I have a few new books to mention and recommend. First book is The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. It is a perfect example of historical fiction at its best, and what kind of impact it can actually have on people. It is about several African-American house workers and one woman who writes about their lives. It gives the reader one of the best insights into the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s I have ever seen. A really good read. You instantly like the characters from the beginning. No warming up necessary.
Second book I read was Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I enjoyed most of it, but would like others to let me know how they liked the end. Not saying anything else about that. For the most part, it was a good read. Try it for yourselves!
Finally, I am now reading The Dark Divine, by Bree Despain. So far I really like it. I still am trying to figure out what kind of secret Daniel is and has. He is something really evil - or is he? Very good so far. I will post the results soon.