I'm new to blogging and new to memes. I'd never heard the word before. Answers.com told me it was an idea that spreads, in this case, across the Internet. Answers.com is one of my favourite websites - all those great words and neat facts. But memes are my new favourite game.
I love this one. In My Mailbox. For other newbies like me - it's hosted by The Story Siren where you can post links to your blog entry and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. It's a list of books or bookish things that arrived in your mailbox during the week.
So here is what I found in my mailbox:
Guantanamo Boy is the story of 15-year-old Khalid who goes with his parents to visit family in Pakistan and wakes into a nightmare. All real.
Khalid is kidnapped and forced to go to a place no teenager should ever see. A place where torture and terror are the normal things. Somewhere he doesn't know if he will ever escape from. A place called Guantanamo Bay.
I've been hanging to read this YA ever since I read about Anna Perera's inspiration - while researching other things she discovered the horrific plight of children imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. And so the story began...
Aussie Kid Heroes is the latest offering by prolofic Australian author Dianne Bates, the inspiration behind my own writing career. My son has already spirited this one away to his bedroom so I will have to bribe him to get it back for review.
Extreme Animals looks like great fun. It's a real boy book so my parent ears are pricking up while my reviewer eyes admiring the front cover. Wierd and wonderful. Fast and furious. That's the blurb's promise.
Monsters in the Sand is a junior fiction book just for me! It's a story based around the discovery of ancient Ninevah - archaeology and action, ancient cultures and adventure! I've already read the first book in David Harris' Time Raiders series, Blood of the Incas, about the dicovery of Macchu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. Loved that. Sure to love this.
And finally, this beautiful, beautiful picture book. My Baby Love by Meredith Costain. It has an overlay dustjacket - like thick rice paper. I'm not sure what you call it - but it's at the same time sturdy but delicate. By the time I review it I will have it sussed out...
I look at at the contents of my mailbox and feel very lucky!!