This week’s topic:
Largest Books on My TBR
This week’s topic is in honor of the #TomeToppleReadathon, a two-week long readathon that will run through the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. that was started by vlogger Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
I’ll share the challenges and my plans for the readathon below but first, here are the largest books on my TBR:
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
approx. 1056 pages
I started reading this years ago but haven’t gotten around to completing it yet. It’s about a guy who so loves tales of chivalry that he decides to become a knight. The story is quite enjoyable. I just need to dedicate some time to rereading and completing it.
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
approx. 1011 pages
The sixth novel in the extensive Wheel of Time series that’s about a farm boy who learns he’s the one fated to face the Dark One and possibly save the world. I’ve tried several times to read this book, but it’s hard to get into it. I’m still curious about the story but the characters annoy the shit outta me and turn me off the books. But since I own a copy of this one, I’d like to read it.
The Autobiography of Henry VIII with Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
approx. 939 pages
An autobiographical novel of England’s Henry VIII that’s told from his perspective with comments from his jester, Will Somers. I bought a copy of novel years ago when Borders was still in business. I tried to read it once but was bored out my mind. I’d like to try again before giving up.
Dune by Frank Herbert
approx. 894 pages
A sci-fi-fantasy hybrid that I’ve only heard positive things about. Everyone says it’s good and I’m curious, so I’d like to try it. I don’t know much of what it’s about, actually. I heard there’s magic and beings that are like witches and different planets and loads of political intrigue.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
approx. 876 pages
As I understand it, this is the legend of King Arthur but told by women. I’ve often heard this book mentioned by fantasy fans, so I bought it (years ago when Borders was still around). I haven’t cracked it open yet. I’ve since heard some horrible things about the author but even so, I do plan to read it.
Read more than 1 tome.
Read a graphic novel (over 500 pages!).
Read a tome that is part of a series.
Buddy-read a tome.
Read an adult novel.
I intend to double up on these challenges and complete all except the “buddy-read a tome” challenge. I’ll be pretty busy this upcoming holiday season, so I have my fingers crossed that I’ll actually complete my TBR for this challenge.
Planning to read:
Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks — approx. 636 pages
The second novel in the Night Angel trilogy, a fantasy story that began with The Way of Shadows, which is about a street orphan who became an assassin’s apprentice. I like the first book and would like to complete the trilogy. I read Way of Shadows the last time I participated in Tome Topple and completed the book in about 2 or so days. I was hooked!
For these challenges: Read more than 1 tome. Read a tome that is part of a series. Read an adult novel.
Watchmen by Allan Moore, illus. by Dave Gibbons — approx. 448 pages
A graphic novel about superheroes. I don’t recall all the details about it. I want to read it to see what all the hype is about. The total pages fall short of 500, but since it’s the only comic book I have with that many pages, I’ll include it.
For these challenges: Read more than 1 tome. Read a graphic novel.
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.) — approx. 576 pages
I love this story and I recently watched a video that discussed it and that made me want to revisit it. I’ve watched the anime, including Brotherhood, but have only read volumes 1-9 of the manga. I plan to reread those volumes and pick up with volume 10 for this readathon.
For these challenges: Read more than 1 tome. Read a graphic novel. Read a tome that is part of a series.