Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Riggs

SPRING READING AFFAIR

It's spring time! Well, not quite yet.

Spring begins on the 20th of March this year, and I can tell you very honestly that few people are more ready for it than yours truly.

In all honesty this winter hasn't been very bad as far as temperatures go. It was even mild. Still, I'm not a fan of any temperatures that dip below 60 (or any that climb above 90, but that's another story). My biggest joy in the coming spring season is found in the fact that no longer will the sun set at 5pm.

In the winter numerous people suffer from an increased feeling of depression, which commonly is contributed to lack of vitamin D. The theory is that people go outside into the sun less because of the cold. Truly it only takes about 10 minutes of direct sun exposure to obtain your daily allotment of Vitamin D.

Cold weather and less time in the sun may very well squelch our mood down a notch or two, but few people consider the idea that extended periods of darkness may actually be the culprit of bad feelings in the winter months. It very much is for me.

I'm moody, more negative, and less motivated in winter (especially after the holidays are over). During the day time you can find me running around, full of energy, full of new ideas and new motivations. I'm happy, and vibrant, and in general just in a darn good mood. In the summer, by the time night falls I don't have to push myself to be productive. I can relax. There's only an hour until bedtime anyway! (I'm not a night owl. My bedtime normally falls between 9-10pm).

In the summer, I get to enjoy the evening, the long dusk, and then a beautiful hour of balmy night time... then it's time for sleep.

In the winter, when the sun says 'Night night' around 5:00... I face darkness for up to 5 hours and all of my attempts to find the energy and inspiration to do what I need to do just exhaust and irritate me. I can hardly stand it! This is why, my darling darlings, I am near beside myself with joy that the weather has warmed and the sun no longer sets until well after 6.

My biggest happiness is that this time of year begins the time when I start having MORE time to do things.

One of those things that I love to do is read, and I have a huge list of "Want To Reads" for the spring.

My SPRING READING AFFAIR 2012 journey begins with a book that's been tugging my interest strings for a while:

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

I picked up this book numerous times, before finally deciding to buy it. I kept waiting for paper back title to be released, but apparently as long as the book stays high on the Best Sellers list the paper-back version stays off the shelves.

Though it only took me two days to read the book it was worth the $17 for the read. Considering that this book is the same price as attending a 3D movie at the theater (drink included) for less than 2 hours I figured it was worth investment. At least I'll be able to pass it down to my future children to read at a later date. All you can do with a movie stub is stick it in a scrap book (if the movie was even any good).

Anyway. This book is fantastic, quirky, odd, and even a little creepy. But, you know me, I love creepy stuff just as much as I love cute romantic stuff! Combine creepy with cute and romantic and you've got a winner!


MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN


"A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

AN ABANDONED
ORPHANAGE

A STRANGE
COLLECTION OF VERY
PECULIAR
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 abandoned 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.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure int the shadows."


I was extremely pleased by this book. It did an extraordinary job of keeping my interest and managed not to lull or lag at any point. Though it was a quick read I quite enjoyed it, and the mystery of it keeps you hanging on until the end. The author is able to answer one question while bringing up two new ones it its place.

The Wicker Man type character of the Welsh island setting is both creepy and whimsical. When combined with the leftover impact of the tragic and frightening atmosphere of WWII it's a true trip back in time. The inconsistency of time itself is a part of this story that kept me turning pages well past the time my rear started to go numb from sitting in one place too long.

The idea of combining actual vintage photography (very odd photos might I add) into the story makes it all the more real as you remember again and again while reading the book that the photos you see are not made-up images created for the book, but rather the book is the made up story focused around the very real photography picked up from flea markets and thrift stores.

It is admitted that a few of the photos were 'very lightly' edited but that the vast majority of the pictures are left untouched, unchanged, and the strangeness of our 'out of context' view point of them does plenty of the work in revving up our imaginations and creating in our minds an uncanny world of peculiar children, in a peculiar orphanage, somewhere on a peculiar island in Wales.

This is Ransom Riggs first novel and I applaud him for his imaginative invention of a world centered around atypical and even eccentric photos from the past.

READ READ READ!

Amazon: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (11.99)
Kindle: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (7.99)
Nook: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (9.35)

Until next blog,

~A.

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