It’s time for another round of one of my favorite readathons – Tome Topple. This is a two-week long readathon – running May 9 through 22 – with the goal of reading books over 500 pages. If you’re new to Tome Topple, you can check out Sam from Thoughts on Tomes’s announcement video for this round. Since I do want to read a few more big books this year, I am excited to participate. It also fits perfectly with some of my planned reading for this month, but more on that later. First, some recommendations for those of you planning to participate as well.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is absolutely huge, but I still flew through it in three days. That’s how good this is. If high fantasy is your thing and you haven’t already read this, you need to. There is also a second book in the series that is (almost) just as good.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I always hesitate in recommending this book, because recommending it feels akin to saying “here’s eight hundred pages that will make you sob until your eyes hurt”. But sometimes we all need a good cry, even if it’s over fictional characters. Right? This book is excellent, just go into it knowing you might be depressed for a week or two afterwards.

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

If you’re looking for some historical fiction, I can’t recommend the Six Tudor Queens series enough. I don’t think they have to be read in order, but I’d definitely recommend it since there is quite a bit of overlap. The first three books in the series – there are five out so far – are over 500 pages and they’re fairly quick reads, especially for historical fiction, so I think they’d be great for this readathon.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

If you like historical fiction but aren’t really feeling Henry VIII right now, you can’t go wrong with The Pillars of the Earth. Yes, it is a nearly thousand-page novel about the building of a cathedral. But it’s SO GOOD. I read this a year ago, and I still think about it all the time. One of my all-time favorite books. Learn from my mistakes, and don’t let the size put you off, because I definitely wish I’d read this sooner.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Historical fiction plus fantasy is one of my favorite things ever. I read this 578-page novel in A SINGLE SITTING. I literally don’t think I moved until it was over and I realized it was like 3am and I hadn’t eaten in twelve hours. If that doesn’t sell you on this book, I don’t know what will. Except that it’s set in the 20s and is about a bunch of young people in New York with supernatural abilities trying to stop a serial-killing ghost. That part’s pretty good, too. This is a four-book series (the last of which just came out this year – I read it last month) and they’re all over 500 pages, so perfect for this readathon, because you will most likely want to continue (even though the first one is still my favorite).

Habibi by Craig Thompson

For those of you who maybe want a quicker read or to try something new for this readathon, good news! Graphic novels count. This one is huge – closing in on 700 pages – but it’s excellent. It’s about refugee child slaves who become bound my circumstances. It’s hard-hitting, but also has absolutely beautiful artwork that makes this book an easy five-star read.


My reading list for Tome Topple is a little bit of a spoiler for a semi-secret reading project I’m working on this month, but they fit so perfectly, so I had to go for it. (If you have any guesses as to what my current reading project is – let me know in the comments. If not, that post should be up later this month.) These are the two books over 500 pages that I’m planning on reading during Tome Topple:

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø

I wanted to read this last year for one of the reading challenges I did because there was a prompt to read a book set in Scandinavia. But, even though Jo Nesbø is a fairly well-known Scandinavian author, this book is set in Scotland (obviously). At 512 pages, this book is perfect for Tome Topple (without being crazy.- because I am definitely tempted by some of the thousand-page books sitting on my shelves).

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

It is almost halfway through the year, and I have yet to read any high fantasy. Since they tend to be fairly large, I thought it was the perfect time to pick one up. This one looks really good, and is a retelling of one of my favorite plays, so I need to read it. I’m clearly in the mood for something dark this month. The hardcover is 575 pages, so a little bit larger, but I’m hoping it’s one of those books that keeps me engaged long enough for me to fly through it.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’re planning to participate in this round of Tome Topple, and what’s on your TBR!

13 thoughts

  1. “I always hesitate in recommending this book, because recommending it feels akin to saying “here’s eight hundred pages that will make you sob until your eyes hurt”.

    The very same reason I hesitate recommending A Little Life even though it is a book that I loved.

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    1. It’s so hard to recommend to anyone! Although, when my cousin said she liked depressing, sad books, I immediately told her to read this A Little Life. I guess sometimes it works.


  2. I have Pillars of the Earth in a stack of books to get to. I haven’t heard of this challenge but I might have to check it out!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve been trying to get better about reading the big books on my TBR – I totally get how blogging makes that harder. But some of them have ended up being my favorites, so it’s worth it!


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