It’s Tuesday! I’m talkin’ BIG BOOKS. It’s #Tomesday!

Good morning/afternoon/evening!

Today I’m chatting about books of size. Once in a while, I fancy something big and thick to hold (stop it! 😆) and I dig around my shelves for some inspiration of epic proportions.

I’ve a tendency to be drawn to mahoosive tomes, particularly when I’m in my favourite place ever, the book department in my local charity shop. (For which I have a self- imposed ban on until 2020, but that’s a whole different story).

What do you consider to be a Tome-sized book? 500+ pages? 700+ pages?

Well, Did You Know?

Tome comes from Latin tomus, which comes from Greek tomos, meaning “section” or “roll of papyrus.” Tomos comes from the Greek verb temnein, which means “to cut.” In ancient times, some of the longest scrolls of papyrus occasionally were divided into sections. When it was first used in English in the 16th century, tome was a book that was a part of a multi-volume work. Now a tome is most often simply a large and often ponderous book.

PONDEROUS. I just love that word! Here’s the gorgeous Jodie Comer from Killing Eve pondering how to kill her next victim. (Any excuse to add her to my post, I JUST LOVE HER!)

Okay, books, BIG, FAT, JUICY BOOKS THAT WEIGH AS MUCH AS A BREEZE BLOCK.

Let’s get some pictures, that’s a lovely stack wouldn’t you say?

Okay, I’ll quit messing with you, let’s get on with it. Here’s four Tomes of mine that are all 700+ pages.

Let’s start with the wonderful Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett, the first of my tomes for Tomesday. I do believe there’s a third in this series which I have yet to purchase. Just take a moment to feast your eyes on these beauts.

Pillars of the Earth is 1076 pages long, but World Without End is a whopping 1237 pages!

The Independent quotes on the cover for WWE;

‘You won’t be able to put it down’.

To be fair, I couldn’t pick it up for long either as holding it for more than half an hour gave me tennis elbow! (I’m an in-the-bath reader). Anyway, I’ve read them both, and they are ‘up there’ with my all time favourite in the Historical Fiction genre, both receiving five star ratings from me on Goodreads.

Next, I have two tomes that I’ve not read, but were bought in a charity shop for such a ridiculously low price, how could one resist?!

The Theatre of the World by C B Butler.

‘England 1586. Elizabeth I’s privateers are called into service to save England from its greatest peril’.

Another big chunk of history, the main character having been born in Southampton, my home town. I’ve got to get cracking on this one ASAP. I’ve just reminded myself how excited I was when I found it! Purchased at the British Heart Foundation for a quid! At 771 pages, it’s not as big as the two Folletts, but heavy enough to knock someone out cold.

And finally, my last tome for Tomesday is By Gaslight by Steven Price.

‘A dark tale of love, betrayal and murder from the slums of Victorian London, to the diamond mines of South Africa…’

And it is still on my TBR, I forgot all about it until today! Oh my life, honestly, I was DESPERATE to read this when I bought it. But off I popped it onto the shelves of oblivion, only to be found again today. *sighs*.

Note to self: leave it in full sight, a place where I stub my toe on it’s 731 page bulk.

So there we have it, four giant-size books, two I’ve read, two TBR.

What massive books do you own? Do you enjoy a book that you know you have to invest a lot of time into? Let me know in the comments. Or you could even do your own #Tomesday post. Don’t forget to tag me so I can pop over and have a read!

Right, I’m off, it’s sad, but I must dash. (Any excuse to use another Jodie GIF 😉😆)

Thanks for dropping by, and until next time, cheerio!

What’s in a Name? The Name Book Tag

I’ve just seen this tag over at Between the Bookends and enjoyed the simplicity of it and that it has a list of books. I do love a list, me. It’s dead easy, just spell your name out in books you have read.

Jess did it with her full name, JESSICA so listed 7 books. You can see her post HERE.

