So for all intents and purposes the only ReadATon I was planning on doing this month was Tome Topple (the TBR for that will come later in the week) however I started binge watching Chelseadollings videos (Twitter, YouTube) and I watched her contemporary book recommendations for the ContemporaryATon and well… Oops?
I started out by browsing through my kindle as that’s where I have more or less all of my contemporaries (I do have a few at my dad’s too, but I’ve read most of those already and I’m trying to keep from slipping into only reading old favorites since I won’t find any new favorites that way!). I also wanted to try and get through some of the books I already own without buying anything new since I do actually own quite a few.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at the books I (hope) to read during this readaton:
I decided to go the slightly more ambitious route as contemporary is a genre I know I can fly through and since two of the books on this are less than 300 pages there’s a chance I might get through those pretty quickly. However since I have Tome Topple on top of this… Well, I might not be able to get to all.
The first challenge of the readaton is: 1. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
So technically I could have used a lot of the books below for this challenge, but I’ve been curious about this particular book for awhile and it’s my TBR so here it is.
The next challenge is: 2. Read an adult contemporary
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.
One of my favorite cheesy-tropes is celebrity meets non-celebrity and I’ve been reading a few of them lately (as well as rereading Cinder & Ella which is one of my favorite books with this trope) and this looked like a fun and quick read that’s so up my alley it’s spooky.
The next challenge is: 3. Read a contemporary that has characters on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum
Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.
So another one of my favorite tropes is fandom/geekery meets anything. It’s why I like Fangirl, why I read When Dimple Met Rishi and so on and because of that I’ve been circling this book for awhile wanting to take the plunge but not quite doing it so this challenge seemed like the perfect chance to do it.
The next challenge is: 4. Read a contemporary that is 5 years old or older
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
This was (and so where two of the above books for that matter) one of the books that Chelseadolling suggested in her video (linked above) and I really liked the sound of it as it was right up my alley but I’d already chosen books for the other challenges that this book fits into… And then I checked when it was published and since that was in 2011 I can read it for this challenge!
The next challenge is: 5. Read a contemporary that (to the best of your knowledge) is NOT set during the summer
Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.
This is a book that has a lot of hype around it and on the one hand I’ve wanted to read it since I heard of it, but on the other I’m terrified that it won’t live up to the hype. Much like Queens of Geek above it fits into my trope of fandom/geekery and it along with Geekerella are books that really caught my interest this year.’
The next challenge is: 6. Read a dark/taboo contemporary
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
I’ll admit that this particular challenge gave me pause. Without becoming too TMI I will say that this time of the year (winter) is one of the tougher times for me and it’s not always the best time for me to be reading “heavier” (which I tend to classify dark/taboo books as). I almost passed up Eliza And Her Monsters because of that but I’m going to try. Still, both it and The Hate U Give are books I may not finish/get to depending on how I feel overall.
The last challenge is: 7. Buddy read a book with someone OR read the group book!
However I don’t think I’ll be doing this one unless I end up buddy-reading one of the books mentioned above simply because this list is already ambitious enough. If by some miracle I’ve gotten through them all I could still buy the group book and read it, but as of right now I don’t plan to.
So! That’s my TBR for ContemporaryATon. I will do a wrap-up here on the blog once it’s over and talk about how it’s gone and how I enjoyed it. I’ll probably tweet about my progress and maybe do some more frequent blogging over on my tumblr (a daily blog if you will, I don’t vlog, I don’t like cameras).
Are you doing ContemporaryATon? What are you planning on reading? Feel free to hit me up on GoodReads, Twitter, Tumblr or in the comment field here if you want to buddy read something!
The next post will either be my November book haul or my Tome Topple TBR and should be up pretty soon! See you then!