Books for Breakfast #24

Book Reviews

I had a fun breakfast this month with the reads:
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
&
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I watched Girl, Interrupted ages ago on Netflix. It was basically background while I was doing something else. Needless to say, I don’t recall much about the movie in terms of details. I picked up the book on a whim, not even knowing it was a book! Clearly, I had to read it. I’m pretty certain that the book was better than the movie. I found reading this book funny because for the majority of my reading it, I was laying in bed while my boyfriend was writing his grad school essay and he kept interrupting me to have to read it. So, I was a girl interrupted while reading!
Anyways, I really enjoyed this book because of the personal way of writing and how much into detail she goes with her struggle with “madness”, which is actually a personality disorder. I really liked the points she made at the end about how people view others with “disorders” and how everyone seems to strive for this view of “normal” around others, and the worry that if someone you find “normal” is actually viewed as insane, than you might be crazy too. This book is great and I’m really glad I picked it up!!

Hollow City is the second book in the on-going series of Miss. Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. When I read the first book I was completely unaware it was a series and I got really mad at the ending, which seemed to conclude nothing and just left me hanging…well, now that ending made perfect sense…since it was only the first book! Oops!
It’s a young adult book, and filled with interesting photos as well, which made it something special. I liked the idea of basing a book around photos and the second book continues with that theme. It makes for a quick read and it has some action in it as well. Even though, for me, now that I’m getting close to 23…it’s hard to relate to younger characters like this. Still, a great story!! There is a lot of action and if you’re looking for a good comparison, I compare it to The Series of Unfortunate Events, with just a smidge of romance. Though the romance is certainly not a defining factor in this series. 
I’m looking forward to the next book, though I’ll probably be even farther away from the target reader group at that point. Still, sometimes it’s fun to read books like this, though I’m sure I would have loved it much more if I was in middle school. It did manage to pull a bit of a twist/cliffhanger at the end that I wasn’t expecting, I liked that! Though…that does make waiting for the next book more of a challenge. 

Next reads: Brain on Fire & Looking for Alaska 


By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I'm looking forward to reading Hollow City! I loved the first one so much!
    ~Sara

  • I thought it was great second book! Lots of adventure!

  • I read the first Miss Peregrine's, not knowing it was a series either. I'm frustrated at the ending, but can live with where it ended, so I'm not sure if I want to pick up the next, but I probably will anyway xD