Although I only read 1 of the 10 books on the New York Times "10 Best Books of the Year" list, I did read a few out of the "100 Notable Books of the Year" list.
"Beautiful Children" by Charles Bock (Knopf)
"The Boat" by Nam Le (Knopf)
"2666" by Roberto Bolano (Farrar Strauss Giroux)
Okay, so I guess I thought I would have read more of the books on the list, but I apparently have not done so yet. Sue me. Still, you should read those books. The first two are from first-time novelists.