Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about my experience with the ContemporaryAThon.
This readathon was created by Julie @PagesAndPens and Chelsea @ChelseaDollingReads on YouTube, and let me tell you I originally wasn’t planning on participating, but I ended up doing it because not only I had some free time that week, but also I had a lot of contemporary books on my TBR that needed to be read, and this was the perfect opportunity.
Here were the challenges
- Read the most recent contemporary book you’ve purchased.
- Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover.
- Read a hyped contemporary book.
- Read a diverse contemporary book.
- Read a dark/taboo contemporary.
- Read a contemporary-ish graphic novel.
- Read a contemporary book that’s been recommended to you.
To be completely honest, I had a pretty large TBR. I didn’t know which book I was going to be in the mood to read, so I planned ahead and pick a few books for each category, which was a really clever thing to do but also a bit confusing, because I ended up not knowing which book belong to which challenge, and sometimes, there were books that fit in two or three challenges, so… yeah. I would still do that, though, because it gave me a pretty large TBR to choose from.
One, and the only challenge that I didn’t complete was the six one, but mainly because I don’t read graphic novels, nor mangas, and I wasn’t going to purchase a book I’m not that interested in reading just to complete a challenge. So yeah, I decided to double one of the other challenges, and that worked for me.
Reading Throughout the Whole Week
Okay, so I have to say it was very easy to me to complete all those challenges within a week. Though I’m not that fast of a reader, I’m very competitive, and I really wanted to read at least 7 books, so I did.
I actually finished my ContemporaryAThon two days early, and I read a total of 8 books, which was super good and I was beyond happy. I wrote down on my Bullet Journal everything related to the pages I read per day and the amount of pages read during the entire readathon, and it was a total of 2.696 pages in five and a half days, crazy right?
I would say I’d do things a bit differently next time, because I read like five books throughout the first three days, and I ended a bit tired of reading, and in the middle of a reading slump, and the last three books took me a bit longer to finish because of that. I think my mind wanted to complete the most challenges possible the first three days in case I couldn’t read more, and… I overdid myself. And my brain. So that might change the next time.
Favourite and Least Favourite Books
Well, I guess I had a bit of both worlds. I had an average rating of 3.4 stars, which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good either. I read a couple of books that I completely loved and will be talking more in future reviews or in this montlhy wrap up, but it’s true that there were a few that I either didn’t really like and they were pretty meh to me, or I dislike completely.
- 5 star read: The First Time She Drowned.
- 4 star reads: The Hating Game, Shuffle, Repeat and Alex Approximately. They all were super adorable hate-to-love stories, and I really enjoyed all of them. I will be talking more about them in my wrap up, but at least now you know.
- 3 star read: Under Rose-Tainted Skies. I already have a review posted, in case you want to know what I thought about it!
- 2 star reads: The Sky is Everywhere and The Truth Beneath the Lies. Basically, I had two unpopular opinions here. I guess these books weren’t for my (my best friend already hates me for not liking TSIE), but I didn’t really like neither of these novels.
- 1 star read: There’s Someone Inside Your House. Now I know if you’ve already seen this review you might say that I gave this two stars, but honestly? The more I think about this book, the more I dislike it. So I lowered my rating til 1 star.
And I think that’s everything, guys! I really had an amazing time, and managed to complete all the challenges and even more. I’m super proud of myself, and though I ended up a bit tired of reading by the end of the week and would change my reading methods next time, I still had a really good time reading all those books.
Did you participate in the ContemporaryAThon? Would you like to do it in a future? Let me know what do you think about those challenges, and which ones would you have completed!
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