Hi everyone! In case you didn’t already know, I will be participating in the Tome Topple Readathon – created by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes – for the next two weeks. You can click here to check out my TBR for this readathon if you’re interested. Basically, I will be reading a lot of very long books that I’ve been putting off for a while. As with my last readathon, I will be updating this post sporadically with how I’m doing with my reading, my thoughts on the book I’m currently reading, and any other relevant tidbits. I prefer creating a sort of mini blog like this over doing new posts all the time, because then everything stays nice and neat in one place, and it’s easy to read. Since this readathon is a long one, I have pinned this post to the top of my blog homepage for easy access (that space will go back to showing my book reviews once the readathon is over).
Let me know if you are doing the readathon as well, and what books you’re planning on “toppling”. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back for updates!
Pages Read: 2,154
The Girls – 368 pages (finished)
The Name of the Wind – 662 pages (finished)
Persepolis – 341 pages (finished)
If You Dare – 384 pages (finished)
A Game of Thrones – 268 pages
Walden – 131 pages
Day 1 – June 5
12:00 pm: So, I just woke up. I don’t feel great, but I managed to read the first chapter of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s interesting, but not the most exciting start to a novel. Not that it really matters, because I have to take a break to finish my homework anyway. And then I’ll probably watch Game of Thrones. I’ll be surprised if I get much reading done today.
1:30 pm: Finished another chapter of The Name of the Wind during my lunch break. I feel like nothing has happened quite yet (though something is most definitely going to happen), but I do really love Rothfuss’s writing. It’s less formal than I’m used to in high fantasy, and I think it’s going to make for a fun read. P.S. I really don’t feel like doing my homework right now.
6:10 pm: I haven’t read anything new in the last few hours, but I did finish my homework! And I took a break to help my dad paint my parents’ dining room. I am exhausted. I might try and read some more tonight, and then just watch Game of Thrones tomorrow at work (I’m a nanny, and I get a lot done when the baby is napping, so fingers crossed he’s tired tomorrow). Or maybe I’ll watch GoT tonight and read tomorrow. I haven’t decided. Either way, I’m already definitely into The Name of the Wind – kept thinking about it while I was painting, which is a good sign. If I don’t manage to update again today, I hope you’re all enjoying the readathon so far!
11:10 pm: I just read a few more chapters of The Name of the Wind, and I am really enjoying it so far! The only reason I’m stopping is because I have to be up in six hours to go to work tomorrow, and I know the longer I keep reading the harder it’ll be to stop. But I’m bringing it with me, so hopefully I’l be able to get a bit of reading done then. Plus, I just found out that I get a full day off this week, which is awesome! Because more reading! My goal is to finish The Name of the Wind by Saturday afternoon at the latest, so I can take a day to read Persepolis and then jump into A Game of Thrones. Speaking of which, I did end up watching GoT tonight, and first of all, OMG. And second, I can’t believe we only get three more episodes this season. I’m going to be really sad. Anyway, I’m going to go to bed, because I’m actually starting to get tired. So, goodnight! P.S. I just realized how long this post is going to be – it’ll be a beast by the time I’m done.
Day 2 – June 6
12:35 pm: I managed to read a few more chapters of The Name of the Wind this morning. And I just put the baby I’m watching down for a nap, so I’m hoping to get a bit more reading done (I’m hoping for two solid hours). My goal for today is to hit the 200-page mark. Definitely doable, especially since I’ve heard the book picks up after the first hundred pages or so. Side note: my copy of Persepolis is supposed to be in the mail today, so I can take some breaks during reading to get that one done! I also just got an ARC of The Girls by Emma Cline, which comes out on the 14th, so I’m going to attempt to marathon it during this readathon so I can get a review up before then.
8:45 pm: I didn’t get as much reading done today as I’d hoped; as of right now, I’m on page 106. I might try reading on my iPad because I have a copy of the ebook, and sometimes I read faster that way. But I am really enjoying the book so far! It’s been a while since I’ve read a high fantasy novel, and I’m glad this was my pick. Still, I need to read faster if I’m going to finish The Name of the Wind, Persepolis, AND A Game of Thrones in two weeks. P.S. If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I kind of started The Name of the Wind last weekend, so I just wanted to mention that I only read ten pages, and wasn’t really paying attention, so I ended up restarting it yesterday. Just a clarification in case anyone cares.
11:45 pm: So I made it about a third of the way through The Name of the Wind, and I am totally in love with this book! I want to keep reading, but I’m also exhausted. I might try and get a few more chapters in before I sleep. Reading on my iPad was a great idea, because the scrolling feature makes reading so much quicker. Though I’m at the point where I’m so immersed in the book, I have to keep reminding myself to slow down and actually read the words. I’m hoping to finish it in the next day or two, since I have a couple days off work. I don’t think it’s going to be hard, because I can’t put it down.
Day 3 – June 7
10:05 am: Things I have to do today: vote, buy groceries, write a post for tomorrow, do some homework, and read. But there’s a new Sims expansion pack out, so we’ll see how much I actually get done.
3:35 pm: It took me forever to run my errands today, and I’m feeling really lazy. I’m just about to start reading, and hopefully I’ll get back into it, because I do not feel like reading today.
6:53 pm: I managed to read another fifty pages this afternoon. Not ideal, but I’m having a slow reading day. I’m going to watch some Netflix for a bit and try to get some homework done. But I’ve had a lot of caffeine today, so I will probably be up late reading. My schedule this week worked out so well for this readathon. It was like magic! I’m only working two days (I usually work three days and tutor the other two afternoons), and I didn’t even have to ask for time off! By the way, The Name of the Wind is magnificent. I’m not even halfway through, and it’s already a five-star book. So. Good.
Day 4 – June 8
1:25 am: Yesterday was just one of those days where I didn’t feel like doing anything at all (hence the lack of a blog post today), and I didn’t want to force myself to read, since I’m really enjoying my book, and that tends to make me enjoy it less. But I have been reading for the last hour, and managed to just hit the halfway point in my novel, so I’m still doing pretty well in terms of the readathon. My goal right now is to finish The Name of the Wind on or before Thursday, because I have an ARC to read this weekend, and would ideally like to finish Persepolis by Sunday so I have a whole week to read A Game of Thrones. Though, to be honest, I’m contemplating picking up a copy of The Wise Man’s Fear to read instead because I’m enjoying The Name of the Wind so much.
5:25 pm: I haven’t been that great about reading today, but I have gotten a decent amount done. I only have about 200 pages left of The Name of the Wind, and, so far, I absolutely love it! It’s already a favorite. I’m also trying to read Emma Cline’s The Girls so I can have a review up for you before it’s release on Tuesday. I decided to count it towards the readathon, because, after all, it is pages read. And even though it’s not over 500 pages, it’s still a chunky book at 368 pages. And if I add that in to my planned reads for this readathon, the total is just over 2,200 pages. In two weeks. Which is kind of terrifying. How are you all doing with the readathon? What book(s) are you reading?
6:05 pm: I managed to finish The Girls, which brings my page count up to almost 800! I feel like I’m back in the game, and am looking forward to spending a bit more time with The Name of the Wind. If I don’t decide to read The Wise Man’s Fear next week as part of the readathon, I will definitely be reading it soon! This is already one of my favorite trilogies, and I haven’t even finished the first book. (P.S. My review for The Girls will be up tomorrow. Spoiler: I didn’t love it.)
7:45 pm: Lots of updates today! I am flying through The Name of the Wind. It is so flipping good. Can I just give it a five-star rating right now? Because short of the remaining pages being completely blank, I can’t imagine anything would make me want to rate it lower. Expect a review next week, because I can’t contain my thoughts. Thanks to Izzi for convincing me to read it immediately.
