A May TBR of sorts (What am I getting myself into?)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my May TBR…sort of. Okay, this is more me announcing the read-a-thons I want to take part in this month, as well as some of the books I want to read to complete the challenges. Whether I actually accomplish progressing in any of these read-a-thons is to be determined…although right now I am determined. If I am somewhat successful, I will do a wrap-up/update post on how I did in each read-a-thon.

I have three read-a-thons that I want to participate in this month (yes, you read that right, three).

The first read-a-thon I am participating in is the month-long May the Force Read With You which is being hosted by YouTubers Breakeven Books, Noelle7pages, Coffee over Apples, and Max Books. Here is Breakeven Books announcement video if you are interested in finding out more about the read-a-thon.

So I can either start as the Light Side and the Dark Side, but I have to complete the prompts on the one side before moving to the next side. There are also prompts under the Neutral side that can be used in place of one of the prompts for either side. I am hoping to complete both the Light side and the Dark side, but I am going to start with the Light side first. Each book you complete also means you move up in rank, so for the Light side I will moving from Jedi Youngling, to hopefully Master of the Order if I complete all five prompts. Here is my tentative TBR for the read-a-thon to complete the prompts:

Jedi Council – Sequel or a book in a series. Even though I’m already a couple hours into it, I will continue to listen to Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett. It is book 12 in the Booktown Mystery series.

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Force Spirit – a book with paranormal elements. I don’t really have any books I can use to complete this challenge, so I will be using one of the prompts from the Neutral side instead.

Force Sensitive – A book where a main character has a special ability. I have a couple of options for this one including One Piece Vol. 26, Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 7, or The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

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Healing – Read a book from your favorite genre. This is a tough one because I don’t really have a favorite genre, but right now I have been obsessed with cozy mysteries, so I might read one of those. Some options include Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass, On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle, The English Breakfast Murder by Laura Childs, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke, Dial M for Murder by Miranda James, or A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett.

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Knowledge – Read one of the oldest books on your TBR/Shelf. Another tricky one, only because I have quite a few books that are the oldest on my TBR and shelf. Several options include Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill and The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen, or Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern.

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Cleansed – A book with a white cover. I will be using Prairie by Chautona Havig to complete this prompt.

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If I complete all five of the Light Side prompts, I will then move to the Dark Side, here are the prompts and the books I plan on using to complete them.

Rule of Two – Read a book from a duology. If I don’t use Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller for the Knowledge prompt, I will use it to complete this challenge.

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Lightning – A book under 350 pages. I will probably read any of the cozy mysteries I mentioned above, or The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport, or Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

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Force Vision Manipulation – A book with political intrigue or royalty. I can’t think of a good fit for this prompt, so I am going to do another Neutral prompt instead.

Force Vision – A book set in the past or future (sci-fi or historical fiction). I will read Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas which is set in 1936.

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Seduction – A Romance Book. I will use The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

Corrupted – A book with a black cover. This is a little tricky, but I have a couple of options: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon, or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (my copy is in a bind-up of all 7 novels, and the cover is black).

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The second read-a-thon I am planning on taking part in takes place from May 16th – May 22nd is the Disney Read-a-long hosted by Tiny Book Dragon. Here is the announcement video for that read-a-thon:

Since this is taking place in the middle of May, I will be using books I am reading for the May the Force Read with You read-a-thon to complete most of these challenges. Here are the prompts and my tentative TBR for the Disney Read-a-long:

Queen of Hearts – a book with a heart on the cover or in the title. To complete the prompt I will be reading The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren which has a pixelated heart on the cover.

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The Robinsons – a book about family. I will use The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis to complete this prompt, or Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Raya and the Last Dragon – I will either read Go the Distance by Jen Calonita, The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser, or Under the Magnolia by T. I. Lowe.

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The Enchantress – A book you bought because of the cover, or avoided because of the cover. This is a difficult one, because I don’t really read a whole lot of books based on their covers. However, if I were to pick one it would be Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery which I got the specific box set because of the covers.

Read a book set in the same country/city as your favorite Disney movie. This was a little harder since I have several favorites. However, I decided to go with Tarzan since it’s set in Africa and I want to pick up The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith which is set in Botswana. This might be a little bit a stretch, but I’m going with it.

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The last read-a-thon I am taking part in is the Do The Thing a Thon hosted by Ashley from A Frolic Through Fiction. It will be running from May 24th-May 30th. And the main objective is to just work on your reading goals for the year, especially those that have been neglected. Here is the announcement video:

Since this read-a-thon is subjective, I decided to refer to my 2021 Plans and Bookish Goals post for inspiration. One of the first goals that caught my eye was to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which has been on my TBR for a while, and I’ve never read it, hence the reason it was one of my goals for the year. So I am going to pick it up for the read-a-thon.

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Next, another one of my goals was to complete 5 series. So far I have only completed 2 this year. There are several options for this goal, however, the one series I could easily complete during this read-a-thon is the Harry Potter series since I only have one book left. I am going to attempt to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

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The last goal that I want to work on during this read-a-thon is to complete my reading experiments – the ones that I’ve posted about, and ones that I am working on and keeping secret for now. Some options for this goal include: Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas, Rainwater by Sandra Brown, The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and/or The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. This is only a small sample of what I could read, there are others too!

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Well, these are my super ambitious reading plans for this month. Whether or not I can make a lot of progress remains to be seen. I think I can easily read at least 10 books, but other than that I don’t know. If all goes well, as in I get through at least half of these books, I will post an update at the end of the month.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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