Tome Topple is a readathon stared by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes – see her announcement video here. The whole idea around this readathon is to read big (500+ page) books. I participated last time (the first time this particular readathon happened), and ended up reading over 2,000 pages in two weeks – see my TBR for last time, and my readathon mini blog. If you want more information, you can also check out the Goodreads group.
The readathon runs from November 18 – December 1.
There are a few challenges this time as well, but I’m going really low-key with this and participating because I have a few large books to get through that I’m struggling with and readathons tend to motivate me. Nevertheless, this is a great readathon, so, in addition to the books I’m planning on reading, I’m including a few reading suggestions for big books as well! Okay, on to the books!
- Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird. This book comes out on Tuesday, and I already know getting a review up on Monday is just not going to happen. I’ve been reading this book for about a month now, and I’m less than 200 pages into the 704-page tome. It’s an incredible biography – if I had to rate it based on what I’ve read so far, it’s 5-stars – but it’s still a slow read, and I’ve had way too many other things going on in my life. Still, I’d really love to finish this during the readathon (so I can still have a timely review up for you).
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Okay, this isn’t quite 500 pages (it’s not even 400 pages). But it’s still a pretty intimidating book, so I say it counts. I’ve been trying to read this for months, but I haven’t been able to get into it. It’s just something that’s not really in my reading wheelhouse, but I would really like to finish it this month because 1) it won this year’s Pulitzer, and it looks really interesting and, 2) it is one of the very few books I’ve found that fit into a specific reading challenge (for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge) and I need to finish all my reading challenges this year. Not really, but I’m weirdly OCD about those things.
I may or may not throw in another book or two, but I want to talk a relaxed approach because my thesis is kicking my ass at the moment, and I need to spend some time on it.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This was actually one of my reads from the last Tome Topple, and I LOVED it! Despite being a huge book, it’s actually a quick read, and I actually had a hard time putting it down. If you haven’t read this yet, now is a perfect time to pick it up!
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This is another book that is intimidatingly large, but a surprisingly fast read. I read about half of it in one day. It’s incredibly compelling and brilliantly written. But make sure you have a box of tissues (or two) before you jump in.
- The Diviners by Libba Bray. If you’re in the mood for a young adult book, I highly recommend this one! It’s the perfect fall read – even better if it’s raining – and, again, an amazingly quick read despite it’s length. I actually finished this one in one day, so don’t let the size put you off.
- Habibi by Craig Thompson. I’m still in love with this brilliant graphic novel, and can’t stop recommending it. It’s easily the longest (and most beautiful) graphic novel I own (I even used it in the header picture), so it totally suits this readathon. If you haven’t picked it up yet, or are interested in diverse literature, this is a must-read in my opinion.
If you’re participating in this round of Tome Topple, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’re planning on reading (feel free to link your TBR).