It took me a while to get into this one, but I really dug on the complicated theology and necromancers-as-lawyers, and caring about the characters snuck up on me. The plot heated up nicely too.
Gulp!, by Mary Roach
This was as good as her books always are, although I wish she had spent more time on the small intestine and less time on poop. I know that sounds ridiculous, but seriously? The butt end of the digestive track got way too much attention.
New Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko
Man, I freaking love this series. And I especially love how the world-building gets richer and deeper as it develops, without losing the intimacy of the first books.
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
I really enjoyed almost all of this book - it was more "Judy Blume for grownups" than I've found Judy Blume's adult books to be. Though I suspect the author would not appreciate the comparison, I mean it as a compliment. Kinda fizzled out at the end though - I ended up rereading the ending in case I'd missed something; I hadn't. But the other several hundred pages were tops.
Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues, by Lori Aurelia Williams
This book more than fulfilled the promise of its prequel. The plot was less compelling, but the writing was a lot more developed. I'm glad the author's got more for me to read.