Hey guys! So, the Contemporary-a-thon just ended and I loved so much participating you guys have no idea! It made me push myself to read some contemporary books I was dying to read, and I personally think I made amazing choices because I loved all the books I read during February 12th to February 18th, with all my heart.
I kinda deleted TBR out by accident but I will tell which books were in it. I tried to follow it but one of the books I wanted to read was late arriving and so I had to switch things a bit and ended up reading one less. But it was amazing and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on the books I read with you guys, so keep reading!
These are the books I read for each Challenge:
Challenge 1: Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased /acquired
This was the one I was hoping to get to. I’ve been wanting to read a book by Courtney Summers for quite a while and I’m incredibly happy I did because I LOVED this book.
This is a really strong, realistic and messed up story that touches themes like rape, addiction, self-harm, death, and manipulation.
Our main character is not the most likable, but I really got connected with her, and I know not everyone will feel that way because she is not easy, but I really thought her representation was accurate and I loved her sarcasm. It’s not a book for everyone but if you have a similar taste to mine, you will love it!
Challenge 2: Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover
So… What took me so long to read a Colleen Hoover book, you ask? Well, I thought they were nothing more than a romance story, which I normally don’t radiate towards. But, this is not. This is actually a really realistic and personal story, that both melted and broke my heart. It’s bittersweet, with amazing characters, real-life problems that should be more talked about – domestic abuse – and full of emotions.
It was truly and deeply amazing and I will for sure read more from the author. Although I read that this one is one of a kind. But I liked the writing so I’m still interested.
Challenge 3: Read a hyped contemporary book
This book was incredibly hyped and I NEEDED to read it so it was perfect for this topic. I’ve heard amazing things about it, it was recommended to me and it’s becoming a movie. So everything points to the book being amazing, right? Well, it really was.
At first, I wasn’t really sure because I couldn’t connect… But it just grew and grew on me and I ended up sobbing, and it was amazing and emotional and oh so sweet!
The topic is a very important one and I think this book might represent very realistically a coming-of-age situation.
Challenge 4: Read a diverse contemporary book
This was the first book I read for this read-a-thon and it’s one I just recently received, perfect for this topic. It’s an ARC that will be released 5th of March and it was amazing!
It’s the first book I ever read with a character suffering from a disorder called vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder – and it was also a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I absolutely loved this story. It’s fairly small but it was completely different from any Alice retellings I ever read.
The characters really surprised me and it was a much more realistic story than what you would think of Alice, and that’s what made me love it. It’s a contemporary retelling of a fantasy and it just works. Review coming soon!
Challenge 5: Read a dark/taboo contemporary
Here is where things changed… I wanted to read Little Peach by Peggy Kern but it didn’t arrive in time so I decided to read The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis that I was going to read for the 7th challenge.
And it really fits the challenge because this was darkly amazing!
Challenge 6: Read a contemporary(ish) graphic novel
This was the manga book I hoped to read and the closest one to a contemporary story I own right now. I read the first omnibus last year and loved it, but I was slightly afraid of continuing the story and now was the time to do it.
The story did not disappoint, this book is not AS good as the first one but it’s still amazing, and it made me sob uncontrollably. It’s just such an emotional story!
Challenge 7: Read a contemporary book that has been recommended to you
This book, like I said before was amazing and I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet. It’s really different and interesting and I can’t wait to check out some other books from the author!
It’s also utterly heartbreaking and TW to rape, animal cruelty, slut-shaming, and sexual assault.
I managed to do all the challenges but not with a different book for every one. But I couldn’t be happier because the majority are books that have been gathering dust on my shelves. I found some amazing books, even some favorites and I’m extremely proud of myself.
I even feel light enough to buy new books because I read some from my overwhelming physical TBR, which probably doesn’t help but it’s nice to be rewarded, or maybe it’s just an excuse to buy new ones 😛
Did you guys participate? Did you read the books you were expecting too? Any favorites? Also, have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them?