It is time for another round of Tome Topple! Which, if you don’t know, is a readathon all about reading big books. There are challenges, etc., but really you just have to read books that are at least five-hundred pages. Fairly simple. You can find out more by checking out Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes’s video.

I do really enjoy this readathon. It usually takes place about twice a year (I think this time is an extra one-off since we’re all home and bored), and I try to participate when I can. Since there are a few large books on my TBR for this month, I thought it would be perfect. The readathon starts tomorrow, August 8, and ends August 21. So you still have time to join in!

My TBR for this round ended up being mostly nonfiction, but I’m okay with that. I actually just finished a novel that would have been perfect – The Overstory – but I didn’t realize when I started that it was over five-hundred pages. It’s okay, it’s fine. I’m just going to read a lot of big books this month.

Here’s what’s on my TBR for Tome Topple:

Grant by Ron Chernow

Full disclosure: I did already read the first chapter of this. But the second I realized Tome Topple was coming, I knew it would be perfect. So I will be starting this over. I really enjoyed the first chapter, so not a huge deal. What might turn out to be a problem: this book is over a thousand pages. I will be listening to the audiobook, but it is literally two days long. So I don’t think that’s going to be any easier.

But trying the first chapter made me feel like this is doable. I think it’s going to be a book that I end up really enjoying. So many people have recommended this to me, and it just seems like my kind of book. I know almost nothing about Grant (except the fact that his middle name is literally the letter S and whatever I learned from that first chapter), so I’m pretty excited about this one. Yes, I know my history nerd is showing.

I’m counting this towards the challenges of a tome audiobook and the tome I’ve most recently acquired (I just ordered a physical copy, which will be here tomorrow).

Know the Beginning Well by K. Y. Amoako

I’ve talked about this a bit already (and am planning on doing a longer post about it when I’m done), but I am super intrigued by this book. It’s all about Africa’s economic history. Which sounds like it might be kind of dry, so I did read the first couple pages to get a sense of how long it might take me to read. And it is surprisingly engaging.

I know almost nothing about the history of Africa or any of the African countries, and that definitely needs to change. This book seems like a great start. I like picking up nonfiction books outside my comfort zone once in a while, because I almost always end up learning cool new things.

I’m counting this one for the challenges of reading a tome written by a Black author and a tome from a genre I don’t usually read.

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel

This one is kind of a long shot for this readathon. I’m not 100% sure I’ll end up reading it, but it is on my TBR for this year, so I might as well try. I absolutely love Tudor historical fiction, and I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. It’s gotten pretty mixed reviews amongst my friends on Goodreads, so I’m pretty curious to see how I end up feeling about this one. I might love it, or I might DNF it after ten pages. I have no idea what I’m getting into with this book.

I’m counting this one for the challenge of reading one tome. Because it doesn’t fit anything else.


That’s it for my TBR for this round of Tome Topple! I am not completing all of the challenges, but if I manage to at least read the first two books on my list, I will fall into the “scholar” category (the middle tier). I’m pretty happy with that, and I’m excited about this TBR.

Since I am an over-ambitious book blogger who is behind on all the reading, I do also have a few shorter books I’m planning on finishing during this readathon as well, they just don’t count.

Let me know if you’re participating in this round of Tome Topple and what you’re planning on reading!

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