I am a history buff, so I primarily read non-fiction. Books I have read this year include:
Colonel Roosevelt - the third volume of Edmund Morris' massive 3-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt.
That book included lots of info on WWI. I have never read much on this conflict, and as 2014 is the centennial of the start of the war, I finally got around to reading this coffee table book -
The American Heritage History of World War I. Really just an over-view, but a good overview of the conflict.
The Inextinguishable Symphony - Martin Goldsmith is one of the hosts on Sirius/XM's Symphony Hall channel. I heard him mention this book while he was plugging his newest book. It tells the story of the Jűdischer Kulterbund in Nazi Germany. This was an organization that produced music and theater for Jews in Germany after they were denied employment in the arts after the Nazis began passing discriminatory laws like the Nuremburg laws. Goldsmith's parents were orchestra members in the Kulterbund, and that membership is probably what enabled them to escape Nazi Germany just before all the Jews were taken to the death camps.
After reading that, I wanted to read something that could explain how such a barbarous regime came to power. I don't know if it can ever make sense, but a good summation was found in -
The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J Evans. He has written two follow-up volumes - The Third Reich in Power and The Third Reich at War. I will probably read those two eventually; but it is depressing to read several books on the Nazis (or the Communists under Stalin) in succession.
John Wayne: American - a good biography of The Duke.
Rising Phoenix - by Kyle Mills. My favorite author of thrillers was Vince Flynn, who tragically died last year in his mid-40's of prostate cancer.One of the Vince Flynn newsletters mentioned that Kyle Mills was hired to finish the last Mitch Rapp book that Flynn was working on. So, I decided to try one of his books to see if he would be a worthy successor. Rising Phoenix reminded me a bit of Flynn's first novel. Not great, but held my attention.
I'm not sure what to read ext. Right now I'm reading some of my old comic books.