Since the New Year, or, at least since the official Cybils reading ended, I've been reading some good books:
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay gets two thumbs up. It's the first book about the Casson family, those crazy Brits! I love the characters in this one (and Forever Rose, which I read for the Cybils), but the awesomest part of the books is not them. The part that had me laughing and shaking my head and muttering "genius" was McKay's description of the house. As I can attest, the whole clutter is divided into geological ages metaphor is very apt. And you know if McKay can make the boring parts awesome and funny then the rest of it is great too.
[There are, like, 5 different covers for Saffy's Angel. The above is my personal fave, but it's probably only available in the UK.]
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde. Reading it was a good break from all of the middle grade fiction I've been absorbing. I love everything that I've ever read/seen from Wilde, and this one is no exception. However the story is about the corruption of vanity -- so know it won't make you smile as much as The Importance of Being Earnest. Anyway, Wilde is great at evoking emotion. My jaw literally dropped open at one point in this book. It's a classic (no, really, it is). I think I might rent the movie version now. . .