What I Read in 2013

I don't think I read quite as many books in 2013 as I did in 2012, but I'm pretty sure I read substantially more long-form and short-form content. I'm on a better pace so far this year, but I've noticed that I tend to read much more in the winter and during my summer break. Here, in no particular order is what I managed to get through. The Orphan Masters Son - I can't recommend this enough.

The Teleportation Accident - I was entertained, but not completely thrilled with this.

The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Well crafted, if not completely satisfying scifi.

Transatlantic - Fairly sprawling, beautifully written historical novel.

The Windup Girl - I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought: another scifi book with a good mix of tech, plot and character development.

The Plot Against America - An alternate history that was very entertaining and well-written.

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Reporting of a murder that reads like fiction.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created - Deeply interesting to me, and certainly sends a message about how we continue to ravage this planet.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon - Really stunning piece of fiction.

The Brothers - If you've ever wondered why the rest of the world hates the US, read this.

Notable Articles

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality - Clay Shirky

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ - Fred Vogelstein

American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How. - Elizabeth Weil

What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China - Adam Davidson

Linda Stone on Maintaining Focus in a Maddeningly Distractive World - James Fallows

The Enlightenment's 'Race' Problem, and Ours - Justin E. H. Smith

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? - Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Innocent Man, Part Two: Texas Monthly December 2012 - Pamela Colloff