At the time of writing this, Tome Topple has been over for two days, and quite frankly, I’m exhausted!
I didn’t think I could be so tired out from reading books, but it turns out, tomes take a lot of energy to read, which is probably why I usually avoid them like the plague.
But, what did I end up reading in the end?
Well, I managed to read:
- American Gods
- 68% of Strange The Dreamer
- 80 pages of The Beast Player
- 75 pages of The Last Magician
- 65 pages of Blame
Which, quite frankly, was more than I was expecting to. In my TBR video, I said that I wished to read at least 2/3 books in the two weeks. Looking back, I realised that that was being a bit too overambitious for my first Tome Topple, maybe after becoming a seasoned Tome Toppler, but for a complete newbie? Not a chance.
So, even though I didn’t reach my target, I’m still very happy with my numbers. I got American Gods off my TBR, which was the book I was most intimidated by on my bookshelf. I started a couple of other books, which I decided were either not for me, or just not right for me at the time, and then I got most of the way through Strange The Dreamer.
But what did I think of the books I read/nearly finished?
I’ll start with American Gods, as I finished that one.
I have to admit, I was quite nervous about this book at first. The reviews are Goodreads prove that it is very much a ‘marmite’ book – you either love it, or you absolutely hate it. There is no in-between. I’ve had tutors who’ve hated it and DNF’d it, I’ve got friends who pushed me into reading it because they loved it so much. I was so nervous that I was going to hate this book, that I was going to find it confusing, that it was going to be too big for me to cope with, that I just was not going to like it for the many reasons others haven’t.
I needn’t have worried.
Saying that I loved this book would be an understatement. I adored it, I devoured it, I savoured every word. It was a fantastic read, another book that proves the genius that is Neil Gaiman. I’m so glad that I picked it up, despite not actually putting it on my TBR for this readathon.
I fell in love with Shadow from the first page, was intrigued by Wednesday, and totally enthralled by the cast of incredible characters. I couldn’t put the book down, I was obsessed and into it within seconds.
The amount of thought and planning that went into this book I cannot praise enough. Neil Gaiman has said that he spent years writing this book, and it shows. No stone is left unturned, no major culture ignored, no plot point left unresolved.
It was a fascinating read, one I cannot stop thinking about. The Gods featured were from every culture I could think of, the various creatures involved were intriguing and weaved into the story perfectly. The plot twist nearly gave me whiplash, I did not see it coming at all!
All in all, I gave American Gods a solid 5 stars. I cannot recommend it enough, it was truly a fantastic read.
Strange The Dreamer
While I have not finished this book, what I can say about it, is that the writing is beautiful. I can’t remember the last time I read such a beautifully written book, with such fantastic description and gorgeous world building.
I loved Lazlo from the get-go, he reminds me a lot of myself. I’ve forever got my nose stuck in a book, and I’m always known for dreaming of impossible scenarios. If only my impossible dreams came true like they do for Lazlo!
Seeing as I haven’t finished this book yet, I can’t give it a star rating, or a full review, but I’m hoping to finish the book by the end of the month so I can give a full review then.
All in all, I had a great time during Tome Topple, I’d definitely do it again! Thanks to all the hosts for running such a wonderful readathon!