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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Eighteen

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

Earlier this week, I was able to get my second COVID-19 vaccination!

Just like with the previous dose, my arm began to get sore a few hours after getting the injection, but the soreness went away in less than 24 hours. I did experience a few side effects with the second dose (fatigue and muscle aches), which left me feeling a bit off the following day. A three-hour nap and an early bedtime sorted things out though, and I’m feeling back to normal this morning.

While I technically still have two weeks until I’m considered “fully vaccinated,” I’m really glad that I’ve been able to get both shots so quickly. I figured it would take a lot longer to get on the vaccination schedule, but my home state has been very efficient when it comes to vaccine distribution.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.

A book with a black-and-white cover…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is about a teenage boy named Jacob Portman. For most of his life, his grandfather has told him fantastic stories about the children’s home he was sent to during World War II, the peculiar children that became some of his closest friends, and the monsters that forced him to leave his parents in Poland. While Jacob believed the stories as a child, he eventually comes to the conclusion that they have no more truth to them than fairy tales.

But when Jacob’s grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, Jacob sees something in the woods that he can’t quite explain…something which looks a lot like the monsters of his grandfather’s stories. In order to fulfill his grandfather’s dying wish, Jacob travels to Cairnholm Island, where he learns that the truth about his grandfather’s life is stranger than he could have imagined.

I really enjoyed reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. It’s a great book, with a fast-paced narrative and interesting characters. But what makes it truly unique is the inclusion of vintage, black-and-white photographs, which add an extra dimension to the storytelling.

This was actually my second time reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The first time I read it was back in 2011, shortly after the book was released. I never got around to reading the rest of the series (since I had moved on to other titles by the time the subsequent books came out), but I would definitely like to finish the series now that I’ve had a chance to re-read the first book.

I do think it is important to mention that Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children does include content that might cause discomfort for some readers. The book includes references to war, specifically to World War II, as well as a few references to the atrocities of the Holocaust. Jacob also suffers from nightmares as a result of an “acute stress reaction” after his grandfather’s death. Some of the photos included in the book may also be frightening for some readers.

If you are a fan of young adult fantasy, then I highly recommend checking out Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. It’s a fantastic read that you’ll probably have a hard time putting down. If you have the opportunity to read this book for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, May 8th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm throughout the coming week for my reviews of two great books: The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie, and Immunity, by Erin Bowman.

Have a great weekend!

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