Since then, here's a quick list:
Savvy, Ingrid Law - A YA book and a pretty good read. I bought it on impulse after reading a review in the Trib. I didn't think it was as great as the reviewer did. But I liked it a lot and don't regret the impulse buy.
Coraline, Neil Gaiman - Awesome. But SCARY. Dudes. This book scared me. I really want to see the movie now, but having read the book - there's no way I'd ever take Laney. Or maybe I should. Maybe I should start routinely scaring the frak out of her and she could grow up all damaged and tough like Starbuck. Or not.
Away, Amy Bloom - The aforementioned cousin gave me this book, and I just loved it. I put it on the highly recommended list.
OK - right now I'm in the middle of a Cory Doctorow book that I totally swiped from one of Laney's friend's Dads. But, so far I love it.