Peculiar Children–On My Nightstand

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was just recommended to me by my sister, Gayle.  It is the story of a boy who embarks on an adventure following photographs left by his murdered grandfather. The photos lead him to a remote island off the coast of Wales  where Miss Peregrine’s orphanage is in tatters.   As the boy explores the hallways and bedrooms of the orphanage, he realizes that the children were not just peculiar, they may have been dangerous!   The plot thickens…   While I am just pages into this novel, I am intrigued by the mix of vintage photography and fiction.

A sequel, The Hollow City-with more vintage photography and more mystery is set for publication in January 2014.

Reading, Vintage Camera, Photography

Reading, Vintage Camera, Photography

Has anyone else read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?  What’s on your nightstand right now?

The Real Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle

For all the Downton Abbey fans out there (and who isn’t?)…I found a book that will help tide you over until the series resumes (or at least until The Royal Baby arrives!)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey is the true story of Almina, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild who married the Earl of Carnarvon and lived in Highclere Castle-his ancestral home.  Their family is the the inspiration for Julian Fellowe’s Downton Abbey series.  Lady Almina was a remarkable woman and her story is fascinating…The Earl is famous for his travels and exploration of Egypt–and for finding King Tut’s tomb.   While the photos aren’t as satisfying as the movie settings and costumes, the real Lady and Earl are far more interesting than their fictional counterparts.  A must read for summer!

PS…I predict the Royal Baby will be a girl named Charlotte...

PSS...Downton Abbey doesn’t return until January 5, 2014!

Rules to Stop Procrastination…

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”Mark Twain

Eat That Frog!

“Your ‘frog’ is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on.”  —Brian Tracy from the book:  Eat That Frog

Brian Tracy’s rules for Eating Frogs

1.  If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.

2.  If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.

What’s your frog today???  Mine is paperwork…Gulp!