During my absence (which I may or may explain in a little bit), I was able to read, read, read.
I had bought a number of books for Hanover (10) that she hadn't cracked open yet. Since I had been feeling very disconnected from her reading of late (she's so fast and devotes so much time to it that I don't have time to read all of the same things she does). So I decided to read some of those.
Here's the list: Fablehaven book 1 and 2 (OK--fantasy adventure with similar setting to Sisters Grimm without being nearly as funny), Griffin's Castle (theme was about belonging and involved a little too deeply disturbed main character), Bartimaeus Trilogy Book 1: the Amulet of Samarkand (clever dialogue, interesting story, and unique point of view), Twilight, and New Moon.