I was escaping the 100 degree heat by hiding out in a used bookstore today. I like used bookstores because the books are cheaper (you'll remember that I am a cheap person), the people are friendly, and I can often find old favorites. Which is exactly what happened. You don't know this about me yet, but Vivian Vande Velde is one of my favorite authors. Her books are pretty much Middle Grade and the younger end of Young Adult. But I started reading her books when I was just a wee lass and her storytelling has always drawn me in; she has a way of making me FALL IN LOVE with both the protagonists and the love interest. I know some people are kind of lukewarm about her writing. Which is cool. We just can't be friends. (KIDDING).* Anyway, long story short, I don't own ANY of her books, despite loving almost all of them. But today I came across not one BUT TWO copies of The Rumplestiltskin Problem (Why do I need two? I don't know. But they were like $1).
Anyway, the book is six retellings of Rumplestiltskin, and my favorite is probably "Straw into Gold" which is about the miller's daughter, Della, and a noble, quiet elfin version of Rumplestiltskin who is oddly handsome. I also like this book because it's updated, but also has that old-timey fairy tale feel. AWESOME.
Have you ever run across a book you love in a place you didn't expect? What was it?
*I am kidding, promise. ^_^