Welp, Tome Topple is over, and if you ask me, I am glad to have a break from attempting to read so many daunting books! I’m glad I participated in Tome Topple. It was fun, but way more work and dedication than I thought it would take. I read quite a bit these two weeks, but most were not books for the readathon.
Day 1 was great, I was super into my book and flew through it and almost completed it in one day! After finishing it on day 2, I didn’t pick up another tome until close to the end of the week.
My first book was Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. It was so good, I couldn’t put it down! I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, and I don’t know why I waited so long to read it because I really enjoyed it! There was so much petty drama and some of the things characters said were so ridiculous, and I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH. This book is the first in a series, and after completing this book, I decided to continue the series.
After finishing Crazy Rich Asians, I didn’t pick up another book for Tome Topple until the end of the week. The second book I picked up was Replica by Lauren Oliver. I read 146 pages, and decided to DNF this for the time being. I enjoy Lauren Oliver’s books, but I wasn’t in the mood for it, and since I was forcing myself to read, not much reading got accomplished.
During the second week of the readathon I finally picked up another tome to complete. I didn’t want to read anything on my tbr, so I picked up Lord of Shadows. This wasn’t on my tbr because I wanted to read books I hadn’t started yet, and when I picked it up for the readathon I was halfway into the book. I started reading on page 372 at the beginning of the week, and completed it on the last day of Tome Topple.
I had four books on my tbr. I completed one of them, and read 1,000 pages during the readathon.
I’m proud of how much I read these two weeks. I know I would have made more progress if I made more time for the tomes and stuck to my tbr, but there were a few days where I just didn’t want to pick up any of my books. I also found it exhausting to continue reading the same book for multiple days in a row, especially since they were all so big.
To encourage myself to read more I made notecards with phrases on them. I saw someone doing this on Twitter, and decided to try and see if it worked for me. Using the notecards in the book are not really my thing, anytime I was close to a notecard the page would be sticking up and I couldn’t read it until I moved the card. I ended up just taking out the notecards and not paying attention to them.
I’m so glad I participated in Tome Topple, knowing that there were other people reading big books, and seeing everyone’s encouraging tweets made reading these tomes fun. I’m glad I participated because I had an excuse to read the big books that have been sitting on my shelf and had the encouragement of so many other people in the book community. I do plan on participating in this readathon again the next time it is being hosted, because I enjoyed it, and I still have so many daunting books sitting on my tbr.
If you participated in the readathon let me know how you did and what you thought about it!