Thoughts on Tomes on Booktube announced another round of the Tome Topple! I participated in round 11 and really enjoyed myself so I figure why not try and get through a few more of the tomes on my TBR!! To see the announcement and any information about this readathon click HERE! I am going to pick a tome to correspond to each prompt but I’m not going to pressure myself to complete all of these books.
The tome that has been on your TBR the longest
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The tome you’ve most recently acquired
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
A standalone tome
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke
Read 1 tome
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff
A tome written by a Black author
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Tome from a genre you don’t usually read
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
The tome on your TBR with the most pages
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto
The Honey-Don’t List revolves around a famous married couple called the Tripp’s and their assistants Carey and James who are trying to keep the fact that their employers are hot messes out of the spotlight, growing closer along the way.
Carey was a little frustrating at times. Melly is absolutely horrible to her for the majority of the book and she can see for herself how manipulative and neurotic she is yet always sticks up for her and puts up with it. Her loyalty is undeserving in my opinion and there really isn’t any interaction between them that supported Carey’s reasonings for her continued efforts. We aren’t really shown how Melly is this supposed mother figure through any actions on her part, which was confusing and again frustrating to see Carey putting up with it for so long. It was gratifying to see her put Melly in her place and finally tell them exactly what she thought of them and how they undervalued her for all these years.
I thought James was a nice contrast to Carey. His perspectives I found to be quite refreshing and illuminating. I was quite sympathetic to his situation and how he has had to rebuild his life after his previous job. I appreciated his honesty and the way he always wanted to communicate his thoughts and feelings to Carey constantly, making sure she was onboard and okay with everything that was happening.
I thought Rusty was hilarious. He was so checked out of the whole ordeal and his constant outbursts in public derailing the whole tour was highly entertaining and kept me engaged in the plot. His candor and no-fcks-given attitude added spark and life to the plot. I appreciate the fact that he was willing to call his wife out on her BS and give Carey the credit she was due.
The whole premise of the story was a little predictable to be completely honest. I found myself anticipating what was going to happen next at every point of the plot. What really drove up my rating was the romance. I love myself a good hate to love romance and seeing Carey and James overcome their previous misconceptions with each other and come together under the most ridiculous of situations was so much fun to read.
⭐️4/5 stars Fast paced, entertaining, cute!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with colours in the titles. I went through all the books I’ve read over the last year or so and these were the ones that I found!
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Red Rising & Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red Sister & Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This month I decided I would go back to doing an actual TBR instead of my usual mood reading. I have quite a few library books loaned out that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet, so I though for August I could prioritise them! As somewhat of a completionist I do kind of want to attempt to complete the NEWTS this month quietly as well. And then if I have time after I finish all of those I will definitely be picking books out of my physical TBR which I will also list below.
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Girl Gone Viral by Christina Lauren
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Anna K by Jenny Lee
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Loveless by Alice Oseman
The Guest List by Lucy Foley