Adam C. Zern offers his thoughts on the best books he read in 2011:
When I say "best" I don't necessarily mean the best written, or the best story, or the best prose, or the best themes, etc . . . I'm only attempting to identify two books, one fiction and one non-fiction, that were the most memorable, the most compelling, and the most entertaining for me personally.
Non-Fiction - A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
It wasn't hard for me to decide which non-fiction book I liked the most from last year. Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions was simply superb. I have recommended the book to many, many people since reading it, and I will continue to do so. It is a book that deserves to be read. Its compare and contrast and explanation of ideology is, as far as I have read thus far, without parallel. I knew a good deal about ideology and political theory before reading Mr. Sowell's book but reading it was a revelation. I recommend it without reservation.
The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny
The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
Fiction - Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Attempting to determine the best work of fiction I read last year was a little more difficult. I eventually decided on Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn because of its creativity and compelling story. Sanderson has created characters, a universe, conflicts, and a magic system that is wonderfully creative. Certainly the book, and the series for that matter, has some classic fantasy elements that are easily recognizable. Yet, I never felt the book was being cheap. It's well-thought, deliberate, and I was thrilled to have come across Mistborn because it gave me a new trilogy, and universe, to really sink my teeth into.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll