Dear FSM, by all that is unholy, I think this is the last one.

A final bunch of lists for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure.

Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year.

All the previous 2011 lists are here.

Top Books We Read in 2011, by L.A. Weekly Writers.

  • The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

San Antonio Express-News: Best books of 2011

  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick

Canada AM’s best book picks of 2011

  • The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll

  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich

I’m always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven’t covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.

I am picking up a lot of lists from Largehearted Boy.

The summary post for 2010 books is here and all the posts for 2010 can be found here. For 2009, it’s here and here.

For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.

And if you wish to support my humble list-making efforts, run on over to Amazon, take a look at Steve Jobs and consider picking that one up or something else from the lists.

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