Year’s best science fiction edited by Gardner Dozois. In my view, the best of the annual collections of SF.
Society without God by Phil Zuckerman. How life is lived in two of the least religious countries on Earth: Denmark and Sweden. The first chapter of this book demolishes the argument that societies without God would be hellish, crime-ridden or whatever. Later in the book, he has discussions, or interviews, with many ordinary people about their lives and the role of religion.
The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian Barbour. Barbour’s idea is that time does not really exist. Just started it, but it looks very interesting.
The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the dark ages by Chris Wickham. A really good history of Europe and western Asia, from 400 to 1000 AD.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Historical fiction about Henry VIII and that period, told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, with the villain being Thomas More. Wonderfully written, and, from what I read in other reviews, historically defensible.
Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of they Pythagorean Theorem by Robert and Ellen Kaplan. Just started. The publisher sent me a review copy because I’ve admired other work of the Kaplans, and this looks very good too. This is one for math amateurs – and, if a good song makes you want to sing along, a good math book makes you want to prove along. Reading this, I found myself thinking thoughts about the theorem.
The Great SF stories volume 1: 1939 ed. by Isaac Asimov and Martin Greenberg. I have this whole series on my shelf and I think I will re-read them
And some technical books for work.