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!


Contemporary-a-thon TBR

I might participate in the contemporary-a-thon hosted by Chelsea, Julie and Natasha, which takes place from September 17th until September 23rd. Now, I will be traveling during this time, so I didn’t pick very many books. This is a very tentative TBR! I’m sure I will read something during my trip as I am traveling alone (so maybe some audiobooks will come in handy) but I don’t want to pressure myself reading-wise. I just want to enjoy my trip, and read some good books if I can.

Let’s take a look at the challenges.

1. Read a book with orange on the cover


I might bring Noteworthy with me on my trip, although I probably won’t bring more than 1 or 2 physical books. This does have 2 orange stripes on it, so I’m counting it. I also might read Crazy Rich Asians for this topic. This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and it’s kind of orange, right? I also have this on Kindle, which would be perfect for my trip.

2. Read a dark/taboo/spooky contemporary

eeny meeny

For this one, I might pick up Eeny Meeny, which is a thriller. I also have a Kindle copy of this book which means I won’t have to drag around a paperback book while on vacation. This sounds really interesting as it’s about a killer who locks two people up in a room with a gun. If you kill the other person, you’ll be set free.

3. Read a diverse contemporary


I have Kindle copies of Everything Comes Back to YouJust Juliet, and Carry the Ocean. Two of these books are m/m romances, and one is an f/f romance. Carry the Ocean also includes a main character with autism. So I might pick up one of these for this topic! Of course, if I decide to pick up Crazy Rich Asians for the first challenge, that could also count for this one as it centers around an entirely Asian cast of characters (I think).

4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format

I didn’t pick a specific book for this challenge because I’m not sure what I’m going to do just yet. I do have some Kindle copies of poetry books, so I might read one of those. Or I could listen to an audiobook while walking around and going sightseeing. I don’t want to set anything in stone here!

5. Read a contemporary with your initials on the cover

small great things

I was a bit scared of this topic, to be honest. My first name is Jolien, which gives me the initial J. My last name consists of two words, and give me the initials D and L. I was afraid I wouldn’t find anything, but I spotted a Jodi Picoult book on my Kindle! Her name includes all of my initials, so it works out perfectly. I’m hoping to pick up Small Great Things to beat this challenge.

6. Read a contemporary from a new-to-you author

I think the majority (if not all) of the books I’ve picked so far would be from new-to-me authors. I can’t remember whether I’ve read a Jodi Picoult, but I haven’t read any books by the other authors. So I will probably count one of those reads for this challenge too!

7. Read a 5-star prediction

it only happens in the movies

At this point, any Holly Bourne book is a 5-star prediction for me. I’ve loved both of the books I’ve read by her, so I assume I will love the rest too. I chose It Only Happens in the Movies for this challenge because it’s one of the Holly Bourne books I have on my Kindle already.

That’s what I’m hoping to read during the readathon!
I don’t think I will get to all of these because, like I said, I will be traveling, but it’s still nice to make a TBR and challenge myself. 
Are you participating?