15. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (audio) -- This was a very sad story, but a beautiful one, about a culture of which I knew little. I enjoyed it. The plot drew me in, and I found myself thinking about the characters and storyline regularly. The audio version was read by the author, which was a special treat. Recommended.
On learning to forgive: "...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."
14. A Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin (paper) -- I am now caught up to where most everyone else is, since the following book just came out last month. I'm negotiating permission to read the first few chapters of my sweetie's book. When he saw the second bookmark, he claimed he had not yet granted me privileged Dragon Dance Reading Status. I said I remembered that being in the wedding vows somewhere. The jury is still deliberating.