Tome Topple TBR

Tome Topple Round Six is about to start and I am looking forward to tackling some big books and clearing them off my TBR pile.

Tome Topple is a readathon created by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes all about conquering those big books that stare at you from the shelves pleading with you to read them and love them but they are intimidatingly huge. It is a two week readathon from

June 29th to July 12th 2018

I  have participated in the past two Tome topples and managed to get some great reading done. The community around this readathon is great, especially on Twitter and the Goodreads group which are filled with suggestions of Tomes and buddy read discussions. Twitter sprints are also frequent throughout the two weeks, hosted by Sam as well as

Adriana from Perpetual Pages
Sarah-Jane from The Book Life
Sian from Readersrambles
Ish from Reading Realm
Caz from Little Book Owl

This round there will also be Instagram challenges hosted on Sam’s Instagram.

The Challenges

The main challenge is that all books read should be over 500 Pages!

The readathon is pretty laid back and retains the same challenges each round. I don’t tend to follow the challenges that closely instead a just enjoy the reading with the community. You are free to double/triple etc. up on challenges too.

There are 5 challenges:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!- This can be a bind up)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (The Goodreads group is great for low key buddy reading where you can discuss the books read with the other readers)
5. Read an General Fiction (sometimes called Adult but not in the Erotica way) Novel, i.e not a YA marketed novel.


This time I am focusing on clearing the TBR shelve of borrowed books. I have a number of Tomes currently borrowed from the library which need to be read and returned so another lovely reader can get their hands on them.

I have chosen 4 books but I honestly only see me finishing 2 of them at the most.

30841984 Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. 

This one has done the rounds on my TBR, hopping from TBR to TBR for a good few readathons/months. Ok it is not quite 500 pages coming in at a close 492 pages. However, the edition that I have has the first chapter of the next in the series included as well as an author interview and other ‘extras’ so I am being cheeky and counting it. Its also due back the first week of July and another has it on hold so I will be diving straight into this one.

11174642 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I have been wanting to read this one for a while. It really does seem right in my wheelhouse and I have been in such a search for a good witchy book! This edition has 688 pages (not including extras) so is well into the Tome territory. This is again a library book with a looming due date so is a must read in July.




26236443A gathering of shadows by V.E. Schwab

This would be a reread if i got around to it. I have yet to read a conjuring of light but it has been so long that I have misplaced the various events in this book. I am also on a quest to annotate my books especially those I loved. I love taking my tabbed up books to be signed and this is one of the few unsigned Schwab books I own and with her making a stop in Edinburgh in early August I would like to get to this and conjuring soon.

My edition is 508 pages so just squeezes into the tome definition.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell  by Susanna Clarke.

I like to make an audio-book choice to listen to while I have time at work. I attempted this one earlier in the year but never got into it. It is a 32.5 hour audio book with the physical book exceeding the 1000 page mark. While I don’t know if i will get through the whole audio-book, I like having the option.



If you would like to keep track of my progress on my reading I will be making regular updates on both twitter with my daily pages and books read.

Are you reading any of these for Tome Topple? Are you still looking for a buddy read? I would love to share the reading with someone!

Happy Tome Toppling!

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