Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Genre - YA Contemporary

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

My Favorite Genre - YA Contemporary!

You may have noticed that I read a LOT of contemporary novels. I read middle grades, adult, new adult, and young adult contemporaries. I am not sure whey it is my favorite genre. Maybe it's because of the wide array of topics they cover, or it could be that I am simply more comfortable reading a story that takes place in a time and space somewhat, if not wholly, familiar to me. Whatever the reason, I would love to share some YA contemporaries I enjoyed this year, which I haven't featured recently. Trying to spread the love. This was NO easy task. I shifted through over 100 YA contemporaries I read this year, and leaned towards those I felt were under appreciated. I hope you find a gem in the bunch that sparks your interest.


What is a recent YA contemporary 
you want to scream about?
Let us know in the comments!

50 comments:

  1. Oh I have never heard of some of these before, will have to check them out!

    Lotte | www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. How have I not read any of these??? That definitely needs to change!

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    1. I feel like everyone says that when they see my lists. 😂

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    1. I thought all Menon's books were fabulous! And Sweetie was, well, so sweet

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  4. I just added The Field Guide To The North American Teenager to my TBR list. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. That book was so funny. I really enjoyed it. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

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  5. thanks for sharing the great looking books. happy reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  6. I have There’s Something About Sweetie on hold at the library now. From all the reviews I’ve read Sweetie just sounds like a character that I want to read about. And one who could be super relatable.

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    1. Sweetie was a great addition to the YA field. Her whole story wasn't utterly unique, but her perspective was something different. I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. I haven't read a single one of these, but I've been hearing good things about I Wanna Be Where You Are!

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    1. Forest writes the type of stories I love. She is all about the HEA, and I am totally there for that. It was fun and sweet and adorable and I really enjoyed it.

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  8. So many great books! I loved One Year Maybe too! Great list!!

    ~Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books

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    1. That book broke me. It's odd I rated it so high, because I am all about the endings going my way, but Solomon kept it hopeful and I was able to understand what she was doing there. Still would have liked it to have gone down a little differently.

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  9. I want to read all of these! Especially I want to be where you are as I think it has a dance theme which I love. Our Year of Maybe looks so good too.

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    1. I Wanna Be Where You Are was fabulous. I adored Chloe, and I was rooting for her to get her mojo back. Solomon writes the most gut wrenching books, and they are so good. Lots of tears when I read her books.

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  10. I Wanna Be Where You Are is a book on my TBR! Great lost and there are some books I haven’t heard much about! Oh Sweetie is another one I want to read!

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    1. I am all about highlighting the less hyped books. For some reason I gravitate towards them

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  11. I imagine this was quite the difficult list for you. I also really enjoyed Love from A to Z and Sweetie. I can't wait for I Wanna Be Where You Are. Great list!

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    1. I hope you will smile as much as I did, when you read I Wanna Be Where You Are

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  12. A few years ago, I would have been familiar with every book up there, these days not so much as I don’t read as much YA. I do have the Sweetie book on hold at the library as I enjoyed Rishi and Dimple and I am reading great reviews for that one. I will have to research some of the books up there!

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    1. I liked what Menon did with Ash's story. The families play a more active role, and I adored the Patels. Lots of happy feels from that one.

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  13. I love when you root for the underdog Sam! Our year of Maybe and The Field Guide are two that I want to read one day!

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    1. Field Guide was just hilarious. I really want a follow up book for that one. Our Year of Maybe was so many tears. It was wonderful, though.

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  14. Cute picks! All totally new to me ones since this isn't my genre! Lol! Though I will admit I see a few familiar ones from other contemp lovers raving about them! ;)


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  15. I want to also scream about Our Year of Maybe! What else? Ummm Rayne & Delilah! OOOH I know one! Wild & Crooked! That one was awesome. OOOH The Boy Who Steals Housessss!!

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    1. I think more people should be screaming about both Solomon's books. I shed many tears, but thought they were both fantastic. Zentner will always be a must-read for me. I adore his books. Wild & Crooked was on my radar, as well as TBWSH. Both sound great.

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  16. So many good ones on your list! Love from A to Z is a favorite of mine, and I loved Goodbye Perfect and There's Something About Sweetie too.

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    1. Ali and Barnard write great books. I wish more people were talking about them.

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  17. I discovered YA contemporaries through blogging and have read some lovely books I never would have experienced- so I can appreciate why it's your favorite genre. And if I ever needs recs I will come to you haha because you seem to always pick out great sounding books. Several of these have me curious enough to go check em out on Goodreads.

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    1. I hope you try a few. If not these books, maybe something else from the authors, because they are fabulous.

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  18. I have not read any of these, but I've heard great things about several of them!

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    1. I adored them all, and want them to get more love. Hope you get a chance to check out a few.

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  19. Cold Day in the Sun! YES! I loved that book! I need another set in that town!

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    1. That book was such a feel-good book, and I am all about that.

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  20. I absolutely love Tin Heart as well, one of my favourites but Goodbye Perfect had me wanting to tear my hair out at times. Just the main character who just refused to make mature choices and her lack of actual conversation with adults was so incredibly hard to read. I really like Sara Barnard as an author but that one really irritated me. I love contemporaries too and can't wait to check the rest of these out Sam, thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Tin Heart had me from the very first page (and had me singing Meat is Murder for about a week). I didn't necessarily agree with the choices Eden made, but I thought she grew a lot, and all the family interactions and those with her boyfriend were done so well.

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  21. Goodbye, Perfect is one I want to read!

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    1. I have loved all the Barnard books I have read

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  22. Great choices. I'm on the hold list for Menon's novel. :)

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    1. I hope you love Sweetie as much as I did. Different from WDMR, but still delivered similar feels

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  23. Just that you have 100 contemporaries that you've read this year---so crazy!! Love From A to Z is on my must-read list.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Well, that's YA contemporaries. I have read adult and MG contemporaries too. Look, I just like contemporaries. Ali writes such great books, and Love From A to Z was stupendous for me.

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  24. I have read a lot more contemporary romances because of you! And romance in general. I also have quite a few of them on my tbr pile both real and virtual :D I love that you love it so much. I really like Sara Barnard and cannot wait to try Sandhya Menon's writing as well as Love from A-Z.

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    1. Sara Barnard absolutely writes stories I enjoy. I was lucky enough to win her last book via a Twitter giveaway, because I don't think it is going to be released in the US. Menon's and Ali's books have all been solid for me too

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  25. I have Our Year of Maybe as a pre-order for the swag as I thought it was adorable and this one is on my nightstand. My surgery is in Aug as I have 3 week off of university and I will be hopefully reading and watching TV most of the time! =)

    Mary

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    1. I will have to wish you a safe surgery and happy healing closer to the date. If you decide to pick up OYoM, have some tissues handy. Solomon always makes me cry.

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