December is here which means our December/ January 2016 book is ready to be announced. This month we will be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The book is a New York Times #1 best seller, a USA Today best seller, as well as an IndieBound best seller. One reason I chose this book is because of how it relates as well as contrasts to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, our October/ November 2015 novel.
Both of the novels are their author’s first novels. With the amount of excitement that both of the books have received, reading these two books is good for anyone who may be thinking about publishing books themselves. Seeing the kind of success that Ng and Riggs have had is extremely encouraging. Realizing the amount of time, effort, and dedication behind their work needs even more realization.
The books contrast because of their content. One could say that Everything I Never Told You was a more down-to-earth kind of story. The plot had a history and was meant to make you think about the ways that families interact. However, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, while still fiction, seems to have a bit more of a magical sort of backstory. The book is technically a children’s story. So, if you know a tween looking for a spooky read, give them a call.
In order to commence our reading this month I, of course, will link you to some places you can purchase the book. Of course, you should start by looking at your local library. There is a very high chance they have this one on their shelves, possibly in the young adult section. If not there, I purchased my copy at Target. You can also check out Barnes and Nobles, Books A Million, or Amazon. Remember the book is also available as an Ebook and at many other stores. I currently have absolutely no affiliations and all of these places are simply suggestions. Looking at prices I will say, buying my book at Target was not ideal, but I needed the book quick which was what mattered at the moment of purchase.
Next steps include reading the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that should be located before page one of the actual story itself and then reading the prologue. If you want to put in some more work, do some research on the author. Remember, I am doing this along side you. I have not read the book yet either. This is completely a learning experience. In the next post, we will be analyzing the Emerson quote and prologue as well as any photographs that may appear before the actual story begins. So, happy reading!