I don't read much fiction, and even less contemporary fiction, but I succumbed to the hype and read The Thirteenth Taleby Diane Setterfield. What a great book. I usually complain about books that use dysfunctional families to move the plot along, but I didn't feel that way at with this book despite this family being so dysfunctional that all the things that happen aren't really believable. It was simply a good plot by an author that knows how to write. Highly recommended.
I really ought to read more contemporary fiction; all non-fiction really can't be the only option. Maybe I'll try The Emperor of Ocean Park as per Julie's (and my sister's mother-in-law's) suggestion. Actually it's just nice to have time to read again. Practically all I managed to get through in December was Harry Potter again.