My #contemporaryathon wrap up!

I realize I’m a bit late in writing this, but you’ll have to forgive me because I’ve been quite busy. I did want to write a quick post about all the books I managed to read during last week’s readathon though, because I had so much fun with it!

So what did I end up reading?

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan – 4/5 stars
I am so glad I finally picked this up! I listened to the audiobook while walking around Seoul, and I had a fantastic time. This book is funny, intriguing, not to mention full of scandalous gossip and crazy rich Asians. I laughed out loud multiple times while listening to this book, and was entertained the entire way through. Is it perfect? No. Is it still great, and would I recommend it to everyone? Hell yes. I’m reading the sequel as we speak (as I type?).

Crazy Rich Asians fulfilled the following challenges

  • read a book with orange on the cover
  • read a diverse contemporary
  • read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
  • read a new-to-you author

Giant Days volumes 1,2,3,4, and 5 by John Allison – average rating 3/5 stars
I am not entirely sure how this ended up happening, but it did! I saw the first volume on Scribd and decided to check it out because a) I had heard some good things about it, and b) I wanted to get the most out of my Scribd subscription. These are quite addictive, considering I ended up reading 5 volumes in one day. While I enjoyed them, found the main characters interesting, and could relate to some aspects of their college life, I didn’t find them to be mind-blowing and settled on this rating. Some of them were 3.5/5, some of them 3/5.

Giant Days ended up fulfilling the following challenges

  • book with orange on the cover (vol. 2)
  • diverse contemporary
  • contemporary in non-traditional format
  • new-to-you author

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M.J. Arlidge – 3/5 stars
I have to admit I’m a tad disappointed in this book. I was expecting an epic mystery/thriller from the synopsis, as it stated that people were being kidnapped in duos and only released when one of them killed the other. That sounds epic! But it ended up being just okay. The murderer-aspect of this book was the best part, and it’s everything else that ended up bringing this book down. The characters, the clearly male writer, the use of transphobic language (in my opinion, at least) at times.

Eeny Meeny ended up fulfilling the following challenges

  • read a dark/taboo/spooky contemporary
  • read a contemporary with your initials on the cover (J, D and L)

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne – 5/5 stars
I LOVE THIS BOOK. No, this does not surprise me. It’s Holly Bourne after all. I squeezed this book in on the last day of the readathon and flew through it. I always do that with her books, and often end up reading them in one sitting. I was scared I wouldn’t love this as much as her Spinster Club series, but boy was I wrong. I’m going to write a full review on this soon so I can gush all about it there.

It Only Happens in the Movies ended up fulfilling the following challenge

  • read a 5-star prediction

Which means…

that I managed to complete all the challenges! I’m so surprised I managed to do this while traveling. It helped that Giant Days are quick reads, and that Crazy Rich Asians was in audio format, of course. I’m really proud of myself, and I had such a great time during the readathon!

 

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