Book Talk: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Life Realizations

Friday, July 4, 2014


First of all, I'd like to apologize for not regularly updating this blog anymore and for failing to post interesting stuff (lol as if my posts were ever interesting haha!). I have been so preoccupied with so many things lately. Then again, school, work and side projects are demanding my attention. Thank God I have this evening to spare for this blog entry. 
Anyway, on our last day of our Cebu trip last summer, it was sort-of mandatory for us to drop by at SM City Cebu to kill time before we board on a ship to Cagayan de Oro City. My mother gave me and my sister money to buy ourselves anything we want (ooooh that three-hour buying power!). I was thinking of blowing all the money on clothes at first, but then I thought, "There are similar clothes like these back home and they cost a hell'a lot cheaper." So I threw that idea away and looked for a book (and good food~teehee) to splurge on instead. When I saw Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on the table where they put all the popular books, the cover instantly piqued my curiosity. 
Ransom Riggs has his own unique way of telling a story. The book made me realize a few things about life too. One realization is that there isn't such a thing as an "ordinary life." Though I admit that at some point in my life, I have this feeling of frustration, because I think I'm not living the exciting and adventurous kind of life that I have always been dreaming of. But I try so hard to remind myself to change my perception of things, especially the way I see the life I'm living. 
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” 
Weeks ago, I felt really discouraged and disappointed with my self and with the things that I do, because of the countless times I failed at putting out the best outputs I could make. I was working on a side project for a client and I felt really unsatisfied of everything I did. Instead of working harder, I couldn't stop ranting about how I'm such a failure at everything. This particular line from the book served as sort-of a wake up call for me.
“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.” 
I stopped ranting and dragging myself down by reminding myself that great things do not happen or come easily. And instead of whining and procrastinating, I got my shit together and worked harder. 
In totality, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an a-okay book. If I were to rate it from one to ten, ten being the highest, I'd give it an eight. The first few chapters of the book totally caught my attention. It was the first book that I couldn't resist reading all throughout since I read Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series and J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series. But the story kind'a went downhill after Jacob Portman knew the story behind the old house and the "peculiars". I think the ending was a tad bit too predictable. 
I'm thinking of buying a copy of Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's, just to know how the story progresses. Maybe then I'll change my opinion about it :)
Have you read this book? If so, tell me what you think about it! Let's start a virtual book club! :D
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