Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Best Book Club Ever :: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs



Because we didn't think we had quite enough going on in our lives, 
and because we hate having any spare moments,

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we: Stephanie, Melissa, Meredith, Erin, Betsy, Nancy, Tiffy, Jen, and Lauren, decided to start a book club.
And not just any book club. 
The BEST book club ever. 
(We are still trying to come up with a name.)



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Now, our first book was somewhat disappointing. In fact, out of all 10 of us, it only got 3 positive reviews. I won't tell you who picked it. 
OK, OK, her name starts with B and ends with Y if you really must know.
I thought the photographs looked intriguing. 

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The best thing about our book club at the first meeting was the food.
A sushi buffet.

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You know what?
I take that back.
The food was fantastic,
but it was not the best thing about the book club.
The best thing was being with each other.
Listening to opinions.
Talking and laughing.

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Here is the summary for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs from Quirk Publishing:


A mysterious island.... An abandoned orphanage.... A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

    As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it 
seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


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We used discussion questions from Lit Lovers.
It was very interesting to hear all the perspectives on the book during our discussion.
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Tomorrow is our 2nd book club meeting and we are all looking forward to it.
Want to know what we are reading?
Come back in a month and I will tell you all about it.
Oh, and please share any of your recent favorite reads. We are looking for new ideas.
Clearly, picking books should not be left up to anyone whose name starts with B and ends with y. Trust me. 

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Love,
 your book club correspondent Becky

47 comments:

Mari said...

Sounds like fun! And I think I would be in the same boat as that person whose name starts with B and ends with Y. I think that book sounds good and I even like the title!

Wanda said...

Oh my does that sound like fun! Loved the pictures.. We have a book club and exchange at the YMCA.

Yikes...Am I first!!!

Wanda said...

Nope...not first..second!! HaHa

Linda Stoll said...

hey ... just discovered your blog tonight ... a breath of fresh air! thanks!

richies said...

Looks like too much fun to be a book club!
An Arkies Musings

mamamia said...

I want to come to your book club. Please send your personal jet to get me for the next one. I think that all things people do whose name start with B and end with Y are wonderful.

M said...

I want to join! I love sushi and I love to read...too bad I live a thousand miles away :(

Kathy said...

I think you HAVE your name "The Best Book Club EVERRRRRR". I need to get myself into a book club, it sounds fun. I've been wondering about Noboru. I need a new sushi place :)

Tamar SB said...

Most fun book club EVER!! This is how to get people to read!

*Jess* said...

I think you found your name just fine :)

And I'm disappointed to hear that the book wasn't great. I have it on my list to read!

We are reading "The Fault in our Stars" for our book club this month.

Gigi said...

I have that one on my list of books to read. I am currently reading Audrey Niffenegger's book, Her Fearful Symmetry and am loving it. She also wrote The Time Traveler's Wife which I also loved.

Letitia said...

Ohh I always wanted to have a book club! It sounds like a lot fun! I need to make some friends who like to read! :)

tiarastantrums said...

what a great idea!And a lovely excuse to gather up some girls!

HansHB said...

A great post. Lovely serie of photos!

Zena said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Wonderful photos

rebecca said...

Great photos! Sounds like a lot of fun. :)

Ruthie said...

Looks like so much fun!

Jenn said...

Oh my goodness.... that looks like so much fun!

Laurie said...

The amazing thing is that it matters not if the book is good!!! The company far outweighs the books goodness. There is something magical about the gathering of women! You girls are lucky ducks.

Heather said...

Sounds like fun! I have a book club but we only meet sporadically and not everyone reads the book...oh well..it's fun to get together.

I recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!! Awesome read!

Leovi said...

An original way of creating art, I loved it, and the fabric is an element that is very important.

Xiomara said...

Love the photos. Looks like a fun time! And I love that you all are actively pursuing a book club.

Tara R. said...

Your book club sounds like great fun. I have that book and now want to read it all the more.

BLOGitse said...

What a series of fun!
Sushi, yummmy and reading, talking, laughing = perfect!
It was a nice surprise you visited my blog, happy to see you again!

Katherine Vargas said...

that amazing Becky, ya ladies will do wonderful.

Mindy said...

your book club looks awesome! I read that book and thought it was interesting, but not great. What are you reading next? be sure to share more of your book club adventures!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This looks like a fantastically fun book club! I remember almost buying this book but then something held me back - I guess I should be glad? Nice shots of what looks like a great outing!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Book clubs should be all about good friends and food. Thanks for the warning about the book, too.

Be well and have a great week.
xoRobyn

EG CameraGirl said...

Book clubs are truly tons of fun...even when the books are less than stellar.

Keetha Broyles said...

I've never been a part of a book club, though I do really LOVE reading books.

Nancy Claeys said...

Sorry the book sucked -- but the images are rockin'. :)

Kim Cunningham said...

What a fun idea! Looks like a time to stimulate the mind, and also have great fellowship!

qandlequeen said...

Book club has so little to do with the books and more to do with the socialization. Glad you got it right.

Skeller said...

I wanted to like this book - it came to me highly recommended by a dear friend. I did not like it at all. (except for the cool pics - I liked those very much!). It probably didn't help that I was trying to read this book at the same time as Brothers Karamazov and The Scarlet Letter, and this one just seemed so amateur - a sci-fi-time-travel version of X-men. And the characters so flat, one-dimensional, with no discernible personality. Oh well. I bet your book club was still a total blast, even with a "meh" book :-).

Ida said...

Looks as if everyone had a great time. Keep on having fun and "read on!"

Betsy Brock said...

Well, I think it's a fabulous idea! And you're right..the best part would be the meeting, food, talk and laughter! Thanks for your visit to my blog this week! It's great to meet you and Wanda has said the nicest things about you! :)

Madge Bloom said...

What a fun idea... you all look like you're having a lot of fun... friendship and companionship, what is better than that?? Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #71!

braverbeatingheart said...

This is on my reading list as well!!

Jennifer Hoppins said...

So, you're not letting Betsy pick the next one?
I would love to be a part of a book club like yours, where the important part is not the book, but the people!
I would recommend The Help, but everyone has already seen the movie. Still, the book is worth a read. I loved it almost more than the film.

photowannabe said...

My dear "Starts with a B and ends with a Y", Your book club sounds like so much fun, the heck with the book! It must be fun getting together, laughing and noshing together.
I need to buckle down and start reading again. In fact I think I need to reread the old classics again. It's been far too long.

photowannabe said...

Oh my, what terrible sentence construction and repetition of words in my comment.
That's what happens when I try to do two different things at the same time...

Dumb Mom said...

I run an online book club, but dang your real life one looks like 100 times more fun!

Maddy said...

OMG!!! I've always wanted to be a part of a book club, especially one as fabulous as yours. Just another reason we should live closer :(

StarTraci said...

I actually loved that book! Sorry it wasn't a hit with the club but I am so jealous that you're in a book club. I want one!

:-)
Traci

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are so funny. It actually sounded pretty interesting. Of course, I thought the title said: Home for Popular children.
My eyes are a mess....and you are not. I hope your next book is better!!!
XO

Unknown Mami said...

Well you can't be expected to be perfect at everything. Love these photos and faces.

Drew said...

Bummer! I want to be part of your book club! The only books I ever read are ones for teenagers. :)