Day 5 – June 9
12:55 pm: Still chugging along in The Name of the Wind. I’ve got less than 150 pages to go, and I am definitely planning on finishing it today! I will probably be reading Persepolis next, because I still can’t decide if I want to reread A Game of Thrones as planned, or go out and pick up a copy of The Wise Man’s Fear. Ugh, decisions!
8:45 pm: I finished The Name of the Wind! It was amazing. That’s all.
Day 6 – June 10
1o:55 pm: I didn’t get much reading done today, but I did start reading Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Hopefully I will finish reading it tomorrow, because I would really like to get started on my next “tome.”
Day 7 – June 11
3:10 pm: I haven’t done any readathon reading today, because homework is currently ruling my life. I have a paper due tomorrow, and a lot of short stories to read today, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I will definitely be continuing with Persepolis later today, though. I just need to finish two short stories – “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Gilded Six-Bits” by Zora Neal Hurston – and then I’ll let myself take a homework break. My paper only needs to be a page or two, so leaving it ’til tomorrow shouldn’t be an issue (I’m a quick writer when it comes to research papers). On the plus side, I have Monday off, which means lots of reading time!
11:30 pm: I have had an epic migraine for most of yesterday and today, so the reading thing hasn’t been going too well. I did manage to read a few pages of Persepolis, but I’m not too happy with what I was able to get done today. Good news, though: my boss texted me today to let me know that I’ll have almost the entire week off (they don’t need me until Friday)! So that means there will be plenty of reading time later. Right now, though, I am going to bed. Because I still have a paper to write tomorrow.
Day 8 – June 12
1:25 pm: Has it really been a week since the readathon started? I need to get some more reading done today! I’m almost done with my homework (have I mentioned I hate this class?) and have been taking breaks with Persepolis. I’m not reading it as quickly as I would like, but I am really enjoying it, and that’s the most important part. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. I think I’m going to take a bit of a break to jump into A Game of Thrones, because it’s starting to scare me a little bit.
6:05 pm: It’s Game of Thrones time, which means I’m taking a break from reading for a bit. Since “The Battle of the Bastards” isn’t happening until next week, I’m expecting a big Arya storyline this week (if you watched last week’s episode, you’ll know what I mean). I did manage to finish my homework early, so I have read a bit more of Persepolis. I absolutely love it so far! I’m hoping to finish it tonight. Because I have less than a week to read A Game of Thrones for this readathon.
10:10 pm: I am so close to being done with Persepolis. This book has already far exceeded my expectations! So glad I finally got around to reading it! I’m going to try and finish it tonight, but if that doesn’t happen, then I will definitely finish it first thing tomorrow morning. Right now, I’m going to take a reading break because my eyes are starting to hurt. P.S. Tonight’s Game of Thrones was EPIC.
11:55 pm: I have less than a hundred pages of Persepolis left, but the teeny tiny text is not easy on the eyes. So I decided to read some of A Game of Thrones tonight, and then finish Persepolis tomorrow when my eyes stop hurting. GoT is a reread, and I forgot how much I loved Martin’s writing. I’m excited to take part on the ASOIAF read-a-long happening this summer (it started this month), so I can finally finish the series! And, in case anyone is wondering, I will be reading The Wise Man’s Fear just as soon as I finish this readathon and all the ARCs I have to read before next month. So, probably in July.
Day 9 – June 13
1:20 pm: I just finished Persepolis! I absolutely loved it! It’s such a great memoir. I really enjoyed the humor and the art and the amazing message. I’ll try to have a full review up later this week. Currently, I am on my third day of migraine hell, so I’m holed up in my dark bedroom with the brightness of my computer screen turned down as low as possible. I’m going to close my eyes for a bit and then continue reading A Game of Thrones.
