1. A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif - loved it!!!! The plot developed so subtly, it was so funny in places, and all done in a quite muted, understated style which I loved. 2. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell (quite different from his others, but a brilliant coming-of-age story and a great read) 3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid (very cleverly done) 4. The last Kind of Scotland - Giles Foden (I love it when a writer can make you love a book while loathing the protagonist) 5. The Schopenhauer Cure - Irvin G. Yalom - I don't like not finishing books so I managed to cringe my way through all of this but aaarrrggggghhh!!! I thought it was so, so badly written, the characters were complete caricatures, and for a book in which conversation is so central - the story centers around a therapy group - how could any editor let an author get away such utterly unnatural dialogue!?!? I really don't understand all the rave reviews on Amazon, but there are at least one or two other people who felt the same way I did, so I'm not completely weird :) 6. Small Island - Andrea Levy - Wow, wow, wow - what a wonderful set of characters, loved this so much! 7. On Beauty - Zadie Smith - Gorgeous :) I ended up really hating Howard, but yay for books that evoke strong emotions.
Current: re-read of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas - One of those books that I can just keep reading again and again and always discover something new.