I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to reading some of his sources too. Languages and etymology fascinate me, and I thought this was a good book for a beginner in the history of the English language. Bryson was amusing as always, and there were so many interesting things I'd never heard before that I found myself wanting to turn to total strangers on the subway and bore them with all the little things I was learning.
14. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
I felt like I needed a break and so I decided to go with some Young Adult fiction. This was an all right book. I didn't love it, but that might just be because I'm getting too old for most YA stuff. I liked the writing style, the main character was a totally BAMF woman, and the villain was one of the creepiest I've read about in a while.
15. The Shadow of the Hegemon - Orson Scott Card
Another Ender Wiggin book, sequel to Ender's Shadow. What can I say? If you like the Ender books, you'll like this one. I love reading Card's dialogue, because it's so clever and full of one-upping. I like Bean as much as or more than Ender, and Achilles is wonderfully psychotic.