Okay, you have got to understand that our local library rarely has great literary loot... I mean readily available on the shelves. You can order anything but we live in a rural area and the library is barely bigger than my bedroom! So when I go, I never expect to find any of the new hot picks at my finger tips. However, today I was proven wrong.
I did put in requests for many books (Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins? I'm 103rd on the list so it will be a while folks). But I have to tell you that I found two great new books that I have heard wonderful things about.
Savvy by Ingrid Law (which I heard about at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference that I just went to from the agent and editor that were involved in getting it published) and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman which I had also heard is fabulous.
So you better believe I snapped them up pronto. How thrilled am I? And I have got to tell you that I read the first couple of pages of The Graveyard Book on my way home (Well, my mom read me the first couple of pages while I was driving us home) and I am totally hooked. Let me give you the first line of the book...
There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.
Don't you love it! And the following lines just get better. I can't wait to read it. Although now my brothers and I (and my mom) are fighting over who gets to read it first!
I also found Thirsty by M.T. Anderson which is an oldie vampire book but looks good. A magical day at the library for a bookaholic!
Have you ever found surprising gems at your library? Are you a fan of Neil Gaiman? What do you think of the first line of The Graveyard Book?