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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Forty

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

I found this It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! blanket at Hallmark this year. It’s so cute!

This week I finally had the opportunity to decorate my home for Halloween, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with the way things turned out.

Instead of my The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko Pops, this year I decided to go with The Haunted Mansion. I also got a couple of these pumpkins at the At Home store this year.

As many of you know from previous posts, my cat (Darcy) has a tendency to get into everything. If he’s not pulling books off of my bookshelves, he’s knocking things off of counters and tables. Because of this, my holiday decor tends to be a bit minimalist. While there is definitely a part of me that would like to decorate more, I’ve kind of gotten used to a more simple style.

The FrightFall readathon also officially began yesterday morning, and I’m already on my second book! I’ll be posting a review of the first book I read —The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury — on Sunday morning.

While I will be posting reviews of my spooky reads throughout the month of October, I hope you’ll also consider following me on Instagram for more frequent updates. It’s also the place to find more pictures of my Halloween decor.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read Ms. Marvel: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.

A book about do-overs or fresh starts…

Ms. Marvel: No Normal is the first installment of a ten volume Marvel Now! comic book series. This comic book introduces readers to Kamala Khan, a high school student from Jersey City who is obsessed with the Avengers.

When Kamala is invited to a party down at the waterfront that her parents refuse to let her attend, she decides to sneak out of the house against their wishes. The party is not all Kamala imagines it will be, however, and she decides to leave. But as she heads home, Jersey City is engulfed by a strange fog as a result of a Terrigen Bomb, and Kamala passes out.

After a strange, Avenger-populated dream, she awakes to find that she now has super powers. Although her powers are difficult to control, Kamala does her best to use them to help others, disguising herself as Ms. Marvel. She soon learns that it’s not easy being a teenage superhero…especially since she’s trying to hide her extracurricular activities from her parents.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Marvel: No Normal. Not only does the comic book have a fantastic plot, but it also has awesome characters! G. Willow Wilson did an amazing job of developing Kamala’s character throughout the course of the book, making her someone that readers can really relate to.

While this comic book could definitely be described as a superhero origin story, it’s also an exploration of identity. Kamala really struggles with her identity in this book…not only her secret identity as a brand new superhero, but also her identity as a teenager, a high school student, a daughter, a Muslim, and a Pakistani-American girl.

The art in this comic book is fantastic! Ms. Marvel: No Normal was published in full-color, and the attention to detail is great. I highly recommend taking the time to really absorb each of the panels, because there are a lot of clever things that you could easily miss if you’re speed reading.

After I finished reading the first book in the series, I decided to go ahead and read the other books as well. I absolutely loved them! Not only does Kamala grow as a superhero throughout the course of the series, but she also learns a lot about what is important to her.

If you’re interested in reading the Ms. Marvel series for yourself, here are the titles of all* the books (in chronological order)…

  • Ms. Marvel: No Normal
  • Ms. Marvel: Generation Why
  • Ms. Marvel: Crushed
  • Ms. Marvel: Last Days
  • Ms. Marvel: Super Famous
  • Ms. Marvel: Civil War II
  • Ms. Marvel: Damage Per Second
  • Ms. Marvel: Mecca
  • Ms. Marvel: Teenage Wasteland
  • Ms. Marvel: Time and Again

(*Please note that this list does not include other Marvel titles in which Kamala makes an appearance, or the most recent comic book series by Saladin Ahmed, which I have not yet had the opportunity to read.)

Whether you are a fan of Marvel comics, or you’re looking for a new comic book series to read, I highly recommend checking out Ms. Marvel: No Normal and the rest of the volumes in the series. I think both teens and adults will really enjoy reading about Kamala’s adventures.

Just as a quick reminder, next week I will not be posting a POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update. My next Reading Challenge update (which will cover weeks 41 and 42) will be posted on Saturday, October 16th. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently throughout the week for spooky book reviews.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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