The Children's Book (lovely, lush prose and period detail)
Wolf Hall (a novel that humanizes a historical figure)
Drood (opium-soaked Wilkie Collins narrates this supernatural thriller)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (you won't be able to wait for the final installment in the trilogy)
The Best American Essays 2009 (a great collection of short pieces)
Under This Unbroken Sky (a beautiful novel designed to break your heart)
The Big Rewind (fans of the AV Club will alternately cringe and laugh throughout Rabin's memoir)
Mistress of the Monarchy (Weir once again gives voice to a shadowy figure in British royal history)
Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float (for Facebook and literature junkies everywhere)
Beowulf on the Beach (upgrade your beach reading tote bag)
and my favorite contemporary author will debut his new series after Christmas - I can't wait!!
Shades of Grey by the fabulous author of the Thursday Next sequels, Jasper Fforde.
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