As a general rule, I don’t often read contemporary books. For me, reading has always been a chance to escape into another world or another time, which is why I’m such a huge fan of fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction.
However, I recently found myself going into a bit of an Amazon rabbit hole of contemporary book recommendations (as one does!), and it made me wonder why I don’t read contemporary more. There was so many books I stumbled across that sound really interesting, even if there are no dragons!
So here are 10 contemporary books I want to read (and if you have read any of these and particularly recommend them, let me know!):
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Looking up this book is what originally led me into the contemporary rabbit hole!
Whilst I rarely read contemporaries, I did read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a while back when the Netflix film came out, to see what all the fuss was about. To my surprise, I loved it, so I really would like to get round to reading the next two books in the series.
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Back when I was a teenager I used to adore Sarah Dessen’s books! Whilst they often dealt with serious issues, they were generally really heart-warming reads, and I always feel like they perfectly captured the essence of what it is to be young and unsure of the world around you.
I haven’t read much of her later stuff though, but The Rest of the Story looks interesting, and like it could be another heart-warming read!
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I’ve heard such good things about this book! I’m not even entirely sure what the plot is about from the
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Again, this is a book I’ve heard great things about! The main character sounds super relatable to me (I’ve suffered from social anxiety myself in the past), and there looks to be some kind of road trip element to it? So count me in!
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
There’s literally no part of ‘friends-turned-enemies stranded in the wilderness together’ that doesn’t appeal to me, so I’m definitely going to have to read this one soon!
Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
This one looks like it could be quite an emotional rollercoaster, but sometimes you just need a good therapeutic sob, right? I think the concept of two people who don’t realise they know each other baring their souls in letters sounds incredibly powerful, so I can’t wait to read this one!
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is another book that looks to be a bit of a tear-jerker judging from the reviews!
I’m definitely a sucker for any book blurb that hints at a big dramatic event happening that changes the main characters life, but doesn’t tell you what the event is. Because now I have to know what Lena did! Why won’t Sebastian forgive her? Seriously, why?
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
A mute girl and a deaf boy meeting and striking up a friendship sounds like a recipe for an incredibly heart-warming book, so I’ve had my eye on this one for quite a while.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Sara Barnard’s books just sound awesome, OK? I’m not as intrigued by the concept of this one as I am by A Quiet Kind of Thunder, but it still looks interesting, and I’ve heard great things about it.
Plus it looks like the first in a series, which means if I love it, there’s even more!
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This book looks to be more of a thriller, but I’m still going to count it as a contemporary book! I’ve been really enjoying thrillers lately, and this one looks to have an incredibly strong concept. Plus again, the blurb has hooked me in…I need to know who killed Simon, and I don’t even know anything about Simon yet!
So have you read any of these? Which would you recommend? What other contemporary books would you recommend?