Tome Topple | August 2017 | TBR

It’s that time again – it’s Tome Topple! Apparently this is my fourth Tome Topple?!? Where does the time go? Seriously though, guys, where does it go? And how did I manage to participate (loosely) in all three previous rounds of Tome Topple? Yay for consistency!

If you don’t know already, Tome Topple is a fortnight-long readathon created by Sam aka Thoughts on Tomes and this round of the readathon is taking place from midnight in your timezone on 4th August until 11:59pm on 17th August. The aim of this readathon is to read big books aka books over 500 pages aka “tomes”. What is unique about this readathon is that it’s all about the number of pages read rather than the number of books read – this is something that greatly appeals to me as I don’t tend to have small books to read, as are favoured by a lot of other readathons. What is brilliant about Tome Topple is that there’s an incredibly supportive community all getting together at the same time to read and cheer each other on as we make our way through intimidating books. Because we all know big books can seem a chore sometime, but it feels so much better if people are recognising your efforts and cheering you on to finish that tome that’s taking you so many weeks to read. It’s so great, you guys!

If you haven’t been around these parts long enough to see my previous forays into the readathon, with varying levels of success, then please do check out my Tome Topple tag to see my previous successes/failures! Likewise, if you need more info, you can watch Sam’s announcement video or check out the readathon Twitter page and/or the Goodreads group. If you’re considering doing the readathon, I’d definitely recommend you give it a go, what have you got to lose?

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Tome Topple | Updates Post

Hi folks, this is my Updates Post for round 3 of Tome Topple. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please do refer to my TBR post which has all the information. Basically, there’s a readathon happening for the next fortnight where you have to read tomes (i.e. books over 500 pages), and I’m going to try to not suck at it. This post will be updated at a regular intervals and is mainly my way of keeping myself accountable and hopefully reading more than I ordinarily would. Let’s see how that goes, shall we?

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Tome Topple | TBR

Some of you may remember that I participated in Tome Topple back in November (take a peek at my TBR and Updates from then, if you’re interested) and it’s back again, for Round 3! This round is taking place from midnight (in your timezone) on 7th April to 11:59pm (in your timezone) on 20th April! The basic rule is that all books read must be 500+ pages. There are some optional challenges too:

Challenges

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (that’s over 500 pages)
  3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
  5. Read an adult novel

For this round I’ll be foregoing challenge 2 completely since I don’t have any graphic novels that are even close to 500 pages, but I’ll be trying my best to complete the other challenges – everyone loves a trier!

TBR

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (#3)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (#3, #4, #5)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (#5)
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (#3, #5)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (#3)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

As you may be able to guess this is less a TBR and more of me looking through my bookshelves and finding tomes that I might vaguely consider reading over the next fortnight. Undoubtedly I’ll actually end up reading something I never intended. I do need to finish Order of the Phoenix though because I’ve been listening to it on audiobook for a couple of months now and it’s getting faintly ridiculous that I haven’t yet finished it, so I’ll be switching over to the physical hardback and counting it for Tome Topple. Liz is potentially reading A Feast for Crows too so that’s the motivation (and potential buddy read) to try to read that again since I DNFed it sometime last year. As for the others, who knows what mood I will be in but hopefully I will pick up one of the above tomes and join in with all the Tome Topple goodness!

If you’re interested in Tome Topple, check out the Goodreads group, Twitter, or founder/host Sam’s video.

Are you participating in Tome Topple? What are you planning to read? Let me know down in the comments or link your post below!


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Tome Topple | Updates Post

As you may have seen, I’m taking part in this round of the Tome Topple readathon. I’m not sure how much intensive reading I’m going to get done over the next fortnight but I’ve put together a tentative TBR stack to choose from. This is officially my Updates post for the course of the readathon – I’ll pin it to the top of my blog for the duration of Tome Topple and update it regularly/when I remember. Let’s just get right to it…

Day One – 18th November

Welp, it wasn’t until today, when I was putting together my TBR post, that I realised the readathon actually started on the turn of midnight last night (i.e. 17th into 18th November), not tonight. Soooo… I’m already a day behind, and I still have some of Becky Chambers’ The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet to finish. I’m loving that book as well so I won’t be rushing it just to start reading tomes for this readathon. I’ll try my best to finish that today though!

Day Two – 19th November

12.00pm – I finished The Long Way To A Small Angry PLanet this morning so now I can start reading my Tome Topple TBR with gusto. I’m going to the gym in a little while so I’ll possibly read/listen to an audiobook there, if I end up on the exercise bike.

7.00pm – Well it’s time for Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool so obviously I need to dedicate my full attention to watching that – and doing the Strictly Saturdays blog post. I might get some reading done afterwards though because I’m getting better at putting those posts up asap. We’ll see-

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Tome Topple | TBR

That’s right, my friends, I’m ignoring the fact I have TBR books on the go, and that I failed spectacularly at Victober, and I’m participating in another readathon! This time, I foolishly sign my name up to the second round of the Tome Topple Readathon. (My TBR and Updates post from the previous round can be found HERE.)

For those who haven’t yet heard of the readathon, Tome Topple was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and the idea is to tackle some of those really big books or “tomes” in a fortnight-long readathon. I really like this readathon because my main issue with a lot of readathons is that they’re focused on reading as much as you can in terms of number of books. I can’t speed read (yet) so I only get through 1, 2 if I’m really lucky, books per readathon and I feel like a failure compared to others. But Tome Topple, by comparison, is all about the longer books, so it’d be an accomplishment if I managed to read 2 books by the end of it all! It’s mainly all about cheering each other on to tackle those hefty tomes you’d otherwise put off reading.

If you’re maybe interested in participating and want to know more first, you can find Sam’s announcement video HERE, the Goodreads group HERE, and the Twitter account HERE.

This round of Tome Topple is taking place from midnight (in your timezone) on 18th November to 11:59pm (in your timezone) on 1st December! The basic rule is that all books read must be 500+ pages. There are some challenge options too:

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#tometopple | Updates Post

As you might have seen on my recent TBR post, I’m participating in the Tome Topple Readathon hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can find all the information about the readathon via the aforementioned blog post or pop over to Sam’s channel to see her announcement video for the readathon.

Since it lasts for a fortnight, it seems a good idea to have a single update post I can come back to and edit periodically so this is that post! It will be a nice neat way to collate all my (hopefully daily) updates about my reading so stay tuned if you’re interested…

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#tometopple | Stating My Intentions

Clearly, because low-key participating in Hobb-A-Long and #readasoiaf isn’t quite enough to take on (combined with finding a job so I can move and stop wasting hours on the Ikea website for nothing) I’ve decided to also participate in the #tometopple readathon next week.

For those who haven’t yet heard of the readathon, Tome Topple (or #tometopple) was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and the idea is to tackle some of those really big books or “tomes” in a fortnight-long readathon.

I really like this concept because my main issue with a lot of readathons is that I feel like I’ve not really accomplished much because I’ve “only” read two books in the course of the readathon. Two books a week is hardly a failure but compared to how avidly some booktubers and book bloggers read during a readathon, it’s pathetic to say the least! So, I prefer the speed of this readathon and I can definitely get onboard with it. Or at least I intend to try.

Some details, for those who might be interested in participating along with me:

Dates:
Starts: 12:00am on Sunday 5th June
Ends: 11:59pm on Sunday 19th June
Purpose: to read books that are 500+ pages

Challenges:
1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel

My TBR:
I’ll be choosing from the following books to fulfil the challenges above, with A Game of Thrones being a priority.

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery (Volume 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

For further information, see Sam’s announcement video and the signup post but definitely consider joining in for a fortnight of tackling some tomes together!

Are you planning to participate? Comment below and we can cheer each other on throughout the readathon!


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