Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

I am very happy to report that my mum was able to come home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon! She is still on a fairly high dose of steroids, and will be until she begins infusion treatments, but she is doing better than she was earlier in the week. We are very glad to have her home, and she is really happy to be out of the hospital. Thank you all again for your support during this time, and for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.

This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is a little different than normal. As you know, I am currently one prompt away from finishing this year’s challenge. My final prompt is to “read a banned book during Banned Books Week.” Since Banned Books Week doesn’t begin until September 27th, I’m going to be taking a little bit of a break from challenge-specific reading for the next few weeks.

Part of me is excited to be taking a break from the Reading Challenge, mostly because I have some brand new books that I would really like to begin reading.

At the same time, however, I’m feeling a little annoyed by this final prompt. Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly happy to read a banned book as part of this challenge. (I’ve read a lot of banned books during my lifetime, after all, and will continue to do so.) What bothers me about the prompt is the fact that it’s supposed to be completed during a specific time frame. If it weren’t for that, I would probably be reviewing my final Reading Challenge title this week.

Oh well. It is what it is.

While I have taken short breaks from the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge before, this is probably the longest break that I’ve taken so far. As I was thinking about how to approach the next few Reading Challenge updates, I came up with an idea that I hope will be helpful to those of you currently participating in the challenge. I know that some prompts are more difficult to find books for than others, so over the next few weeks, I want to focus on providing you with alternative titles that could be used for specific Reading Challenge prompts.

If you are currently participating in the challenge, I would love to hear from you this week regarding specific prompts that you would like to see me address. Simply leave a comment on this post with the prompt (or prompts) you are looking to complete, and I will begin giving additional book recommendations for those prompts in next week’s update.

In the meantime, I hope that you will join me here next week for book reviews and other new content.

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