Wow, this is going to be a HARD choice for me. I think I read about 75 books this year. It's hard to even remember all of them! For sure some of my top choices are Princess Academy, Peter and the Starcatchers, Twilight, My Sister's Keeper, David Hewson's books, Sarah Dessen's new book Just Listen, and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. But to have to pick just one? Wow!
I think I'll have to go with Twilight, Stephenie Meyers' first novel, a vampire story set in Forks, Washington. This book had incredible writing - I was stunned that it was her first novel - great setting, engaging, non-stop plot, and great character development. These are sort of the four main elements in a novel, and it's not that often that a novelist excels in all of them, but I really think this one hit the mark. If you like vampire novels, it's the best I've read. See my previous blog entry on New Moon to read more about the sequel.
Let us know what you read and loved and why.