I have been looking back over the books I have read this year and have picked the ones that I have enjoyed the most. In no particular order they are:
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – proving that you don’t have to be a baseball afficionado to enjoy excellent writing.
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman – unusual time jumping, historical/science fiction, and very funny.
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
These last two can really be grouped together as they are both twentieth-century European novels fairly recently rediscovered by English reading audiences, and both deserving to be widely read.
I have realised that I did not read very much non-fiction this year, but the non-fiction book I enjoyed the most was Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a really interesting biography of Abraham Lincoln.