The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The best book I've read in a Loooong time! It had me from page one and I was sad to see it end-- can't say that about a lot of books. Although racial issues usually put a knot in my stomach, I was very connected with the main characters, their experiences (although some painful), and it opens the reader's eyes to the "forgotten" people who make such a difference in the lives that they serve. A MUST READ!
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
Yes, I know... I'm a few years behind. I was trying to be a literary snob, but got sucked in (pun intended), like the rest of the teeny boppin' world. But I must say, it's nice to have been able to read the entire series in one week. I think I would've gone crazy waiting for each book to come out-- I'm impatient like that. I enjoyed all 4 books... there's something catchy about love that defies all odds. Plus the action scenes are pretty riveting too. I wasn't bothered by some of the subject matter in the last book that apparently offended a few people... but then again, I'm not a teenager, nor do I have a teenager who may be reading these books (at least, not yet).
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman