Weirdly, I’m actually not that excited about this round 😦 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 😛
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
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.
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.)
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 😛 This graphic novel is around 575 pages.
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.
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.
- Read more than 1 tome
- Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest
- Read a tome that is part of a series
- Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read
- 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.