It's been quite a while since I've read a book that blew me away. I think the best book I've read this year has been The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald which was a beautiful little book of stubborn characters that I loved. But I read that book back in February, and it's been hard sledding since then for really exciting reading experiences.
Still, I finished a few books in May, including a couple of classics that have been sitting on my shelves for a while:
Anna Karenina had some really great scenes and there were parts of this book that were as good as anything. There were just a lot of other pages.
Stoner by John Williams was just ... so much the stereotype of literature for serious dudes. It was well written, but almost every character that wasn't the main character was paper thin.
Writers and Lovers by Lily King was a pretty good book that had an ending that made me better appreciate how difficult it is to give a story a satisfying, positive ending.
The Gentle Barbarian by Bohumil Hrabal - I've wanted to read Hrabal for quite a while, and getting to read this made me excited to read more of his work. This was a memoir / exaggerated biography of a painter friend of his, and it was suffused with humor and love in a way that made me really want to see how Hrabal handles characters in his fiction.