Books can be intimidating, even for the most avid reader—especially when they’re big books. As much as I love the satisfaction that comes with crushing a thick book, actually deciding to pick one up and dive into it in the first place takes a little more effort than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I just don’t have the attention span or the time to dedicate to a larger book; sometimes I’m just outright lazy.
ReadYourTomesAThon has entered the chat.
Created by Ness over at The Wolf and Books, the ReadYourTomesAThon is a year-long readathon meant to tackle your tomes—at your pace. The goal is to read books at five hundred pages or more, year-round. How many or how few, is up to you: as long as you read them, and especially if they’re books you’ve been putting off because of their sheer page count or because they’re backlist TBR books. Though, for those of us that like a little extra challenge, she’s also created a really fun leveling system that gives you a different librarian level for every additional volume of books you read. Kind of like leveling up a DND character… but for reading thick books.
For this readathon, I’ve gone through my physical books, making those my priority for my selections. If I happen to read books my partner owns that fit into this challenge, or get through a particularly impressive e-book, I’ll add them to the list.
|Blood & Beauty||Historical Fiction||526|
|The Poppy War||Fantasy||527|
|Star Wars: Lost Stars||Space Opera||551|
|Celtic Myths & Legends||Mythology||612|
|Black Leopard, Red Wolf||Fantasy||620|
|The Divine Comedy||Epic Poetry||693|
|Wicked & Son of a Witch||Fantasy||735|
|The Star Wars Trilogy||Space Opera||765|
|The Lord of the Rings Trilogy||Fantasy||1008|
|Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland||Fantasy||1160|
|The Vampire Chronicles||Horror||1269|
The three from this list that I think I’m the most invested in getting through this year are The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, and The Vampire Chronicles Trilogy by Anne Rice. I think they’re also the heaviest in terms of themes and events of the books that I own, so that should be fun. (That’s not sarcasm; I’m a glutton for literary punishment.)
For the full run-down on joining and participating in the ReadYourTomesAThon, check out Ness’ blog post announcing the readathon, where she outlines the nitty-gritty of the rules so you can get started. After that, happy reading~