Tome topple is back for the fifth and final round of the year and while I don’t generally like making TBRs because I hardly ever stick to them, I like to make them for readathons to keep myself on track. Tome topple was the first readathon I participated in and I love that it’s dedicated specifically to tackling larger books.
Tome topple is a readathon hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and co-hosted by six other people (listed in link). The readathon runs from Friday November 17 to midnight on Thursday November 30 and there are six challenges that are not required to complete but are there to help compose a TBR. I’ve created an overly ambitious TBR for myself but I’m not planning on getting to all of them. I have 2 books that I’d really like to get to and 2 books that are back ups just in case the dreaded tome topple curse hits. Here are the books I plan to read.
The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
If I’m not mistaken I actually got this recommendation from Sam’s channel. I’d never heard of it before watching her video a few weeks ago, but I’m glad I did because the basic plot line of this story sounds a little like a series I read years ago in middle school by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I’m super excited that this book is about shape shifters because I can’t remember the last time I read a good shifter story. This is about a young girl whose parents are leaders of rivaling shifter tribes and while each side can only shift into one respective form, she has the ability to shift into both a tiger and a wolf. The jacket description on this seems a little vague so I’m really excited to jump into this and find out the deeper story in it.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
I saw this book in the magazine we get a work every month called Book Page. This magazine shows all of the new releases for the coming month and I saw this while flipping through while on break one night. This is the book that I’m the most interested in reading for this readathon and I really hope that I’m not over-hyping this for myself, but I can’t wait to start it. This book is about a man named Cyril Avery who one day finds out that he was adopted by his parents, and spends a lifetime trying to find out who he really is. This book follows Cyril on the journey of his life in Ireland from the 1940’s to present day. I’ve flipped through this book a little bit already and found a few heart-wrenching scenes, so I’m literally over here just waiting for Friday to roll around.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I’ve been going back and forth on this book for about two years now, which is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve seen a few booktubers that I like talking about it the past two months or so, so I decided it’s now or never. If I finish the two books above, I’m going to dive into this one, but even if I don’t get to it during the readathon I’m still going to read it. This book follows Evie O’Neill who is sent to live with her uncle in 1920’s New York where she gets caught up in a occult-surrounded murder mystery. I’m 50/50 on this book to be honest. I think the premise is sounds interesting, but I’ve never read anything by Libba Bray and I don’t know anything about her writing style.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The second I put down Six of Crows I wanted to bit this one up, but I resisted because it took me awhile to get through the first one and I was afraid that it would take me even longer to get through this one, so I let it go for a while. I’ve been eyeing this for the past three or so weeks and I want to get to it before the end of the year, readathon or not. This book is the continuation of the plot from Six of Crows and deals with the aftermath of the heist that happens there. I absolutely loved these characters and I can’t wait to get back to them and this world and this story.
I’m so excited for this round of Tome Topple and I’ve been saving my books for it! I always love getting through a really long book, especially if it’s something good a super immersive. I have a few school exams coming up so I’ll be cramming in some hefty studying between now and Friday so I won’t lose to much reading time. If you’re participating in Tome Topple let me know what you’re reading!