I read a lot. Books are awesome, books are great. Here are my favorite books I read for the first time this year in no particular order.
This book is many things; a murder mystery, a drama, a ghost story, and the story of a dying child, but above all else it is a coming of age story. This book, like many of Stephen King's works, is very human. The ending actually made me nearly cry. I loved it.
The Phillip Marlowe Series
The origin of the hard-boiled detective. The origin of Noir Stories. This is where it all came from. Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and I loved every single minute of it.
The Golgotha series
There are two books in the series so far. The Six Gun Tarot and the Shotgun Arcana they are about a young boy Jim Negrey, a new arrival in the town of Golgotha, a supernatural mining town in Nevada. It's a Weird Western and one that gets both the Western and Fantasy elements absolutely perfect. It functions well as a fantasy novel and a Western.
The Gabriel Hunt books
These are throwbacks to the pulps. They are just good fun; action and adventure, all in foreign locales. It's just good fun.
Disappointed in: The Millennium Trilogy
Of all the talk I'd heard of how these three books were the greatest thing since sliced bread, I finally decided they were worth reading. They were good but not the best thing I'd ever read like people sometimes act like they are.