It has been a while since I have shared a book that I've read, and I missed taking the opportunity to spend a couple minutes reflecting on a book by writing a blog post after I've finished it. So, today, I decided to bring it back! Welcome to the very first new edition of What I Read!
A month or so ago I joined an online book club with a group of ladies from my town and the surrounding areas. We picked a book that turned out to be a giant misstep (only one of us showed any real interest in it after the first week. Boo!). We decided to give it another go, though, and the second book was a MUCH bigger success. I, for one, loved it!
The book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Followed by: Hollow City
Also followed by: Library of Souls
I will start this by saying that we did not realize before choosing this book that it was part of a series. To be honest, I don't believe we would have chosen it had we known (our first book was the first in a series and with the distaste so many of us had for it, we wanted to avoid series in the future. Oops!)
I have already started the second book, though, and am excited for the third to be released in September - so I'm glad we chose it!
So, what is the book all about?
Jacob grew up listening to his grandpa's tall tales of children he knew when he was younger. Children who could levitate, had bees living inside them, were invisible or could create fire with nothing but their hands. Children who were, for lack of a better term, peculiar.
As Jacob grows up, he realized that his grandpa had made up the stories, and when his grandpa is savagely murdered (by animals, it is decided) in the woods behind his house, Jacob's parents begin to worry for Jacob's well-being after he seems to lose his grip on reality.
His father takes him on a vacation to the island where his grandpa grew up, and Jacob learns some of the secrets his grandpa had kept from him.
This is a book that I highly recommend! It kept me interested, I enjoyed the characters and I liked the style of writing. Vintage photographs were included in the book to illustrate various characters and events, and that made it an even more interesting read.
I have no shame in admitting that the beginning of the book left me feeling a bit nervous - not that I really thought monsters were going to show up in my town, but, well, you just never know...
I found it to be a quick read, I was interested in it the entire time and I give it a five out of five stars!
Have you read it? Are you interested in it?
I'd love to hear what you think if you have read it!
What are you reading now?