So ContemporaryATon finished some days ago and it’s time to recap what I read, what I thought about it and how I thought the entire readaton went. I wrote my TBR for the readaton here if you’re curious to see what my picks where. I’ve decided to write about the books I read in the order that I read them, rather than the challenge they were meant for. However I’ve added the challenge above each book in case anyone’s curious about what my picks were for specific challenges.
5. Read a contemporary that (to the best of your knowledge) is NOT set during the summer
ContemporaryATon started out pretty well for me as I wound up reading and finishing Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia on the first day. The full review will be coming pretty soon, but I did enjoy reading it and I enjoyed Zappias take on social anxiety. However I didn’t fall quite as in love with this as other people in the book communities seem to have done.
2. Read an adult contemporary
Next up I read Lick by Kylie Scott to give myself a little change of phase in what I was reading. I picked this to begin with because it looked like it would be a nice easy read. And because it looked like something I could finish pretty quickly – which I did. I finished this one straight after I finished Eliza and Her Monsters and while I enjoyed it I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it.
1. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired
Originally this pick was I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, but I liked Lick enough that I wanted to give the next book in the series a try as I really like the male lead, Mal, in Lick. However while I like Lick I didn’t much care for Play and I’m going to write a review on it as I felt it was a little too all over the place for my liking and not up to part with Lick at all.
4. Read a contemporary that is 5 years old or older
This is another one that I’m going to have to write a review on as I came into it thinking that it’d be pretty funny and that it would be nice to go back in time and read about the late 90’s. However when I read it I really didn’t find myself enjoying it as much as I thought I would and I found myself having problems with a few of the things that happened in the book as well. So I really want to write a review on it and explore my thoughts a little better.
3. Read a contemporary that has characters on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum
This was the category where I had the hardest time choosing which book to read and I’m really happy that I decided to go with Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. It was a fast, fun and enjoyable read from start to finish, it dealt with some issues I could really identify with and I felt it handled some of it better than Eliza And Her Monsters did which took me by surprise. All in all I really enjoyed this book.
What I didn’t end up finishing:
I ended up not getting to this book in part because of a few of the books above that didn’t jive with me and wound up taking more of my time than I had planned and because, like I mentioned in my TBR post, I wasn’t in the right mental place to deal with too many heavy subjects at once. I still really want to read this, but it’s probably not (realistically) going to be until next year.
So in the end I read 5 out of 6 books that I set out to read during this readaton and I’m happy with that. I’m not so happy that 2, probably 3 if I’m honest, of those 5 didn’t give me as much enjoyment as I’d hoped. But hey, I read 5 books so there’s that!
Like I mentioned I am planning on writing up some reviews so look forward to those popping up pretty soon. I’m participating in Tome Topple and the wrap-up for that will be coming soon after it finishes.
Did you participate in ContemporaryATon? Have you read anything that let you down recently? Let me know in the comments and we can commiserate!