I don't have the time or desire to list all of the books that I read this year, but I do have the time and some desire to list the ten books that most pleased and deepened my mode of thinking and writing. These are the ten:

1) Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou
2) The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy by Franco Berardi
3) Ants At Work: How An Insect Society Is Organized by Deborah Gordon
4) The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
5) Ever Since Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould
6) Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom by Sean B. Carroll
7) Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
8) Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction by William Flesch
9)The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould
10) Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
If there were place and time, I'd love to discuss the many forms of gold and beauty contained in each of these books.