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4 Stars
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

     As a child, Jacob was told many stories by his grandfather, Abraham. He talked about the peculiar children he knew in a special home run by Miss Peregrine. As Jacob gets older, he doubts his grandfather's stories, until Abraham is killed and with his dying breath he tells Jacob to find the bird in the loop. Jacob sees a strange creature that no-one else can see.

No-one believes Jacob. Thinking he is grief stricken and in shock, his parents send him to therapy with Dr Golan. But, when Jacob's Aunt gives him a book that his grandfather wanted him to have, he finds a letter that just may prove that Abraham wasn't crazy and nether is Jacob.

It took me a while to finish the book because I had some other commitments (and I confess I got a bit hooked on Netflix as well.) I swayed back and forth with this book, and since I watched the movie when I was half finished with the book (something I don't usually do) I think I got sidetracked.
However, the idea of the peculiar children really appealed to me. The photographs in the book were very interesting, and a great idea of Riggs to use as a writing prompt. It brought together two of my loves - archives and reading.

This is a great little book for your young adult or pre-teen. You could even read it together as a family book. It can start a lot of discussions about how people who were different were treated, how they are treated now and how we should move forward.
If you liked Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Coraline, or Frankenstein, I think you will enjoy this book.


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5 Stars
Filter Shift by Sara Taylor
Filter Shift: How Effective People See the World - Sara Taylor

The way things are going in the world, we really are in need of this book.. It's a simple introduction to the concept that we all see the world through lenses that colour our thinking and communication. Taylor describes how these filters are made up of our upbringing, experiences, and perceptions as well as a natural instinct to categorize and understand the world.


Taylor makes it clear that we all have these biases . However, if we enter a discussion with good intention and the outcome is poor, it is easy to believe that the other person must be at fault and they did not have good intent. I believe that some people can't see their biases, some don't know how to deal with them, and a few don't care. But most people would like to be better people and want to make a difference in how they communicate. Filter Shift gives us some tools to do just that.


Taylor uses acronyms and diagrams to assist the reader in understanding the steps to shifting their own filters. Each chapter has a summary of Key Points that makes it really easy to understand. She uses evidence-based research to develop her arguments, and various case studies to provide real world examples. She is also honest about her own experiences.


Taylor makes some valid points that really appealed to me, including explaining Multiple Valid Realities, and describing how people often associate difference as having a good or bad value. This can lead us to ignoring difference which can be just as bad as using difference to discriminate. I was also happy to see her challenge the' "I''m colorblind" myth.


This book serves as a reminder that our initial responses don't make us a good or bad communicator, but what we do afterwards, evaluating and changing our behaviour that does.


In Cultural Studies we use these techniques to evaluate everything from the media to dominate groups in a culture. It's really interesting to me, to apply this to myself. I am always happy to keep learning.


I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.