Books

Contemporaryathon Wrap Up

This readathon ran from the 23rd to the 29th September and while I wasn’t in the mood to be reading contemporary books during this week (more fantasy than anything else), I pushed through and read a lot of contemporary books on my night shifts. I absolutely did not stick to my TBR.

  • Read a 2019 release

The Avant-Guards #1
This is a contemporary graphic novel about an all-female basketball team. The art is lovely but I didn’t completely connect with the protagonist and I wish more had happened. It was very short, since it’s only one issue, but compared to other sports graphic novels, nothing much happened.

  • Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3)
I didn’t realise this was the third book in the series until I was halfway through. Thankfully there weren’t any spoilers for the second book so I just finished it and then picked up The Proposal right afterwards. This was a cute hate-to-love romance but nothing really stuck out to me. I’m already forgetting what the big confrontation is at the end and I only read this last week.

  • Read a diverse contemporary 

My Brother's Husband, Volume 2
I bought this right after I finished the first volume. The story is sweet, very slice-of-life, the art is lovely and it’s just really cute all around. It does make me want to cry a little though because grief plays a part in this series.

  • Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin

I picked this up because I love this author and it was quite enjoyable, even if it was a longer contemporary book. I really gell with her writing style, which means I can read 400-500 pages of a contemporary book. However, I think her slow burn writing style really suits hate-to-love romance far more than friends-to-lovers romance.

  • Read a dark / hard-hitting contemporary

The Proposal
Okay, this might have been a bit of a stretch for this category but this book does deal with emotionally abusive relationships, threatening and creepy ex-boyfriends and grief over losing a parent. This is the second in The Wedding Date series and I think it’s my favourite of this series. I do wish the whole ‘public proposal gone wrong’ took up more of the book, rather than being dropped after the first third.

  • Read a contemporary with plants on the cover

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1
This is the first volume of this series. Like I mentioned above, I was immediately caught by Yaichi and his family, as well as he comes to terms with his brother’s grief and his own prejudices but generally all around it’s very cute. I immediately bought the second volume so that’s how much I liked it.

  • Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!)

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)

This book is the only one I haven’t finished during this week, mostly because it’s on audiobook and I’ve discovered that I really don’t like listening to adult romance books on audiobooks. Partly because it takes forever and partly because I can only listen to it in my car (it’s not one I can listen to while cooking with my family around). However, Chelsea really recommended this series of books and I am mostly enjoying it. It feels very 3.5 stars right now, but I’m only halfway through at the moment.

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