Saturday, July 20, 2013

All Our Peculiarities

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.


  1. Looking really joyful in that dress
    with yellow shoes c: Xx

  2. Gosh, every time I see your photos, I love your haircut more and more. I love this sweet dress, and the yellow shoes are adorable with it! And I've been wanting to read this book, but I have to admit that I skipped over your summery because I hate ruining things for myself, hehe :)

    xox Sammi

  3. yep, umbrella is a must for those who live in tropical countries! aww peculiar children, i love this book <3 it is more like a fantasy story but those vintage shots still creep me out a little..anyway your dress is so lovely!

  4. aww you look so pretty, Kathy! As I said on Instagram, I absolutely love your shoes, I wish I had such pretty ones! also, your dress is dreamy! :)
    it's funny but I've had that book in my hands several times at the bookstore... the cover really intrigues me but I never actually got to buy it! Is it really worth it? Give me your two cents, I may just run to go buy myself one! haha
    Ester from Drawing Dreaming

  5. So lovely!! I think this dress is so sweet with those shoes too! I am interested in this book. I love to read. Is it a true story?

  6. This dress is gorgeous and these shoes are so adorable! Nothing beats a good striped dress :)

  7. Your shoes are so cute - gorgeous colour!! Love this style!
    Rachael x
    Rachaeleeno | Beauty, Fashion & Thoughts

  8. You are honestly too cute for words. Love this striped dress, it's so perfect for summer.

    Xo, Hannah

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