ContemporaryAThon and Tome Topple TBRs

So there are a zillion readathons going on this month, and as much as I want to participate in all of them, it’s just not realistic. But in addition to Nonfiction November, I’m also planning to do the ContemporaryAThon from November 13 to 19 and Tome Topple from November 17 to 30.


I don’t think this TBR is that realistic, but I have a few contemporary books I have to read this month, plus a few that have been on my shelves for a long time that I’d like to read, so I’m just going to put them all on here and we’ll see how it goes. I’ll still be reading nonfiction during the ContemporaryAThon, so that will definitely affect the volume that I can read, but I think I can still make it through two or three of these. Oh, and I should note that I’m pretty much ignoring the challenges. I had the perfect TBR planned out so I could meet all of the challenges in only three books, but I’ve acquired a number of books recently that forced me to completely reconsider my TBR, so here we are.

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai

I can’t wait to read this book! Wrong to Need You is one of my most anticipated reads this fall, and I was lucky enough to get approved for an advanced reading copy of it. It’s the highly anticipated sequel to Hate to Want You and follows the story of Sadia and Jackson, who are fighting their feelings for each other because Sadia is the widow of Jackson’s older brother. I’m anticipating lots of angst and I think it’s going to be a really good read. I’m specifically trying to save this for the ContemporaryAThon, but I do have to admit, there’s a chance I’ll read it before then…

Going Dark by Monica McCarty

Going Dark is my book club’s pick for December, so I really do have to read it sometime this month. What better time than ContemporaryAThon? I don’t know much about this book other than it’s a romance novel involving a Navy SEAL team that had to go into hiding. I don’t think I would have picked this up on my own, but I think it will still be an enjoyable read. Regardless, my book club always has a great time discussing our book picks!

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil has been on my shelf for ages. I literally know nothing about it other than it was written during Kleypas’ foray into contemporary, which I was not happy about because I loved her historicals so much and generally am not the biggest fan of contemporary romance. Regardless, it’s still a Kleypas book, so I’d like to give it a shot and get it off my shelf.

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

I picked Anything for You up at a book signing that Kristan Higgins did with Sarah MacLean almost two years ago and have still not read it. Higgins is known for writing really sweet contemporaries and I’ve heard good things about her books, but I still haven’t picked this up and I really need to! I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get to it during the ContemporaryAThon.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I’ve heard amazing things about The Female of the Species and have been wanting to read it for months, but I was waiting for the paperback to come out first. Well, it’s here and has been sitting on my shelves for two months now, and I think it’s about time to read it! My understanding is that this book deals with some pretty dark topics. I think the protagonist’s sister was raped and murdered and the culprit was never charged, so the protagonist takes matters into her own hands a la Dexter. Literally all I’ve heard about this book is rave reviews, so I’m excited to pick it up.

Tome Topple

I think my TBR for Tome Topple is a little more realistic. I would normally feel pretty confident in my ability to read these books during a two week span, especially since I’ll hopefully have already made a good dent in one, but I don’t usually get a ton of reading done over the holidays, so we’ll see.

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Does this book look familiar to you? That’s because FDR was in my Nonfiction November TBR. I’ve already started reading this book and am making decent progress, but it’s about 635 pages without the bibliography and I’m not pushing myself to get through it just yet. My plan is to keep working on this book a little bit here and there, and then to really push through it during Tome Topple so I finish it before the end of the month.

The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

The Sea King is another book that was on my list of most anticipated fall reads. I’m really excited to pick it up, but I’m trying to make myself wait until Tome Topple since it’s a 608-page book. That sounds big, but it’s mass market paperback and I remember reading through the first one pretty quickly, so I’m hopeful I can do that again here. I don’t know much about the premise other than that the hero was introduced in the first book in this fantasy romance series, The Winter King, and I really enjoyed him, so I’m excited to read his book.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Goblet of Fire is another big book that I actually think I’ll get through relatively quickly. The edition of this book that I’ll be reading is 617 pages, but there’s something about Harry Potter that’s so readable that I’m sure I’ll fly through it. I remember being less than enthused about the whole Triwizard Tournament concept, so I’m interested to see what I’ll think on this reread.


Alright, I think that’s plenty of books to set myself up for during a three-week time span! I’m almost positive I won’t get through all of my picks for the ContemporaryAThon, and my Tome Topple TBR might be a little ambitious, too, but I’m still excited to participate in these readathons! And whatever I don’t finish or get to, I’m sure I’ll read in December.

Are you planning to participate in either of these readathons? Let me know what books you’ll be reading in the comments!


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  1. Pingback: ContemporaryAThon, Tome Topple, and Nonfiction November Wrap Ups | Dani's Bookshelf

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