But anyone who focused their reading this year solely on the present would have missed a bevy of worthy history books. In no particular order of merit, here are five standouts...
Politians are forever requesting that voters judge them on substance rather than style. Yet the realities of our telegenic age are that they are often judged on both. So is it possible for a political leader to simultaneously achieve success in both areas?
We don't just owe it to the young people who are most vulnerable to maintain our youth services, we owe it to all young people who have so much potential and are deserving of support that will foster and nurture their interests and needs.
My journey into this flourishing two-wheeled world was certainly eye opening. There is a whole cycling scene that I simply had no idea existed. Lets kick off with 'Critical Mass'. Who knew that on the last Friday of every month hundreds of cyclists meet under Waterloo bridge for a "self-organized, non-commercial, celebration, spontaneous gathering
Next door from me is a blue plaque remembering the tenancy of one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Soho's enduring attraction as a global destination has always depended on building around and adding to what has gone before. Not by removing it. Not by demolishing it.
In the first 10 days of #CameronMustGo trending on Twitter there have been in excess of half a million tweets using the hashtag. Behind in the polls, with Ukip snapping at his ankles like a Pekingese, the mass vote of no confidence in the prime minister is the last thing he needs as he hurtles towards the general election...
The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP. London is booming and is the pick of Europe for the headquarters of some of the world's biggest companies. In that context it is simply unacceptable to see how many people are being trapped by low pay.
I am a pretty speedy walker, if I do say so myself. I would love to be involved in the Olympics' walking race, the funniest looking event was always the one I was going to show some talent for! Working in London has shown me one truth about the city: people are always in your way. Have you come across this problem?
Boris described the planning policy as "utterly crazy" and said that "Government is totally wrong on changes to permitted development rights... It reduces the space where firms can start up". Let's hope more legislators see sense soon, and stop this threat to independent businesses that are so vital for our creative economy and community.
What makes a man? That's probably a question every man has asked themselves at least once or twice. According to the many Hollywood action blockbusters that have graced the silver screen in recent decades, it's your typical testosterone filled alpha male with bulging biceps, bundles of bravado and colossal ego to match.
It is clear both the UK and Australia can benefit from easing movement of our citizens and are also missing out on the skills we can offer each other. Let's not weaken a bond touted as one of the strongest international relationships to exist. I implore our politicians and our experts to seriously consider the free movement and mutual recognition of qualifications put forward by the Commonwealth Exchange with the support of Boris Johnson.
Barely one in three (38%) voted in the last mayoral election with the vote topping half the electorate in just two wards and dropping to less than 20% elsewhere in the capital. Democracy only works when the voters believe that it can and it isn't working very well in London at the moment.
From today people will get the opportunity to sign up when they visit the Oyster Online or Contactless pages on the TfL website. If we can make sure that as many people as possible know how to register and we make it easily accessible to them in their everyday lives we really will be able to make a real difference and save lives.
It's 8pm on a Thursday night and on the ninth floor of 207 Old Street, the Jaeger bombs have just started to drop. This 'Street to Peak' fixture is one of kind, held in the clouds at one of London's newest tech spaces to exhibit several successful outdoors startups.
This latest episode in the air pollution debate signifies how politically toxic accusations against the Mayor's air pollution policies have become. Clearly, if you dare to question the Mayor's commitment to the issue you might find yourself on the receiving end of an angry letter and veiled threats...
Howlers are not just mistakes but deliberate omissions. The book is a jolly read and the voice of Boris is on every page submerging the words of Churchill. For Boris fans it is a must-read. But next time, might he employ a research assistant to check facts and ask why the great author why key events are left out?