I really enjoy participating in ContemporaryAThon even though my work kind of gets in the way of me reading seven books in seven days a lot of times. If you aren’t aware, Natasha from myreadingisodd, Chelsea from chelseadollingreads, and Julie from pagesandpens host this readathon. This particular round is from September 17th-23rd and there are seven challenges as per usual! So let’s hop in to my TBR!
1) Read a Contemporary with Orange on the Cover
Sofia Kahn is Not Obliged has been patiently waiting for me for ages and I think it’s past time I pick it up, honestly. It’s such a fun concept, with Sofia Kahn writing an article about the Muslim dating scene after her most recent relationship partner was a little too close to her parents. I’m really looking forward to picking this one up. And if all else fails, this book fits the number three challenge because I would be reading an Own Voices novel of a person who is a different religion and color than me! I am hoping to read seven books this week though!
2) Read a Dark/Spooky Contemporary
Broken Beautiful Heartsby Kami Garcia is my pick for this one and I’m extremely excited. I picked it up as a Kindle Daily Deal on September 2 and what I know about it is that it’s about a teen dating violence relationship and healing from it. I was highly anticipating this book so I’m really happy to finally own it and even more excited to get a chance to read it!
3) Read a Diverse Contemporary
Let’s Talk About Love by Clare Kann is my choice for this one because I’m relatively certain I haven’t read any books featuring an asexual main character. Like Broken Beautiful Hearts, this book was one of my honorable mentions for most anticipated books for the winter and one I picked up as a Kindle Daily Deal on September 2nd. A YA contemporary set in college, Let’s Talk About Love is about Alice living her life post-break-up with a girlfriend who couldn’t deal with the fact that she’s asexual. And then Alice meets Takumi and has some rom-com esque feelings for him. Also, she’s working at the library for the summer! Yes, please!
4) Read a Contemporary in a Non-Traditional Format
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado is a book that I believe is told in poetry format because the main character got very into slam poetry. This book is also on my #LatinxBookBingo TBR and I’m really looking forward to it. I checked this book out on Hoopla so it’s in the perfect format to enjoy poetry. It’s worth noting that poetry is far from my favorite genre. I really don’t love it, but I’m hopeful that I’ll like this one!
5) Read a Contemporary that has Your Initials on the Cover
Famous by Jenny Holiday is a book I bought on a whim after it was nominated for a RITA in Long Contemporary. It’s essentially about a character who sounds a little like Taylor Swift if some details were different, but tragically, the hero sounds nothing like Harry Styles. I’m kidding, mostly (#Haylor forever). Seriously though, the book follows a famous singer who needs to stay out of the tabloids for serial dating (don’t get me started) so she runs away to Iowa to a guy she knows from before she was famous. He’s a professor trying to get tenure in art history, which means he’s trying not to make waves. So probably not the best time for a world famous pop star to show up in his life. But most importantly for our purposes is that it has JDH in the letters of the author’s name. Thanks, Jenny!
6) Read a Contemporary from a New to You Author
American Street by Ibi Zoboi is another audiobook I’ve checked out from Hoopla that is doubling for ContemporaryAThon and the #LatinxBookBingo. I’m really excited to finally read this book, which has been on my radar since last year. It follows a Haitian teen who tried to immigrate the United States with her mother, but only she was allowed in. Now she’s staying with family in Detroit trying to navigate her new life and find out if the American dream is even a real thing.
I’m really excited to try out Ibi Zoboi’s writing because her latest release, Pride, is an Afro-Latinx Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern day Harlem. I’m so wary of P&P retellings right now, but I cannot deny my intrigue! If I like American Street, it’s going to be hard to resist picking up Pride the first chance I get!
7) Read a Contemporary that is a Five Star Prediction
Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert is a friends to lovers romance novel, which in case it wasn’t clear, is written by Talia Hibbert. Although I’ve technically only given Bad for the Boss a full five stars, both The Princess Trap and A Girl Like That got 4.5 stars from me. I’m not sure what either of them were missing exactly, but whatever it was, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be missing from this one. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this book. Our heroine, Jasmine, has some intimacy issues, but she winds up moving in with her best friend and he’s about to shatter all of those walls. I am so ready for all of this angst.
I’m really looking forward to this Readathon! And I’m excited because many of my books double up for challenges so if I don’t manage to read seven, I should still be able to read a sufficient amount to meet each challenge. For example, Let’s Talk About Love and Broken Beautiful Hearts are also both five star predictions for me. The Poet X and Famous are also both orange. And pretty much every book but Famous qualifies as diverse in a way that’s different from me. And the only not new to me author is Talia Hibbert. So I think I’ve planned well for a successful readathon! Are you participating? Let me know!