Here is a link to my book list for 2012 so far. The BG declined another contest, but I do have my 2011 number to aim at. I've also added short reviews within the space constraints of the "Note" field in Google Books. Best of the lot: Darkness Visible, 1493 and Guns, Germs and Steel, although I also want to call attention to Abundance and The Rational Optimist. People have always been predicting the demise of civilization and they have always been wrong. What exactly is different this time?