The Contemps Challenge

Take The Contemps Challenge!

Ok as you know (or may not know), I love reading YA fiction. HOWEVER, I am NOT a fan of paranormal or fantasy YA that seems to be flooding the market these days. I barely tolerated Twilight and I cannot stand that every time I turn around there is a new book featuring vampires, werewolves, mermaids, fairies, etc. So I was VERY excited to hear about this new website, The Contemps, that is focusing on YA authors who write contemporary YA fiction, which is EXACTLY what I enjoy reading. That's magic, no having to enter a world where beasts come alive. It's ALL REAL.

To kick off the launch of the site, they are hosting a reading challenge. The goal is to read at least 18 of the 19 upcoming Contemp books featured on the site from now until August 15, 2011.

Here is the nitty gritty from the site:

To enter:
  • Participants must be at least 13 years old.
  • Send an e-mail by November 15, 2010 with I ACCEPT THE CONTEMPS CHALLENGE in the subject line to: contempscontests(at)gmail(dot)com
  • Start reading! Visit our Books page for the complete book list or add books to your "to read" list from our Goodreads page (books that release later in 2011 may not be available on Goodreads yet).

I'm excited to this challenge because I already have some of these books and am looking forward to discovering new authors who do focus on the exact type of YA that I enjoy reading. I hope to be able to read ALL 19 books by the end of the challenge!

I will be adding to this post as the year goes by with the books I have read.

1. Freefall by Mindi Scott - finished 12/3/10
2. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden - finished 12/15/10
3. Girl, Stolen by April Henry - finished 2/5/11
4. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers - finished 2/8/11
5. Trapped by Michael Northrup - finished 4/23/11
6. Rival by Sara Bennett Whealer - finished 5/12/11
7. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - finished 5/28/11
8. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard - finished 6/19/11
9. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith - finished 7/8/11


  1. This is awesome! I much prefer 'normal' stories to the paranormal. The exception being retellings of fairy tales -- I have a major weakness for fairy tales, the "real" ones, haha ... May have to join this challenge!


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