Tome Topple was a really interesting experience for me. It was a two-week-long readathon aimed at tackling big books (500 pages or more).

Read my Tome Topple 2017 TBR post for a full explanation of the event and a list of the books I planned on reading. And then, read Tome Topple Readathon 2017 – Update #1 to follow along with how I was doing one week into the readathon.

What did I read?

Last week, I reread A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

This week, I started reading The Luminaries by Elenaor Catton

Sadly, I only conquered one tome. It was a busy two weeks with family birthdays and road trips for Easter meals, and a long weekend full of work around the house. But I’m still pleased with myself. I still read quite a few pages.

Speaking of pages…

How Much did I read?

Day 9: 25 pages

Day 10: 0 pages

Day 11: 0 pages

Day 12: 0 pages

Day 13: 66 pages

Day 14: 7 pages

Total: 730 pages

That’s a lot of pages, or at least the total is. But this week’s total (107) is not nearly as many as last week (624). It was a tough week, reading-wise for me. Have you found that switching from one style of writing / one genre to a drastically different one makes it tough to read? I found the switch jarring and difficult to do.

The Luminaries is beautifully written – but compared to A Court of Mist and Fury it is a HARD read. It’s incredibly complex. The language and writing style emulate the 1860s (the time the book is set), and that means the words used, the sentence structure, the overall style of narration and dialogue take a lot more brain power for me to read, understand, and follow. On top of that, it’s literary fiction – it’s descriptive and long. Hence, only seven pages on my lunch break yesterday. Alas, I did get waylaid by Twitter and a horribly addicting mobile phone game, but still, in half my lunch break I was only able to conquer seven pages. Seven pages! This book is going to take me a long time to read.

I enjoyed this readathon. But I also found it straining. I like the goal of reading more, and reading those big books that have been sitting on my shelf for a long time, but I also found that I set aside books I really wanted to read because they weren’t long enough to qualify for the challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll do Tome Topple again. I like the freedom of reading what I want whenever I feel like it.


What did you read these last two weeks? 

  1. You did so good for Tome Topple! And I totally agree, it’s kind of jarring going from reading a YA tome to an adult one. I just started reading a Jane Eyre adaption (Jane Steele) and I didn’t realize it was an adult book (which I should’ve since I bought it in the adult section!) and the writing is just very hard to get into when I sit to read. I have to keep pushing so I don’t just stop and DNF it just because it’s a slower read!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of The Luminaries!

    • Thank you! You’re so nice. 🙂 I find the switch from contemporary or fantasy to literary really tough. It’s much slower and meant to be mulled I think. And the complexity of the language requires a different side of my brain.

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