Last weekend I attended the Provo Children's Book Festival. Because I had announced the festival to my students, I ran into a good number of them while there. One of my AP Literature students, who is an avid reader, pointed out to me that her FAVORITE author was there and would I take her picture with him. I did remember her talking about these books that were so special to her, and that I "had" to read them, but hadn't put two and two together that it was Brandon Sanderson. You see, I don't know what my problem is, but I really struggle with mystery and science fiction. That doesn't mean I simply don't read them or haven't ever enjoyed these genres, but admittedly lose interest because I think I lack some sort of imagination necessary to build the plotline in my head! Standing in line with my student, she told me all the reasons she loves his brand of science fiction writing, how he's different from all the others she's read, and how he captures a scene or storyline and carries it through. Her passion for his books really caught my attention, so I went downstairs and bought two copies and had him sign them. Brandon was very kind in mentioning how one of his own teachers first encouraged him to start writing, and asked me to email him my thoughts after I finish reading Mistborn: The Final Empire. I haven't yet started it, but it is definitely in my TBR pile now! Thanks to my student and Brandon, I'm going to give science fiction another hearty shot!
As part of my renewed excitement to try Sanderson's first novel, I have an extra, signed paperback copy to give away. If you would like the chance to win this much talked about novel (really, my student couldn't say enough), then please do the following:
1. Post a comment, telling me if you have struggled with a genre. Maybe it's one that you don't necessarily dislike, but simply don't read very often. Earn three points for posting your tastes in reading! (Please include your email address.)
2. Twitter the giveaway, or post about the giveaway on your blog (sidebars are fine). Let me know that you've added it to your blog. (My twitter account is: @mjmbecky)
***The giveaway will close on Sunday, May 31st...yes, it's quick, and I will post the winner on Monday, June 1st so I can get it off in the mail before I leave for the summer!
As a side note, if you want to follow me, I'll be tickled, but won't ask you to do that as part of the contest. :) Honestly, I want you to follow only if you want to. I love adding to my circle of friends who like to read, so please...follow and join in if you'd like!
For more information on the novel: The Final Empire (Mistborn, Book 1) or Brandon's website at: http://www.brandonsanderson.com/