Contemporary-A-Thon 2019 TBR | Round Five

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m super excited to be posting this article because this will be my very first time participating in… THE CONTEMPORARY-A-THON!!! This is round five and I’m overcome by many feelings and nerves, but I’m super excited to be participating this year. Honestly, I have been wanting to do this readathon for so long, but my only fear was not reading enough contemporary to really participate. Turns out, I actually read contemporary fairly often and I had enough books to actually start joining in a lot sooner than I thought I could. So here we are! I’m eager, but nervous to jump in all the fun and fall down a reading rabbit hole for a whole week with all of you! To be honest, I had an incredibly hard time picking books for the challenges. This wasn’t due to the challenges being hard, but more so of too many options and not knowing what to choose. Not only choosing books, but the biggest question of all… “CAN YOU READ THESE IN ONE WEEK?!” Well… I think we all know by now that I’m overly ambitious and like setting myself up for failure. So let’s so this!

This round will be running from September 23rd – September 29th.
Liveshow: Saturday 28th 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST on Chelsea’s channel

🌻 The Hosts

🌻 Chelsea from chelseadolling reads

🌻 Julie from Pages and Pens

🌻 Natasha from myreadingisodd

🌻 Melanie from meltotheany

🌻 The Challenges

🌻 1.) Read a 2019 release

🌻 2.) Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

🌻 3.) Read a diverse contemporary (aim to read something outside of your own experience!)

🌻 4.) Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

🌻 5.) Read a dark / hard-hitting contemporary

🌻 6.) Read a contemporary with plants on the cover

🌻 7.) A contemporary beloved by a member of the book community (shout out the creator, if you want!)

🌻 Tip: Double up and make as many of them work for as many books as you want!

🌻 My TBR

🌻 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

🌻 The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

🌻 Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

🌻 Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly

🌻 Side TBR

🌻 The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

🌻 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

🌻 The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Okay, everyone! I think those are all the books I have picked out! And yes, I definitely thought it was necessary to create a side TBR especially since two of these books are quite short. Plus, a part of me is dying for any reason to reread Crenshaw this year and get sappy about it all over again. But anyway, please let me know down in the comments below if you’re participating this year and what books you’re going to try to read. Until next time, may the reading force be with you, I love you! ❀️



The Reading Rush | 2019 TBR

Hello Chapterlings! It’s that time again where I set myself and add on a readathon to my already jam packed schedule! Once again, The Reading Rush is upon us all. Previously known as the Booktubeathon, The Reading Rush is a week-long readathon in July, where the whole community comes together and reads! There will be challenges, sprints, Bookstagram prompts, you name it, The Reading Rush probably has it! This is my very first year participating in this readathon! I know, I know – I said July was going to be my easy going month, a relaxing month, a time to recover type of month. Well… I lied, apparently, because this readathon has badges you can earn and my achievement hoarding self needs those badges! Gotta catch em’ all! But in all seriousness, I really wanted to put myself out there more and take part in something new, exciting, fresh! The readathon is taking place from July 22nd to July 28th!

This year, Ariel and Raeleen, our lovely hosts really upped their game and there’s now a shiny newΒ website where you can join many other readers and chat with them before, during, and after the readathon! If you want, feel free to add me HERE! Reading is much more fun when we read together and with friends! Once again though, those badges… I freaking LOVE badges and earning achievements! It might just be the Slythrin in me, but the hype is real and I’m ready… with an over flowing TBR that has me going “how did this happen and how did I get here?!” Aside from me setting myself up for doom, make sure to check out this site these wonderful beings put together, add me as a friend if you’re participating and if you would like. And not without any further delay, let’s get into the TBR and the challenges!

🌻 1.) Read a book with purple on the cover

I know, I know… you’re probably looking at these three books and saying “Malli, why would you do this to yourself?” Well…I’m already reading Black Iris and I’m hoping that give me the motivation to finish it (audio books just aren’t my style of reading). So in case that back fires, I have a reread of Moonstruck Vol. One and Tiger’s Promise (a novella) planned for backups!

🌻 2.) Read a book in the same spot the entire time

A super cute, fun, quirky little graphic novel to fly through because I put more on this TBR than I anticipated doing. Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too may be a bit thick, but I devour graphic novels in an hour or less.

🌻 3.) Read a book you meant to read last year

Both, Boys Over Flowers Vol. 10 and Snowbound with the Boss were on my December 2018 TBR – those never happened and here we are! Both are short reads so I have no doubt in my mind that I won’t be able to fly through one, if not both.

🌻 4.) Read an author’s first book

If my research serves me right, Starfish is the first book Akemi Dawn Bowman has written. There is a chance I might be wrong, but I really hope I’m not because I’m dying to read this book! I love those emotional reads! This book could also work for the first challenge…if I didn’t already have three books for that part already.

🌻 5.) Read a book with a non-human main character

I’m pretty sure I’m stretching it with Hot and Badgered due to the fact that they’re honey badger shape-shifters. So, in case that’s stretching it a bit too much, I brought in Warriors: Tales from the Clans. I mean… Is anyone truly surprised that added a book by Erin Hunter on here?!

🌻 6.) Pick a book that has five or more words in the title

Two books that couldn’t be more different! Things We Lost in the Fire is a book filled with heart twisting, gut wrenching things, and I am here for it! On the opposite hand, P.S. I Still Love You is light, fluffy, and of course, romantic! I’m basically flipping a coin because I could choose between the two of these!

🌻 7.) Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

If you don’t know about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda then where have you been! This is one of my favorite movies, ever! And yes, I have seen the movie before reading the book! Actually, I’ve seen it fifteen times already! Can’t stop, won’t stop! But I figured this is the best time to read the book especially since this is one of my favorite movies to keep re-watching!

Okay, friends! I think that about covers every challenge! I did forget to mention that there is a bonus challenge of read seven books. So you already know what my goals are! Earn those badges, Gotta Catch em’ All! Please let me know in the comments below if you’re participating and I would love to know your TBR! Until next time, I hope your reading game is on point, I love you! ❀️