tome topple tbr!

1530531043166Your girl is taking part in her first readathon! *tiny happy flag* I recently took all my tbr books off our bookshelves and put them in their own pile, so now I have a super visual idea of what I’ve got to read and, uh, let’s just say it is more than I thought. ANYHOO, when I read about the #tometopple challenge via Jamishelves‘ blog, it made me think of some of the enormous books on my newly formed enormous tbr pile, and what better way to start tackling them than a readathon? No better way!

The aim of the Tome Topple readathon is to read longer books (500+ pages) over a two week period, from 29 June — 12 July, and is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts On Tomes. There are also instagram prompts for the whole readathon, which you can find on Sam’s instagram here! For extra nerdery (always, always a yes from me), there are some optional further challenges for if you want help narrowing down your tbr:

  • Read more than 1 tome
  • Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  • Read a tome that is part of a series
  • Buddy read a tome
  • Read an adult novel

I’m probably not going to do all these challenges, just by virtue of the books I have, but I love having a PROCESS GUIDE OPTION. (Full process guide nerd for life.)

The thing is, I really love big books. Like, the size of a book is not going to put me off reading it. Bring me all your lengthy books and don’t skimp on the monotonous everyday details and/or camping sequences! (Yes, I like that part of Deathly Hallows. Yes, my favourite Harry Potter book is Order of the Phoenix.) That said, there are a couple of longer books on my tbr that I’ve either had for ages and not got round to, or have just been putting them off because they’re part of a series and I have not been in the mood for that world for whatever reason, but now! Now I shall tackle them properly!

Let’s get into my tbr!

queens of innis lear1. The Queens of Innis Lear — Tessa Gratton

I got this in May’s Book Box Club and have been eyeing it since then. A dying king, three sisters, and a prophecy written in the stars? Plus (I’m assuming), some King Lear retelling by way of fantasy? Sign me upppp here’s hoping someone is queer (the eternal cry of my heart).

instance of the fingerpost2. An Instance of  the Fingerpost — Iain Pears

This very nearly did not make it through my last book cull: it’s been on my tbr for years (since about 2011 ha ha it’s fine); my mum passed it to me so it was a rec rather than a book I chose, and I don’t very often read… let’s say, literary novels by straight white dudes. Who has the time, you know? Life is short and I already hear too many men’s opinions. HOWEVER, I do like historical fiction, and my mum did really enjoy this, and since I’ve had it for so long I sort of now want to read it out of sheer stubbornness. YOU WILL NOT DEFEAT ME, BOOK. It’s a historical mystery set just after the English Civil War and it’s about the scientific method of crime-solving starting to be developed and applied. BRING IT, BOOK. I WILL READ YOU. (I also hope someone is queer.)

If I get these done and if I still fancy some big reads, I have another two options:

winter3. Winter — Melissa Meyer

Have I owned this since it came out? Yes. Have I read it? Obviously no. In part, this is because I don’t own the first three and sort of wanted to reread them before diving into the finale; in part this is because I’ve rarely been in the mood for scifi, and in part this is because LITERALLY NO ONE IN THE ENTIRELY LUNAR CHRONICLES IS QUEER. Which is extra jarring, honestly, because there are so many excellent and different characters of colour, and disabled characters, that it just feels weird that no one queer exists. Like, it’s not just another fantasy series filled with white able-bodied people, it’s about a whole range of people, just not… anyone queer at all. Not even a passing mention of, like, queerness existing in the world, which is my super super miserably low bar for sci-fi and fantasy. Anyway, I do like the series, and I’ve read the first three books and the tie-in book, and I’m going to catch myself up via the Recaptains and then DIVE ON IN. (I am expecting no one to be queer.)

book of dust4. Book of Dust Volume One (La Belle Sauvage) — Philip Pullman

This one is frankly embarrassing now, but here we are. I reread His Dark Materials last year to prepare for reading this (and wrote a whole blog post about the series) and then promptly, and, frankly, predictably, had Too Many Feelings and just kept putting off actually reading Book of Dust after finishing The Amber Spyglass because HOO BOY is that book a ride and a half of agony. Book of Dust is set in the same world but before the events of His Dark Materials, and it’s probably going to make me cry, and that is literally all I know about it. (Dear lord let someone be queer.)

And that’s it! Those are the tomes I wish to topple for this readathon! Will you be taking part? Have you read any of these books? Is there a large book on your tbr that has been staring you down daily while you avoid its gaze and read literally anything else instead? Let me know!


Moog Florin likes big books and she cannot lie.

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