Good morning, everyone! Happy July 4th to those of you celebrating Independence Day in the United States! I hope that you are having a fun, safe holiday weekend.

Because I know that this is a time when many people normally plan to gather for cookouts, parties, and fireworks displays, I really want to encourage everyone to be diligent about following social distancing protocols this weekend. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently, and be sure to wear a mask around other people. The U.S. recently saw a significant spike in Covid-19 cases that has been attributed to gatherings that took place on Memorial Day weekend. Let’s try to avoid another big spike in two weeks time by being cautious now.

A couple of weeks ago, I set a goal of making it to 90% POPSUGAR Reading Challenge completion by the end of June. I was able to complete my goal on Monday afternoon, which means I have officially finished 45 Reading Challenge prompts (out of 50).

A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader…

The only Reading Challenge title I finished this week was Sword in the Stars, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. Because Sword in the Stars is the sequel to Once & Future, and picks up where the previous book left off, there is not very much that I can say about the plot without giving considerable spoilers for Once & Future.

I can tell you that Sword in the Stars is an excellent continuation (and conclusion) of the story that the authors began in the previous book. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to read the rest of Ari’s story. The book was fast-paced, and contained a lot of action. I especially liked the fact that Sword in the Stars included time travel, and was very interested in how the authors chose to approach not only the act of time traveling itself, but the ways in which the characters adapted to life on Earth during the Middle Ages.

If you read and enjoyed Once & Future, you’re definitely going to want to check out Sword in the Stars!

Now that I have only five books remaining between me and completion of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (one of which is supposed to be read during Banned Books Week in September), my goal is to complete four more Reading Challenge prompts between now and the end of July. While this may not seem like a very difficult challenge, especially since I just read four books in less than 10 days, I’ve intentionally saved some of my longest Reading Challenge titles for last. I will be sure to keep you updated about my progress in my Saturday morning updates, but if you’d like to check on my progress more frequently, you can always find me on Twitter @UnapologBkworm.

I hope you’ll come back to The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for book reviews and brand new content.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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