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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Nine

Good morning, everyone! After all the snow and the ridiculously cold temperatures last week, it was really nice to have some slightly warmer weather this week. Forty degrees may not seem all that warm, but it’s a big improvement over temperatures in the teens and single digits. Our snow hasn’t completely melted yet, but most of what is left is in the backyard, and my driveway and front walk are clear for the first time in weeks!

Before I focus on this week’s Reading Challenge book, I do want to take a few moments to give you an update about my mum…

Mum is continuing to have frequent headaches, and the steroids that she is taking do not seem to be making a difference. She is also continuing to have problems with aphasia, which is making communication difficult, and is experiencing some confusion relating to specific tasks.

We did hear back from the doctor’s office a couple of days ago regarding the bio-therapy treatment that was cancelled last week. Mum’s doctor sent an appeal to the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the treatment, and they have agreed to cover the cost of the medication (since the insurance company won’t). We are currently waiting on a call from the infusion center to find out when her first treatment will be.

Thank you so much to everyone who is continuing to keep my mum and our family in your thoughts and prayers! We appreciate you all so much!

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Gil’s All Fright Diner, by A. Lee Martinez.

A book set in a restaurant…

Gil’s All Fright Diner begins when Duke (a werewolf) and Earl (a vampire) decide to stop at a diner so Duke can get something to eat. When Duke’s meal is interrupted by a horde of zombies, he and Earl find themselves committing to help the diner’s lone employee with her zombie problem…in exchange for a hundred bucks, a tank of gas, and a piece of apple pie.

Unfortunately, Duke and Earl don’t just have zombies to worry about. A teenage witch is attempting to open a portal to release a group of supernatural beings known as the “old gods,” and the diner is sitting right on top of the portal’s exit. The two friends have to find a way to stop the portal from opening, otherwise the world is going to end.

This was the second time that I’ve read Gil’s All Fright Diner, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Martinez does a great job of combining an exciting horror story with some very funny moments. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading, and the combination of humor and excitement really made the book hard to put down.

What I like most about this book is the friendship between Duke and Earl. Despite the fact that they are supernatural creatures, their friendship felt like the most realistic part of the book. The two best friends definitely have each other’s backs in times of crisis, but they also don’t have any problem with giving each other a hard time, especially when it comes to their romantic interests in the book’s female characters.

Ultimately, if you enjoy character-driven, supernatural stories, then I definitely recommend giving Gil’s All Fright Diner a try. The book has a great mix of horror and humor, and was an Alex Award winner in 2006. If you do have a chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, March 6th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently next week for book reviews and other new content. Also, be sure to stop by tomorrow for my February Beat the Backlist update!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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