Hello, everyone! Today, I’m bringing to you a TBR for my first Readathon of the year. The #TomeTopple Readathon is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes, and it runs from June 5th – June 19th. The goal is to read as many pages as you can from books over 500 pages long.
This readathon is such a great idea, because often when it comes to readathons, we’re so focused on reading as many books as possible that we avoid the longer books on our shelves. Having a readathon focusing solely on long books gives us the chance to read the books we would otherwise avoid, as well as get some great books done. There are five challenges, in total, which you do not have to complete but it’s fun if you do.
- Read more than one 500+ page book
- Read a graphic novel to give yourself a breather
- Read a 500+ page book from a series
- Read a 500+ page adult book
- Read over 500 pages in one week
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray | 613 pages | Challenge 1, 3
I read the Diviners what seems like forever ago (it was in October 2014), and I was so excited for the sequel to come out. When it did come out, I was in a huge slump and I didn’t want to pick up a book this big. But now that I’m steadily coming out of this slump, this readathon is the perfect opportunity to read this. I’ve heard mixed things- people have said that it’s not nearly as good as the first one, but I’ll keep an open mind and try to enjoy it for what it is, rather than what I want it to be.
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima | 535 pages | Challenges 1, 3
When I heard that Cinda Williams Chima was coming out without another series set in the same world as the Seven Realms Chronicles, I was beyond excited. I read the Seven Realms last year, and it was fantastic. I grew to love her writing, her world-building and how morally ambiguous her characters were, but you still somehow root for them. I’ve heard nothing but really great things about this since it came out, and I’m looking forward to diving back inside Chima’s head.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin | 694 pages | Challenges 1, 3, 4
Ever since I read the horror that was A Court of Mist and Fury, I decided that I wanted to re-read A Song of Ice and Fire. I have read the entire series before, so re-reading five tomes this year was a decision that took much deliberation, but the sixth book (if God and GRRM are good) releases later this year, and I wanted my foundation to be perfectly solid before I picked that one up. On top of that, Riley Marie (from YouTube channel rileymarie) is hosting a read-along for the series (one book every month from June to October), so this fits in perfectly. I’d also urge anyone who has been wanting to get into this series to give this book a try in the next two weeks!