So, the NYT has picked it's notable books of the year and of course there are some good ones on the list:
ABSURDISTAN. By Gary Shteyngart.
AGAINST THE DAY. By Thomas Pynchon.
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF AMY HEMPEL.
THE DEAD FISH MUSEUM. By Charles D'Ambrosio.
THE ECHO MAKER. By Richard Powers.
EVERYMAN. By Philip Roth.
GALLATIN CANYON: Stories. By Thomas McGuane.
HIGH LONESOME: New & Selected Stories, 1966-2006. By Joyce Carol Oates.
THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS. By Kiran Desai.
THE LAY OF THE LAND. By Richard Ford.
ONLY REVOLUTIONS. By Mark Z. Danielewski.
THE ROAD. By Cormac McCarthy.
TERRORIST. By John Updike.
TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES. By Deborah Eisenberg.
READING LIKE A WRITER: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them. By Francine Prose.
Of the list, fiction and non-fiction, I've only read four. That's probably more than I did last year.