So, February went by in a hurry! So much so that I read all of 0 books for the entirety of that month. There’s a multitude of reasons why, none of which I particularly feel like sharing at the moment, but I’m hoping to start over in March and decided that I was going to do so by participating in some ReadAThons.
I am participating in ReadAThonbyZoe, but you’ll see the results of that after I’ve finished it since it’s a 24-hour ReadAThon.
In this post we’ll be going through the books I’m hoping to read during Read-O-Rama, realistically I might only get through 3-4 of these, but I really want to go for the 7 book challenge so I’ve added 7 books. You’ll also see that the books I’ve chosen are contemporary and I tend to get through those pretty quickly so it’s not completely unrealistic that I might finish 7.
The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
So Alex, Approximately features a couple of tropes that I tend to really like; a hate-love relationship and a “I didn’t know it was you” trope. Those two, along with the bad boy/girl with a good girl/boy, celebrity with non-celebrity and opposites attract are probably my favorite go-to tropes in Contemporary Romance (regardless of it being YA, NA or Adult). This is also my pick for the “new to you” challenge.
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Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?
Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.
Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested.
Just Juliet is a book that’s been hanging out in my Kindle for a little bit and is one that I’ve been really wanting to get to. It seemed pretty perfect for this ReadAThon and is my choice for the “LGBT+” challenge.
When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
I’ve read a lot of Katie McGarry books over the years and I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile so I added it as part of the “read 7 books” challenge. It, like all the books so far, features tropes that I really tend to enjoy so I’m really looking forward to reading this!
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
This is one of two books by Brigid Kemmerer that will be making an appearance on this list. I’ve read her before and I really enjoy her writing and this again, features a trope that I really really love coupled with a plot that sounds really good I can’t wait to read this. Letters to the Lost is also my pick for the “a book that was released in springtime” as it was released in April.
Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.
When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.
So this is the second Brigid Kemmerer book on this list and another one that I’ve been really wanting to read. It again has a plot that really interests me and it looks like it can be a really nice read. MoRe ThAn We CAn Tell is also my pick for the “a book that can spell out RAMA” challenge.
An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From the moment I heard of American Panda I thought the concept sounded really cute, funny and sweet and have been dying to read it. So it seemed like an obvious choice as a 6th book for Read-O-Rama. I can’t wait to read this and hope it’ll be as good as I think it might!
A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?
So this is the last and final book that I’m hoping to get to during this ReadAThon. It’s a little heavier than the rest, but it has a storyline that I find fascinating (heart transplants) and while it seems like it might have some borderline magical realism to it, I think it’ll make for a nice change of phase.
A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm
One train ride. Two strangers.
Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.
Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.
After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?
So this is an extra in case any of the books above either don’t live up to expecations, I’m not in the mood for them or (doubtful, very doubtful) I end up finishing them all and want something else to read as well. I never know how to feel about books were characters fall in love very quickly, but they do fascinate me so I’m curious to see where Love & Other Train Wrecks ends up falling for me.
And there you have it! My picks for this round of Read-O-Rama! Like I said at the beginning I may end up reading 3-4 books, but I wanted to at least try to go for reading 7 so here we are. Whether I end up reading them for this ReadAThon or not, I do want to read them so at one point or another I’m sure they’ll pop up on this blog.
Are you participating in Read-O-Rama? What books are you planning on reading? Are you reading any of the ones I’m planning to?