I tried to read The Golden Compass, I got encouragement and everything (thanks Anne!), but I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps it has something to do with me being female protagonist fatigued. A lot of the books I've read over the summer have female protagonists, which then devolves into some sort of love triangle (boys + romance = barfing noises). I'm sure it might have improved and might even have paid off in the long run, but I just don't have the energy or time to devote to a book where, after 100 pages, I just don't care.
I've switched gears this week and decided to read The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson (and Michael Ledwidge). Yes, it's the same James Patterson as the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series. This is actually the second series for YA he's done. The other is called Maximum Ride. I listened to most of the first book in that series and generally enjoyed it (I stopped because I didn't like the narrators, not because I didn't like the story, also, driving through Wyoming will take all your willpower).
This is the story of 15-year-old alien hunter, Daniel X, who is on a mission to destroy all outlaw aliens, perhaps in the hope to get vengeance for his family's death. I'm a sucker for sci-fi, and I really enjoyed the action in Maximum Ride, so we'll see what happens with this one. Hopefully more than 100 pages in this time.