I LOVE this book. It's challenging; a slap in the face to the modern face of American Christianity. To the religion that so easily entangles us. If you were, as Shane writes, told what Christians do, but never shown how Christians are supposed to live, then this book is an amazing place to start.
2. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
I first read this book because I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Now I'm wondering where Philippa Gregory has been all my life! I love the way she writes. I devoured this book in a matter of a few days and loved every second. The way she writes is concise but powerful. I'm looking forward to reading more of her stuff in the coming months.
3. Lord John and the Private Matter - Diana Gabaldon
As an avid Gabaldon fan since the moment I opened Outlander a couple of years ago, I was fairly well acquainted with Lord John Grey. He's one of my favorite characters...and if you don't know him or don't like him, you probably don't want to read this book. My advice? Read the Outlander series, fall in love with Lord John and then read his books for yourself.
4. Acheron - Sherrilyn Kenyon
In my vampire addiction, I stumbled across SK's Dark Hunter series through someone who was an Anita Blake fan. Since I love Anita Blake (until Hamilton starts getting a little more porno and a little less plot in the series), I decided to check them out. Besides, my other obsession is all things Scottish, so I'd already discovered Kenyon's alter ego, Kinley MacGregor, and really enjoyed the way she writes characters. Since I've read all the preceeding novels, Ash's book was somewhat disappointing to me. But I'd have to say that Kenyon built herself an impossible task because so many of us fell in love with Ash's character over the course of the previous books and had some impossibly high standards for his book. Overall, I loved the insight into my favorite character in the series and am looking forward to the next installments of Keynon's Dark Hunters.