I have just finished reading a book I picked up at a Bookcrossing cafe. Bookcrossing is a great idea, it is a bit like a roaming library: at registered locations people leave books, you can pick them up and read them and then leave them at another (or the same) bookcrossing venue. Books are registered on-line and if you want to you can track where and how far your book has travelled. See http://www.bookcrossing.com/ for more info.
I would never have found this book otherwise: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It has a great cover and what a lovely title. The heroine of the story is 11 year old Flavia, a chemist and amateur detective who solves a murder for which her father has been arrested. Set in 1950's rural England, Flavia lives in the Georgian manorhouse of Buckshaw, with her reclusive father and 2 older sisters. It was clever and very witty and in my view a great read for both adults and older children
The book reminded me of the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' stories, which we all love in our house. I couldn't put this book down and was delighted afterwards to find that since this book, the author has written another and another is due out soon. Two more books to read. I love it when I find a great new writer, it opens up a whole new, rich seam of pleasurable anticipation!
I couldn't help thinking as I read it that it would make a great film, perhaps it already has been made into a film?