What Are You Reading? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
First of all: Young Adult Lit is really stepping up its game!
What several years ago may have been easy to write off as juvenile or simple has matured into a genre of literature that is just as complex and entertaining as its more “serious” older sibling. It’s a very exciting time to be a Young Adult author or reader, and this book just helps to prove that point.
I picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because it looked spooky (and the only time I’m guilty of judging a book by its cover is when I’m looking at actual books and judging them by their actual covers) and seemed like it would be a fairly quick read. It was, and it was. And I loved it.
The book’s framework is a collection of uncomfortably weird photographs of children. These photos were really what drew me in to begin with – I love looking through abandoned photo albums in antique stores and flea markets, and I’m a sucker for the strange and creepy, so…perfect match.
Once I started reading the book, the photos combined with the easy tone and gripping story made it tough to stop—much like The Hunger Games series, I finished this book in about three days. And I loved it.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children felt like an adventure made up of equal parts Magical Realism, Thriller, and Historical Fiction. If you’re into shows like Ghost Hunters (guilty), Ancient Aliens (guilty), or any other show from the “historically spooky” Sunday afternoon lineup on channels like Discovery and History and SyFy, read the book. Chances are you’ll love it, too.
Next Up on What Are You Reading?
My next book is going to be The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. My friend Megan is going to be reading along with me – if you’re interested in joining us, please do! Just get a copy of the book, start reading, and keep in touch about what you think!
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez