Thousands of books are seen on an 18-meter four-story-high wall at a shopping mall in Xian in northwest China's Shaanxi province. With so many to pick from, Asia Times has come up for with some recommendations that readers might like to try. Photo: AFP
Thousands of books are seen on an 18-meter four-story-high wall at a shopping mall in Xian in northwest China's Shaanxi province. With so many to pick from, Asia Times has come up for with some recommendations that readers might like to try. Photo: AFP

Great reads for the New Year

Our editors reveal their best books of the year, from Korea to Hong Kong intrigue, the financial dealings of Southeast Asian militaries, China's war with India, India's rich Northeast, the onset of war in Syria, Israel's PM, and the Siege of Mecca