In honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!
I decided to talk about both the largest and the most intimidating books on my TBR, because talking about them makes me more likely to read them. I did a similar list a few months ago, and out of those five books, only one is still on my TBR (and I’m currently reading another).
I’m highlighting in red the titles that are on my TBR for Tome Topple.
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (528 pages) – I’d love to get to this intimidating but very intriguing sequel (look at that cover!) during Tome Topple, but I already know that’s not going to happen: I need to reread The Bone Witch first, and that will take a while once I start.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (501 pages) – I can’t wait to read this. I don’t know if it will happen during Tome Topple, but I have a really good feeling about this, even with all the mixed reviews I’ve read. It deals with antiheroines and villains and that’s always something I’m looking for.
The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera (544 pages) – this will be my #1 priority for Tome Topple, if I finish rereading The Tiger’s Daughter on time. I own an ARC, so I need to read this, and I’m always there for more Shefali and Shizuka (though the not-so-positive ARC reviews make me a bit hesitant).
Tomes that Aren’t Out Yet
Jade War by Fonda Lee (600 pages) – I finished Jade City just a few days ago. While I did really like it, the ending was underwhelming, so at first I wasn’t completely sure I wanted to read the 600-page-long sequel. But I care about these characters too much to not know what will happen to them next. It will be out in May 2019.
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (619 pages) – the longest book on my TBR. I won’t lie, I find it very intimidating, because maybe I need to reread The City of Brass to read it, and that one is long too. It will be out in January 2019, but I’ll probably procrastinate and not read it until months later.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (528 pages) – I actually have no idea what this is about and I’m fine with that, I just need the ominous cover + Seanan McGuire combination to add a book to my TBR. It will be out in May 2019.
Most Intimidating Books
Not necessarily tomes, even though some are, but I procrastinate on them as if they were tomes.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (500 pages) – I will get to this. I know I keep saying that but I have no intention of removing it from my TBR until I have finished it.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (575 pages) – I find this one intimidating for mainly two reasons. The first is that I liked Vicious a lot but not as much as most, I didn’t love it, so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about this sequel. The other reason is the hype, I’m waiting for it to die down a little before I start this.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (464 pages) – this one doesn’t reach 500 pages, so it’s not really a tome according to Tome Topple standards, but I still think it’s really intimidating: I want to read it because Felicity, but I’ve heard it’s less fun than The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I struggled with that one because of the pacing.
So, my TBR for Tome Topple includes: The Phoenix Empress, Furyborn and The Fifth Season. I could also read In the Night Garden if I feel like it.
The challenges for this readathon are:
- read more than one tome: I need to read two of the 3-4 books on my TBR
- read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages): I don’t have one on my TBR, so I won’t
- read a tome which is part of a series: all of the ones I chose are
- buddy read a tome: I don’t know, I don’t think this is going to happen
- read an adult novel: all of them but Furyborn count.
I hope that this way I’m able to get to some of the book I’ve been avoiding because of their page number!
What is the longest books on your TBR? Have you read or want to read any of these? Are you participating in this round of Tome Topple?