Ok sweet people--Thank you!
Sarah, thank you! I have never heard of Unaccustomed Earth, and IF Optimist, I have never heard of The Eight. Melissa-- I loved Middlesex and Water for Elephants but have not read the others on your list (thank you for stopping by! Love your Happy news). Nic, I really enjoyed His Dark Materials and have not heard of the other trilogy, can't wait to check it out-- and EB, The Bone People is one of my favorite favorites ever but have not heard of Away... So I welcome your suggestions heartily and am very excited! Thank you all!
The universe gave me a gift today-- it delivered a copy of a daily pregnancy journal that I ordered back when it was relevant. I decided to look at it as a good sign. I decided it will be relevant again soon.