The One Where I Try To Read All The Books…

Hey Bookworms! It’s Saturday morning when I’m writing this post to go up on Sunday. TBH I had no intentions of making this “Official” I kind of always participate on the low 😂🙈 which is probably because of how high I set the standard for myself & don’t always meet it 🤷🏻‍♀️ This time, I wanted a bit of accountability. These are just the books I’ll be reading during Contemporary-A-Thon, my actual September TBR is dreadful & scares me putting on paper so that’ll just stay in my head 😂 This readathon is run by some truly fantastic Booktubers I adore to pieces & you should definitely consider checking out:

Julie @PagesandPens

Chelsea @ChelseaDollingReads

Natasha @MyReadingIsOdd

The Challenges:

1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover
2. Read a dark/spooky contemporary
3. Read a diverse contemporary
4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
5. Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover
6. Read a contemporary from a new to you author
7. Read a contemporary that is a 5 star prediction


Read a contemporary with orange on the cover  What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera Not only is my MOST anticipated Contemporary book of 2018! 😱 One of my top 3 fave authors co-wrote this book! If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you probably know how much I LOVE Adam Silvera’s books! They always leave me wrecked yet I keep returning for more tear jerking reads. I also think this will be a 5 star read & it also fits the diverse read category as well.

🌟Bonus🌟 One of the MC’s  is Puerto-Rican & therefore this book aligns with Latinx (I sure did change it to be more inclusive) Heritage Month (9/15/2018-10/15/2018) 🖤

Read a dark/spooky contemporary  Sadie by Courtney Summers which I’ve been trying my hardest not to start before the readathon! this book legit checks off so many of my boxes & appeals to my love of Podcasts. It’s been a while since I discovered Serial & the Adnan Syed case, but my time listening/obsessing over each episode is still fresh in my memory. I’ve had a couple of book blogging buddies tell me there is now a podcast to go along with the book & GAHHH! I’m so ready! I have this book in physical format & then used 1 of my Audible credits for the audiobook after hearing some AMAZING things about the narration.

Read a diverse contemporary  The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory  is sort of a companion novel to The Wedding Date (My review) published earlier this year. Carlos, one of the side characters who starred in The Wedding Date had me wishing so hard for a character swap #jussayin 😂 he was way nicer & just all around chivalrous which is something rare. Carlos also IMO has excellent taste in foods 😉

🌟Bonus🌟 Carlos is a Latino Doctor which means this book also book aligns with Latinx (I sure did change it to be more inclusive) Heritage Month (9/15/2018-10/15/2018)

Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format  Blue is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh is a graphic novel I’ve been meaning to get to since 2017 & never got around to it. I’ve heard it’s best to go into it blind but that it for sure is a tear jerker starring a F/F romance. STOKED to finally have no excuse to not get to this one. I also just found out a movie exists for this story (IMDB) 🖤

Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover  The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid & no a longer title I could not find 😂 truth be told, I’ve been DYING to read this for so long. My initials are simple, ‘LB’ or my unmarried initials ‘LL’ can both be found in this title. I’m possibly even more excited to read this one than What If It’s Us. All great books but this is one I’ve owned for so long with the knowledge it’s going to be a 5 star read & that once I read it I won’t be able to experience it for the first time again…anyone else do this? procrastinate with nooks you know will be your next obsession? 😩😂

🌟Bonus🌟  MC is a Cuban bi-sexual woman which makes this one perfect for Latinx (I sure did change it to be more inclusive) Heritage Month (9/15/2018-10/15/2018)

Read a contemporary from a new to you author  Flight or Fight by Samantha Young which I’ll be buddy reading with Melanie from Meltotheany (we’re also BR The Proposal). I admittedly don’t know much about this one other than it’s a cute hate to love contemporary everyone has been buzzing about. This will be my first Samantha Young read & I’m hoping to find a new fave author 🖤

Read a contemporary that is a 5 star prediction  Pride by Ibi Zoboi is one I’ve been highly anticipating! After reading American Street & the short story written by Ibi Zoboi in the YA anthology Meet Cute, I can’t help but want to read everything this author writes. The fact that it takes place in my home city of Brooklyn & that it’s a Pride & Prejudice REMIX (not a retelling 😂) has me HYPED!

