I have mentioned before that some friends and I are in a book club. We started it as a way of staying in touch after we all went separate ways work-wise. So far it has been a great success and has proved a brilliant way of keeping up with one another. I have wanted to be in a book group for a while and this seems to be a really good way of doing it. I get to see my friends, catch up on the gossip and discover some great new books in the process.
We use Goodreads as a way to chat and discuss our books. I have used it for a few years on my own, recording the books that I have read, sharing reviews and finding recommendations. Its a brilliant resource for keeping a track of your reading and is a must for all avid readers. Feel free to take a peek and add me as a friend.
We are now on our third book – I can’t believe its been three months! We have been reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, chosen by a friend-of-a-friend, Vicky.
Our current debate is whether this is an adult book or a young-adult book. The jury is out and I’m not actually sure that it matters. This book was something a little bit different. The plot is surreal yet gives you an eerie feeling as you read about Jacob’s adventure to find out the truth about his grandad’s early life. The atmosphere created in the early chapters has you looking over your shoulder as you read – just in case anything ‘peculiar’ is there. Throughout the book there are photographs of the characters and of some of the scenes and events. These really add a different dimension, blurring the edges between fiction and reality. Are the photographs real? Is the story really a work of fiction? Ok, ok, it is a work of fiction but the way the story is told you are wrapped up in it and would be forgiven if you forgot for just a minute!
I don’t really want to say much more because that would spoil it for those of you who might like to pick it up and give it a go. What I can say is that it is a slow, atmospheric and original story and is set up perfectly for a sequel. Oh, and guess what? The sequel, Untitled, is due to be realeased at the start of 2014!