April was a bit of a mess for me reading-wise. As I explained around the time of our San Francisco trip, I suddenly found myself reading four books at the same time. Because of that, I finished only one book in April: Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. That puts me slightly off pace for finishing 25 for the year.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a nice find in terms of my wanting to read more contemporary work and of my wanting to read outside my normal habits. I somewhat arbitrarily chose it when testing out the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Virtual Library. It’s a suspenseful young adult novel about a young man’s attempt to find out the truth about his grandfather’s mysterious past. Some of the past is revealed through old photographs, which is a nice touch. Not surprisingly, his quest leads him to the eponymous home where the children are indeed peculiar, each having an usual and sometimes disturbing talent.
Riggs creates a rather unique world that’s worth exploring. However he is more adept at imagining a world and creating fast-paced plot than at developing complex characters. Nonetheless, they were interesting enough to keep me reading.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children did not thrill me but I did enjoy it. I hadn’t realized that it was the first book in a planned series and it ended with a cliffhanger. I need to decide if I enjoyed it enough to pick up the forthcoming sequel.
I guess one of the upsides of reading only one book this month and having that book be an ebook is that I get to reuse my picture from last month.
So, I’m up to a modest seven books for this year:
- Anathem, Neal Stephenson
- Netherland, Joseph O’Neill (library book)
- The Buddha in the Attic
- McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13 (borrowed book)
- Empire State
- The Blogger Abides (ebook)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (ebook)