This has been a big year for Ransom Riggs -- what with the release of the film version of his best-selling young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Of course it's been a series of good years for the author, following the publication of the sequels Hollow City (2014) and Library of Souls (2015).
Ransom Riggs' Favorite Reads of 2016
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria SempleI’m a couple of years late to this party, but what a delight. Hilarious and touching, it’s both a comedy of manners and a mystery, played out in bits and pieces — emails, faxes, letters, TEDtalks, among other things — all deftly woven together in the most engrossing way. The characters are beautifully drawn; deeply flawed but you end up loving them anyway.
Beloved by Toni MorrisonIf there’s anyone out there who hasn’t yet read the story of ex-slave Sethe and her ghostly child, stop what you’re doing and pick it up. Devastating and profound, it’s surely one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. It should be taught in every high school in America. I believe the best way to grapple with the enormous darkness of American history is through the lens of literature, and there are few works of literature more deserving of study than Beloved.
The King and Queen of Malibu by David K. RandallAnyone who’s interested in Los Angeles (as I am) will be fascinated by Randall’s dramatic history of Malibu, and the big personalities who made it what it is (and is not) today. How such wilderness managed to stay undeveloped for so long — at the border of one of the world’s biggest boomtowns — is a story for the ages.