The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt: Isn't it unfortunate that this shares its title with that Tom Cruise Dances With Wolves knockoff?
Atonement, by Ian McEwan: Wow, this was the same month as 9/11? The movie wasn't very good IMO. I should still read it, I've always known this was a hugely acclaimed book.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon: It was pretty good IMO!
The Harry Potter novels, by J.K. Rowling: Still haven't read these or watched any of the films!
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides: AWESOME!!! Great multi-generational story--one of the 15 best books I've ever read!
Oblivion, by David Foster Wallace: It's a bunch of postmodern short stories written in a very intentionally difficult set of styles. The first one, "Mister Squishy," is probably the best, about a corporate executive losing his mind.
The MaddAddam Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam), by Margaret Atwood: It's a post-apocalyptic trilogy with the apocalypse being caused by genetic engineering and severe social stratification. The protagonists of the first and second books are different and meet up in the third, sort of like Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, if you read those. The first one is pretty much the best, with that same haunting quiet "something terrible has happened" quality that marked Handmaid's Tale's best parts. The third one is the weakest, it eventually just turns into a struggle/thriller and ends.
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen: It was good! Probably overhyped but a fine read anyway.
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion: Damn, she's still at it? She's popular with conservatives if you didn't know.
The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth: Indignation was better. This one's okay, detailing an alternate history where Lindbergh (who was anti-Semitic?) becomes President, but the plot is about losing track of some poor scared wuss of a kid.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy: I think it's great, but I guess the critics are partially correct that it's an obvious, easy sort of great.
The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender: What a retarded title for a book. I hope it's good!
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: Really? Kinda trashy isn't it? Okay, I only saw the movie...
Winterís Bone, by Daniel Woodrell: Oh this is a book? Cooly.
Home, by Marilynne Robinson: How come I can't find Housekeeping anywhere around here? Neither my public library nor my school library has it. Guess I'll have to do interlibrary loan and good luck finding the damn 1988 movie that had Christine Lahti in it!