Recollection Wednesday: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

9460487Since I covered the third book in the series yesterday, I thought I would take you back to the first one today: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Why?  I said about all of it with the previous entry.  It’s good, it’s unique, you should read it.

I want to talk about the lengths I will go to when I want a copy of a book. Periodically a book gets me so excited that I go out of my way to get a copy and to get it to other people.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was one of those books.  Why?  Look at that cover!  Doesn’t that simply look cool?!  The photograph, the font, and the design.  It spoke to me in a way few books do.  I knew I would love it.  This is back when I used LibraryThing to manage by books.  They have an early review program.  Members of the group can request free copies of books before they come out.  This is all done in exchange for a review.  The chance that you will get it depends on a mix of luck, your ratio of give aways to reviews, and the number of copies available.  I requested this one and wasn’t one of the people given a copy.  It just made me want it more.

Next, I saw that Quirk, the publisher, was giving it away at Book Expo that year.  I stalked their booth.  By this I mean, I walked back and forth past their booth, walked around looking at their other books, asked when they were doing the next give away, taking other items I didn’t want.  Basically, I made sure they saw that I was serious.  Yet again, I did not get a copy.  What I did do was chat enough with one of their employees that we started chatting about their other books that I loved (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).  Since he knew I was writing reviews, he sent me a copy.

I loved the books, but I was still getting use to being able to keep ALL the books I love (not just those I had room for) so I passed it on to another.  I encouraged others to read it.  I got lucky a few years later when the paperback came out in time for Book Expo and the author did a secret signing.  I got a new copy and it is autographed.  I believe this was my reward for good book karma.  More about that another day.

I am telling you this because I want you to understand how much I love this series.  I want you to love it as much as I do. I know it’s not for everyone.  It you like adventure/magical books then give this series a try.  I don’t think you will regret it.

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