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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Ten

In last week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, I concluded my post by mentioning that I was going to be focusing on a more ambitious Reading Challenge goal. Specifically, I wanted to spend this week completing some of the challenge prompts related to specific elements found on book covers. I also wanted to make it to 50% challenge completion (though I did not make that a formal goal for the week).

Well…neither of those things happened.

That’s not to say that I didn’t read this week. I absolutely did! It’s just that most of my free time was focused on reading Harry Potter fanfiction, rather than books that would fulfill POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompts.

A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads…

The only book I actually finished this week was Rogue Protocol, by Martha Wells. Since the third book in The Murderbot Diaries series connects a little more closely to events from the end of the first book (All Systems Red), I’m going to avoid summarizing the plot this time around; just to avoid spoilers for those of you who are considering reading the series for yourselves, which I highly recommend.

One thing I have been continuously impressed with over the course of the series thus far is the character development that the narrator has undergone. The events of every book further develop Murderbot’s personality, which was already very interesting to begin with, and give it the opportunity to develop increasingly human traits as the series continues.

While The Murderbot Diaries books are pretty short in comparison to many of the others I’ve read so far this year, I’m finding myself wanting to spend a little more time with them, stretching my reading out over several days rather than just plowing through them in one sitting (which would be extremely easy to do). I would describe it as “savoring” them, as opposed to “reading” them. I’m really enjoying the world Wells has created, and I love Murderbot itself. This afternoon, I plan to begin reading the fourth book of the series, Exit Strategy, and I’m really looking forward to the release of the fifth book later this year.

Since I didn’t actually meet (or even attempt to meet) my original reading goal for this week, I’m going to make it my goal for next week as well. It’s actually a very achievable goal. I just need to limit the amount of fanfiction I choose to read next week…

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