Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Our Favorite Contemporaries

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jamie at The Broke and Bookish.

This weeks theme is Top Ten (insert genre here) Books so of course I chose my favorite genre, Contemporary. Contemporaries really came into their own for me this past year for some reason and almost every one I picked up I really liked. Was it magic or just luck? It quickly became my favorite because I felt they related to me a lot more. The raw reality of some books are just so emotionally-draining. So here are my Top Ten Contemps!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - A lot can be said about this one, but it's an instant classic in my mind. I loved it. The themes, metaphors, and foreshadowing woven throughout was like a golden orb-weaver spider's web. The detail he put into it can be seen on every page and even writing this now I have the urge to reread it and get caught up in his web again. My review.

2. Looking For Alaska by John Green - This was my introduction to John's writing when I read it in January 2010 and I still feel that draw to reread it. I don't know how he does it, but I hope he keeps it up. This is one kind of boarding school book I can fully support! My review.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - A hilarious composition from two great authors with a great cast of characters and nearly impossible situations. I loved it. My review.

4. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Jeremy called it a "quirky romance" with "lovable characters and a story that entrances you until the very last page." I think that just about sums it up. You can read Jeremy's full review here.

5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I fell in love with Anna while reading this one. See? Guys can get something out of books like this too! Though I'm no alpha-male and I won't deny that in the least haha Jeremy's review.

6. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley - I loved the protagonist in this book for his oft cynical and askew viewpoint. It was hilarious and thought-provoking simultaneously, which isn't seen too often in teen fiction.

7. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - One of my favorite contemporaries that I read last year. I loved that the story took place over a 24 hour period. It kept the plot pace up and the tension tight. Jeremy's review.

8. Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz - An emotionally gripping and heart-warming story that you won't soon forget.

9. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols - This book will make you feel all the emotions. Seriously. "Something about this story felt raw. Real. No soap opera love triangles. No sparkly vampires. Just a guy and a girl, stuck in the same town, falling in love. Perfection." You can check out my review here.

10. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - Jennifer loved this one calling it a simple, yet compelling story. You can read her review here.

And an honorary mention goes to:

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan - A unique story in every meaning of the phrase. I love when books mesh photography with a good plot.

And those are ten of our favorite contemps! Do you have a favorite genre? What are some of your favorite books in that genre?


  1. Mine is contemporary, and I think you've NAILED it with your top 10, especially with the John Green and Stephanie Perkins love. :)

  2.  Those were tho obvious choices ;)

  3. I just finished reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith and LOVED IT.

  4. This list = win! Man, I looooooooooove contemporary! <3

  5. There is nothing better than a seriously good contemporary. Stephanie Perkins cracks me up, John Green makes me cry just a bit, and the other three are all my radar. I actually picked up The DUFF, carried it to get checked out of the library, and then didn't do it! Mistake. TBR ASAP!

    so good.

  6. I need to read The Fault in Our Stars! Great list!

  7. Yes! Definitely The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I've recently wrote a review for it so check it out when you have time :) 

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