Like I mentioned in my TBR post for ContemporaryATon I was only really planning on doing Tome Topple as a readaton during November. I obviously failed at that so that’s going to make for an interesting week as I try to juggle both of them at once.
So! Tome Topple, if you’re unaware, is a readaton where the goal is to read books that are more than 500 pages long. There are additional challenges (which I’ll list below and show what books I’ve chosen for which and which I may not be doing) as well, but that’s the gist of it.
Originally I had planned on finishing some of the books I’m currently in the middle of, but because of ContemporaryATon I suspect that won’t happen.
Anyway, let’s get to the actual TBR shall we?
I mentioned that I currently have a few books that I’m currently reading and those are the ones I’ll start of with and then I’ll move on to my backups once I’m through with those.
My first pick can (obviously) contribute towards challenge 1: Read more than 1 tome but also challenge 3. Read a tome that is part of a series and challenge 5. Read an adult novel:
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming
Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She can’t disown half her soul, so escapes – with the killer Broken Axe in pursuit.
Maniye’s father plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. It’s a season for omens as priests foresee danger, a time of testing and broken laws. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. But what spark will set the world ablaze?
This one already appeared in my TBR for this month and though it’s looking like I might finish it sooner than later I’m still not done and I’m not so far into it just yet that I think I’ll finish it before the readaton but hopefully I will during!
My second pick also ticks the same boxes as my first pick which are; 1: Read more than 1 tome but also challenge 3. Read a tome that is part of a series and challenge 5. Read an adult novel:
In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…
An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.
A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.
Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…
This is another one that appeared on my November TBR, however I’m not quite as far into this as I am The Tiger and The Wolf so this is one I’ll be focusing on finishing during the readaton.
Lastly, should I finish both of the above I’ve added this one as a backup. It also fits challenges 1, 3 and 5:
It has been twenty years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs – once thought of almost as gods – were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs’ fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion’s Four Tenets. A representation of these laws is now written into the flesh of any who use the Gift, forcing those so marked into absolute obedience.
As a student of the Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war fought – and lost – before he was born. Despised by most beyond the school walls, he and those around him are all but prisoners as they attempt to learn control of the Gift. Worse, as Davian struggles with his lessons, he knows that there is further to fall if he cannot pass his final tests.
But when Davian discovers he has the ability to wield the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir. And to the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is…
I don’t know if I’ll get to this, but if I do, great! Like I mentioned this will work towards the challenge of reading more than one tome, of reading a tome that’s part of a series and reading a adult book. It’s also on my TBR so that works out pretty well!
The challenge that I know I won’t be doing is: 2. Read a graphic novel and that’s very simply because I don’t currently own any that are over 500 pages long and I didn’t feel like getting one just to complete this challenge.’
Another challenge I’m not sure if I’ll do is: 4. Buddy read a tome if I come across someone reading the same books I’m reading then yay, but if not I’m just not going to do that particular challenge since I want to focus on the books I’ve already listed.’
So that’s the books I’m planning on reading for this readaton. It’s a little shorter than my ContemporaryATon TBR but then these books are also a lot longer.
Are you doing this readaton? What are you planning on reading?