The "What I'm Reading" sidebar tells me I've read about 65 books this year. The six best, as I skim the list:
Candice Millard's Destiny of the Republic -- I promise, it makes James Garfield's life and murder far more interesting than it sounds like it will be. I'd see the movie.
Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- Probably the book I had the most conversations about this year. I expect my wife and I will raise our kids considerably differently from how Amy Chua describes raising hers, but her book (and related WSJ columns) got us talking about what we think worked and didn't work about our own parents' styles, and Chua's book, whether you agree or disagree with anything she says, is a quick, compelling read. Although, now 10 months later, the one thing that sticks the most is about the standards she held her *dogs* to -- disappointed that she couldn't train them to be more intelligent....
Michael Levy's Kosher Chinese -- Memoir of an American teaching English in rural China. I would caution potential readers that he eats some crazy stuff in this book.
Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life -- I wouldn't say it's the Bill Bryson book I've enjoyed the most (that would be I'm A Stranger Here Myself, his collection of notes about returning to America after a couple of decades away), but he can make anything awfully readable, even a tour around his bathroom. It's long, probably longer than it needed to be, but still pretty darn satisfying.