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

Week in Review: June 15th (with a mini TFiOS Movie review!)

Inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads.

WHAT I DID:

IMG_4209While I was on blog hiatus I didn’t really do much exciting…except for seeing The Fault in Our Stars and crying my eyes out. As you can see from the picture I wore my “Okay? Okay.” shirt to the movie, accompanied by my Starbucks. My friend told me we should take pictures and caption them “The Fault in Our Starbucks,” hence the picture. I’m not planning on reviewing the movie as I don’t have much to say about it other than that skeptical fans of the book will have nothing to worry about. It was beautiful and just as emotionally exhausting as the book was, bringing enough tears to fill a river. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Laura Dern stole the show. The movie had me crying sooner than the book did. We left the theater puffy-eyed and stuffy-nosed, people in line for the next show staring at us on the way out.

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In which I gush about…everything The Fault in Our Stars!

In which I gush about...

This will be a spoiler-free post!

John GreenLet me tell you a story…

Unlike most people, my love for The Fault in Our Stars was not immediate. I hadn’t already been a fan of John Green’s writing, nor had I been eagerly anticipating the release of TFiOS. In fact, before even hearing about TFiOS before it’s release I was completely unaware of John Green, himself. I am ashamed that I was once so out of the loop in the book community. That was before blogging happened to me though. A story for another day.

I looked into this new book by this supposed ‘genius’ of an author and after reading the synopsis I immediately said to myself, “I am never going to read this book.” About a year went by with people, even friends of mine that didn’t read books, saying, “Oh Emily, you HAVE to read this book it’s amazing!” which of course I had been hearing from everyone else online in the book community. That just deterred me from reading it even more. I was nervous because it was a book that was way out of my fantastical dystopian comfort zone and so hyped I felt like it would never live up to my ever-growing expectations for it. I absolutely hate sad books, because, well they make me sad, obviously.

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