Top Ten Books for Wary Contemporary Readers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


The way I gush about some of the contemporary books that I’ve read while blogging here you probably wouldn’t believe that I’m a “wary” contemporary reader. I used to hate it, but here are some of the books that I read that changed my mind.

The Serious Stuff

   

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher [REVIEW] – About a girl who is kidnapped but grows conflicting feelings for her captor. Is sure to bring on the feels and get your mind going about these twisty emotions.
  • We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt [REVIEW] – Siblings and inappropriate relationships…
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – The first serious contemporary book I read, and you’ve probably read it too.
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry – Could be shelved in various different genres, but contemporary is definitely one of them. A beautiful and moving book that’s a perfect gateway into the “serious” contemporary genre.

The Cutes-y Romance

   

  •  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every nerdy book-lover and writer will relate to Cath and fall in love right along with her!
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – If you’ve been following this blog for even a little bit you’ll know my love of Jenny Han’s books. This is the first contemporary book I’ve ever read and it will definitely turn you into a lover of this genre.
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – I think of Jennifer E. Smith as the queen of cliché. Don’t go into her books expecting deep contemporaries. They’re the perfect adorable, cute romances that will send you on a little trip, too.
  • On the Fence by Kasie West [REVIEW] – Although I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s parallel world books, I ADORE her contemporaries. If you’ve read her other books than you should definitely check out On the Fence and her other contemp book The Distance Between Us. SO. CUTE.

Fun, Fun, Fun

  

  • Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer – There’s an adorable romance, but there’s also topics like breaking through the stereotype of being a “smart” girl.
  • The Innocents by Lili Peloquin & The Lying Game by Sara Shepard – Both are also mysteries, so if you’re worried about diving all the way in and like a little bit of thrilling and puzzling fun, these are your books!

What books you suggest to wary contemporary genre readers?

xo, emily

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

For me there was no question about what I was picking up at the bookstore on July 1st: On the Fence. I had been waiting for this day ever since I finished The Distance Between Us last summer, and had been reading other blogger’s reviews who had raved about On the Fence. Originally I was planning to read this on my vacation, but my excitement won out and I devoured this one as soon as I brought it home!

On the Fence was everything I could have possibly wished for, and I loved every page of it. From the characters to the romance there was not one thing that I didn’t like.

Kasie West’s new cast of characters were funny, clever, but most importantly real. It was clear there were strong family bonds between Charlie, Jerome, Gage, Nathan and Braden. They were goofy, witty, and fun, but had their problems too. The struggles that Charlie had about acting “like a girl” and having to grow up without a mom were written so realistically and added more to the main story of the romance.

I absolutely loved Charlie and Braden’s relationship. Talk about ADORABLE! No insta-love, just a relationship built off of twelve years of friendship, which I think made for a perfect romance. Before and after they realized their feelings neither of them changed for the other. Charlie was still one of the boys. I think that was one great message that was shown through the book: you shouldn’t change for someone else. You should always be YOU.

All in all, One the Fence was such a cute, adorable, and funny read. It was everything I look for in a light, fun, and happy contemporary. It had me smiling throughout the entire book. Even better than The Distance Between Us, Kasie West’s On the Fence is sure to delight all contemporary fans!

Week in Review: July 6th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

on the fence happinessTo all of my American readers out there – I hope you had/are having a great holiday weekend! I went to my local parade and ate delicious breakfast pizza and topped that off with mouthwatering fried dough. I love that stuff… My mom and I drove out to an indie we never visited, and while their selection was okay, we weren’t fond of the staff, who were somewhat pushy and rude. 😦 They were also selling old ARCs, which pretty much immediately put me off to the store. We were disappointed, but are planning more little excursions to other indies this summer, and my vacation is coming up so I’m very excited to visit the indie there that I know and love! After that I went to Barnes and Noble (as usual!) on Tuesday, and was sad to see that they didn’t have On the Fence by Kasie West, which was releasing that day. Eventually I went back later in the week and was triumphant in purchasing a copy!

Links I Loved:

  • Aimee and Dyan @ Deadly Darlings are looking for co-bloggers! If you’re interested blogging for the first time, or looking to blog with others, definitely check out their post and see if their blog may be the right fit for you!
  • Miguel @ The Quirky Reader posted a much better review and discussion of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo than mine.
  • Asma @ IceyBooks wrote an awesome gif-post about how she is becoming a lover of contemporary after preferring fantasy. The same thing happened to me, so naturally I love her post!
  • Christine from polandbananasBOOKS and Kat from Katytastic made a hilarious discussion video about the season 4 premiere of TEEN WOLF, which you all know I watch and obsess over. If you’ve seen the premiere episode you must watch this!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

IMG_4297Bought:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – The cover. It glows in the dark. ❤
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – For school summer reading…yay…
On the Fence by Kasie West – SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. (I actually already read this now and my review will be up on Monday!)

  

For Review:

How We Fall by Kate Brauning (from Edelweiss) – You don’t know how excited I was when I saw I was accepted for this!
The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan (from Publisher) – I was contacted by the publisher and asked if I’d like to review this one. I’m also going to be a part of the blog tour (post up this Tues. with my review!). It’s more middle grade, but it’s being compared to adventure stories like Harry Potter and Narnia so I was like “Ummm YES!”
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston (from NetGalley) – Been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it back when it was released. This was a “Read Now” on NetGalley so I jumped at the chance!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finished a 3 books this week: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and On the Fence by Kasie West. Every single one of them was either really good or AMAZING so I was happy with my reading this week for sure! I’m currently reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (for school), and am starting The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan very soon!

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag

This week was a freebie and with summer fast approaching (where I’m from it’s already really warm!) I jumped at the chance to talk about summery books! All my picks I consider to be “beach” or “poolside” reads that I think are a must to pack in your bag when you’re headed to the beach!

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