April Reading Update

Books, Reading

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.

March Reading Update
March Reading Update

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: