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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Nineteen

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

It has definitely been a fantastic week for reading! The weather has been pretty rainy over the past several days, which has been a good incentive to stay indoors with my nose buried in a book. I finished several titles that I’m really looking forward to reviewing here on The Unapologetic Bookworm.

I also got some very exciting book mail this week, which included four new releases that I can’t wait to start reading.

In addition to all of the reading I did this week, I also got myself a copy of Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. I was a huge fan of the original game when it came out on the N64 console, so I was really excited when I heard that a new version was going to be released. (In fact, it’s one of the reasons why a bought a Switch in the first place…along with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that is.) I’ve only had the game for a couple of days, but I’ve really been enjoying it so far!

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge I decided to dive into some non-fiction. The book I chose to read was Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild, by James Campbell.

A book set mostly or entirely outdoors…

Braving It focuses on the adventures of James Campbell and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aiden, as they travel to the Alaskan wilderness. The book is separated into three sections, which correspond to three unique trips that the duo made to Alaska.

From building a log cabin, to spending the Alaskan winter in a woodstove-heated tent, to hiking through the wilderness and canoeing the rapids of the Hulahula River, the Campbells have some amazing (and very challenging) adventures. Their trips to Alaska also give the father-daughter team an opportunity to further develop their relationship with each other, especially as Aiden gains confidence in herself and learns what she is capable of handling on her own.

Braving It was not only a very interesting read, but also a very enjoyable one. Campbell does a really good job of describing the places he and Aiden visited, but what impressed me most about the book was how personal it was. While you certainly could describe Braving It as a “travel” book, I actually think of it as a memoir…because at its core, this is very much a book about a dad watching his oldest daughter grow up.

I do think it is important to note that the book does include content that may cause distress for some readers, including descriptions of trapping and hunting animals for both food and their hides/fur. This is shown in one of the photographs as well.

If you’re interested in memoirs, especially ones that focus on traveling, then I highly recommend checking out Braving It. It’s a wonderful book, and one that I found very difficult to put down.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, May 15th. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm throughout the coming week for reviews of some great books, including the newest title in Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts series.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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