Taking Care of Terrific by Lois Lowry
Unexpectedly good. the cover was hideous and didn't give you any sense of how biting - and reference-y it would be. I sincerely enjoyed it. A lot of good points made about perception and how we treat people based on it. And the story made me tense! I really skimmed through one section because I was so nervous about what happened to the characters.
CONCLUSION: I'm designing a new cover for it in my head. I'll be keeping this one around.
The Monument by Gary Paulsen
Again, unexpectedly good. Something about the look of these books made me thing they would be a lot less good than they were, even though I do like Lois Lowry and Gary Paulsen books in general.
This one definitely made me think guiltily of my drawing table and under-used sketchbook.
CONCLUSION: Quick and thoughtful. Perfect for reading all in one sitting on a slightly wet day in front of a fire that you prod occasionally. Which is what I did.