Unless we're talking about an annual swarm of killer bees. Then I say better never than ever.
I have a platitude for every occasion.
1. Rat by Fernada Eberstadt
2. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
By the same author of "Gods In Alabama", this novel is similar in the heavily southern story line and quirky set of characters. Told in the first person by Nonny Frett, this book is about the ties of family, both the ones you were born into and the ones you create for yourself. I'd definitely recommend this novel to people who enjoy the "quirky and realistic" genre like authors Billie Letts and Joanne Mapson, and I'd love to read more books by this author.
3. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle-- so don't just start with this one (Howl's Moving Castle was actually made into a fairly decent anime film by Miyazaki of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke fame if you're into that sort of thing). Young adult fantasy fiction, not quite as good as the first but still fun.
4. The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society) by Amanda Quick
5. Digging to America by Anne Tyler
This is a story of two very different families who adopt babies from Korea, one of typical white-bread Americans and one of Iranian-Americans, and it deals with issues of identity and outsiderness. It focuses mostly on Maryam Yazdan, the Iranian grandmother, but we get snippets of insight from almost everyone involved. Well written with detailed character description, I definitely enjoyed it.
6. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Chevalier also wrote "The Girl With The Pearl Earring", and this historically inspired novel focuses on the friendship of two female fossil hunters. As one is a moderately well-to-do spinster and the other a working class girl, Chevalier does a fantastic job illustrating how both gender and social inequality plays into their friendship and their lives without ramming it down your throat.
7. Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Book 1) by Julie Kenner
Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer all grown up and trying to live a normal life in the suburbs with her kids and normal husband but demons start busting into her front window---and you get the premise of this book. Cheesy but fun, I've been searching in vain for the next one and will soon have to give in and just order it online.
8. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) - Library Edition by Suzanne Collins
Have I mentioned that I love these books? Oh wait, I have. I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading this book the day it came in the mail. Great ending: real.
9. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
I liked Digging to America so much that I wanted to read some of Tyler's other books, so I picked this one up at the library. While well-written and in-depth characterization, nothing really happens in the entire book. It's the story of an elderly guy with a quiet life. Not exactly a thrilling page turner.