Review: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs.

tales-of-the-peculiarTales of the Peculiar is a book mentioned in Riggs’ series Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It is a book of tales, peculiar tales. The kind of tales that Peculiar children would have heard growing up, like fairy tales. If I was to compare this book to another, I’d say it’s a little like what The Tales of Beedle the Bard are to the Harry Potter series.

However, Tales of the Peculiar is larger, both this copy that’s been published and the original from the books which contains all of the peculiar tales (there are a lot). This book Riggs has put together for us consists of ten peculiar tales. Each story is very different with a diverse range of characters with their own, very diverse, peculiarities.

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September Book Haul 2016.

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Last month I didn’t do a book haul because I was on a book ban which I successfully stuck to. However, I couldn’t stay away from Waterstones forever and so this month I did do a bit of spending. In total I bought eleven books this month, although two of them I actually forgot to include in the photo above and the other three are ebooks.

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The Harry Potter Book Tag.

When I was first tagged to do this I mistakenly thought that I had already done this. It appears that I was wrong because I have previously done The Harry Potter Tag which is very different.

I was tagged to do this by two people: Not Capulet and Captivated By Fantasy. Thank you to the both of you for tagging me!

NirvanaFlagrate: A book that you found interesting that you would like to rewrite.

Not off to the best start, are we? This is a tricky one.

Nirvana by J. R. Stewart.

I’ve decided to go for this one because I remember reading and reviewing this book last year and I wasn’t really keen on the direction the story took. For that reason I think it is something I would want to rewrite as I did like the concept of the book.

You can read my review on this book here.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar ChildrenAlohomora: The first book in a series which got you hooked.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I have gone for a recent read for this question as I only just finished this book series yesterday, so it’s still very much in my head.

I absolutely love this book, the whole series even and each time I finished a book I was left itching for more and made immediate plans to get my hands on the next in the series.

Since this is quite a recent read I do have a review up for this book and you can find that here.

Accio: A book you wish you could have right now.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J. K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay.

When the first illustrated book came out last year I instantly had to buy it and I fell in love with it, so it’s no wonder that I am really eager to see the next one. Besides, it feels appropriate to use this book for the tag and it’s always extremely difficult for me to do any kind of book tag and not include Harry Potter.

dark placesAvada Kedavra: A killer book.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

I find it funny that both of the people who tagged me to do this chose a book by Gillian Flynn.

What’s even funnier is that Gillian Flynn sprung to my mind too and Dark Places is my choice, which again is funny because each of the people who tagged me chose different books. In fairness though, any book by Flynn would be a good response.

I am actually a big fan of Flynn’s work and I have reviews of almost all of her novels and her novella here, including Dark Places.

john dies at the endConfundo: A book you find confusing.

John Dies at the End by David Wong.

I just don’t get it.

I still don’t get it.

I really cannot bring myself to think of this book any more, it was the weirdest and most random book I ever read, but if you are interested I will link my review.

Review here.

perksExpecto Patronum: Your spirit animal book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

You’ve all seen me write about this book so many times that it probably isn’t shocking and an explanation is not really needed.

I want to write a proper review of this book as some point, just so I have one, but at the same time it feels unnecessary considering the countless tags this book has been mentioned in.

Gone GirlSectumsempra: A dark, twisted book.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Both the people who tagged me mentioned the same book, so I feel a bit out of the loop having not yet read it (seriously, I will read it, it’s currently on my bedside table just waiting for me to get around to it).

So, can I use Gillian Flynn again? I’m going to use Gillian Flynn again.

Dark? Twisted? Well, have you met Amazing Amy?!

the sistersApparecium: A book that surprised you in a great way.

The Sisters by Claire Douglas.

Nothing can surprise quite like a thriller!

This book didn’t surprise me because I enjoyed it, but because of the twists and turns along the way which despite being dark (also making this book appropriate for the previous question) was thoroughly enjoyable.

I do have a review up on this book which you can read here.

Thank you again Juliet and Shannon for tagging me!

I am going to tag:

If you do this tag let me know, I’d love to see your answers!


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Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

“No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love.” – Ransom Riggs.

Library of SoulsLibrary of Souls is the third and final book in Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy. The series follows the adventures of Jacob Portman and his encounters with peculiar children in their fight to save peculiardom. Riggs’ creative and unique world based on peculiarity combined with his unique and superb writing as well as haunting and pathos inducing, thought provoking photos makes the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series utterly unforgettable and like nothing I have ever read before.

All I have done thus far is praise this book and in this review too I will continue to do so. However, if you haven’t yet I do also encourage you to read my other reviews on the two previous books in this series:

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May Book Haul.


You may recall me saying that I was going on a book buying ban for the month of May… Clearly, that hasn’t worked out. In my defence I actually only paid for one of these book myself and that’s because it was the third book in the series and therefore I coudn’t go on without it. The rest on the other hand were either bought for me or paid for using a gift card, so that isn’t too bad. Then again, the reason for my book buying ban wasn’t so I could save money, but to clear my TBR a bit… Oops.

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