Summer Reading Challenge – June 25th Update

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 newly-released book

Guess what book came out last week! I’ve been waiting for Shattered Honor to release since it was announced, and it didn’t take me long to finish reading the third book in the Shadows of War series by Anne Wheeler. (This book is the reason I included the newly-released prompt in the reading challenge!)

If you have not read the first two books in the series, go read them first. This is definitely a series that I recommend reading in order. I loved the flip in perspective in Shattered Honor, because it gave me a fuller picture of the story. As they say, history is written by the winning side, and I think it’s interesting to read a series that explores both sides of a conflict in this way. I wasn’t sure what I’d think about a book that didn’t feature Avery as the main character like the first two books, but I quickly became absorbed in the stories of the characters who took starring roles in this one. (I may have cried a bit at the end. You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out why, because I’m not giving away any spoilers!)

I’d classify Shattered Honor as fairly clean adult space opera. Because the characters are dealing with war, espionage, being captured by the enemy, and such, there are some heavy themes. Some characters are interrogated and treated horribly in the course of this. I would not say that there is any overly graphic violence in the books, but these are disturbing topics, and they should be. The level to which it was discussed was appropriate to the story. I’d tend to say that it’s fine for older teens based on things that I read as an older teen, but as always, I recommend reading the book for yourself before deciding whether it’s appropriate for your teen.

I’ve nearly finished reading Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I’ll be discussing that book, and Paul Regnier’s Paranormia next week. Let me know what you’re reading, and don’t forget to stop by again next Tuesday for another update!

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