Going to start the second one this weekend :)
Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
Book by Ty Tashiro
I have only a few pages left of Neal Stephenson's "REAMDE", which turns out to be better than I had dared hope.
Leckie released a book, "Provenance", this year that takes place in the same universe and at the same time as the "Imperial Radch" trilogy; haven't read it yet but it's definitely on my list.
"Worldviews - An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science" by Richard DeWitt. Instead of doing a history-only or philosophy-only take on the topic, I really enjoyed how DeWitt meshed these two viewpoints and examined how they inter-played with each other. It overthrew forever my image of the ancients as a group of irrational, superstitious people who believed in such funny notions as the Sun and the planets orbiting the Earth. DeWitt nicely explains how given the data that they had, their conclusions were very much rational. For example, it's very difficult to imagine from our everyday experience that earth could be orbiting the Sun at a speed of some 30 km/sec.
"A History of the World" by Andrew Marr. I find history a simultaneously fascinating and frustrating subject. Fascinating, because a good knowledge of history makes the present day world seem a lot more meaningful and un-arbitrary. Frustrating, because it's difficult to find a history book that's not just a list of facts and dates. Marr's work walks us through history via vivid portrayals of interesting personalities and events. I found the accompanying documentary series equally interesting as well.
"The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy" by Donald Robertson. This book examines the common grounds between stoic (and to far lesser extent, Buddhist) philosophies and modern cognitive behavioral therapy. It also lists some of the tools in the stoic's tool-chest to tackle common anxieties and worries about life. The nice thing about this book is that it teaches you to treat philosophy as a method of self-therapy, which immediately opens up an ancient fund of literature to tackle day to day problems.
The Dome Trilogy was also pretty good, as are the Rho Agenda series.
And if you prefer horror to sci-fi, the I Am Not a Serial Killer series was very good overall, although I thought it lost some steam in the last two books.
And finally, The Rosie Project was so completely charming I ended up reading it straight through in one night.
- The Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard. The shooting of Garfield is the framing of this book. It covers a time period I knew such little about (~1880s), so I learned so much reading it. Just a crazy, interesting story in many ways.
- The Forever War, by Filkins. Sort of a series of vignettes by a reporter covering Afghanistan, then Iraq during the war. I still don't know what to think / feel about it, but I've recommended the book several times.
- Barbarians at the Gate, by Burroughs, Helyar. A classic that I put off reading for years because I thought it would be a slog (it's sort of long), but I finished in a week. I love business history / case study books, and this is one of the most famous, for good reason. If you like this also check out Predator's Ball, which I read this year. It's about Milken and the junk bond era.
Sorry, couldn't resist :)
- Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson
- Functional Programming in JS by Michael Fogus
- The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
- Why the Tories Won by Tim Ross
- The Game by Neil Strauss (as a story of self-destruction and a guide on how not to treat women).
- Built to Sell by John Warrilow
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
I'm currently reading a handful of books on statistics and UX. This may change before the end of the year.
I think there's a few I might return to that are half done but I guess the fact I've put them down half way through disqualifies from being "the best".
Amd just to finish: I love these book posts. A good deal of books I read come from these :)
Einstein is a great book. I also recommend the NatGeo series after reading it - it's based on the book.
His whole strategy is about how to do things in life by not trying to take the greedy algorithm  strategy where you choose the most logically beneficial outcome at each step and hoping to find the global optimum. Rather he talks about how various organisms in nature take a less than optimal step in the short run, but in a roundabout way they win big.
Spitznagel runs a billion-dollar hedge fund based on the same strategy, and his investment approach is to make less profit in the immediate future, only to make a humongous profit in the long-term future. He has demonstrated this strategy with his fund in 2015 when the market flash crashed and he made billions.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was a long one, but very very good also.
Lastly, The Empire of Austria: Its Rise and Present Power by John S. C. Abbott. It gave me a deeper understanding and historical context on where I am currently based.
-  https://www.robinwieruch.de/lessons-learned-give-and-take/
Red Rising and sequels by Pierce Brown
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
(I read Three Body Problem + sequels in 2016. The first book I thought was ok. I really liked the second book - The Dark Forest - the Dark Forest theory of the universe I thought was quite interesting)
Lost Colonies Trilogy
Master of the Senate by Rob Caro. Lyndon Johnson's years in the senate (1949-1960) with an incredibly rich historical backdrop and detail. Caro is known for writing about power and how powerful people have wielded it, and this is a master work. Paints a very human picture of an extremely effective politician.
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
A great history of the US nuclear stockpile interwoven with the story of a specific silo accident
Also liking Shoe Dog by Phil Knight at the moment
I read this book based on the recommendation of Bill Gates. It was one of the best books I have read in a while
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares