I didn't read nearly as much as I wanted to this year, but here are some of my favorites.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I love this movie, and to me honest, I didn't know that it was a book until a couple of years ago. It is a brilliant story. Goldman did an amazing job of weaving this story together. It's hilarious and awesome.
The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson
There is a reason that these books are so popular. Lisbeth Salander is one of the best female characters in a long time.
The Shadow of the Wind by Calos Ruiz Zafón
Zafón deftly weaves the history of Barcelona with an intriguing story of mystery and romance. The end product in an ode to storytelling. A love letter to reading.
The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley
When Tempest Landry finds himself in front of St. Peter, he provides a justification for each of the sins he is charged with, he argues his case, and eventually refuses to go to Hell. No one had ever done this before, but if they had, they would have found out that the free will that man has on Earth follows him into the afterlife.
Misery by Stephen King
Creepy, creepy, creepy. Stephen King is a master of suspense and storytelling.