I have always loved reading books written for the age that I am currently not. I find that taking myself out of the mind of a 20-something is loads more relaxing, and a way more interesting, literary journey. (The same went for me as a child. I was always pushing the boundaries on appropriate reading material. “I’m a pusher. I push people.” Name that movie. Anyways, why would I want to read about a silly Lower School crush, when I could sneak-skim the bodice rippers at my Grandma’s house?) Distracting myself with alternate realities has been one of my favorite parts about reading since I can remember. Hence, rather than freaking out and reading anything about a 20-something struggling to get a job, find love, etcetera, I’ve made a total 180.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was my YA series of choice this summer. After a trip to Dolly’s Bookstore in Park City, I dove in and didn’t come up for air until a week later. The novels follow Jacob, a fairly average boy who actually possesses a peculiar power. His journey is brimming with intrigue, romance and action. I can’t get enough of British culture, so this England-based series helps me capture my favorite Harry Potter feels.
The ever-eccentric Tim Burton is releasing a film version of the first book, and I can’t wait to check it out later this month! I highly recommend giving it a read, especially as it is so creatively written: integrating photography with the written word, Miss Peregrine’s is a YA book for all ages. There’s a fun X-Men quality to the series, so if you’re a fan of Marvel, you may be intrigued by a world of peculiarly powerful children. (If you watch the trailer, you’ll catch DiSA’s “New World Coming.” It’s so good! Can’t get it out of my head.)
This reminds me of the X-Men. It’s going to be very interesting.