Two of my current favorite books couldn’t be farther from what I normally read—or polar opposites of each other for that matter.
The first is a completely hysterical montage of high school life, adorably portrayed by fuzzy chicks.
In Appetite for Detention, Sloane Tanen (Author) and Stefan Hagen (Illustrator, Photographer), hilariously portray the ins and outs, ups and downs of high school life. You have the geeks, the cliques, the jocks, the nerds. You have to read it. And read it often. It becomes funnier the more times you pick it up. My favorite character: Joey, the gay boy chick who discovers the benefits of playing football. Go to Amazon to see some of the illustrations or to read more about it.
The second book I picked up at RWA’s national conference in San Francisco this past summer. It’s The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigating, 2nd Edition by Steven Kerry Brown. I can’t tell you how I love this book. My current series, The Lucy Valentine Mysteries, heavily features a PI and this book is chock full of tidbits and details I wouldn’t otherwise know. It’s post-it noted to death and kept nearby at all times as I race toward my deadline of February 1st (gasp).
What are your current favorite reads? Anything a bit off the beaten path?
I’m off to Stowe, Vermont for the three day weekend. I won’t be back online until Tuesday, so feel free talk amongst yourselves in the comments – I’ll check them when I get back. And in the spirit of continued giving, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comment section on Tuesday morning to receive an autographed copy of one of my Nina Quinn books. Your choice.
Congratulations to my relaunch prize winner: Carol (posted 1/9 at 2:19 pm)! Please send your snail mail address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll have your Winter Survival Package out to you as soon as I return from a little fun in the, er, snow. If I don't hear from you within a week, I'll choose a runner-up, so hopefully you'll check back soon!