October 9, 2011 What I’m Reading, 10.09.11 By Karen Published in: Daily Photo Leave a comment » Share this post » It’s a young adult fiction kind of weekend. 🙂 I started Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done last night and couldn’t put it down! Advertisement Next up: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (that name’s too good to be real!). Daily Photo 13 Comments Like this post? Tell your friends! twitter facebook pinterest googleplus MORE FROM MBB Afternoon Reading, Makeup-Related and Otherwise Longwearing Makeup Better Look Out When Benefit They’re Real Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Comes to Town The New NARS Adult Content Blush Palette Is Rated Rawwwrr! Currently Reading… So far, 13 people have commented on this article. How cool is that? aubrie soetaert says: October 9th, 2011 at 10:54 am I have Miss Peregrineâ€™s Home for Peculiar Children on my list at the library. Can’t wait to read it! Reply Karen says: October 10th, 2011 at 8:42 am I’m starting it today. We’ll have to swap notes once you read it! Reply Cindy (Prime Beauty) says: October 9th, 2011 at 11:40 am Karen, put Swamplandia! on your list. Cindy (Prime Beauty) recently posted … October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Reply Karen says: October 10th, 2011 at 8:41 am Got it! 🙂 Reply Max says: February 16th, 2012 at 3:12 am I had high expectations of Swamplandia! based on the buzz; I’m a lover of southern gothic and thought this would be right up my alley. It’s the story of the Bigtree family, a “tribe” who runs the alligator-wrestling park Swamplandia! in an island chain off of Florida. Having the island to themselves except for the tourists, the Bigtrees inhabit a very different sort of world; they have a museum filled with family artifacts, children who are homeschooled and rarely set foot on the “mainland,” and a mother who wrestles alligators. Things hum along nicely until their mother, Hilola Bigtree, succumbs to cancer, throwing the entire family into a tailspin. The writing is very descriptive and quite lovely, but at times it almost feels like too much–or perhaps just feels misplaced, as sometimes it felt like you had to wade through a great deal of description to get to the plot. The switching of chapters between Ava and Kiwi’s perspective also felt a bit jarring at times; it felt you’d just gotten into one storyline when you were yanked back into another. The novel itself has a very original feel while also recalling some other great works of literature; Ava’s character is sometimes reminiscent of Scout from “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Unfortunately while there were moments I couldn’t put the book down, there were also moments I wanted to walk away from it forever, which made for a disjointed reading experience. Overall this scores major points for originality, but the originality is compromised by the uneven character and pace of the novel. It was worth the read, but didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. Max recently posted … Discover How To Power Level Your WoW Character Reply Vonvon says: October 9th, 2011 at 1:15 pm I rarely read books nowadays…. mostly blogs! LOL! Vonvon recently posted … Featured in October ’11 Malaysian Women’s Weekly Reply Marian says: October 9th, 2011 at 2:06 pm I’m just finishing up a book and looking for some very scary novels. It’s October : ) Reply Karen says: October 10th, 2011 at 8:41 am Yes it is! Spooky! 🙂 Reply Maggie says: October 9th, 2011 at 3:11 pm Ooh I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! It was very scary and spooky at the beginning but the rest of the book was intriguing and suspenseful. I highly recommend it! And the creepy/cool photos add a nice touch. Reply Karen says: October 10th, 2011 at 8:41 am Hi Maggie, I take it you’re a YA fiction fan. What other books in the genre have you read and liked? Reply marisol says: October 9th, 2011 at 7:07 pm Gurl, you need a kindle. hee hee Will check these out! Your last recommendation (The Hunger Games) was amazing. Reply Karen says: October 10th, 2011 at 8:41 am I know, I know. I read really fast, though, and am afraid that with a Kindle I’ll just fly through the books! I find the act of physically having to turn the page helps slow me down. How was your trip to Cancun? Reply Becky says: October 10th, 2011 at 9:51 am I loved Gabrielle Zevin’s books Elsewhere and Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac, I haven’t picked this one up yet! I really recommend Laura Whitcomb’s A Certain Slant Of Light, definitely one that you can’t put down 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Click to be notified of followup comments via e-mail. You may also subscribe without commenting.