Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I cannot emphasize how excited I am because I always look forward to the Contemporary-A-Thon. I participated last year and loved it so I’ve been patiently waiting for another round. This is actually their 4th round and I’m happy to be participating again. 🙂
If you don’t know, the Contemporary-A-Thon is a week-long read-a-thon where the focus is to read contemporary books. This round, it’s hosted by Chelsea, Julie, Natasha, and Melanie. You might know Melanie from @MeltotheAny as a fellow blogger who now has her own booktube channel. I’m so happy to be friends with one of the hosts :’)
This round is running from February 11th-17th, Monday through Sunday. Without further ado, let’s get into the challenges and the books I plan on reading!
- Read the most recent contemporary book you’ve acquired.
- Read a book that has either blue or purple on the cover.
- Read a diverse contemporary.
- Read a dark, emotional or hard-hitting contemporary.
- Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t
- Read a contemporary book in a non-traditional format.
- Read a contemporary book that has a picture on the spine.
1. Read the most recent contemporary book you’ve acquired
I was waiting for the challenges to come out so I could include Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills. I originally had this on my January TBR, but I decided to wait it out and include it here. This is the last contemporary book I acquired and also my most anticipated 2019 release so I’m hyped.
2. Read a book that has either blue or purple on the cover.
The second challenge is to read a book with either blue or purple on the cover. Even though Goldie Vance volume 3 is mostly green, Goldie’s outfit is blue so it technically has blue on the cover. Plus I know Chelsea raves about this series and I’ve been needing an excuse to finally catch up.
3. Read a diverse contemporary.
For my diverse pick, I’m going with The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This was also featured on my Top 5 books I NEED to read in 2019 and is part of my Feminist Lit February TBR. This book is told in verse and the audiobook is really short so I’m going the audiobook route with this one.
4. Read a dark, emotional or hard-hitting contemporary.
I received this off my Amazon Wishlist from Ellyn so thank you, Ellyn! I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read this and now is the time. I’m pretty sure Kill The Boy Band is about a group of girls who kidnaps a boy-band member and the implications of that. I think it’s sort of a dark comedy and I’m excited to see how I feel about it.
5. Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t
For Christmas, I asked for My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren. Since then, it’s been sitting on my shelf and I haven’t even looked at it. That’s going to change now because I’ve been thinking about picking this up since I got it. For some reason, I kept holding off but now is the perfect time to read it.
I’m also going to double up on challenges with this book. I’m going to use this for the Read a contemporary book that has a picture on the spine challenge. On the side of the book, the title is in a text message bubble with a heart so it has a picture. I might try to read another book if I have time but we’ll see. For now, I’m happy to double up on the challenges.
6. Read a contemporary book in a non-traditional format.
For the last challenge, I decided to go with a throwback pick. In the 1st round I participated, I read volume 1 of Giant Days and thought it was okay. This round, I’m going to pick up volume 2 and see if I like the direction the series is going in. I’ll end up reading this on my Kindle so it’s technically a double non-traditional as it’s a graphic novel and an ebook.
Alright, my friends, those are all the books I plan on reading for the 4th round of the Contemporary-A-Thon. Depending on how my work week is, I might try to squeeze in another book so I can read 7 books in 7 days. We’ll see about all that when the time comes, though. 🙂
Are you participating in the Contemporary-A-Thon? Any contemporary book recommendations? I’d love to hear them! ❤