and now to the favorites list:
I read so many good ones that it's hard to pin them down, but I'll give it a go.
Overall favorite book of the year: Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray.
Favorite crime fiction of the year: actually, the winner of this category comes in a set of 3, all by Marek Krajewski: Death in Breslau, The End of the World in Breslau and Phantoms of Breslau.
[following closely behind: The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin, Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason and The Broken Shore by Peter Temple]Favorite sci-fi/speculative fiction novel of the year: Kraken, by China Mieville
[following closely behind: Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts and Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest]Favorite nonfiction of the year: Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory, by Ben Macintyre
[following closely behind: Columbine by Dave Cullen, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant and The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley]Favorite fiction set in Latin America: Needle in a Haystack, by Ernesto Mallo
[following closely behind: Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon, The Dark Bride by Laura Restrepo, and Thursday Night Widows, by Claudia Pineiro]Strangest good book of the year: Little Hands Clapping, by Dan Rhodes
Others worth mentioning for the year:
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut
Fieldwork - Mischa Berlinski
The Beast - Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom
Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star, and The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
Here's to another good reading year!