For the last two months I have been hard at work at organizing my reading with interesting reading challenges. This May it was a time for May The Force Read With You again. I participated back in 2021. and you can check how it went HERE.
My TBR and preparation post for this years challenge can be found HERE.
As always, I encourage you to check out the reading challenge creator at Breakeven Books HERE and give him some much deserved love.
This year the concept of the challenge was more about creating a character and choosing your adventure than just reading books that fit an imagined prompt that goes well with Star Wars theme.
One notable difference from my TBR in 2021. and in 2023. is the sheer number of books I choose to read for the challenge. Where in 2021. I had read five books, this year I went above and beyond and read an amazing twelve books. This reading challenge helped me to get back on a higher number of books read in general and it was fun and exciting to read trough some books I had on my shelf for quite some time.
Before I go into my character and my options I would like to take a quick look at some stats:
For this reading challenge I have read a total of 12 books!
12 books I’ve read had a total of 3229 pages.
From 12 books 7 were a paper copy from my own shelf, 3 were paper copies from the library and 2 were digital editions.
Here are the book prompts that helped me create my character:
Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga #6) by Lois MacMaster Bujold ★★★★
1 & 2 – Drain Knowledge: Read a book over 600 pages. Counts as 2 ability prompts. (Dark Side)
Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire #1) by Jay Kristoff ★★★★★
3 – Telekinesis: If Jedi, do a dark side ability prompt; if Sith, do a light side ability prompt. (Neutral)
Light Side Plant Surge: Read a book with nature on the cover
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Mellisa Bashardoust ★★★★
4 – Doppelganger: Do a re-read. (Neutral)
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★
5 – Memory Walk: Read a book that came out 15+ years ago. (Dark Side)
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan saga #7) by Lois MacMaster Bujold ★★★★
Lightsaber – Look at a color wheel. Read a book with the opposite of your favorite color
The Siege of Cadanla (Elfes#9) by Éric Corbeyran, Gwendal Lemercier (Artist), Diogo Saito (Cover Art), Christina Cox-De Ravel (Translator), DigiKore Studios (Colorist) ★★★★★
Blaster – Read a book in a different spot every time you pick it up to read it.
Anaïs Nin – Sur la mer des mensonges by Léonie Bischoff ★★★★
Space Ship – Read a book that has a vehicle on the cover.
Brothers in Arms (Miles Vorkosigan Saga #8) by Lois MacMaster Bujold ★★★★★
Bounty Hunters – Read a book that’s recently caught your attention.
King of Libertines (Sea of Ruin #0.5) by Pam Godwin ★★
Droids – Read a book with no people on the cover.
Ar-Men. L’Enfer des enfers by Emmanuel Lepage ★★★★★
First Order – Read a book with a prologue
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhause #13) by Charlaine Harris ★★★
Galactic Empire – Read a book with over 3 people on the cover.
Les Vieux Fourneaux (#1-4) by Wilfrid Lupano and Paul Cauuet ★★★★★
This is what my character sheet looks like:
Again, I have not been active in any reading sprints or activities. I made a few posts on the Discord channel of the group and asked a few questions. That was the height of my interaction. Since the first book I read was the longest – Empire of the Vampire with over 700 pages, It took me more than the whole first week to read it and only then did I realize that this time there were no tracking and writing in what we had read. Usually there is a Google form to fill in and afterwards creators get a bunch of reading data to display and summarize in case of group contests and in order to track how many books people read during a challenge in general.
I’ve read a great number of books I’ve enjoyed for this reading challenge and I am happy to have participated!