Saturday, January 17, 2015

Going to a long time ago in a galaxy far way with the 2015 Star Wars Reading Challenge

My four readers know that I am a Star Wars fan. If you must know, I am more of a fan of the original material than the hideous prequels (boy, were those painful to watch!). Thus when I found someone was doing a Star Wars reading challenge, I knew I had to add it in no matter how many other challenges I had running. This may be, however, the one challenge I have a hard time to complete. As much as I like Star Wars, I have read enough of its fiction to know that a lot of it is just not very good. Finding books for this challenge may not be easy, but I am trying anyways. Odds are good I may find more graphic novels than fiction works. The ones I have read have been from OK to very good. Let us hope The Force is with me on this one. So, without further ado:

The basics of the challenge seem pretty easy. Click on the link above for full details and to join in if you feel moved to do so.

  • "Challenge will run from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 and you can sign up at any time."
  • "All book formats count: ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels and all books can be used for other challenges."

Since I am not too optimistic about what I may find in terms of books I want to read for this challenge, I am starting low. Not too low though. I am basing myself on the fact I read 5 Star Wars books in 2014. So, I am committing to the following level, with the option to upgrade as I go:

Jedi Padawan (6-10 books)

Let's see if we can beat last year's number by at least one. As I usually do with other challenges, I will be adding books to the list as I find and read them. I will add the links to the reviews as I post them on the blog.

May The Force Be With You.

List of books read for this challenge:

  1. Ian Doescher, William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
  2. James Luceno, Star Wars: Tarkin
  3. W. Haden Blackman, Darth Vader and the Lost Command.
  4. Paul S. Kemp, Star Wars: Lords of the Sith
  5. Jeremy Barlow,, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: The Colossus of Destiny.
  6. Mike W. Barr,, Star Wars, The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap

Update note (11/12/15): I completed this challenge with 6 books. It is on the low end, but it does complete the challenge I started out with. I am not a heavy Star Wars reader, but I will read a book here or there when it sounds interesting.  I thought this challenge would be a bit easier to do, but it turns out there just are not that many Star Wars books out there I find interesting enough over time. In addition, for some reason, the blog hosting this challenge went "private" after it was posted, so I have no idea how the challenge progressed for others so on. Still, since I had already committed to it, I carried on and completed it. If I see a similar challenge to this one from a more reputable place, I may try it out again, but otherwise I will just pick and choose what I am interested in for Star Wars books and read at my own pace.

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