The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1), by Lemony Snicket
When a person goes on vacation and checks a book out from the library while on vacation... well, it's difficult to bring said book with them on the plane! So, I bought one at one of the book stores in the Mpls airport. (Sooo very glad that Mpls is such a great airport! Lots of things to do there)
I first heard about this Lemony Snicket person from a rather well-known half-elf. I think this was the first time I ever heard of the man or his horrid books. Since then I've seen the movie (a co-worker brought it to work on a weekend few weeks ago, I rather enjoyed it. Even if it is Jim Carey whom I normally can't stand)
Anyway, getting back to the point. I figured some nice easy reading would be just right for the plane so I picked up the first one in the series. Read about 60 pages while waiting to board, and then finished it on the flight! Took me maybe 2 or 3 hours to get through the whole thing, but that's including boarding and getting distracted by fellow passengers and all that. But heck, an entire book in one sitting isn't half bad!
Turns out the kid across the aisle from me (maybe 9 or 10 years old, very cute precocious little blond girl) was reading the newest one in the series! Number 12 if memory serves.
As for the book itself, I liked it. It's one of those books that kids can read, but have more going on on another level for "grown-ups" to enjoy. I'm definately going to have to read the rest of them, but I think the library might be in order since they're about 10 bucks a pop and only take a couple hours each to get through. Unless some lovely person feels like buying a couple for me... (kidding)
So that's my first impression of Lemony Snicket!