This is my second time participating in the Tome Topple Readathon, and I am excited to read some great books in the next couple of weeks. The readathon was created by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes – you can check out the challenges for this readathon as well as her TBR here. I love her and her channel, so if you like watching videos about books, be sure to click on the link.
As I did last time, I will be doing what I like to call a mini blog: instead of doing multiple posts with reading updates, I will just be updating this one post over the next two weeks. If you’re interested, be sure to check back to see how I’m doing (I’m sure I will also be sharing on Twitter if you want to follow me there, as well). This post will be pinned to the top of my blog for the duration of the readathon. The first few days might not be amazing, because I have to turn in 5,000 words of my thesis on Sunday, but after that, I should get some good reading in!
If you’re participating in this readathon as well, I’d love to hear what books you’re planning on reading!
Pages Read: 1,784
Victoria: The Queen – 500 pages (finished)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 304 pages (finished)
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallar0 – 321 pages (finished)
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – 659 pages (finished)
Day 1 – November 18
9:30 am: I’ve read approximately 42 pages of Victoria: The Queen this morning. For some reason, the page numbers on my digital ARCs (advance reader copies) are really messed up, so I’m going off of the percentage finished and how many pages there are in the actual book. Doesn’t really matter, but I have no idea what page I’m actually on. I read about 204 pages before the readathon started, which means I have around 500 pages to finish during the readathon. (The pages read above represent only what I’ve read during Tome Topple.) Even though this book is taking me a while to read, I am really enjoying it. The section I read this morning had a lot in it about Florence Nightingale, which I found really intriguing. Added her book Cassandra to my TBR. P.S. I just skimmed my last readathon mini blog, and realized that I’ve been sick during BOTH Tome Topples so far. I blame the books.
12:00 pm: I haven’t read anything more, but I wanted to update/amend my TBR a bit. I forgot I was planning on reading A Study in Charlotte this month for my Reading New England Challenge, so I’ll be reading that during this readathon as well (even though it’s not 500 pages). I also want to try and get to Gemina, which I completely forgot about until this morning. I think it’ll be a great, quick read. I really need to write a lot today, so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll actually get done. But hopefully a few more chapters at least.
1:45 pm: Another non-reading update (sorry), but I just got Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and a signed copy of Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody in the mail! Probably going to read one (or both) of them during the readathon. Also, writing is not going well. Though it would probably be more accurate to say writing is not actually happening. I made an outline, though…
4:45 pm: I started reading Fantastic Beasts. I came very close to being spoiled earlier, and decided to read the screenplay before that happens. I am almost halfway through, and I LOVE it so much! I can’t wait to see the movie! Also, the book itself is absolutely gorgeous!
9:30 pm: Finished Fantastic Beasts and it was definitely fantastic! (Sorry, I had to.) Done with reading for today, because I really, really need to work on my thesis. But I think 346 pages is pretty respectable for day 1, even if most of that was a screenplay.
Day 2 – November 19
4:00 pm: This cold is wiping me out! I haven’t read very much today. Mostly I’ve been futzing around online and wasting time. But I did start reading A Study in Charlotte, which I realize is not exactly a tome (at just under 400 pages), but I need to read it for a challenge this month, and the readathon ends on December 1, so I’m counting it anyway. So far, it’s super cheesy, but somewhat interesting. I’m hoping it gets better.
Day 3 – November 20
12:45 pm: Not sure how much reading, if any, I’m going to get done today. I have less than twelve hours to write and turn in another 2,000 words of my thesis (in addition to the 3,000 I managed to write in the past two days). I might try and read a bit tonight, but we’ll see how that goes. Good news is, I have most of this week off from work, so I’ll have plenty of time to finish some more big books!
11:25 pm: Finished another 14-ish pages of Victoria in a reading sprint with Megan (thanks Megan!). I had set aside the whole evening to read, and then we had a 4-hour blackout. But, now that my homework is done, I can spend a good amount of this week reading. I hope.
Day 4 – November 21
10:30 am: I’m trying to read as much as I can at work today. A Study in Charlotte is starting to pick up, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to finish it today.
Day 5 – November 22
12:45 am: I just stayed up to finish reading A Study in Charlotte. It was a fun read, and, overall, I enjoyed it, though I did have some problems with it. I’m going to try and have a full review up later this week or early next week, so I’ll share my full thoughts then. For now, I’m going to bed.
11:20 pm: I had a really long day, and didn’t manage to read anything else. I’m currently working on some homework, but as soon as I finish, I’ll be reading something. Haven’t decided what yet. I do need to read a bit of Victoria, but I might also start Gemina. I need something fun.
Day 6 – November 23
9:40 pm: I’ve only read about 20 or so pages today, but I’ve been really busy and I’m just not up for reading. I’m still hoping to write a blog post for Friday, but I’m kind of feeling like I want to just chill tonight. Hopefully I’ll read some more later.
Day 9 – November 26
9:00 pm: I took a few days off for Thanksgiving and to watch Gilmore Girls, and I kind of forgot to update this blog with what little I did manage to read over the past couple of days. But today, I finally sat down and finished my first tome: Victoria: The Queen! To be honest, it was the fact I hadn’t read much during two days of this readathon that motivated me to sit down and finish it.
Day 10 – November 27
11:00 pm: I didn’t get much reading done today – stupid grad school homework – but I am planning on reading a bit of Gemina before I go to bed. This is going to be a busy week, but I think I can finish Gemina. Fingers crossed!
Day 11 – November 28
6:45 am: Look at me with a morning update! I woke up WAY too early today, but hopefully, that just means I’ll get more reading done. I have already read a bit more of Gemina. I like it, but not as much as Illuminae. I miss those characters! It’s just a bit of a slower read for me, but I’m still into it.
11:15 pm: I just officially finished my second “tome”! Gemina ended up being really good! Once I hit 200 pages, I couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad I read it sooner rather than later. Not sure how much reading I’ll be able to do the rest of this week, since it’s going to be a very busy week. But I will definitely try to read a bit more. Starting The Sympathizer tomorrow I think.
Day 14 – December
1:14 pm: It’s the last day of the readathon, and, since I don’t really have time to read, I’m calling it now. I have had a lot of fun this round, and think the readathon was VERY successful! I finished four books, two of which were over 500 pages, and, really, that was my goal. For everyone who is still finishing up: best of luck! I’m off to work on my thesis.