🌟Bonus🌟  The MC Zuri Benitez is Afro-Latina….we don’t have no where near enough Afro-Latinx MC’s in our books, so happy to be reading this one for Latinx (I sure did change it to be more inclusive) Heritage Month (9/15/2018-10/15/2018) 🖤

Contemporary-A-Thon takes place from 9/17-9/23, all info to participate can also be found in the Booktube channels listed above. If you are participating in the readathon or just happen to have ready any of the titles I’ll be reading, drop me some luv in the comments down below 🖤


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48 thoughts on “The One Where I Try To Read All The Books…”

    1. EeeeK! this is so good to know Stephanie! I haven’t come across anyone who has already read it, seems like it did make it to quite a few Contemporaryathon TBR’s though *fingers crossed* 🙂

      I hope we both love The Proposal! did you read The Wedding Date? 🙂

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  1. Reading that the MC in Pride is Afro-Latina? My heart! Yessss! Also, amazing list in general, love. And your picks are honestly so perfect! I hope you love them all, but especially the ones you are buddy reading with me! Hehehe! Happy reading, Lilly love! 💖xx

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  2. This is a great list! I loved Sadie! It was a powerful read with a gripping storyline. I hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to read Fight or Flight! I haven’t read Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but I’ve heard great things about it.
    Hope you have a great reading! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Raven! 🙂 I’m loving all of the great things I’m reading & hearing about Sadie, STOKED! I hope you love Flight or Fight, I’m starting it tonight and can’t wait for the much welcome lighter read 🙂

      Happy Reading! ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. We should’ve made a group chat for all the book bloggers participating since a lot of my faves are doing it, too!!! Anyways I can’t wait to hear what you think of Fight or Flight and Sadie, those are two books I’m really looking forward to reading ❤

    Good luck!! I'm just hoping I can read 6 books in a week 😛

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    1. So many Book Bloggers & Book tubers, I’m having a tough time trying to catch them all on Twitter. I have a feeling Sadie is going to a 5 star read *fingers crossed* I wish you all of the good luck in reading your 6, mine is ambitious but I will give it my best LOL! Happy reading! 🙂

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  4. I’m not posting my list until later, but we have some similar picks! I’m also going with Seven Husbands (but for my diverse read) and after LOVING Sadie I’m doing another Courtney Summers title for my dark contemporary! So great minds, love! I wish us both luck in getting 7 done in 7! Happy reading!! Check out my list later =D

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    1. Yay for Evelyn Hugo & I had NO idea Courtney Summers had another book SMH! Goodreads here I come haha! Thank you Taylor & I wish you the best of luck tackling your books & most of all that you have fun and find some great reads 🙂

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      1. Thanks, Lilly!! Evelyn was my BOTM selection an embarrassing amount of months ago so it’s about time I gave it some love & attention! And yep, Courtney has several books. I purchased ATR after Jay Kristoff raved about it at the Obsidio meet and greet. I’ll keep you posted on my progress! Thanks so much for the luck & love!

        Are you doing this readathon??


  5. So excited for What If It’s Us! I just recently learned about it but after reading They Both Die at the End, I’ve become a new fan of Adam Silvera. I’ll read anything by him now haha. Same with Becky Albertalli! Both are such fantastic writers. They both really know how to pull at the heartstrings. I’m ready to be wrecked haha. I have Sadie and I just fall in love with that cover every time that I look at it. Can’t wait to read it. I’ve just gotten into the magic of podcasts, so I think I might just have to listen to the one for Sadie! And Pride sounds absolutely amazing. I love it even more for its diverse take on Pride and Prejudice! So thankful to have another Afro-Latinx MC in YA. Great list Lilly! I really hope you love them all 😀 ❤

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    1. I’m glad you share the same feelings for Adam’s books! I am like a masochist when it comes to his tear jerkers and I don’t ever see me staying away from whatever he writes smh haha! I hope you love Sadie & Pride & YESSS! Ibi Zoboi made a fan out of me after American Street and her short story in the anthology meet cute. Thank you Azia, Happy reading! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Why do we do it to ourselves?! The pain is so immense but it’s so worth it when it comes to Adam Silvera haha. I haven’t read any of Ibi Zoboi’s works so I’ll have to check out that short story/anthology!


  6. Gah! I hope that you enjoy all of these, Lilly! I’ve heard amazing things about the ones I haven’t read (and they’re on my TBR lol), and I recently read Sadie and LOVED it! ❤


  7. Oh good luck with this readathon Lilly, it seems like you have some great books to get through so I hope you love them all. 🙂 ❤️ I’ve seen Sadie around the blogging community a lot recently but still don’t know a lot about what it’s about. I may have to wait for your review on that one because I know if you loved it, I’ll love it. 😀
    Also What If It’s Us is one of my highly anticipated releases for this year. Both Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli are incredible authors so a book written by both of them is probably going to be a five star read for me for sure!
    Happy reading. 🙂 ❤️


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