Monthly Archives: August 2021

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

A Map of Days by Random Riggs

The fourth book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days sees Jacob and a few of the kids on a mission to locate an uncontacted Peculiar in America. As usual the author incorporates strange old photos into the story to create characters and plot lines. America is kind of the “wild west” of Peculiardom so the adventures are even more outlandish and exciting than in the first three books. I recommend this book (and series) to people of all ages who enjoy strange, but fun, stories.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 51
Pages Read in 2021: 16,025

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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: Bedtime Story for the Boys, Reason: I Like the Series, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Young Adult

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time is the first of the Pandava series. Using Hindu mythology, the main character is a 12-year-old demigod and the reincarnation of one of the Pandava brothers (but this time she’s a girl and it’s the Pandava SISTERS). The chapter titles are hilarious and there is a whole lot of humor sprinkled throughout the book. It was the first book published by “Rick Riordan Presents” and definitely lives up to the standard found in his mythology books. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages who enjoy mythology.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 50
Pages Read in 2021: 15,533

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Filed under Middle Grades, Reason: LitHub Bingo

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted is very eye-opening. The author, a sociologist, lived among people in poverty and wrote about them and their experiences with eviction and how not having stable housing affects all aspects of life. This brings a human face to the issue making it about not some random guy in the inner city but about specific people like Lamar and Scott and Arleen. He gives ideas on how we can help prevent evictions and reduce the percentage of income people spend on rent. The book is extremely well-sourced and researched. The last about quarter of the book is footnotes. It’s a really excellent book and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning ways to lift people out of poverty.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 49
Pages Read in 2021: 15,167

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Filed under Non-Fiction, Reason: LitHub Bingo