It’s been a while since my last readathon (a month and a half!) and I feel a need for it! It’s like an addiction!
Anyway. I’m not a massive contemporary reader but a have a few on my TBR this year, especially for the Read Harder challenge. We are coming close to the end of the year and I have a handfull of my Read Harder books left (exluding Anna Karenina, which I havent even started…). This readathon was perfect for tying up those loose reads into one week. Off my Read Harder plan I’ve managed to fit two… books… in… seven… 7! reading challenges. wow, I’m soo good at this planning thing *sarcasm*
So what if my plan backfired. I’m still doing a readathon 😁😁
DATES: 17th September to 23rd September
MAIN CHALLENGE: Read contemporary fiction
- A book with orange on the cover
- A dark/scary book
- A diverse book
- Non-traditional format (ebook, audiobook,etc)
- A book with any of my initials on the cover somewhere ( I K M )
- New to me author
- A 5⭐️ prediction
So lets see with books fits the challenges!
Main Physical TBR
When Dimple Meet Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Fits for Reading challenges: A book with orange on the cover, diverse author, new to me author, a book with my initials ( I M )
GoodReads Synopsis: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Fits for Reading challenge: A scary/dark book, new to me author, my initials on the cover ( I M )
Pages: 368 pages
GoodReads Synopsis: “If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.
It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.
I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget….”
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
Fits for Reading challenge: A book with my initilals on the cover ( I K M ), different format, new to me author
Pages: 400pages, Audiobook: 11h 15min
GoodReads Synopsis: Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.
The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has?
According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear:
A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact.
A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together.
A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.
It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.
The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way).
But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today.
And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.
He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.
“Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Fits for Reading challenge: 5 star prediction, diverse author, new to me author, different format (graphic novel), my initials on the cover ( I M )
Pages: 341 pages
GoodReads Synopsis: Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Fits for Reading challenge: different format, new to me author, my initials on the cover ( I M )
Pages: 432 pages
GoodReads Synopsis: Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.
A total of 1521pages excluding the audiobook. However, I’m expecting to read Persepolis as if it only had half the amount of pages it actually does because it’s a graphic novel. So it will. be more like 1350pages. It’s still a stretch so fingers crossed.
Books I have to read to complete all challenges is: When Dimple Met Rishi, The Loney, You Cant Make This Up Life Lessons, and Persepolis. Which leaves One Day In December as a backup and a book I might be able to fit in somewhere.
Anyone else joining the Contemporary-a-thon?
Have any of you done any readathons so far this year? How did you do? Did you enjoy it?