I’m late in putting up yesterday’s books. I chose these because it’s not even officially winter and I’m done with snow, so I tried to find some books that give a warm feeling.
Second: I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Ed’s a slacker. He drives a cab, plays cards (badly) with friends, and pines after his best friend. Beyond that, he has no desire to do anything more. Until the day he accidentally stops a bank robbery. After that, he starts getting playing cards in the mail with instructions to do things that will help others. Ed doesn’t know who is sending them, but he feels he has no choice but to do as he’s asked. And his world starts to change. There’s nothing necessarily tropical about this book, but it’s set in Australia where it is currently summer. Zusak is also the author of The Book thief, a phenomenal story that has been made into a movie that’s out now. He’s also incredibly nice…I wrote him a “fan email” back when I was reading The Book Thief and he sent me a very nice email back.
Finally, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Imagine Lord of the Flies, but with teen beauty pageant contestants. This is the story of a group of teen beauty queens trapped on a (seemingly) deserted island after their plane crashes. Bray is one of the funniest writers out there. Here’s her ad for the book: