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Tome Topple Readathon: Wrap Up! #TomeTopple

Ah yes, the time has come, where readathons have ended and it’s time for me to count up all the pages read. It’s such a bittersweet feeling, because I always love the readathon process itself more than the wrapping up. Not just because most of the time I didn’t reach my goals, but because I feel like reading in a readathon sort of felt surreal in a way.

Anyways, I had a wonderful two weeks doing the Tome Topple Readathon. It was filled with only one book basically, although I did try to sneak in a little bit of the other book that I mentioned in my TBR. Anyways, here are the numbers and statistics.

Wrap Up

  • Books read: none
  • Pages read: 540 of Angels and Demons, and 50 of All the Light We Cannot See
  • Hours spent reading: 3 hours 40 minutes in the first week, and 1 hour 18 minutes in the second week.

Books Read


Angels and Demons is the first book in the series featuring the historian Robert Langdon. You have probably heard of this book before, especially since Dan Brown is so famous in the literature world. I am (unfortunately) still reading this book. But if you wanna see my thoughts and updates while reading the book, you can check out my Tumblr.


I’ve only started All the Light We Cannot See on the second week and then I sort of gave up reading it because I had to focus so much on my exams and school projects. But so far I’m really liking it. I really like how short the chapters are, and how you can still get intrigued to read more after the end of each chapter. And even though I’m not too far into the book yet, I still think the characters are very interesting. I also love the setting, since I only recently went to Paris and I can totally feel all the Paris vibes while reading this book. I can’t wait to read more in the summer!

This book is also June’s group read at my book club, The Book Basilisks.

Well, that was all for the Tome Topple Readathon! Unfortunately this was a very uninteresting and unsuccessful readathon for me. What with projects, finding an internship for September, and studying hard for my final exams, I barely have time to read at all.

How did you do on the readathon? Which big books do you want to get to the most? Any thoughts on the two books I am reading? Comment down below and let’s chat together!


Tome Topple Readathon: Midpoint Updates! #TomeTopple

Can’t believe it’s already halfway through the readathon now! For those of you who don’t know already, the Tome Topple Readathon is a readathon hosted by Thoughts on Tome and it’s about reading huge books! It’s a super fun readathon that is different from the others, and I have had a lot of fun doing it.

My updates can be found in my blog at Tumblr. I post how many pages I read every day there!


Day One

  • Started reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
  • It was a Sunday and I went on a trip out of town with my friends, so I didn’t do that much reading.
  • I did read on the train back home, which was great.
  • Thoughts so far on the book: it’s not very captivating or exciting, but maybe it’s just because I’m still in the first few chapters.


Day Two

  • I didn’t read at all that day.
  • But I did sleep early so I could wake up early and read in the morning.


Day Three

  • Read for an hour in the morning.
  • Reached page 186 of Angels and Demons.
  • Thoughts on the book: it has a very good premise, and I could see how Dan Brown puts in a lot of research into his work. Although sometimes there’ll be an overload of information jumbled up in the story, it was still very exciting to read. But, none of the characters were very interesting to me.


Day Four

  • Read a lot in the morning, and I read a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes that day.
  • Reached page 310 of Angels and Demons.
  • Thoughts on the book: The plot has gotten quite intense so it was more fun to read the book.


Day Five

  • Didn’t read at all 😦


Day Six

  • Spent around less than an hour reading in the morning. I was sick that day (it was Friday and I didn’t even go to uni because I was sick) so I wasn’t really in the mood for reading.
  • Reached page 390 of Angels and Demons.
  • Again, the plot has gotten really interesting and fast-paced so it was easier to keep up and get excited with all the story. Also I started to really like the characters, mainly the Hassassin and the camerlengo, also the main character Langdon was also quite interesting.


Day Seven

  • It was a Saturday and I felt still sort of sick and unwell, but I had to go outside of the house the whole day, so as a result I didn’t spend that much time reading. I only read for like 15 minutes in the morning during breakfast.


Day Eight

  • Spent a super little amount of time reading.
  • I’m still reading Angels and Demons even though I had planned on starting All the Light we Cannot See this weekend, but I sort of felt like I’m still in the mood for reading this one rather than start a whole new book.


Well, that is all for what I read in the readathon so far! Wish me luck for the next six days of the readathon! Hopefully I’ll get more reading done as well. For more info and live updates, follow my Harry Potter blog and my Goodreads.

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Tome Topple Readathon: TBR & Goals! #TomeTopple

Hello fellow book lovers, welcome back to my blog Tea and Paperbacks, new posts every Monday! Readathons are very well known in the bookish community as a fast, short-lived, moment where you fight to read as many books as you can in a certain amount of time. Well, I was chilling in my bed, browsing through my Youtube subscription, and I stumbled across Thoughts on Tome‘s (who has an amazing channel btw) readathon announcement of a readathon she created herself: the Tome Topple Readathon!

The concept of this readathon was super unique and I was immediately like, hell yeah I’m gonna join! In this readathon, your goal is not to finish as many books as possible, but to read as many big books as possible. It’s so opposite to a lot of other readathons – on most readathons, people would pick a pile of small books. In this readathon, you can read one, you can read two books, it doesn’t really matter, because what really matters is the number of pages you read instead of the number of books. So I have chosen several books over 500 pages that I could read.

This readathon takes place for two weeks, from June 5th to June 19th, so it’s already starting today. I’m super excited – I have a lot of books in mind and some goals to reach, so let’s get going!

To Be Read


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Number of pages: 530

As part of the Book Basilisks Book Club group read, and also a very popular book in the book blogging community, this book has had a lot of great reviews. I’ve been very intrigued to read it and I can’t wait to get into the flow of this story and have a great time during the readathon.


Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Number of pages: 620

I borrowed this book from the library on a whim because I’ve never read it before, I totally don’t remember the movie at all, I am going to Italy this summer and I want to read books set in Italy. I didn’t even look at the page number, but when I saw it I was like, oh great, this could be a book for the readathon! So it is 🙂


  • Read 1 hour a day in average
  • Read a total of 800 pages
  • Post an update post on this blog at the midway point
  • Regularly update my reading progress on Tumblr and Goodreads

So, those are my plans for the readathon! I hope I can keep up the spirit throughout the whole two weeks – I do have a lot of schoolwork at that time, and even a final exam on the last week, but hopefully afterwards I can read more! Wish me luck, and let me know some books over 500 pages that you are intimidated to read. And if you’re joining the readathon as well, don’t hesitate to share to me your TBR post 🙂

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