Which may or may not have been published this year, but this is the year I happened to read them.
This I Know by Susannah Conway
I love this memoir. Her words and her photos combine to create a beautiful exploration of how we get through life. This is the book I recommend most from this list. (See my review of it here.)
The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron
Whether you think you need to lose weight or not, this is a great book to get you thinking about the way you eat and how it affects you.
Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss
A find your purpose sort of book with the approach of studying and finding your archetypes. I enjoyed learning about the archetypes and seeing how they fit me (or didn't).
The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
A magical house helps women trying to find themselves. I loved the characters in this story
When We Were Grown Ups by Anne Tyler
While reading this story, I sometimes liked it and sometimes questioned whether I liked it. The fact of the matter is, though, I thought about it long after I'd finished it (and three more after it). I've continued analyzing and comparing characters and wondering about Rebecca's contentment.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Decent story throughout, but great because of the end. That's all I will say.