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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Sixteen

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you’ve had a great week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

The spring weather has been gorgeous this week! Unfortunately, it has also introduced a whole slew of seasonal allergens that have caused my sinuses to go absolutely crazy. I’ve taken quite a few Benadryl-induced naps this week as a result. They’ve been a great way to escape from my allergy symptoms for a while, but they’ve definitely impacted the amount of time I’ve had to read this week.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read The Book Jumper, by Mechthild Gläser.

A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)…

The Book Jumper tells the story of Amy Lennox, a teenage girl who loves to read. Desperate to get away from their home in Germany for a while, she and her mother visit her mother’s childhood home, Lennox House, on the Scottish island of Stormsay.

While their arrival on the island is unexpected, Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, allows them to stay, on the condition that Amy spend time reading while they are in residence. This certainly doesn’t seem like a hardship to Amy, who was planning to read during her holidays anyway, but Lady Mairead has something different in mind than just settling down with a good book.

The members of the Lennox family have a special talent, one which allows them to physically enter and interact with the literary world, and Lady Mairead wants her granddaughter to experience her book jumper heritage. Amy’s mother, on the other hand, doesn’t want Amy to start jumping into books…because as cool as this new ability may seem to Amy, it also has the potential to be very dangerous.

I really enjoyed reading The Book Jumper. Amy’s story was very interesting, and included a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming. I also really enjoyed the way that Gläser incorporated well-known book characters into the novel. It was a lot of fun to see her original characters interacting with other classic literary characters, such as: Shere Khan (The Jungle Book), the three witches (Macbeth), Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), and Dorothy (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

I do think it is important to mention that The Book Jumper does include some content that might cause emotional distress for some readers. Specifically, the book includes examples of bullying (including both in-person and cyber bullying).

If you are a fan of young adult fantasy, especially fantasy stories that involve books, then I would definitely recommend taking some time to read The Book Jumper. Even though it was written for a teenage audience, I think it will also appeal to adults, especially if you’ve ever wanted to visit the worlds of your favorite books in person.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on April 24th. In the meantime, I hope you will join me on The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for an important readathon announcement, and a special Manga vs. Anime vs. Movie post.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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