10 Contemporary Books On My TBR

17/07/2019 Lists, Reading 24

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 blurb, but I’ve seen so many rave reviews of it, that it’s definitely piqued my interest.

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?

24 Responses to “10 Contemporary Books On My TBR”

    • Laura

      Thanks for sharing your review! I’m glad you seemed to enjoy it. I may have to bump this one further up my TBR list! 🙂

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    This is kind of another topic, but I always like to notice cover design trends, and this genre seems to favor a certain kind of “typographic” design … interesting that that gets chosen rather than a more figurative approach. The fonts used are usually “handwriting” style which makes them friendly and approachable, even with no people on the cover.

    Anyway, I haven’t read YA contemporary lately, but I went on a contemporary adult fiction jag last year. From that I recommend The Shore, Americanah, and Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I hope you find some contemporary reading to enjoy!

    • Laura

      That’s true about the genre seeming to favour typographic designs. You can definitely see it when you see a few of the covers together! 🙂
      And thanks for your recommendations! I actually have a copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine but haven’t read it yet, so I’ll definitely have to get to that soon. I’ve heard great things about it!

  2. Kristina

    Letters to the lost and radio silence are absolute favorites of mine! I’ve also read the sequel of beautiful broken things, fierce fragile hearts- which I also loved! Contemporaries are a win for me 🥰

    Starfish & Jenny Han’s trilogy are still on my tbr.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed Letters to the Lost and Radio Silence so much! I’ve hard really great things about Radio Silence in particular.
      I hope you love Starfish and To All The Boys I’ve Loved before as much 🙂

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    I’ve only read One of Us Is Lying, and yes, it’s a mystery, but I think it’s easily classified as a contemporary too. I really liked it!! I have Radio Silence on my wish list – it sounds great.


    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed One of Us Is Lying! I’m really looking forward to that one. And I hope you enjoy Radio Silence. I’ve heard such good things about it 🙂

  4. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    Ah what a great list, I really hope you’ll get to read all of these books and more contemporary books in general, too, there are so many gems here. I’m completely biaised since it’s my favorite genre, but well haha. I LOVE Radio Silence, A Quiet Kind of Thunder and Starfish so much <3
    Happy reading 😀

    • Laura

      I’m really hoping I’m going to get to read more contemporary books soon. It’s a genre I’ve always kind of overlooked in favour of fantasy, but there’s so many books I want to read! Radio Silence, Quiet Kind of Thunder and Starfish are definitely some of the ones on this list I’m most excited about, so I’m glad you enjoyed them! 🙂

  5. Greg

    Ooh Radio Silence was really good! I definitely can vouch for that one haha! And Starry Eyes sounds amazing- I want to read it too.

    I totally agree about contemps by the way- before blogging I almost never read them, sticking mostly to SF/F, but now I do read some on occasion and there have been so many good ones I’ve discovered.

    One Of Us Is Lying was good, and her next book Two Can Keep A Secret was even better, I thought.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed Radio Silence! I’ve heard so many good things about it. I hadn’t heard too much about Two Can Keep A Secret though, so I’m glad you enjoyed it, and it’s definitely going on my TBR list!
      And I’m glad you’ve been discovering some good contemporary books since starting blogging. I think a lot of the reason I’ve become interested in reading more contemporary lately is from blogging. I just see so many recommendations around!

  6. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    Letters to the Lost and Radio Silence are so good!!! Before this year I didn’t read much contemporary either, but I’ve been getting so many recommendations lately, that I’ve sort of broken into the genre.

    • Laura

      It’s been exactly the same for me! I’ve just seen so many recommendations around and they all sound so interesting!
      I’m glad you enjoyed Letters to the Lost and Radio Silence 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad to hear you think the Lara Jean books get even better as they go along. I can’t wait to read them! And I hope you enjoy One of Us Is Lying! 🙂

  7. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    You know, I thought I regularly read contemporaries but looking at this list..I’ve only read two of them! One of them being One Of Us Is Lying which is a mystery-ish book so does it count? I don’t know hahah I want to read quite a few on here though!

    • Laura

      Yeah, I was unsure whether to count One of Us Is Lying because it’s more of a mystery book. I hope you enjoy these books if you read any! 🙂

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