Hello friends and fellow Contemporary-A-Thon lovers! Welcome to my CAT wrap-up and boy am I glad to be here. I’ve been eagerly awaiting CAT for months and I’m happy to finally be posting my wrap-up. If you’ve read my previous CAT wrap-ups, I split it up by days and include the books I read. I have no plans on changing that for this round so let’s get into the hosts, challenges and then my wrap-up.
Contemporary-A-Thon is hosted by Chelsea, Julie, Natasha, and Melanie. All of these ladies are wonderful and I’d highly recommend their channels. Of course, I’m sure that most of you already know who they are. 🙂
- Read a 2019 release
- Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover
- Read a diverse contemporary
- Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
- Read a dark/hard-hitting contemporary
- Read a contemporary with plants on the cover
- Read a contemporary beloved by a member of the book community (shout out the creator, if you want!)
Day 1: September 23rd
Starting with day 1, I had the day off today so I decided to read my longest book today and fortunately, I finished it. Similar to my previous wrap-up, I’m going to include 2 things I liked and one thing I liked. I really loved the main character, Cameron who is a bitch and she just didn’t care which was EVERYTHING. I also liked the unexpected romance that happened.
One thing I didn’t like was how Cameron treated her mom for most of the story as she was really all the family she had. It really annoyed me especially when we found out more backstory on her mother. Overall though, I LOVED this book and it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I’ve read this year. 5/5 stars
I also started Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins and I’m about 50% done with it. I work 3-9 tomorrow so I plan on finishing it before work. If I’m Being Honest fulfilled the challenge of reading a contemporary with yellow on the cover. (1/7)
Day 2: September 24th
On day 2, I worked 3-9 so I ended up having time before I went to work and I ended up finishing Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book and how much I enjoyed the romance as Flora wasn’t the most likable character.
As for the 2 things I liked, I really loved the setting of this book as it was set in Scotland and everything felt so lush and atmospheric. I also enjoyed both the friendships and romance in the book. Both made me happy and I couldn’t get enough of them. I’d also really like to see Saks get her own book eventually.
As for the thing I didn’t like, I didn’t really enjoy the conflict and I thought it was kind of annoying especially how Millie acted. It was a good read though so 4/5 stars. Her Royal Highness completed the challenge of reading a diverse contemporary. (2/7)
Day 3: September 25th
On Wednesday, my lazy butt didn’t read anything. I worked 8:30-5, came home and worked on my articles. Then I showered, eat and watched TV for the rest of the night before I went to sleep. I’m writing this on Thursday, though so I’m happy to share that I made more progress on Thursday.
Day 4: September 26th
Finally, I’m all caught up and can talk about what I did on the day I’m writing this. I decided to pick up Well Met since I was off today and I spent the afternoon, reading it in one sitting. This book is honestly a new favorite and could be in the running for one of my new favorite books of the year.
The 2 things I liked in this book is hard to pin-point because I loved a lot of things. I loved the characters, the romance and the settings (to name three things!) I also really loved how their relationship played out for a majority of the story without anything happening and everything sort of fell into place in the last 100 pages which are great. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the conflict and how it portrayed Simon who seemed entirely different from a certain point but 5/5 stars. Well Met completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with plants on the cover. (3/7)
The second book I completed on Thursday was Falling from Gravity by K.K. Allen and this is a prequel novella. Even though it was short, I think the book did a great job of establishing their relationship and even featured some sexy times. The only thing I didn’t like was how abruptly it ended but I guess that’s to be expected. It did make me want to pick up the next book so it was a job well done, 4/5 stars. Falling From Gravity completed the challenge of reading a 2019 release. (4/7)
Day 5: September 27th
On Friday, I was scheduled 2-8 but left at 7 because it was slow and I didn’t read anything before work because I was watching vlogs. Instead, I got everything done once I got home and sat down to read Giant Days Vol 3. Of all the volumes so far, this one is probably my favorite. I might need to do a reread though as I forgot a lot about the series but it was still fun.
I read it pretty quickly so I don’t have much to pinpoint what I did and didn’t like. I thought it was good but don’t have much else to say, 4/5 stars. Giant Days Vol 3 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with an illustrated cover. (5/7)
Day 6: September 28th
On Saturday, I worked 4-9 and before work, I decided to read Only For A Night by Naima Simone which was the group book for Smutathon. This book follows a girl who goes to a sex club that her ex owns and it’s basically a one night of passion for them. As for the 2 things I liked about this book, I really enjoyed all the sexy parts and how strong of a character Harper was.
One thing that disappointed me was that I expected the book to be a little darker. It did feature some dark and emotional moments, but I guess I thought it would be a lot more emotional than it was. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this book and I wanted more from it, 3/5 stars. Only For A Night completed the challenge of reading a dark/hard-hitting contemporary. (6/7)
Day 7: September 29th
On the last day of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I decided to save Fence Vol 1 as I knew it would be a super short read and it was. I sat outside to read this and ended up really enjoying it. As for 2 things I liked, I LOVED the art style and I loved the characters as most of them were pretty likable. The one thing I didn’t like was how slow-moving it was but I’ve heard a lot of people mention that.
Overall, Fence Vol 1 was a major surprise for me as I didn’t think I was going to love it but I did, 4/5 stars. Fence Vol 1 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary beloved by a member of the community. (7/7)
Challenges: 7/7 challenges completed
Star Ratings: 5-stars (2), 4-stars (4) and 3-stars (1)
Average Rating: 4 stars
Favorite Read: This is tough because I loved both If I’m Being Honest and Well Met so I’m going with those two as my favorite reads.
Least Favorite Read: Only For A Night
Those are all the books I read for Contemporary-A-Thon and honestly, I’m pretty happy with myself. I really do love this read-a-thon and even though I struggled with the challenges at first, I was able to complete them all. Plus it was a relatively good reading week too so I can’t complain. 😛
Did you participate in the Contemporary-A-Thon? If so, how did you do and what books would you recommend that you read?