Back in August I won a contest over at The Blabbermouth Blog. As a prize I won two books.
Seriously, nothing is better than winning books.
The first book is SKINK-- NO SURRENDER BY Carl Hiaasen.
I have to admit, the cover and title didn't do much for me.
I know we're not supposed to judge books by their cover, or title for that matter, but we all do. It's the first impression we get. I'm glad I didn't listen to my first impression though. I found this book to be engaging, fun, and well written. One of the things I liked most about this book is that while there are serious situations, and while people do get hurt, the author didn't feel the need to turn the characters into violent teenage action heroes. He could easily have made this book much more violent, we've all seen the trend, but he didn't feel the need to. I love that this book while it puts ordinary teenagers into an extraordinary situation, still keeps the characters as themselves, in a way that many teenagers would act. Congrats to you, Carl Hiaasen.
The other book I won is SECOND SIGHT: AN EDITOR'S THOUGHTS ON WRITING, REVISING, AND PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS.
I'm only half way through this book but so far I'm finding a lot of useful information. The highlighter has made an appearance. The blue one, which of course is only used for the best highlighting.
What have you been reading lately?