Contemporaryathon Round Five: Wrap-Up

Initially, on the very last day of the readathon, I thought that I failed it because I only completed three and a half books from my TBR. But turns out, just a few minutes ago, after I read my TBR post again, I realized that with those three books only (I finished the other half by now but it’s not counted, right?), I actually completed the whole seven prompts of this readathon! So… Nope, I didn’t manage to read all of the books that I originally placed on my TBR, but hey, I completed the whole prompts anyway? So, it’s a success? Haha, jk, unless? But, since I’ve read four books in total until this very second, I think I’d just talk about them all in today’s wrap-up post!

the wrap-up

➤ Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger (2019 + diverse + illustrated + hard-hitting)
I wish I could enjoy this book more, but unfortunately, its formatting didn’t really do me a favor for experiencing the whole story. Regardless, it was clear that this story holds a strong attachment to the author and the mental illnesses’ representation in it was spot on.

Related Post: Blog Tour: Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger

➤ Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (2019 + yellow cover + diverse + illustrated + plants)
This one entered my favorite graphic novel list for this year easily. Hands down! It was so freaking good. The slow burn romance was executed very well and natural, the pumpkin patch park was a whole fun adventure, and don’t get me started on all the delicious seasonal foods and deserts that mentioned throughout this story!
➤ Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi (2019 + diverse + illustrated + beloved by Melanie)
Although I was having a terrible time with Emergency Contact, it doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in Choi’s newest contemporary. I buddy read this one with Rita and sadly, we both agree that we didn’t enjoy it as much.
➤ Frankly in Love by David Yoon (2019 + yellow cover + diverse + beloved by Noura)
I’m excited to announce that I enjoyed this so much more than I expected! Frank Li was a really interesting character to follow and although I questioned his decision sometimes, but considering he’s a senior and stressing out over college, struggling as a Korean-American, and dealing with too many pressure from his parents, I’ll let it slide. 
 

Have you read any of the titles above? What do you think about them?

Contemporaryathon Round Five: TBR

I’ve been wanting to join this readathon since last year when I first started my blog, and I’m so glad to be able to join the fun this week! As the title said, this is a readathon which focused on reading contemporary titles for one week long (9/23 – 9/29)! For more info regarding this readathon, check out their Instagram and Twitter!

the tbr

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
 
Applicable for:
A 2019 release, yellow cover, diverse, beloved by a member of the book community (Noura @ The Perks of being Noura)

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.
 
Applicable for:
A 2019 release, plants on the cover, beloved by a member of the book community (Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books)

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
 
Applicable for:
Illustrated cover, hard-hitting, beloved by a member of the book community (Rita @ Bookish Rita)

After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…
 
Applicable for:
A 2019 release, diverse, illustrated cover, beloved by a member of the book community (Melanie @ Meltotheany)

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?
 
Applicable for:
A 2019 release, yellow cover, diverse, illustrated cover, plants on the cover.

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her.

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects.

Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.
 
Applicable for:
A 2019 release, diverse, illustrated cover, hard-hitting.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
 
Applicable for:
Yellow cover, illustrated cover, beloved by a member of the book community (Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany), 

Are you joining this readathon? If so, what’s on your TBR?

The Reading Rush 2019 Wrap-Up: A (Bit of) Success!

Now… you might be wondering. What kind of title is that? Okay, okay. So, I’m happy to announce that I completed my Reading Rush readathon, but… I tweaked my initial TBR a bit and ended up reading books that are not even on the list. #MoodReader However, I still managed to finish the whole challenges with qualified books, so it counts! This post is going to be a short and sweet wrap-up, because I’ve been on blogging streak for three days now and I don’t even know if I still have that energy in me anymore. Without further ado, here’s the wrap-up!

books read

I read a total of eight books. Woohoo! Well, six of them are graphic novels, but in my defense, I’m a slow reader and all books matters! And here’s how I completed the challenges:

Purple on the cover; author’s first book
📚 Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Non-human main character; read in the same spot the entire time
📚 Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
Five or more words in the title
📚 The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz
Meant to read last year; read a book and watch the adaptation
📚 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

The other books are a result of me being impulsive, indecisive, and just throwing big moody reader energy. I’ll post my thoughts about these titles on my July Wrap-Up post, which will go live tomorrow, so I can gather all of my July reads in one nice post. Oh, and how could I forget about the stats?! We love a good stat and a shiny graphic.

reading stats

Courtesy of The Reading Rush Website

badges earned

This is probably the ultimate reason why I joined the readathon in the first place. The cute and shiny badges! Sadly, I didn’t get all of them because I don’t read any five-stars book and I don’t do Youtube videos and I’m not even on Instagram that much, but I’m happy with my result!

did you join the reading rush readathon? how was it going for you?