It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Sam of Thoughts On Tomes announced round eight of the Tome Topple Readathon last week, and we are SO excited to jump in to this event again. Round 8 is running from midnight on April 13 through 11:59PM on April 26 in your time zone. Love it when you don’t have to do any clock math – it just makes it that much easier and more fun!
If you like following along to readathons on social media, here’s the info for the Tome Topple Twitter account and the various hosts for this round.
Tome Topple Twitter – Reading sprints and some general announcements will be housed here.
They all have great social presences on on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Goodreads, in addition to their YouTube Channels and blogs, so be sure to check them out.
The challenges for this round are:
- Read an adult book
- Tome that has been on your TBR the longest
- A tome in a genre that you don’t usually read
- A tome that’s part of a series
- Read more than one tome
It just so happens that we’ll be doing this round of Tome Topple in tandem with the Magical Readathon OWLs. Now, we didn’t have time to write a post for that unfortunately, but we’ll include some links and info at the bottom of this post, so you can join in and follow along!
I have done my best to stick to the books I picked for my Magical Readathon TBR, but once this round of TT was announced, I kinda threw it out the window. Such is life. I can’t even follow my own rules. Here are the books I’m hoping to read.
Read an adult book: The Black Prism
This is the first book in a series that my husband BINGED, and he doesn’t tend to prioritize reading over his other hobbies in the same way I do. The last book comes out in August, and I’m hoping I can make time to read them all before then!
The tome that has been on your TBR the longest: Habibi
I’m not 100% on this, but I know FOR A FACT that I’ve owned Habibi by Craig Thompson for a long time, mostly because it has showed up on SO MANY Tome Topple TBRs, and I’ve never done it. It also has lots of red on the cover, so it fits as my Transfiguration book for Magical Readathon.
A tome in a genre you don’t usually read: ???
I don’t actually have a plan for this other than “hop on Scribd/Hoopla/Libby and find a long contemporary.” I know, much commitment.
A tome that is part of a series: The Republic of Thieves
This is the third and latest installment in the Gentleman Bastards series, and I meant to read it last round. I was super sick for basically the whole round, and thus got nothing done, but I am MOTIVATED this round. This is also my Defense Against the Dark Arts book for the Magical Readathon.
More than one tome? I hope so.
I’m also reading On a Sunbeam (because I have it out from the library) and Sky Without Stars (for the Astronomy Magical Readathon challenge).
My TBR for this month is locked, because the readathons I’m participating in have prompts and rules, and I want to complete all the things! I’m also using it as a test to see whether or not I like having a fixed TBR, and so far, it’s actually going really well. Never did I ever think that would be the case.
I’m also doing something new and trying to track my readathon progress in my bullet journal. I’ve used my bujo as my planner for a couple years now, but I’ve never been good at incorporating outside content. What better way to start than books?!
Read an adult book: Vengeful
I know, I know. I’ve been saying I was going to read this since last September, but I really, super mean it this time. Just wait!
Tome that has been on your TBR the longest: The Last Magician
This isn’t actually the tome that’s been on my TBR the longest, but it is the one that’s been on my TBR the longest of the books I chose to complete my readathon prompts. I’m counting it.
A tome in a genre that you don’t usually read: Moscow Rules
I read almost nothing but fantasy and a little sci-fi, so a modern day spy novel is very strange for me. I love this series, though. Definitely excited to continue it, since I haven’t read one in almost two years.
A tome that’s part of a series: Lady Smoke
If Tome Topple wasn’t happening this month, I would have already read this book. I am chomping at the bit to find out what happens next!
Read more than one tome: here’s hoping I finish at least two of those!
I’m also hoping to read Ringer by Lauren Oliver for Tome Topple, since I am reading it for a Magical Readathon prompt. And, if I’m lucky, this will also be the month I FINALLY read Muse of Nightmares. Plus, ya know, Kingdom of Ash is next up in my audio queue after I finish Ringer, but I’m trying really hard not to think about that emotional devastation too hard.
Magical Readathon Info
So, we had the best intentions of getting a Magical Readathon post out before the first of the month, but it didn’t come to be. Since it’s influencing so many of our Tome Topple choices for this round, we’ve been given this mini second chance to share with you how it all works!
The readathon was started by G of Book Roast, and it’s based on the magical world of Harry Potter. You don’t have to be an HP fan to participate, because you can read whatever you want, but the HP theme definitely makes it something special. The readathon happens in two large parts with several smaller events throughout the year – the OWLs exams occur in the spring, NEWTs in the summer, and then a smattering of chances for extra credit that gain you extra days to use towards your major exams. This year, the OWLs are happening from April 1-30 and the NEWTs are taking place from August 1-31.
There are two major components: complete books for the different classes to pass the OWL and choosing a career based on the OWLs you pass. I’m not going to list out all the careers, because there are a lot, but you can check out the Wizarding Careers guidebook here. It’s gorgeous, and has tons of great little quips and advertisements.
Here are all the links to get started or just follow along.
There’s even a Discord server if you want to chat with fellow Readathoners! Get sorted into your house and join in a variety of discussions in a casual setting.
We hope you join in the readathon fun with us this month! These are two amazing events organized by some of our very favorite Booktubers, and we love supporting their projects. If you’d like to follow along with us as we participate, feel free to check out our personal social media accounts.
Happy reading, friends! 💜💛