I thought that with Nonfiction November I wouldn’t be able to participate in Round 7 of Tome Topple. But thanks to my buddy reads and my newfound obsession with The Expanse series, I actually pulled off a pretty decent readathon.
In case you hadn’t heard of Tome Topple, it’s a readathon hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Booktube that’s focused on tackling the big books (at least 500 pages) that a lot of readers are intimidated by. Now, I certainly don’t shy away from long books (if you’re a fantasy reader, it’s pretty difficult to stay away from big books), but I still like the idea of knocking a lot off my TBR all at once.
I managed to complete 3 of the 4 challenges:
- Read more than one tome
- Read a tome that’s part of a series
- Buddy read a tome
- Read a graphic novel (did not complete this one)
Here are the big books I got through in the two-week challenge.
- Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James SA Corey (part of a series, buddy read)
- 536 pages in paperback edition, 20 hours on audio
- Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) (part of a series, buddy read, more than one tome)
- 560 pages in paperback edition, 20 hours on audio
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (part of a series, buddy read, more than one tome)
- 528 pages in paperback edition, 15 hours on audio
I also got halfway through Kings of the Wyld (502 pages in paperback, 18 hours on audio). I gave both Expanse books 4 out of 5 stars and gave Skyward 5 out of 5 stars. For my full thoughts on them, check out my Monday wrap up.