Earlier today, the National Book Awards finalists were announced. It's a pretty good list this year! But don't take my word for it: Galleycat has thoughtfully provided links to free samples of every book that's been nominated save one. Go check out their list.
And while you're at it, maybe you should go read my double review of two of the fiction nominees, Dave Eggers's A Hologram for the King and Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk. If I made a year-end best-of list, those two books would surely be on it.