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Tome Topple is Coming!

Weirdly, I’m actually not that excited about this round ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Usually, I’m screaming (often literally) about it, but the closer this round gets, the more “meh” I feel about it.

I think it’s because I’m a mood reader, and what I’m in the mood to read right now are a few sci-fi books on my shelves that are definitely not tomes. (I do own a couple of sci-fi books that count, but I’m not in the mood for them. I might still try one, but I’m not excited about that idea.)

I might be able to get away with fantasy instead, because I can almost always read fantasy, but we’ll see if my brain is cooperative and allows that ๐Ÿ˜›

But, I’m still going to try to participate, because there is one thing I want to re-read that totally counts, and I might be in the mood for other things by the time this round starts/finishes.


If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, it’s a readathon created by Sam over at Thoughts On Tomes on YouTube.

The point of the readathon is to tackle large (500+ page) books, but something like an omnibus or short story collection doesn’t count, unless the individual works are all 500+ pages. Graphic novels do count, though.

This round of Tome Topple begins on November 9th at 12:00 AM and runs until November 22nd at 11:59 PM (your timezone for start/end times).

  • If you have a Twitter, there’s a Tome Topple twitter account you can follow for sprints and stuff like that.
  • There’s also a Goodreads group, which could be handy for finding tomes or buddy reads.
  • If you use Instagram or Twitter, you can (probably) also find other readers, tome suggestions, etc. by using the hashtag #TomeTopple.
  • Oh, and there will be Instagram challenges happening, so check out Sam’s IG if you’re interested in that.

My (Possible) TBR Options

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

I might take this opportunity to re-read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (and, if I’m feeling it, I might re-read Shadow of Night and then finally read The Book of Life). This one is about 580 pages, but the first time I read it, I finished it in like 4 days. I’m not sure if I’ll have a similar experience the second time around, but I’m hopeful.

Under the Dome

I might try picking up Under the Dome by Stephen King. I’ve only read his non-fiction and 2-3 of his horror novels, and I’m not a fan of his horror :/ I know, it’s like sacrilege to say that when you’re a horror lover, but I just don’t like it. So, I’m want to try something else, like his fantasy and sci-fi stuff (and yes, I know at least some of that veers into horror territory, too), but I’m not going to force myself to finish it if I’m not feeling it after about 100 pages. My copy is around 1,100 pages, yikes. (I’m really hoping my hold on the audiobook comes through in the next week.)

From Hell

I’ve saved Alan Moore’s From Hell for like a year so I could read it during Tome Topple haha. I almost read it last month, but I held out because I was hoping there would be a Tome Topple round, and here we are. I don’t know if I’ll actually read it this time or not, but there’s at least a 45% chance I will ๐Ÿ˜› This graphic novel is around 575 pages.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

I really (really) need to have read The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang like four months ago :/ I had an ARC of this, but my depression got in the way of reading it, but now I feel like I should just buy it, so… I need to read it, I want to read it, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling it right now. It is, however, 560 pages, so perfect for Tome Topple.

The Book Thief

I still haven’t read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak :/ I know, I know. It’s like, illegal or something, to be a book blogger and have not read that book, but the hype got in the way for me. I’m sure it is really good, but I couldn’t force myself to read it for years. But, if I find myself in the mood for historical fiction, I might pick it up. It’s about 550 pages.


There are also some prompts, if you want to challenge yourself a bit, or if you need help trying to decide what to read, etc.

Prompts:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Read a tome in a genre you donโ€™t usually read
  5. Read an adult novel (aka not childrens, middlegrade, or YA)

The Book Thief hasn’t been on my TBR the absolute longest, but it’s been on there a very long time. I’d say we’re approaching 10 years, which means only a small handful of classics/modern classics over 500 pages have been on my TBR longer, so I would totally count this one for prompt number 2.

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in a series, and The Dragon Republic is the second in a series, so there’s prompt number 3.

I could count From Hell or The Book Thief for prompt number 4 because I don’t read graphic novels often, and I don’t read historical fiction often.

Three of my choices are adult novels, so I can get prompt number 5 if I actually read one of those.


I absolutely do not expect to read more than one book for Tome Topple, but who knows. Last year in November, I read my entire Tome Topple TBR, so anything could happen.


Are you participating in Tome Topple?

If so, what’s on your TBR?

Do you have any recommendations for 500+ page books?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Spooky Books On My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created byย The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted byย That Artsy Reader Girl.ย Every week, thereโ€™s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topicsย here.

This week, TTT is a Halloween Freebie, and I feel like I’ve almost used every topic possible this month for other posts ๐Ÿ˜› True, I could do my favorite villains or creatures or something, but right now I’m feeling much more excited about my TBR, so that’s what I’m talking about.

Just a quick disclaimer, of sorts: I haven’t read these yet, so I really don’t know if they will turn out to be spooky or not. (I also tend to not read many reviews of books unless I’m on the fence after reading the synopsis.) I’m basing my assumption that these will be spooky reads pretty much exclusively on the synopsis, but also a little on Goodreads genre shelves (which are woefully unreliable too often, I know), what I’ve heard about them and remember (mostly for backlist titles), and the cover.


1. Craven Manor by Darcy Coates

Craven Manor

I love the cover of this one โค So creepy! It gives me Gothic ghost story vibes, but I actually don’t really remember the synopsis except that a guy is desperate for work and takes a job as a groundskeeper, but things aren’t what they seem and then weird stuff happens.

2. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

The Family Plot

I think this was actually on my R.I.P. XIV/Something Wicked Fall TBR, but I don’t think I’ll be getting to it before the end of this month :/ I also don’t remember the plot (hehe) of this one very well, but I do remember something about an estate and some spooky Gothic vibes.

3. Alice by Christina Henry

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

Really, I could have chosen anything by Christina Henry, because I still haven’t read any of her books :/ But I went with this one because I think it’s been on my TBR the longest. It’s inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but that’s literally all I remember about the synopsis.

4. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)

I love Mira Grant’s (AKA Seanan McGuire) writing, and I really loved the Newsflesh trilogy, so I’m excited to read another of her horror novels. Really, I was sold after hearing “killer mermaids,” even if I didn’t already like the author.

5. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2

I really enjoyed both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and this one has been on my TBR for ages. I think I’ve been intimidated by the length (it’s about 700 pages), but maybe I’ll put it on my Tome Topple TBR…

6. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

The Tenth Girl

This one made my TBR early this year when I first heard about it, but since its release I’ve been seeing a lot of great and terrible reviews, so it seems to be pretty polarizing. I usually end up loving books like that, but we’ll see.

7. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Winterwood

Shea Ernshaw plus creepy woods? Heck yeah! I’m really looking forward to this one.

8. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Dead Girls Club

The plot of this one reminds me of the movie Mercy Black, but I have a feeling I’m going to like this book more (although I did like that movie).

9. Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Melmoth

All I know about this one is that it’s by the author of The Essex Serpent (which I really liked) and it has at least some Gothic elements. I’m sold.

10. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Bone Houses

This one has been on my radar all year, and I own it, and it was on my TBR for…something.I really thought I was going to get to it this month, but I’m doubting that now. Maybe next month.


I don’t read horror and other spooky books only in October, but I do tend to save quite a few different kinds for this time of year, so I have options because I’m definitely a mood reader. But, I also like trying to read things that are spookier in the autumn, whether it’s a Gothic story, fantasy with some creepy elements, or some variety of horror. The chillier days with wind and rain just add an extra layer of fun to reading something a bit unsettling โค


Are there any spooky books on your TBR that you’re really looking forward to reading ASAP?

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Third Quarter Book Haul

I’ve been trying to get this post ready since the end of September, and I finally gave up on getting nicer looking pictures :/ Oh well, an effort was made, so let’s just get to the talking about the books, shall we?