9:45 pm: I haven’t read as much as I wanted to today, but am getting back into A Game of Thrones, which I have to admit, I was a little worried about (the first time I read it, it took me FOREVER). My goal is to read 200 pages of it per day, so I can finish on time with a bit of room to spare. I can do this! On the plus side, I do own the audiobook, so I can pretty much read constantly if I have to. Going to get some writing/blogging done tonight and hopefully read a bit more before I go to bed.
Day 10 – June 14
1:50 am: I just spent the last hour reading A Game of Thrones. And then I looked at the clock and realized I should probably go to sleep. I’ve reached the point in the readathon where I really want to read a bunch of other books, so, even though I’m really into A Game of Thrones, I have to force myself to not read anything else. P.S. if anyone’s still reading this post, I’ve been posting updates of my reading progress on Snapchat, so you should go check that out. My username is: biblioadvntrs.
11:00 am: My plans for today are pretty much to read all day. I’m making good progress with A Game of Thrones, so I’m hoping to read a couple hundred pages. I should probably also work on my homework, but we’ll see if that actually happens. I honestly wasn’t expecting to remember much from the first time I read the book, two years ago, but, so far, everything is really familiar (maybe because I did write a paper analyzing the language of the first two books, so I spend a lot of time looking at it). I probably could have gotten away with skimming it before moving onto the second book, but that’s okay. I’m enjoying it anyway! Also, I realized that I’ve completed almost all of the challenges for this readathon already! I just need to finish A Game of Thrones and all of them will be done. P.S. This readathon is killing my eyes. Reading glasses are a must at this point. (I might listen to the audiobook for a bit.)
1:00 pm: Oh, man! I forgot how many of these characters I hated in the first book! I almost can’t deal with Joffrey again. And, as much as I kind of love Sansa in season 6, she is so annoying in this book. And Catelyn is kind of a bitch (Lady Stoneheart makes total sense now). Plus, now that I know what happens in the other four books + season 6, I can appreciate GRRM’s foreshadowing skills. I mean, Bran and the three-eyed crow/raven appear together less than 200 pages into the first book. If that isn’t EPIC foreshadowing, I don’t know what is.
3:50 pm: I am officially 25% done with A Game of Thrones! So, (semi-unrelated) epic fail on my part: two weeks ago, I had to pitch three short stories to my professor for my fiction writing class. And the one she approved is heavily inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, which I have not yet read in its entirety. The first draft of my story is due Sunday. Which means I should probably read Walden before then. Because 2,208 pages in two weeks wasn’t enough already. Basically, my eyes might fall out. Because I am too stubborn to quit.
4:38 pm: So reading Walden is going much better than I’d thought. I’ve read significant portions of it in various history classes, so I’m really familiar with Thoreau and his writing. Good news is, the book I’m reading from is over 800 pages, but the Walden portion is only about 300 pages. So it’s not a completely insane amount of reading. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Have I mentioned that I also have three short stories and a textbook chapter to read this week? And still write my short story? THANK GOD I only have one day of work this week.
6:53 pm: I took part in a reading sprint, and have managed to read a total of 234 pages so far today. I think that’s pretty respectable. I’m going to take a break, because I’m starting to get a headache. But I am planning on reading some more later tonight. Almost a third of the way through A Game of Thrones!
11:00 pm: Just in case you were under the delusion that I have any self control when it comes to starting books before I’ve finished others, let me just say that I read a book completely unrelated to the readathon tonight. Yup, that’s right. Despite being in the middle of A Game of Thrones and Walden (both of which I need to read this month for other challenges and/or school), I picked up and binge-read Do Not Disturb by A. R. Torre. I just needed a break from Martin and Thoreau. On the plus side, my page count has skyrocketed to over 2,100 pages. So there’s that.
Day 11 – June 15
11:00 pm: I’ve only read about 20 pages so far today, I just haven’t been in a reading mood. I’m really going to try and finish A Game of Thrones by Sunday, but I’ve decided not to stress about it if I don’t manage to. It’s a pretty dense book, and I’ve already read a really impressive amount in a week and a half, so, either way, I’m considering this readathon a success!