A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
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It took a while for me to decide on the topic for this comics roundup post. I read them at different times (one for Halloween, the other because I saw it at the library a while back), but decided to review them together because they have many similarities. Though one is explicitly horror and the other strikes me as magical realism, both tap into our fears, what powers our fears, and our doubts about our capabilities. Also both include prominent characters battling mental illness and show the value of strong relationships. And both authors’ first name is Scott.
Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock with colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH, to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.
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Really, winter is coming. I just got an alert on my phone saying that winter storm Decima is heading my way and I should expect snow and freezing rain. I live in such an awesome place, don’t I? 😐 Fingers crossed that it passes by and doesn’t affect me much.
Well since it is winter and a storm is on the way, I thought it best to do a book tag for the change in season. The Winter Is Coming book tag was created by booktuber Katherine Barka.
Snow: It is beautiful when it first falls, but then it starts to melt.
A book/book series that you loved at the beginning, but then, at the middle of it, you realized you don’t like it any longer.
I don’t like snow. I love looking at it from the warmth and comfort of my home and I love how it blankets everything and smothers the noise, but I hate shoveling it, touching it, walking in it, or having it fall on me. I think snow is deceiving. Anyway, for this question I choose
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A Time Code is the first in a series of books called The Face where a writer pens a short memoir about their face. Ruth Ozeki structures A Time Code using an observation method she found in “The Power of Patience,” an essay by Harvard professor of art history and architecture Jennifer L. Roberts.
In her essay, Roberts says she tries to teach her students immersive attention by sending them to a museum or gallery to spend three full hours observing a piece of art and detailing their observations, questions, and speculations. Likewise, Ozeki details her observations, questions, and speculations about her face while looking at it in a mirror for three full hours.
Sounds difficult, doesn’t it? Ozeki is a Zen Buddhist priest but even she began to get fidgety after a while. She records her thoughts by first stating the time and then jotting down her thoughts. For example:
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Well, I haven’t been posting much lately. At first it was because I was sick, but then I lost enthusiasm as work got busier and the weather got colder. These days I prefer to laze around the house, read, and stay warm. However, I am trying to perk up and at least get interested in blogging again; but the cold, overcast, sometimes rainy and threatening snow weather is making it so, so hard. Hopefully this book haul will perk me up. They are always fun and sometimes they help to get me out of a blogging rut.
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A couple weeks ago, I shared the wonderful news that I now have over 800 subscribers to my blog and that I’d celebrate by doing a Q&A. Well, now I’m here to answer the questions you all asked.
I never thought I’d have so many people subscribed to my blog, but I’m happy for it and I do appreciate you all following along with me here, reading and sharing my posts, and tagging me in things. You all have helped to make this hobby enjoyable.
The first questions were from Liz at Cover to Cover, who asked:
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Here I write my first post on the first of December, heralding the start of Blogmas, an event I learned of on Embuhlee liest where one publishes a blog post every day for the month of December. I’m joining in. Can I do it? …Maybe.
It’s not an enthusiastic reply or a strong commitment, but it’s the best I can do at the moment because there’s no telling how busy my life will get in December. All plans are undecided at the moment, even where Christmas dinner will be.
To kick off this event, I’ve decided to start with a wrap-up of November. In other words, a What’s on Your Nightstand post, which is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of every month that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next.
November was a weird month but I was glad for it, the month not the weirdness, because November means holidays and I needed a break. I welcomed the Thanksgiving holiday and went a bit overboard on my Black Friday shopping. Now I look forward to Christmas and New Year’s Day, though with a bit of trepidation because that would mean a new year has come and I haven’t yet done all I wanted to do this year (silly worries, I know).
In my reading life, I missed out on two bookish events that took place in November: Nonfiction November and Tome Topple. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to participate in either and was swamped with the bunch of books I’d already started reading by then. Maybe I will participate next year…or not. I don’t do well with these reading events.
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