I asked my coworkers which book, out of all the ones they read this year, was their favorite. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth since librarians don't like to choose just one book, but after some prodding I got these titles:
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. "Put that it scared me simple."
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
Lady Susan by Jane Austen. Finding a Jane Austen novel you haven't read before is great, isn't it?
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. Yours truly's choice. The movie is good too.