It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. This is a weekly challenge hosted by The Brooke and the Bookish. This week’s challenge is a freebie . We get to choose any genre we want that we’ve recently added to our TBR. If you want to participate in this weekly meme, be sure to go check out Brooke’s blog!
This is a strange list for me to be making because contemporary is normally really out of my comfort zone. I’ve been trying to branch out more and more lately though and the summer feels like a perfect time to give lighter contemporaries a fair shot. I’ve been purchasing a lot and adding lots of my TBR lately. If you have any suggestions for me that would be amazing. Not 100% familiar with the category, so I’m still really out-of-the-loop with this genre. Here are my top ten contemporaries that I really want to read and added to my TBR!
Dimple Meets Rishi by Sandya Menon
This sounds so cute (I have a feeling I’m going to be saying that a lot in this list!). The book centers around two young American-Indians who have been arranged to be married. The guy is very much a traditionalist and is all for the marriage but the girl has other plans for her life. Sounds like a really great book and I believe it is an #ownvoice author and that always makes me much more excited to read. How gorgeous is this cover?!?!?
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I didn’t even need to read the description to know I’d be buying this one. It has the word geek right in it! Considering I’ve always been a geek and very into fandom, this seemed like a perfect fit. I also love that it’s not a fantasy but it’s still a retelling of Cinderella. That is so fun! Yet again, in love with this cover.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This was featured in the book subscription box Owlcrate in May. I am not the biggest superhero comic book fan so I ended up skipping the month but it didn’t stop me from pre-ordering this book. I go into most of my books not knowing a whole lot but this one is about a young girl who writes a web-comic anonymously. She meets a guy in school, who happens to be her most loyal fan but he has no idea that it’s her comic. Really love the description and I like that it has to do with mental illness as well. I believe she suffers from anxiety and panic disorder. Since I also suffer from those illnesses, I am hoping the representation feels authentic. I’m all about this cover. If you haven’t guessed it yet – I am a complete cover whore – #sorrynotsorry
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I’ve actually never read a Dessen book and people keep telling me that I must. Everyone who has recommended this author to me has mentioned this book, so I had to finally pick up. I have no idea what it is really about but I have heard that there is a really strong and healthy relationship between two young people and that sounds very refreshing to me.
Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
Confession time! I feel like I’m about to be kicked out of the YA book community but here goes. My name is Melanie, I’m a YA reader but I have never read a book by Rainbow Rowell. I know, I know! Put your rocks away, I promise I am going to fix this. It’s time I gave Rowell a shot. I recently purchased Carry On but people say I really need to start with this one and so I shall.
Simon vs. the Homosapiens by Becky Albertalli
Wow, seeing all these huge YA contemporary author names on my list makes me realize how behind I am on this stuff. This book sounds freaking adorable. This is an LGBT+ novel and features a guy who is having an online romance/flirtation with another guy in his school but he has no idea who it is. I heard the reveal is great. Looking forward to this.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Yep, Becky is making her second appearance on this list. She only recently hit my radar and now I need to read both her books. It really helped that I actually talked to the author on a couple of different occasions and she couldn’t have been nicer if she tried. I always support authors who are good to their readers. This book also has LGBT+ representation and features a protagonist who is overweight and has never dated – I could’ve related to this very much as a teen. Am I insane, or are covers getting more and more great lately?
Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
This book isn’t quite as hyped as the rest I’ve listed so far but it did make the rounds some on Booktube awhile ago and I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it. The lead protagonist is a set-designer trying to make it in Hollywood. Along the way she meets a girl and romance ensues. Sounds like a nice, cute romance and a great one if you are looking for a diverse read that isn’t heavy.
Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Recently ordered this. A couple of big Booktubers recently did a book talk on this one and it sounded like a lot of fun. The main sell for me is that it is about a reality show family I believe and I’m a complete sucker for reality television. I don’t personally watch The Kardashians but I watch lots of trashy tv – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is my current favorite! Judge me! I think this will be a really light and fast read. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
I know I’m super late to this party but it sounds like a fun party. Better late than never I suppose. I don’t know a ton about this series, other than there is a lot of teen angst, love triangles and catfighting. This probably sounds like a nightmare to a lot of people but I love a good catty book – this one should be a blast. I love the covers on these – so colorful!
That is it for this week. Hopefully you found a couple listed here that you are interested in. If you’ve read any of these, let me know how they were. Anything on here that is worth reading or anything you want to scream, “No – turn back! Don’t read that!” I want to hear all about it – the good, the bad and the ugly! If you participated in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday also let me know so I can drop by your blog. I love supporting other bloggers and want to make more connections in the community!
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