When I saw the cover of this book in Barnes and Nobel I was instantly drawn to it. It’s so creepy and terrifying! And that’s when I learned the age old lesson, do not judge a book by its cover. [womp, womp]. Based on the recap of the novel, the pictures within it, the cover, and the title alone, I thought for sure this book was going to scare the hell out of me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really written like that. It was a great book all together, but I think it was a little more than misleading. This book, written by Ransom Riggs, was an easy read and definitely a page turner. It kind of reminded me of the movie Big Fish. All about a boy who believes the crazy ‘stories’ his grand father tells him, until he gets older and realizes there’s just no way they can be true… until his grandfather passes away and his secrets start to be revealed. You can find the book here on Amazon; Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It’s an awesome premise, just wish it was a little scarier than it turned out to be. But seriously, look at this picture, wouldn’t you expect it to be utterly terrifying?
“Small towns harbor small imaginations.” [ Under the Dome ]
I am in love with Stephen King and the way his mind works. That guy is in a world of his own. Ever since I was a little kid and watched the movie It it was all over for me. Pennywise scared the hell out of me and fascinated me all at the same time. Stephen King is a genius.
Under the Dome came out in 2009 and, like many of his books, takes place in a fictional town in Maine. There are 100 places to remember and characters to keep up with, but all of it is interesting. The title pretty much gives it away, but the gist of the novel is that an invisible dome comes down and traps the city in itself. The town has a choice to make, work together to survive, or turn on each other and take their chances. As always, there are some characters you grow to love and some you grow to hate and it is definitely a page turner.
“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus [ To Kill a Mockingbird ]
This is an obvious classic and, aside from Charlotte’s Web, the first book I remember my mother reading to me. It has forever been my favorite book. In most school systems it was a required reading, but if you haven’t read it yet for whatever reason, do yourself a favor and get a copy.
The Weight of Silence is a really amazing story about how much heart one little girl can really have. As I understand, this was the first ever novel published by Heather Gudenkauf, and it is simply amazing. It’s a great read all the way through and you literally cannot put the book down.