1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (seen it on a lot of people's lists).
2) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (ditto, even though I am skeptical about zombie books).
3) Maximum Ride series by James Patterson (I get deeper and deeper into kid's lit; this is a series a lot of Percy Jackson fans seem to enjoy; I'll give it a chance).
4) Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (saw it a year or so ago at the library, had a cool cover and fantastical inside flap; I am sold).
5) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (first saw it on Agent Kristin Nelson's blog, as she is the agent for it; then saw it on display at Borders; is about Chinese and Japanese people, WWII, and magnificent love story = winner).
6) The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (own all of her Tudor books, love Mary Queen of Scots; instant fav).
Those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head. I'm excited to read all of them, but Un Lun Dun sounds particularly appealing because it is a high fantasy (ish), and it doesn't sound cliche at all. If anyone has some other good fantasy suggestions, please speak up. I will love you dearly. I think if I plan on writing a high fantasy, I need to read some more high fantasies. It's only fair, for research purposes.
(I'm finally signed up for that summer creative writing course, and I am obscenely excited. I'm so lame.)
Other suggestions would be welcome too. Summer is a long time. Need lots of books.