Here’s my Christmas book haul for 2012 — a terrific kick off for my 2013 reading challenge:
OK, maybe not the cookbooks. Does anyone read cookbooks from front to back?
And minus the lone front-facing book because Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was this year’s number 50!
What a terrific number 50 it was, too. As a YA, it was a quick read, but Miss Peregrine was also well written and thoroughly enjoyable. The MC is 16-year-old Jacob who finds that his grandfather’s stories of monsters and mystical beings aren’t all fairy tales.
I love how Ransom Riggs weaves old photographs into the story. It’s as if he found a box of random old photos and challenged himself to connect them all via story. The pictures are printed throughout the book and I couldn’t wait to see how he explained them. My favorites were the ones that had clearly been manipulated…the levitating girl on the cover being one. As soon as people discovered photography, we figure out how to play tricks with it. Photoshop before Photoshop. I also loved the last picture (no peeking!) because it wasn’t manipulated. However, when I first saw it, I didn’t see the whole thing…not until I read his description. Then I saw the background and the bizarre-ness of reality hit. Hmm, could I be any more vague? Probably.
Now, I have to stop myself from diving into the next book in the stack and focus on my own writing.