Tome Topple TBR Round 10


This Friday (February 7th, 2020) the Tome Topple readathon starts. Originally created by Samantha (@thoughtsontomes) on Booktube, this is a fortnight long readathon that's purpose is to conquer those 500+ page books that stare dauntingly at you from your TBR pile. This is round 10 of the readathon, but will be my first time participating. As mentioned, this will run from midnight in your timezone on February 7th to 11:59pm in your timezone on February 20th! If you want to hear more info about this, I highly encourage you to check out Samatha's Youtube video HERE where she explains all about the readathon and goes through each prompt, and go on over to the Tome Topple Readathon Group on Goodreads for suggestions.

As with most readathons, Tome Topple has some prompts to encourage you to branch out of your comfort-zone a little. Skilfully fly through the prompts by checking them off your bingo-style card, as pictured below, and become either a Student, Scholar, or Sage. Each book can work for a total of 2 prompts, which I'm definitely taking advantage off as my hope is to reach Sage level. (wish me luck!)

Prompt(s) | Tome for Black History Month & Adult Tome
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is already on my TBR for the first quarter of the year (read all about that HERE or at the bottom of this post), so it seems only logical to pick it up sooner rather than later. This is about a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze as they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. This sounds heavy, but I've only ever seen glowing reviews. Long book but I imagine, worth the journey.

Prompt(s) | Standalone Tome & Tome from a genre you don't usually read
For this I'm going to reread The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This was and I suppose, still is one of my favourite books of all time. However, I first read this when I was heavily in my Twihard faze (around 12 years-old) and haven't given this novel a reread in over 5 years. Will it still stand-up? Or was it just better in comparison to a lot of the YA books I read as a teen? The Host is set in an apocalyptic world where an alien race known as 'Souls' are taking over human bodies. Wanda is one of those souls. She has been put into the body of Melanie Stryder, but there's a problem, Melanie is still there in Wanda's consciousness and she's making Wanda ache for the human life that her body used to live. Together they have to learn to navigate this new world.

Prompt(s) | Tome Audiobook & the Tome on your TBR with the most pages
Before the year started, me and my husband @BilliamSWN decided to put a book on each-other's 20 in 20 TBR. I gave him The Book Thief and he gave me the humongous book that is 11/22/63 by Stephen King. From what I can gather without risking spoilers, this is about a regular guy who gets given the task of going back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination. I don't have a great history with King's work, so I'm giving myself the choice of DNF'ing this at 50% if I'm not enjoying it. If that happens, I will instead pick up Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee.

So, to summarise, for Round 10 of Tome Topple I'm hoping to read:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
11/22/63 by Stephen King

I know, I know.. I'm missing another book to complete the challenge. Here I could use some help, I'm debating between Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, and The Unabridged Journals Of Sylvia Plath. All of these have been on my TBR for a similar amount of time, and though my heart sreams to read more Plath, I kind of want to savour her journals and not rush them to finish the book in a specific time-frame. Help!

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