I’m participating in a readathon that’s starting in approximately 2 hours (I know, I’m getting this post up in a timely manner, aren’t I?) and I really wanted to post my TBR list for the readathon. Obviously I probably won’t be able to get through all of these books, but I wanted to add a few different ones so that I’d be able to jump between books in case I get really stuck on one. Below you find an excerpt from the Goodreads group to give you an overview of what the challenge is about, there’s more to it than that which you can learn about from Thoughts on Tomes’s video in case you’re curious, the video also has list to the other co-hosts of the challenge. The challenge also has a twitter that will host reading sprints and other things.
The next round of the Tome Topple Readathon will take place from midnight in your time zone on August 4th to 11:59pm in your time zone on August 17th!
The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.
– From the Goodreads group for the readathon.
So! Without further ado, let’s get to the actual books I plan to try and get through during this readatahon!
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes
My notes: I’m doing Illuminae as a buddy read with someone over at Goodreads and I’ve been meaning to get to it for so long that this seems like a perfect opportunity. Coupled with the fact that it’s a little different in its format (it’s basically an epistolary novel, but with Sci-Fi elements) it could also work really well when I need/want a break from the other books I want to read.
As they approach adulthood, Cat Barahal and her cousin Bee think they understand the society they live in and their place within it. At a select academy they study new airship technologies and the dawning Industrial Revolution, but magical forces still rule. And the cousins are about to discover the full ruthlessness of this rule.
My notes: I’ve been meaning to get to another Kate Elliott book ever since I finished reading Court of Five, and while I didn’t really enjoy that one I have heard really good things about her books (and I’m not 100% opposed to picking up the other books in the Court of Five series, but I’m not sure yet) and I’ve heard some good things about this series so yeah. It’s been on my shelf for awhile and it fits the length requirement so yeah.
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.
Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.
As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.
My notes: So a really long time ago I read The Diviners and I really loved it (which is not too surprising since I love most of Libba Bray’s books), but I still haven’t gotten around to reading its sequel so I’m sort of hoping that I might get to this sometime during the readathon. That said, it took me surprisingly long to read The Diviners so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish it in time.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
My notes: Patrick Rothfuss is one of those authors who I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile (and who I keep confusing with Patrick Ness for some reason?), but I haven’t managed to sit down and actually get to it yet so hopefully I’ll manage to get to it soon. That said, I will admit to being pretty heistant to starting it, though I’m not entirely sure why.
Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?
My notes: I’ve included the synopsis of the first book with this as I own this on Kindle and it’s the entire trilogy in one collection. I’ve technically already started the first book, so this would be more of a case of continuing it than anything else. I really do enjoy it, but I was a little burnt out on reading when I started it so it’s been on hold for awhile, but it’s the perfect book for this readathon.
The next books I’m mentioning are very much maybes and not a guarantee at all. I already have a lot of books but I recently stared reading the first book in this series and the second and third book both meet the requirements of this readathon and because of that I wanted to add them in case I finish the first one tonight and feel like continuing on with the rest afterwards.
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
My notes: I added the summary from the first book to avoid spoiling anything in the next two books. Like I mentioned I’m currently reading the first book, but I could technically finish this before the readathon starts which might mean that I will want to read these ones next and I wanted to add them here so I have that option.
So that’s it for this readathon. I’m hoping to finish Daughter of Smoke and Bone before the readathon starts, but even if I don’t I might continue reading it during the readathon just so I can read the other books in the series.