Out by Natsuo Kirino A tautly paced, suspenseful, claustrophobic thriller set in Japan. Not for the faint of heart.
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill Political intrigue and intricacies and bodies on the slab in Laos.
In the Woods by Tana French A richly psychological mystery set in Ireland, I read it a second time - just as good when you know who did it!
How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston With such chapters as "How to Be The Black Friend" and "Being Black Harvard", Thurston combines humor and the story of his life while challenging stereotypes of blackness.
Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowlege No That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room by David Weinberger
Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who Came to America, Went to School, and Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization by Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller
Fiction Around the World
The Truth About Marie by Jean-Phillipe Toussaint "down to the taste of grappa in their kisses"
Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin Moscow, 2028.
A Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh An epic voyage to India during the Opium Wars.
Sequels and Prequels
The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure by James Dashner (second and third books in the Maze Runner Trilogy)
The Dead by Charlie Higson the Prequel to The Enemy Zombies!
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore Sequel to I am Number Four. Aliens!