MsBirdie--I'm glad you're enjoying "Uglies;" I thought it was a neat story.
Arduinna--I remember reading and really liking the first few "Clan of the Cave Bear" books, but then something made me feel embarrassed to check them out any longer. I got the idea that they were meant for people younger than I was or something, and started to get insecure, like the librarians were judging me for reading them. It was a weird phase. Now that I'm far past that, I should hunt them down again.
katybear mama--I haven't heard of the book you mentioned; I'll have to add it to my very long list.
I just finished "The Magus" by John Fowles. It was interesting, compelling, fascinating, frustrating.... I liked it, but can see why people would be infuriated by it. Nothing that you think is real, is. A layer is peeled off and just when you're starting to think that THIS is the real thing, you find out it's not. And so on. The whole story is one huge mind game played on the main character, who never actually figures out what is going on.
I'll have to read something lighter next. I'll probably start in on "The Wave," which has been compared to "Born to Run," a book that changed my life. Well, sort of. It at least made me feel more confident about running. :) Anyway, this book says it's about oceanography and legendary waves and surfers. Sounds like it will be fun!