Of course I was planning to go into slightly more depth for each one, but then they sat in a "to do" pile for several months:

Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die - Richard Wilson; the description from the inside flap tells you all you need to know: "who cares about swimming with dolphins, walking the Great Wall of China or bungee jumping in New Zealand, when there's an armchair to sit in and windows to stare out of?"

Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix: I never really read horror before, and it's not a genre I usually like... but this was a particularly well written book. You will never look at IKEA in the same way again.

In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius - Arika Okrent - this tackles some intriguing issues around language, i.e. the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, while also taking a tour with the kind of people who try to establish their own language. If you're intrigued rather than bemused by Esperanto and Emojis, this is the book for you. ( Warning, contains no emojis, but do see the chapters on Blisssymbols )

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - Joshua Foer; a well written and entertaining summary of the author's journey to competing in the US Memory Championships. Some interesting points about memory are made, especially so now we're offloading so much of our own memory to smart devices; and I realise it's a cliché, but he meets some genuinely interesting characters along the way.

The Great Casino Heist - Richard Marcus; if you're interested in some of the technical detail behind committing fraud against casinos, but also want an entertaining read, this is recommended. Particularly interesting in that the techniques are relatively simple, and obvious in retrospect, it all comes down to execution, practice and confidence... and the kind of people capable of all three.

V for Vendetta, and The Watchmen, both by Alan Moore - I haven't read comics since reading 2000 AD many years ago, but I really enjoyed these. Maybe my reading skills have been blunted by all the interactive entertainment I now have access to, but sometimes I struggle to get into a book late at night - graphic novels might be an intermediate step where some of the imagination required is done for me right there on the page.