Top 5 Wednesday #29: Tome Topple

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

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.

The readathon kicks off this week on November 16 and ends on November 29. The only rule is to read books that are over 500 pages long. >> LINKS >> Goodreads group | Twitter | IG challenges

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.

#TomeToppleReadathon challenges:

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.

Let me know if you plan to participate in this readathon and what you plan to read.

15 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday #29: Tome Topple

  1. Don Quixote still remains unfinished on my shelves , it started out quite good then became repetitive I thought , my interest in the story soon lost , to a new.
    Perhaps the creaking of my own windmills to slay.
    I might try audio or is there a movie??


  2. Holy… I did not remember that ‘Dune’ was that big! It didn’t feel like it 😀 Anyways, I am looking forward to what you think of it!

    Do I want to know the bad things about Marion Zimmer Bradley? I’ve read ‘The Mists of Avalon’ as a teenager and thoroughly enjoyed the book 🙂

    Good luck with your challenge!


    1. Lol you were enjoying Dune too much to notice how big it is.
      Well…with Bradley it’s pretty horrible stuff. I read an article where a lady had to rethink considering her a favorite and wondering if she noticed any indications of what Bradley did in the Mists of Avalon… something like that.
      Thanks! 😊

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  3. This is one of heck of a challenge. Do you have any schedule sorted to read three tomes in the span two weeks? It sounds mind-boggling. 😀


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