The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford. Probably my favourite book I've read until now, and the first in the unmatchable 'Bascombe Trilogy', all centred around the perfect American everyman, Frank Bascombe. I read this in January 2009
A Discovery of Witches By Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy). In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world.