Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
This book ushered me back in to the world of YA literature. It also introduced me to the wide variety of dystopian books for teens. It had a great premise and was reminiscent of Battle Royale, one of my favorite Japanese horror flicks.
David Nicholls, One Day
This is a sweet and bitter romantic novel that will make a wonderful movie. I read it mostly on a trip to Portland, OR for a wedding and it made a perfect travel companion.
8. Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty
I haven't reviewed this yet, because I just finished reading it, but it was a lovely story and a great glimpse into the art world.
Louann Bizendrine, M.D. The Female Brain
This is my second favorite non-fiction book of the year. I thought that the author avoided many of the potential pitfalls of tackling the nature/nurture debate and I learn some things about neuroscience in an accessible format.
6. T.C. Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain
I was excited to read T.C. Boyle, since I have so many of his books on the shelf. This book was poignant and germane to our times.
5. Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
I can't believe that I waited this long to read this. I always thought that I didn't like war literature, but this part truth, part fiction about the Vietnam War, taught me otherwise.
4. Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. My Stroke of Insight
When 37 year old brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, suffered a massive stroke, she determines to regain her functioning and not let it beat her. This, my favorite non-fiction book of the year, details her struggle and teaches us all a lesson about the power of our brains and our will.
3. Chris Cleave, Little Bee
Little Bee had a mixed reception, but I fell in love immediately with the narrative voice and the playful use of language. This book was a dance and I enjoyed each sad step.
2. Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You
This book is hilarious. I read this on recommendation and enjoyed every minute. The characters were wonderfully drawn and their interactions were often shocking and always funny.
1. Dave Eggers, Zeitoun
Another heartbreaking work from Dave Eggers, the story of the Zeitoun family during Hurricane Katrina, was epic and disturbing and wonderfully engaging. This was, by far, my favorite book of the year.