Contemporary-a-Thon Wrap Up

Good morning, book lovers!

Yesterday was the final day of Contemporary-a-thon and I thought I would do a quick wrap up with all the books I read along with some mini-reviews.

MeltotheAny has everything you need to know about Contemporary-a-Thon here, in case you missed it.

Here are the books I read this week for the challenge:

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

Challenge Topics Covered: (1) most recently purchased, (6) non-traditional format, (7) picture on the spine
My Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: I actually loved this book. I was gleefully reminded of how much I adore Sally Thorne’s writing style. While I didn’t love the MC, Darcy, at first, she definitely grew on me. And Tom? Absolutely adored him. And OMG that The Hating Game epilogue? Even if you didn’t love this novel, it was worth it for that little snippet of Lucy and Joshua!

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Challenge Topics Covered: (2) blurple (blue or purple) on the cover, (4) dark, taboo, or emotional book, (5) meant to read in 2018
My Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: This was really hard to read, but I’m certainly glad I did. I almost gave up a few times out of anger and hurt, but in the end I’m glad I stuck with it. The characters frustrated me, but I still understood their choices. Colleen Hoover always knows how to deliver a doozy of a book.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Challenge Topics Covered: N/A
My Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: I didn’t intend to read this book during Contemporary-a-Thon, but I couldn’t help it! After reading the epilogue in The Hating Game, I needed to revisit these beloved characters.

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

Challenge Topics Covered: (3) diverse contemporary
My Rating: ★★★
Thoughts: I absolutely loved the diversity and representation in this book and thoroughly appreciated the understanding of asexuality (something I never fully understood previously) in this book. I do feel like the characters were incredibly insecure which is probably why I just couldn’t get invested in this book. I found myself slugging through this one. Out of all my Contemporary-a-Thon reads, I’m most disappointed in this one. I had such high hopes for it!

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Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely

Kristen Leonard is done with setups. She’s not interested in your son or your nephew or your butcher or the guy who mows your lawn, thank you very much, grandma! After all, she’s a modern woman—she’ll take her chances on the algorithms of online dating to find her ideal man. Before long, she meets a man who might just be the one—he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. And when she meets up with Cameron in real life, he certainly looks exactly like his profile picture…but something’s not quite right.

There’s really no telling what brought them together and all bets are off as to whether or not they can trust their hearts over their heads. After all, can you fall in love with someone you’re not sure you really even know?

Challenge Topics Covered: N/A
My Rating: ★★★★
Thoughts: This was a super cute, quick read that was free for Audible members this month. It was the perfect little refresher for this reading challenge. I’m not usually a fan of super short books because it’s hard for me to connect to the characters in such a short time, but Lauren Blakely creates such lovable characters, I didn’t mind this one at all.

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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.

Challenge Topics Covered: N/A
My Rating: ★★★★★
Thoughts: OMG this had everything I loved about a YA Contemporary. Such a cute, easy read with extremely adorable characters and swoony moments. I can’t wait to read more books by Jenn Bennett.

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Contemporary-a-Thon Totals

Books Read: 6
Challenge Topics Completed: 7/7
5 Star Reads: 4/6
DNF: 0

I’m so happy with my very first readathon! Readathons are not something I typically like to participate in because I’m always afraid I’m going to feel pressured to read and feel overwhelmed and since reading, for me, is 100% for pleasure, I like to read what I want, when I want. However, this was the perfect challenge to participate in for me since I am such a fan of contemporaries anyway.

I’ll definitely be participating next year!

Did you participate in Contemporary-a-Thon this year? How’d you do?

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Contemporary-a-Thon Wrap Up

  1. I’m glad you liked 99 Percent Mine! I keep hearing mixed reviews about it so I’m apprehensive (I bought a copy last week but haven’t started it yet). I also just finished Let’s Talk About Love and it just did not work for me. (I reviewed it on my site too, if you wanna read it!) I agree it was pretty disappointing. I wish there were more stories about asexuality out in the world.

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    1. I was super apprehensive about 99, too, but was pleasantly surprised!

      And I 100% agree, there definitely needs to be more asexuality rep. I’m sad Let’s Talk About Love wasn’t better :/

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