July through September was a pretty typical haul size for me. I feel like my first two this year were pretty large, partly because I ordered from Book Outlet for the first and second time ever, but I’m feeling too lazy to double check that.

I got five physical books, two of which are from OwlCrate (July and September, the beginning and end of this quarter…I just realized that ๐Ÿ˜› ). Click through to the second picture below to see the covers for those!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir was my third preorder this year, and it is stunning omg โค I really want to read this one soon, but I think I’m saving it for next month. Maybe. We’ll see if I can wait that long haha.

Aurora Rising is the latest from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and I’m not actually super desperate to read this one ASAP. That’s not because I’m not excited about this book, I’m just not feeling YA sci-fi at the moment, but I figure I’ll read it in November or December.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones was the September OwlCrate book, and I am absolutely obsessed with their exclusive cover, holy shit โค I loved, loved, loved the original, but I honestly like this version more.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim had such a stunning cover to begin with that I’m really glad OwlCrate just decided to change the font color. This cover is just pure perfection โค

Finally, I picked up Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch after having it on my wishlist for several years. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Donoghue before, but this collection of stories was recommended by a few people, so I’m really excited to read more of it. (I’ve read one story so far.)


I also bought two ebooks:

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

I picked up Red Sister by Mark Lawrence because I found the Kindle edition on sale, and this book has been on my TBR for a while now.

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

And, because it was also on sale, and I already own the first two (but haven’t read them, because I’m an idiot), I got The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.


I’m pretty excited about all of these, and I feel like most are going to be great autumn and winter reads.

Have you read any of these?

What did you think of it/them?

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Spookathon Sign Up and TBR

Do I need to sign up for another readathon? No.

Am I doing it anyway? Oh yeah.

I’ve been aware of Spookathon for a couple of years, I think, but I feel like I always found out when it was happening after it started. This year, I found out the dates early enough to actually decide to participate, yay!

Spookathon is hosted by BooksandLala on YouTube, and it’s running from October 14th through the 20th. The purpose is, as the name implies, to read spooky books. There are five prompts, and (as far as I can tell) this is a pretty laid back readathon, and all the challenges are open to interpretation.


The Challenges and What I’m Reading

Read a thriller

The Woman in the Window

I don’t read a lot of thrillers because I haven’t liked very many that I have read, but I think I’ll be reading The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (if my hold from the library comes through on time).

Read a book with red on the cover

The Loney

I just realized that none of the books on my ~official~ TBR for autumn or R.I.P. XIV/Something Wicked Fall have red on the cover :/ But, I did just check out the audiobook of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, which has tiny bits of red, so I’ll save it until the 14th. Probably. If not, I’ll find something else.

Read a book with a spooky word in the title

Undead Girl Gang

I was going to pick up Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson this week, but I think I’ll be saving it for this prompt. “Undead” seems sufficiently spooky.

Read a book with a spooky setting

The Haunting of Hill House

I’m probably going to re-read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson for this one. Hill House is pretty spooky, right? (I honestly can’t remember omg. I just read this like…oh…7 years ago. No wonder the details are fuzzy in my mind now ๐Ÿ˜› )

Read something you wouldn’t normally read

This one is the hardest for me, because I read kinda broadly, I think. I can’t even pop in a short story, audiobook, ebook, graphic novel, etc. because I read those regularly. Things I don’t reach for often (like thrillers) are things I rarely actually enjoy, so that’s less like a challenge and more like “read this thing you hate.”

The Night Gardener

I think I might try a middle grade story and read (well, listen to, probably) The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. I don’t dislike MG, but it is a category I don’t reach for very often.


And that’s that.

I came up with the first four books for these challenges in like a minute or two, but I spent actual hours searching my shelves, OverDrive, Goodreads, and book lists on various websites trying to come up with something for that last one, yikes.

