The Unfinished Angel, by Sharon Creech
Chuckelous ESL wordplay, but nothing like ye olden Creech novels. Thin ice, and no depth below.
A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck
Review forthcoming--one of my favorite books of 2009.
Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps, by Steve Cole & Linda Chapman
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, by Ben Carson
This month's family read-aloud. My mother chooses the titles. Dr. Carson's story was interesting, though (he's the neurosurgeon who successfully separated Siamese twins joined at the head).
Celia's House, by D.E. Stevenson
A brilliant, beloved reread.
I Corinthians, II Corinthians, KJ Version
The Miles Between, by Mary Pearson
I can't decide. I can't decide if it was a cotton ball, or if it's going to stick in my mind and end up a really good book. The whole experience was like being twelve and reading Walk Two Moons for the first time. Only, YA. And there was no question with Walk Two Moons. It rocked my young axis the same way that Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terebithia did.
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
Lived up to the hype, oh yes. Anticipating #3, oh yes. But, as with Hunger Games, not one of my year-end favorites.
Silent on the Moor, by Deanna Raybourn
Practically perfect in every way. If only the author wouldn't insist on jabbing homosexual acceptance where it isn't wanted, by the story or by readers interested in a period drama. However--spoiler warning!--Julia's homosexual sister is abandoned by her partner, who chooses to marry a man so that she can have children. There's an important philosophical implication deep-rooted in that development, about the nature of human persons as beings with a gender who have a purpose (procreation) apart from their function, ability or desire, which could each be inconsistent with how human persons ought to be by nature. (Blame that tangent on the Relativism book.)