Despite spending 35 hours a week sitting in a bookstore, a good deal of which time I do spend reading, I haven't done an extensive survey of everything released this year that I should. HOWEVER, these 10 are recommended, and if you want one or two to be your holiday present and I know you that well, email me.
Also, if you follow these links and buy anything I get a little money from Amazon Associates so help a sister out.
(technically released last year, but got much wider print this year due to the Hugo nomination and win)
Also last year, but in softcover this year.