I’m going to grumble because I’ve got such a short name! LISA will only give me a four book list, which I’m not at all happy about. Instead, I’m going to do my list based on my blogger name, OWLBESATREADING! Who doesn’t love a nice long book list eh?!

Okay then, here we go…. (click on the books to find out more on Goodreads)

O ~ Others by James Herbert

W ~ We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

L ~ Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

B ~ Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

E ~ Elmet by Fiona Mozley

S ~ Sweetpea by C J Skuse

A ~ Affinity by Sarah Waters

T ~ This is going to Hurt by Adam Kay

R ~ Raven Black (Shetland Island #1) by Anne Cleeves

E ~ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A ~ Ancient Egypt by David P Silverman & Peter Bently

D ~ Demons of the Deep (Fighting Fantasy #19) by Steve Jackson

I ~ In Bed with the Tudors by Amy Licence

N ~ Necronomicon by H P Lovecraft

G ~ Going Out by Scarlett Thomas

Well that was a lot of fun scrolling through my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my past reads. If you’d like to do your own What’s in a Name tag post, don’t forget to tag me so I can have a look!

Thanks for dropping by!

Two Books, One Stone Book Tag

Hello! Only me!

It’s been a little while since I last posted, I guess I’m a bit of an inconsistent shitty blogger, but oh well!

All I know is I post when I feel like it and sometimes I can’t be arsed or simply have zero inspiration! But hey, that’s the way I blog, with no pressure!

Anyway, today (Sunday) I read this tag over on Forbookssake and really enjoyed reading Dannis’ answers so I thought I’d give it a go.

Two Books, One Stone Book Tag

(The book images will take you to the their Goodreads page).

1) The second-last book you read.

• Understanding And Treating Your Migraine by Paula Greenspan.

Read my review HERE if you like.

2) The second book from the top of your TBR.

• Goodreads TBR – Sex Power Money by Sarah Pascoe

• Physical TBR Trolley – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

3) Two 2-star reads.

• Murder at the Mill by M B Shaw

Read my (slightly scathing) review HERE. It’s actually really fucking funny even if I do say so myself!!!

• Doll House by John Hunt

Read another of my (slightly scathing) reviews HERE!

4) Two great books by the same author.

• Forsaken and The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker.

5) Two bails, or two books you’d wished you’d bailed on, or two books you hated.

• Psycho Analysis by V R Stone

• The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King (sorry, not sorry!)

6) Two favourite books this year.

• Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

• We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

7) Two new favourite book bloggers.

This is such a tough one! I read and follow so many great blogs and to name two favourites is impossible! And most of the blogs I read frequently aren’t really that new. However, I will take this opportunity to mention two whom I always read and thoroughly enjoy.

Secret Library Book Blog. Nicki is in her secret library reading and listening to an astounding amount of books! She gets through books and audio books at an alarming rate and I think she is actually a reading machine.

The Tattooed Book Geek. Drew reads really quite different books to me, our genre tastes definitely differ (although I’m currently reading We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix, which will meet his approval 😉🤘🏻) but there’s something about Drew’s posts that I really enjoy. They are always written beautifully with such passion, humour and wit.

8) A book you’ve read twice.

• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

I read this over ten years ago and I re-read it straight after I’d finished. I’ve never done that with a book and I don’t think I’d do it again. But something just compelled me to restart it. And I LOVED it equally both times.

9) Two fabulous quotes from books you’ve read recently.

• The Carer by Deborah Moggach

‘Our marriage was one long conversation that was only interrupted by her death’.

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge.


“I think it’s funny that people all look so different on the outside, but inside our heads our brains all look the same. I can’t help thinking it should be the other way round as it’s the thoughts inside our heads that make us unique”.

So that’s all from me today. I’m off to Gran Canaria a week tomorrow, so I may or may not post anything else between now and the end of September. I’m looking forward to some holiday reading in the last chance sunshine of 2019.

Until next time!