2019 · Readathons · TBR

TomeTopple Readathon Round 12 – Wrap-Up

It’s over! I’m a Sage!!

This readathon was a two week long readathon from the 8th August to the 22nd August. It’s my favourite readathon and the next round isn’t before November which is also in the middle of NaNoWriMo so I never participate in that round! Maybe they’ll do a special Christmas version, I can hope at least 🙂

I did surprisingly well this round! I managed to finish 4 books and I’m a quarter way into another book. In total I’ve read about 2700 (exluding TCoMC) pages in two weeks! Wow!

Announcement video by main host and creator Sam from Thoughts on Tomes:

Reading Challenges

Sage all the way!! Mohaha!

Books Read!

Black and British; a Forgotten History by David Olusoga

This went for the prompt of a standalone tome and a Tome written by a Black author.

This was such a good book. I learned so much! There were so many events in here I didn’t know about that linked other bigger events I did know about. The book was massively insightful and educational. And also interesting.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who may interested.

Page count: 624p

Synopsis:

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello.

It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain’s global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation.

House of Earth and Fire (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

This went for the prompt of a Tome in a genre I don’t usually go for (urban fantasy), and most recently acquired.

To be fair, urban fantasy with wolves and vampires isn’t really my thing, but I loved this. SJM has done it with a twist. From her previous books I always loved the friendship and found family tropes and I hope this would be featured in here too. It does 🙂 And I anticipate a bigger friendship group after an ending like that.

Page count: 804p

Synopsis:

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This went for the prompts an audiobook, and since I started the series in other readathons it could go for a Tome you started in a previous TomeTopple but didn’t finish? maybe. Or maybe that cheating as I have never not read an finished a book during or immediately after the readathon. Oh actually there was one book I DNF’d but I do not want to pick that back up.

I was very satisfied with the ending to this series. It felt a bit easy, but very satisfying!

Page count: 615p

Synopsis:

From bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome.”

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith

This went for the prompts read 1 tome and on the TBR the longest. It’s been on my shelf since it got published in 2018. I though Black and British was the oldest tome on my TBR but then I remembered this one. I’ve had this on my TomeTopple TBR previously too, but never gotten too. I think I might have another tome from the same time too but this is the oldest.

Yes this was not on my TBR. Halfway through the readathon I had finished Black & British, Crescent City and Obsidio. Having only The Count of Monte Cristo left and struggling getting into it I sought an opportunity to maybe get another tome read. Having my reading slump in early July made me really keen on reading now so I picked this book up as a change in pace. I have no regrets 🙂

In the end, I have mixed feelings about this book but I want to read the next instalment which comes out in September 2020 though it’s over 900 pages apparently… I don’t think I’ve ever come across a crime novel tome and here are two in the same series.

Page count: 650p

Synopsis:

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

It fits the prompts of the Tome on my shelf with the most pages (including GoodReads want to reads list which shocked me)

I made a start!! Though I made the mistake of starting right after reading Crescent City… Not a good choice. I tried reading the ebook but the language and the slowness and all that made it uninviting. SO I picked up the audiobook after a chapter or two. The audiobook is super slow so I have to speed it up x2 to even get an enjoyment from it. I’m still not sure about it but I will finish it. During TomeTopple I managed a quarter of this 52 hour long book, which means I “only” have 38 hours left! haha!

I really happy I made a start though. So BIG thumbs up for me!

Page count: 1276p

Synopsis

Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.

I’m not sure how this is going to go, but at least three of five books are on audio which means I could bing-listen

That is a total of 3318 pages…! In two weeks, but mostly on audio. I think that’s doable.

I do have other Tomes available if I change my mind or if I really really bing-listen and have time left… not likely.

Anyone else participating in TomeTopple this round?

5 thoughts on “TomeTopple Readathon Round 12 – Wrap-Up

  1. Great job, Ivy! That is waaaay better than I could have done—I don’t know why but giant books always bog me down for some reason lol. I keep putting off the last of Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series for that reason. 😉

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    1. Thanks! I’m quite chuffed myself. Did loads better than I though I would but I was in the mood 😊 yeah I know what your mean. Though the KoA is fairly intense and I don’t think you’ll have issues with it. Maybe line up your shortest reads to read along side it or take breaks to read something shorter? Maybe that’ll work against the bogged down feeling. Big book read over short times always leaves me with hangovers. They are just so immersive and long that I get really into the world and struggle to get out when I leave. I love it but yeah I can do too many big ones unless I’m in the mood 😁

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