ContemporaryAThorn Experience + Wrap Up

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

  1. Read the most recent contemporary book you’ve purchased.
  2. Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover.
  3. Read a hyped contemporary book.
  4. Read a diverse contemporary book.
  5. Read a dark/taboo contemporary.
  6. Read a contemporary-ish graphic novel.
  7. 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.

I had:

  • 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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6 thoughts on “ContemporaryAThorn Experience + Wrap Up”

  1. Love your wrap-up and I’m so excited you finished 8 books. I technically did too, but only 7 counted for Contemporary-A-Thon. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next round and I’m so glad you were so successful. ❤ ❤

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  2. Wow, okay you are a superstar! 8 books in 5 days??? I am honestly so jealous though, I am sorry you got into a slump! I almost bought The Hating Game the other day but I wasn’t sure about it because I am not a massive Contemporary fan, but I might have to rethink that now.

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    1. I’m actually really surprised! I admit I did a 24-hour readathon one of those days so I could read as much as possible, but I also had some free time that I spent reading!

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  3. I think with readathons like this, for me, it’s not just the reading a lot of books at once, it’s reading the same genre of book at once. I like to be able to switch it up to keep myself from getting bored 🙂 I’m amazed you managed to read, not only eight books, but eight contemporary books. I think I would have stopped at day three and gone to read a historical fiction or epic fantasy novel just to break it up!

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    1. I actually wanted to read some fantasy, but I’m very competitive and ended up not doing that because I wanted to complete all the challenges. And now that you mention it, it’s kinda true that I ended up a bit tired of that genre by the end of the week, but nothing that bad!

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