1. AskGaryVee - Gary Vaynerchuk - The more I think about business, the more I think that marketing is perhaps the most important of all the disciplines. So this year, I resolved to read more books about that, starting with this one. Vaynerchuk has assembled and tidied up a content from his YouTube videos, but there is enough wisdom here to be worth the price of admission. Perhaps most importantly, one is reminded of the need to "hustle" - just to do the damn work, and do it harder than anyone else.
2. Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood - Living in Berlin, I have something of a fascination of the history of this city, which is both visible and hidden everywhere. The time before the Nazis were in full control particularly fascinates me, because that descent from the decadent, theatrical creative Berlin of the 1920s to the streets of rubble in 1945. The threatening shadow of the Nazis hangs over Christopher Isherwood's robust and vibrant characters, and his description of a time long past.