Last week (February 12-18), I participated in the Contemporary-A-Thon hosted by chelseadolling reads, Pages and Pens, and myreadingisodd.
I’ve attempted my own self-imposed read-a-thon before, but this was my first time trying to read as many books as I could in a set period of time with a community of people. This particular read-a-thon was unlike mine in that it had a theme—contemporary books—and optional challenges to complete within the week. The challenges were to:
- Read the most recent contemporary that you purchased/acquired
- 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 has been recommended to you
I knocked out three books during the contemporary-a-thon
(one of them went one day over but shhh let me have this) and accomplished four of the seven challenges. Even though it might not seem like much, I would call this read-a-thon a success; it dragged me out of my reading slump and allowed me to complete three, solid 4-star books. The books showed me how wide and diverse the contemporary genre is, and I have a new-found appreciation for it because of them. I’ll definitely be participating in more read-a-thons in the future (maybe I’ll try hosting my own?), and you all should join too!