Summer Reading Challenge – July 2nd Update

Note: I received an ARC copy of Paranormia from the publisher. All opinions expressed are completely my own, and I received no monetary compensation in exchange for featuring it on my blog. As always, I’d never recommend a book to my readers that I didn’t genuinely enjoy reading myself!

We’re doing a reading challenge here at Teish Knits this summer, and it’s not too late to join in! You can download the challenge prompt list and bookmarks here. This is a strictly fun, no pressure challenge, so you can interpret the prompts as broadly as you like, and choose to do fewer of them if reading 13 books this summer seems too overwhelming. Every Tuesday, I’ll be sharing my own progress here on the blog, and I hope you’ll stop by and comment either on the blog or social media and let me know what you’re reading!

A book with a pretty cover.

I had no idea what book might fill this prompt when I added it to the Summer Reading Challenge list, but as soon as I saw the cover to Paul Regnier’s Paranormia, I knew this book was it! Urban fantasy is not a genre that I tend to read, but given how much I enjoyed Paul’s Space Drifters series, I was willing to give it a try.

Paranormia has a blend of humor and drama that kept me turning pages to the very end. I had to find out what happened to Chris! My favorite character was Finchelus, but since I don’t want to give anything away, you’ll need to read the book to figure out why. Themes of spiritual battles can be hard to write well. While the humor kept the story from getting too dark, it did make me think a bit about what might be going on outside of what we see in our day to day lives. It also brought home how we never know the effects of some of the seemingly-small things that we do.

A classic you haven’t read, but always wanted to.

I watched the BBC’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy adaptation when I was a kid. I watched the movie version when it came out years later, but never actually read any of the books. It might be a bit of a stretch to call The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy a classic, given that it was published in the 70s. We’re allowed to interpret the prompts for the reading challenge broadly, so I’m going with it!

I found reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to be somewhat random and disconnected. Typically, this would be the sort of thing that would make me stop reading a book, but it was done in such a way that it was amusing and I wanted to keep reading to find out how, or even if the dots connected in the end. Arthur Dent asking whether there’s any tea on the spaceship is still my favorite quote! (Though 42 is a close second.) I’m not sure yet whether I’ll read the rest of the books in the series.

So, what has everyone else read this week? Let me know in the comments, or on social media!

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