Hide Me Among The Graves, by Tim Powers
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Home Fires, by Gene Wolfe
Guards! Guards!, by Terry Pratchett
A Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling
Lots of angry, unhappy people in this book. Having written about unhappy characters myself I can't imagine this was that fun to write. Hopefully it was cathartic.
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
Highly enjoyable read—I ripped through it in 24 hours. Has a really original take on dragons. This generation's Dragonsinger.