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TomeTopple Readathon Round 11 Wrap-up 2020

It went ok really.

This readathon was a 2 week long readathon from the 9th to the 22nd May. It was a fairly low key readathon. The only rule was to read books that were over 500 pages. Though there were reading challenges but it was not a must.

The video below was the announcement video by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Sam started TomeTopple and is still running it along with several other co-hosts

Reading Challenges Completed

Books Read

Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendancy #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera

Opinion:

This had been on my shelf for years. I kept saving it for the next TomeTopple. I think I even bought it for TomeTopple back in the day. Finally I’m got there.

It was not what I expected. I read a blurp about two warrior women falling in love. I expected a swords and fighting and badassery with some sweetness on the side. I got something very different in a good way. The story it told by two people through one person if that even makes any sense. We have the Empress in present day who gets a letter from her friend who reminds her of their journey together. The letter last the entire book with some tips back into present day. Overall the Empress spends two days reading the letter. This letter is told from her friend point of view but the Empress is reading it and the writer keep saying things like “Do you remember?”, “You” did this and “you” did that. It’s was very different than I normally read. I rarely read second person texts, but this was well thought through.

Yes there were some swords and some badassery but a lot of it was just travelling and I enjoyed it. It was almost a rose-tinted action book with magic. Oh did I tell you there is magic here too. The empress can walk bare feet and the next day flowers blooms from the empty path. She can grow herbs and fruit at will. I would love to have this ability! I could grow a mango from my hedge for lunch!

Reading challenge: A tome for AAPD Heritage month, Adult tome.

Synopsis:

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Opinion:

This was interesting. It was very different and it took some time for me to understand exactly what I was dealing with. It’s not fantasy, it’s not sci-fi, it’s somewhere in between. I loved the relationship between Rodger and Dodger and all the twins names. The alchemy in here was also very fascinating. The twins powers were super cool and the timelines got a bit confusing but I get the point. I enjoyed this right but its not s new favourite.

I now understand why the cover has a hand candle thing on it.

Reading Challenge: Read a standalone tome, read 1 tome

Synopsis:

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained. 

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Opinion:

This was just as fun as the first book. The cover-up expends and I loved it.

We follow a different set of people this time around. The first book follows Kady and Ezra escaping an illegal mining operation and tries to reach Heimdal a space station also refereed to as “safety”. The second book follows people at Heimdal prior to the potential arrival of Kady and her lot. It’s set after book one and I enjoyed the mystery of them meeting or not.

I quite look forward to reading the last and final book in the series 🙂

Reading Challenge: Read a tome on audiobook, tome from a series.

Synopsis of Book 1 Illuminae:

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents–including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more–Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. 

I also started The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch and managed half the book by the end of the readathon. I will hopefully finish it this weekend but we’ll see. So far it very different for anything else I’ve read and I’m enjoying it 🙂 I don’t find it as funny as I was expecting. But maybe I should lower my expectation for funny books… They never live up to me and my funny bone made of stone.

Technically, I can use one book for two reading challenges so I’m a Scholar!

Anyone else participated in TomeTopple this round? How did you do?

4 thoughts on “TomeTopple Readathon Round 11 Wrap-up 2020

    1. I love the people and their friendships, I didn’t love the story though it was very entertaining. But I will definitely continue with the series and I know I will enjoy the rest 🙂

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