The Gift by Danielle Steele (er, just checking out the competition!)
The Accomplice by Kathryn Heyman
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale


The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Gift by David Flusfeder


The Bitch in the House, edited by Cathy Hanauer (most likely to appeal to women 30-50; everyone else will be irritated)
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow (reread)


Come Home, Timoleon Vieta by Dan Rhodes
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
(Reread - this was a favorite during my childhood, and is set in Cornwall, where I was just on vacation)
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood


The Colour by Rose Tremain
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Summer Book by Tove Jannson
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (reread, for nostalgia; it's kind of overwrought but I still love it)


The Voices by Susan Elderkin
Property by Valerie Martin
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Mr Golightly's Holiday by Salley Vickers


The Preservationist by Dave Maine
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Old Man Goya by Julia Blackburn
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith


Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
Caravaggio (a novel) by Christopher Peachment


If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Kalahari School of Typing for Men by Alexander McCall Smith



The Human Stain by Philip Roth
Astonishing splashes of Colour by Clare Morall
The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith


The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller