Today I thought I would share with you a book I recently read.
This is definitely not my usual post, although it used to be (years ago I had a small blog where I would share articles about my favorite books). Before I had my son I was a book worm, now I feel lucky on the days I have time to read a few pages.
I am sure you all have heard about the latest Tim Burton movie that was recently released: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Although I haven't seen the movie, I have read the book, and I particularly enjoyed its uniqueness. This is the first novel I have read so far that is illustrated with old photos. The author, Ransom Riggs, used black and white images that he obtained from collectors and built the story around them. All of these photos have a mysterious and timeless feel to them. Here are a few examples from the first book of the series:
The book was written for a young adult reader and has an element of fantasy/science-fiction. The story starts with a quite dramatic scene: the main character, Jacob Portman, witnesses how his grandfather, Abraham, passes away under very strange circumstances. Haunted by his death, Jacob decides to uncover the mystery behind his grandfather's life. He decides to go back to where his grandfather, as a child, found shelter during the Second World War: an orphanage located in Wales. There, he discovers that all the unbelievable stories his grandfather told him throughout his life are more real that he ever imagined.
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The plot and the characters definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. From a photographer's standpoint, what I liked the most was how the photos added a deeper storytelling dimension to the narrative.
I'm always looking for a new book to read. I would love to hear your recommandations! So would Samuel ;)