The latest books I've finished reading are:
5. The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
I enjoyed this MG book about a girl coming to terms with her Dad being in jail, plus I loved the elements of cooking woven into the story. Someday, I want to write a story that includes food and cooking as a main element, so I'm always attracted to books that do.
6. Ringmaster by Julia Golding
Lots of action. I will definitely put the next Darcie Lock book on my to-be-read list.
7. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Thanks to Angela Cerrito for alerting me to this novel when I won it on her blog. I've read other books about kids dying of cancer -- Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Amy Goldman Koss's Side Effects (really loved this one) and Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson. Before I Die is more raw. It's emotionally wrenching. This was one to read straight through.