Years back, spooky_lemur recommended these to me. I read one and didn't think much of it.
I was a dolt. These are fun. They're popcorn: they're not Great Literature. This does not stop them from being highly entertaining.
Bears note that these are available in 3 omnibus editions now.
8: Paul Rudnick, Social Disease
How can I argue with a sendup of the New York club scene that dates back 20 years? And Rudnick is a funny funny man. I love this novel: bought a new copy of it because my old one had gotten snagged.
9: Julian May, Conqueror Moon
May is a really masterful storyteller: she's able to dive into a completely trite fantasy world and come up with a really solid, and intriguing, book. I think what makes her work is that her characters react in ways that feel familiar- as opposed to I am The Hero of Magic and Wonder- they're ordinary folks, in an extraordinary place.
10: Clamp, XxxHolic vol. 1 (manga)
This manga is an interestingly beautiful piece of work; what I find especially lovely about it is that the artwork owes a great deal to Art Nouveau, but is decidedly manga-like. It's also sorta funny.
11 & 12: Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket vols. 1 & 2.
Interesting reading- it feels a little more personal than the TV show did. I'm really pleased as punch with Bantam's new manga translation line, too: they do good work (this and the Clamp above). Thanks to fallencathedral for mentioning these!