Hello friends, it’s been a while >_> I’m sorry for taking a sudden hiatus without telling anyone, but HEY I’M BACK NOW. Hopefully for good.
As I’m adjusting back to my blogging habit, I realize that it’s Tuesday which means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! I certainly haven’t done this for a while, but I totally recommend this weekly fun feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to all book bloggers. It’s fun (have I mentioned that? :p) and it’s a good way to get in touch with other book bloggers.
Anyway, let’s get on to business. This week’s topic is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d probably know that SFF is my go-to genre. Which means it’ll be so hard for me to pick Top 10 for that genre (also, it might turn into Top Ten Brandon Sanderson Books and … well … I’ve accidentally done that so many times. LOL). I decided to go with YA contemporary instead. Truthfully, I haven’t read that many contemporary books so if anyone wants to give me recommendation based on these top 10, I’d appreciate it very much! Here they are in no particular order.
- The Serpent King (Jeff Zentner) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. If you’re looking for a good coming-of-age book, give this one a try.
- More Happy than Not (Adam Silvera) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
Okay, so it does have SFF element in it, but I adore this book too much to leave it out of this list.
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
‘Simon vs’ earned the #1 spot of favorite contemporary I read last year. It was lighthearted and funny, sweet and refreshing. If you’re looking for a book that deal with LGBT without being angsty (not that I dislike angsty books, it’s just nice to have something different) or preachy, read Simon vs.
- Dangerous Girls (Abigail Haas) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
Dangerous Girls is technically a thriller, but it’s a YA contemporary thriller if that makes sense? I love thrillers and I love YA so DG is a perfect combination for me. I figured out the killer quite early in the book, but still it didn’t matter because the writing was that good.
- Lock and Key (Sarah Dessen) | GOODREADS
Lock and Key wasn’t my first Dessen book, nor was it my last, but somehow for me it’s the most memorable of all her works. I love how family was the main focus of this book, instead of the usual romance. Sure, the romance is there but it didn’t seem to be all that important for the main character’s growth.
- Challenger Deep (Neal Shusterman) | (SORT OF) REVIEW | GOODREADS
This wasn’t an easy book to read because it took you inside the head of Caden Bosch while he was descending into mental illness. It’s confusing at times since this book was written from a point of view of a schizophrenic, but stick with the book, I promise it’s totally worth your time. This is one book that truly affects me.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) | GOODREADS
If I’m being honest, I love the movie more than the book, but then the movie will not happen if Chbosky (who also directed the movie) never wrote the book. What I really like about the book, however, was how the writing and the plot build up. I almost stopped reading it during the first few pages, but it kept getting better and better, and before I knew it I was totally sucked in.
- Beauty Queens (Libba Bray) | GOODREADS
This book will make you roll your eyes at first, then shrug, then laugh. It was completely absurd, yet totally on point. At first, it seemed like this book made fun of beauty queens, but if you keep reading it, you’ll realize that it was a truly feminist book at its core.
- Charm & Strange (Stephanie Kuehn) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
I provided the link to my review and goodreads above, but I always tell people to not read the synopsis. Please, just read it. It’s one of those books.
- Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell) | REVIEW | GOODREADS
I considered putting Fangirl here, but honestly I connected more with Kindred Spirits. I just hope it was longer. Like 400 pages longer.
And there you have it! As I mentioned before, recommendations are appreciated. 🙂
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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite YA Contemporary Books”
I love this list!! So many of my favourites are on here – Beauty Queens, Challenger Deep, More Happy Than Not, Simon Vs, Perks, and Charm & Strange! 😀
Also, I’m glad you liked Beauty Queens! The satire is a little heavyhanded, but it’s so laugh-out-loud funny and definitely feminist. c:
And I completely agree – most of Kuehn’s books seem to give away the big twists in her books; the same was for Complicit. 🙁
Thank you 💖
I was a little worried to start Beauty Queens because some reviews said that it is offensive. After reading it, I have to admit that Beauty Queens is definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
Complicit is the next Kuehn book in my TBR so thank you for letting me know. I have read the synopsis in the past, but now I have completely forgotten it so it should be safe for me to start reading Complicit. 😛