I like to do a piece like this once a year. It provides a place for us to talk about what books we have been reading, why we are reading them and - using the best part of the Internet, namely sharing with people we would normally cross paths with - recommending books for others. I thought if I did it right now people can use this advice as they make holiday gifts. For example, I can't recommend this Zooborns book I did an interview about here strongly enough - with two editions depending on the age of your kids. The name "zooborns" comes from "new borns in zoos"
I'll recommend three books out of the 50 plus books I've read this year. I list the books I've read this year here and the movies I've watched here at the 2010 Reading Challenge. Which reminds me in about a month I'll start the 2011 Newsvine Reading Challenge (where I challenge people to read at least 25 books and then tell us what you thought of them) and a 2011 Movie Challenge.
My five recommendations - picked partly to appeal to different interests.