July is fast becoming my least favorite month of the year. It's even worse than the constantly rainy August because August is very straightforward in its downpours of rain and July is not. July is an indecisive month. It seems to hold on desperately to the remnants of summer but teeters reluctantly towards the rainy season so we are left constantly guessing what's it going to be - a rainy day, a sunny day or a mixture of both.
Whatever it is, the result is the same - irritatingly hot in some hours and soaking wet in others. But here's an advice from someone who is an expert on tropical country weather - always, always, ALWAYS bring your umbrella. Rain or shine, you'll need it!
Enough rambling about the weather.
Let's talk about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Never has a book cover interested me as much as this one. But this book actually embodies that old adage "Never judge a book by its cover".
Although the front cover promises a horror, goosebumps-inducing story, it's actually not (at least not the entirety of the book although the first few chapters did scare me a little). It's about a boy who grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about his life post-escape from Poland during the holocaust. His grandfather regales him with stories about his life in an orphanage where he met some strange kids with otherworldly abilities. He grew up thinking these are just stories and didn't really happen in real life although his grandpa had those odd photographs to back his stories up.
The death of his grandpa and a very odd creature he saw lurking around caused him to dig deeper into his grandpa's early life. This introduced him to a world so unlike anything he has ever imagined.
The book has a smattering of vintage photos from the author's personal collection and from other peculiar photos collectors. Ransom Riggs seamlessly incorporated those photos in the story and made the book a lot more gripping.
It's a great read although if you don't want to be left hanging by its ending, you might want to wait for the sequel to be released January of next year before reading it.