Good day one, good day all, and welcome back. Can you believe it has already been two weeks since Tome Topple finished? No, me neither. I can’t believe that it’s flown by so quickly, but what a fortnight eh? I read quite a bit, I burned the heck out of some candles, and I fought the heat nobly to lift and carry such heavy chunks of a book, so I’m pretty please with how my readathon went, how did you do?
Tome Topple is a two week readathon created by Sam aka Thoughts on Tomes and this time the readathon is taking place from midnight in your timezone on 29th June until 11:59pm on 12th July. The aim of this readathon is to read big books, aka books over 500 pages aka “tomes”, so unlike many readathon, it’s about the number of pages in a book rather than the quantity of books you manage to finish over the fortnight. Want more information? You can watch Sam’s announcement video or check out the readathon Twitter page and/or the Goodreads group.
The guys set some really great challenges, let’s see how I did:
- Read more than 1 tome – Erm, yes well I didn’t completely do this challenge. I completed Children of Blood and Bone and I started to read The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle (62 pages) and The Count of Monte Cristo (223 pages) so I gave it a good go but I have had too much on, too much work, and not enough time to sit down and really read many tomes.
- Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages) – I said this last time and I will say it again: I don’t know of any graphic novels over 500 pages never mind own one. I see buying one for the sake of completing a challenge both pointless and counter-intuitive, because I’m trying to read tomes on my existing TBR, so I won’t be doing this one. Sorry, not sorry. – Surprise surprise, I didn’t do this one.
- Read a tome that is part of a series – I am pretty sure that Tomi Adeyemi has every intention of making this into a series, so I guess that counts even though it’s the first and only instalment currently released.
- Buddy read a tome – My friend and housemate Emma is taking part in tome topple as well. Neither of us have plans to finish The Count of Monte Cristo during the readathon itself because the Full Monte Read-Along goes on into August, but we both read a fair chunk of this tome during this readathon. I also buddy read Children of Blood and Bone with what felt like half the participants, and managed to find people on Twitter and Insta that were also reading The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle so everything I read I was pretty much buddy reading, which is nice.
- Read an adult novel – OK, so I only finished Children of Blood and Bone so I didn’t finish this challenge but I did make progresss on two adult books and feel like I did enjoy what I was reading so I am counting that as a decent effort.
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: I was pretty clear from the outset that I wasn’t going to finish this book, but I did get my teeth well and truly stuck in and managed to read 223 pages. I am really enjoying it and pleased that I get to share this reading journey with everyone else doing The Full Monte Read-Along. I posted all about my first week’s reading here.
- The Seven Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton: I have started this book, but only after completing Children of Blood and Bone so I’ve only managed to finish 62 pages. It counts for an OWLs readathon resit challenge too so I will definitely be finishing it before the month is out. I haven’t read enough to know what I really think yet, but I am pretty sure that I am going to like it.
- Children of Blood and Bone Toni Adeyemi: I finally found myself in the mood for this book, and I was not disappointed. Yes, it took a little bit longer to get into it that I expected, but it’s not a short book and there is a lot of world to build and history to establish, and I think it was pretty good. I’m’a review it soon hopefully.
- Crisis Frank Gardner: I didn’t even look at this book after taking a TBR picture. I really wasn’t in the mood for this kind of thriller and didn’t have any interest in reading it over the other books on my TBR so I left it on my shelf.
I didn’t get super involved with the instagram challenges like I planned to, but I took a few pictures which are featured on my Instagram, and below:
Sooo, overall, I didn’t do brilliantly on paper, but I am pretty pleased with my readathon progress. I was worried (especially in the heat) about reading books that aren’t light (physically and figuratively). They all feature fairly heavy/classical/intense storylines that require you to pay attention which is always more difficult when you’re tired and hot. They’re all thick, which makes carrying them around and holding them exhausting. But I read an enjoyed over 800 pages of some varied literature, and have loved getting involved with the other guys taking part on social media. It’s been a blast.
How was your Tome Topple? What did you read?