I love discovering new books and authors who have stayed a little below the radar for whatever reason. There are the books the New York Times mentions, or Booklist or Publisher's Weekly, and then there are the books that, while still good, don't get nearly the attention they deserve. These are the gems with which I like filling my shelves. So my question to you is: what hidden gems did you discover in 2008? Talk me into reading your favorite and after I do I'll review it here.