This is the time for the "best of" stuff, only counting books I read this year.
Here's my best fiction book of the year - about teachers (and, YES, I did read horse books...but I didn't get to Seabiscuit, but did see the film on Christmas Day.):
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
Best non-fiction from what I read this year:
The Universe in a Nutshell - Steven Hawking
What were your favorites?