Oh my… it runs right through Anime Expo weekend. That means I can’t audio book (to preserve my phone’s battery) and my only reading time is down to my commute to and from the convention center… if I feel up to it. Wah! But I will make it happen somehow. I love this readathon that much.
Tome Topple Readathon is created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. She also hosts the Top 5 Wednesday weekly tag. She’s one of the booktubers whose opinions I trust. I also go to her for SFF recommendations. The GoodReads group for this readathon can be found here. If you’re looking for recommendations, inspiration, and/or buddies to read with, go check out the group.
Again, the only real “rule” is to read a book with 500 pages or more. Break out those huge intimidating books and manga omnibuses. Search for a long audio book. Work on those for two weeks straight. And don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can only read one, that’s fine. If you can read 5, you’re my hero. If you can’t finish any, just as long as you read, you’re good.
It’s going to be from 12AM of June 29 through 11:59PM of July 12, your time zone.
For me, that’s Pacific Time, for those playing along.
It can be any book with 500+ pages. Check which edition you’re reading. A paperback can have a different number of pages than an ebook or hardcover or mass market. For audio books, I tend to go by the hardcover page numbers because usually audio books come out the same time as the first edition releases unless they don’t have hardcover editions so I go with… you get what I mean, right?
Short story collections don’t count. Graphic novel/manga omnibuses do. 500-page graphic novels and manga do exist but at this point, I’ve exhausted my current collection of those. Two of the three Junji Ito collections are above 500 pages: Tomie and Uzumaki. The 3-in-1 Fullmetal Alchemist collections are too. But I prefer my manga per volume.
So really, all you need to do is to read a 500-page book. But if you want to challenge yourself:
- Read more than 1 tome.
- Read a graphic novel with more than 500 pages. (Trust me, this exists.)
- Read a tome that is part of a series.
- Buddy read a tome.
- Read an adult novel.
- Instagram challenges. (TBA)
Choosing my books was quick this time around. Before, I said I’ll be picking The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for the next round but with Anime Expo right at the beginning, I don’t think I can do that. I need something quicker and less dense. I immediately thought of Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. The Illuminae Files take me less than a day to read. Since I don’t think I’ll be able to find a manga, this needs to be my quick read. I also plan to read Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I know, I didn’t drop everything when this came out. But I now have 2 copies – one signed and the other is an ARC I got from the publisher months after release as a promo. Both are more than 500 pages. For my audiobooks pick, The Burning World by Isaac Marion, the sequel to Warm Bodies. I know my Overdrive has it and I’ve been meaning to read that. The hardcover has 512 pages. And for my New Adult pick if ever I find the time, Knocked Up by Nikki Chase with 548 pages as an ebook. Who knows, with my reading trajectory right now, I might read that first. XD
My choices fulfills all of the challenges except #2 and #4. No way I’m ever buddy reading a book. Nothing against it, I just don’t enjoy it. But if you want us to talk about a book, we can do that. 🙂
I’m aiming to read at least 2. I know Obsidio will be an easy read. I don’t know how much reading I’ll do with Anime Expo. When that con is in town, it takes over my life. But we’ll see. I will be bringing either my Kobo Aura ONE or my Nook Tablet 7 with me while at the convention so I’ll have something to do while waiting in line or during down time.
Let me know if you’re participating too. What is your TBR?