This might be a little ambitious for one week, especially since I’m still not reading a ton (stupid summer slump has been hard to shake), but I’m pretty hopeful because I think I can get (or already have) the audiobooks for all of these from OverDrive.


Are you participating in Spookathon?

Let me know what’s on your TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

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October TBR

I kept going back and forth about whether or not I was going to do a TBR post this month, but I finally decided to just do it. I might not stick to this at all, but I’m hoping to get through at least most of these this month.

Most of these books were chosen for R.I.P. XIV and Something Wicked Fall, but the first one was just because my hold came through after months of waiting. They’re not in any particular order, as usual, and I have deviated a little from my original TBR for R.I.P. and SWF. The ones I left off this TBR are still books I might read, but we’ll see how things go.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid because I finally got the audiobook from the library. I own the Kindle edition, but (as I think I’ve said before) I like to also check out the audiobook when I can, so I can keep going with a book while doing something else.

The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey has been on my TBR for ages, and I finally got the audiobook from OverDrive. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but most people seemed to like it, so I’m hoping I will, too.

The Woman in the Window

I haven’t gotten A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window yet, but my turn should be coming up around the middle of the month, finally. This one, I don’t know how I feel about :/ I’m not excited, but I am curious to see if I like it. As of right now, this one is the most likely to get bumped if I’m not feeling it or I’m running out of time to read books I’m looking forward to more.

The Woman in White

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a book I can not believe I still haven’t read. My library’s OverDrive amazingly, finally, got the audiobook and my hold just came through, yay! This is kind of a longer one, and the wait list isn’t super long, so this one might get pushed to like…December…if I need to bump something else.

The Things She's Seen

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina landed on my radar while I was looking for books to fulfill prompts for a reading challenge (Book Riot’s Read Harder or PopSugar’s, I can’t remember which one I picked this for), and I think it might also work for R.I.P. XIV, so the timing was perfect.

This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted by John Boyne has been on my Kindle for like three years now, and I still haven’t read it. I checked out the audiobook, and hopefully that will motivate me to actually finally read it.

The Haunting of Hill House

I think I’m going to re-read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, because we got a copy in the September OwlCrate. I didn’t love this one the first time around, so I’m curious to see if my thoughts have changed. (I also have a hold placed on the audiobook because I can not be stopped.)

The Halloween Tree

I’m finally (hopefully) going to read Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree! I’m saving this one for either Halloween day or maybe a day or so before. Probably. (And yes, I also placed a hold for the audiobook. This really is a problem.)

Undead Girl Gang

I might get to Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, but this one is lower priority and I won’t be mad if I have to bump it a month or something.

The Bone Houses

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones has been on my TBR all year and I really, really, really hope I get to it this month. I might actually bump something else off the list if necessary, because I really want to read this one ASAP.

The Supernatural Enhancements

Finally, The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero, because I started it in September and haven’t read a single page this month :/ I picked this up from a bargain section in a bookstore a couple of years ago because the title and cover caught my eye, but I am really struggling to get through it.


That is (kind of) a lot of books. But most of them are either just the audiobook, or books I plan to read and listen to, so I should be able to get through them all, if I can motivate myself to actually read.

There are a couple of books that are on my mental “maaaaaybe this month” list, but I left them off because I think I can wait to read them. Some are new releases, some are upcoming releases, and one or two are just books I’ve been on the fence about borrowing from the library/OverDrive, and we’ll find out which way it goes in my wrap up haha.

There’s one book that was on my autumn TBR, I think, that didn’t make this list because I’ve decided not to read it, probably ever. I can separate art from artist, but it’s a lot harder when I learn something about the artist before being exposed to their work. I feel like it always changes my perception of the thing, for better or worse. In this case, what I learned left me feeling angry and uncomfortable, and I don’t think I’ll be able to shake that to read a (very long) book by them. Maybe some day, but not while all of this is so fresh in my mind :/


What’s on your October TBR?

Have you read any from my list?

Which one(s) do you think I should prioritize?