracies (read: die spinne), the vast majority of the book is well documented, and, as always with the killing series, very well written and fast-paced.

February

The Caves of Steel is the first book in Isaac Asimov’s ‘Robot’ series. It follows a human detective and his robot partner as they work together to solve a crime. Like many of Asimov’s works, the concept is much more important than the particulars of the storyline. It deals with the implications of automation and how the human race will react to robots taking their jobs. Prescient material for 1953 (the books was originally published as a serial in a magazine before being published as a book in 1954). The development of Asimov’s future Earth society mirrors many of the advancements currently taking place. It’s a fast and excellent read for someone just getting started with the science fiction classics.