Tome Topple Round 12 TBR

You know, I don’t know why I keep making TBRs because I never stick to them lol But they’re fun, so why not?

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about my TBR for Tome Topple, a… bi-annual? I’m actually not sure how often it happens because quarantine made everything weird, but it’s a readathon created and hosted by Sam of Thoughts and Tomes (as well as other co-hosts each round), where you try to read tomes (books over 500 pages) in two weeks time following the given prompts.

You can check out Sam’s video below:

Here’s the important information:

  • Dates: August 8th-21st (starts midnight in your timezone)
  • One book can be used for ONLY two prompts! So the minimum number of books is 4-5, and the max is 9.
  • Prompts:
    • The tome that’s been on your TBR the longest
    • A tome audiobook
    • The tome you’ve most recently acquired
    • A standalone tome
    • Read one (1) tome
    • A tome written by a Black author
    • Tome from a genre you don’t usually read
    • Tome on your TBR with the most pages
    • A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple
  • If you complete…
    • 1-3 challenges: STUDENT
    • 4-6 challenges: SCHOLAR
    • 7-9 challenges: SAGE

The prompts are optional! This is a chill readathon where the main goal is to read at least ONE tome (a book over 500 pages). That’s the baseline. The prompts are there for inspiration and fun!

Now that we have all of the important information, let’s talk about the books I hope to read. I’m aiming for four books, but even I know I most likely won’t complete these, buuuuuut that’s okay! I’ll at least have tried.

Also, disclaimer for me: some of the books I’m picking are less than 500 pages, BUT they’re in the mid-high 400 page range, so I’m counting them for this challenge. I’m trying to pick books already on my shelves like a good doobie.

I’ll be combining a bunch of the prompts together, so…

1 . A tome written by a Black author / read one tome

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I’ve been wanting to read this series for yearrrrrs, but due to my incessant reading novels slump, it’s been hard for me to pick anything up. I did start reading it when I first bought it to see how I liked it and remember being hooked really quickly, so I’m hoping that this will be a read that I thoroughly enjoy and such. (The book itself is 468 pages, so not quite tome level, but it’s fine.)

2. A tome audiobook / a tome with the most pages on your TBR

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – (Below is the synopsis for the first book, The Way of Kings)

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

After finishing the first book, I was left reeling with everything that had happened! The book left off on such pivotal moments that I know are going to send the characters into new journeys and such, and ahhhh I can’t wait to read it! I’ll be listening to the audiobook, which is 48 HOURS long. (Help.) The physical hardcover book itself is over 1,100 pages, which is probably the longest book on my TBR right now. So. Yeah.

(I listen to audiobooks on the 1x speed because I like to take every word and sentence in, allowing me to visualize everything in its entirety, so this is going to be a big endeavor if I’m going to complete each of these challenges, just saying.)

3. Tome that’s been on my TBR the longest / genre I don’t typically read from

The Chronicles of Narnia (books 1-7) by C.S. Lewis

Narnia…the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don’t believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell.

Yeah, I have the movie tie-in edition from a million years ago when Prince Caspian came out, so it’s a bind up of all of the novels in the series. Now each book itself is roughly 120-ish pages (more or less), but the bind-up itself is 766 pages. I’ve owned this edition since 2008, so it’s definitely my oldest tome on my TBR by far, and it’s also from a genre I rarely read ever: classic. It’s still fantasy, of course, and like many, I already know the story (at least of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), so it won’t be totally foreign to me, I hope. I just always struggle reading classics, but I hope to read one book in the series per day to break it down and such.

4. A tome I’ve most recently acquired / a standalone tome

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

I had gotten this book around the time of its release, and, well, I had a hard time getting into it. The writing is kind of what puts me off from it, but I’m going to give it a go as it’s the only standalone tome (at 496 pages) that I have that’s newer. I hope I can get into it, but with all of these other books I hope to read, I don’t know that I’ll get to it.


I don’t have a book for the prompt for a tome from a previous round of tome topple, so those are all of the books on my TBR! I hope to read just one of these, which I think will be a major accomplishment in itself.

Are you joining in? What’s your biggest tome on your TBR? Which tome have you had the longest? Tell me all the things!

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