We’ll Meet Again; ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs [2011]

Why I continue to expose myself to Young Adult Fiction, I will never know; I only become more and more frustrated with it. I am clearing failing to remember that YAF is written for emotionally confused teenagers, not emotionally baffled adults. It was with great enthusiasm that I began Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; brilliant premise, wonderfully written for our young adults, but sadly, not quite enough for me. A mysterious island. An abandoned ………

The Butterfly Effect; ‘Appointment in Samarra’ by John O’Hara [1934]

I came at Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara from an odd angle, wanting to decipher the meaning of the song of the same name by Paul Thomas Saunders. Music is not my normal route to literature, if anything it would work the other way round; I am far from a music buff. I am still unsure if I understand the song, it seems to be about the book, loosely, beautifully. In December 1930, just ………

Inevitable Chaos; ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth

You know that moment in animations or films when the clouds part, beams of sunlight illuminate, and a choir belt out that heavenly ‘Ahhhhhh’? I have always been sceptical of that moment, I have never trusted it, until now. I have written many a word on how I dislike the second instalment of trilogies, however, I take that proclamation back for I have finally found second instalment that has (finally) not disappointed. One choice can ………

So Far We Are Equal: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter Oh, but Dumbledore, it can be happier to dwell. There is something to be said for fantasy, not the Mirror of Erised sort (which always felt more like regret than desire) rather, the blank canvas for self-improvement sort of fantasy. I think this is why I enjoy reading so much, the beautiful escapism that is a good book. Yet, in ………