It's Time For The Next Installment Of The xoJaneBookClub

Reading for pleasure is a thing that a lot of adults have a hard time working into their schedules.

Back in October we read two books together -- well, we said we were going to. How'd that go for you? I will admit up front, I only read one because it was a hectic month.

No shame if you've found yourself in the same position. Life intrudes and reading for pleasure is a thing that a lot of adults have a hard time working into their schedules. We're just going to keep pressing forward with it because reading is also awesome and I'm glad we're making it a priority together.

So, first and foremost, tell me what you thought of "A Jest of God" -- there's reviews both academic and casual all over the Internet but since this is the one I didn't get to read, I'm way more interested in your views of it.

Was it an enjoyable read? Did it live up to what you love about stories?

I love "A Killing Moon" -- but I also knew that I would so that's no surprise. And I've got the sequel on my to-be-read pile.

The world building on this worked super well for me -- it felt complete and rich. It made me want to spend more time uncovering the details of the world. But the setting wasn't overwhelming either; I can't say I want to live in this world because that might be tough but I'd read sourcebooks on it like the big gaming nerd that I am.

So what did you think? If you aren't used to fantasy and you took a chance on it, how'd it go for you?

I was going to do a poll again for November but then I knew what I wanted to read -- we're going to try a short book and also that short book's sequel. If you only get through one, you will not be alone because I might be in the same boat.

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs

Here's the Kirkus review. And here's the summary, from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

This is not a long book. And the second book in the trilogy has come out. So that sets us up to go ahead and dive into the second book as well, which is already out

"Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs

For some reason, that cover looks creepier to me!

Again, here's the Kirkus review. And the summary from Goodreads:

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

Both books are available new and used -- and in electronic format, which is how I purchased them.

As before, I'm on Twitter (@TheRotund) and I'm eager to discuss both of these using #xoJaneBookClub. Or tag your books and reading nooks on Instagram. Let's read!