Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in the … Genre.
When I saw this week’s theme it took me a while to actually come up with a genre to which I could feature my favourite books. I’d already used my favourite genres for previous Top Ten Tuesday themes – fairytale retellings, mythology, fantasy, sci-fi – and I had no new ideas. Then I came up with YA contemporary. It’s a genre I’m slowly exploring more of and I have read some amazing books that have not only become all-time favourites of mine but that I will be going back and re-reading at some point.
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Not only was this book the first by Sarah Dessen I picked up it was also the first YA contemporary book I read. For that reason alone this book has a special place on my list for this week as one of my all-time favourite contemporary reads. I still have a backlog of Sarah Dessen’s book I need to get through, and before this year is over I need to re-read Just Listen as well.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
After I read a few books by Sarah Dessen (and even more by a variety of other YA contemporary authors) I then seemed to pick up more fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi books instead. Until I read Fangirl. There was a lot about this book floating around, but I will admit the main reason I picked up Fangirl was because I wanted to read Carry On. Luckily Fangirl lived up to its hype, it’s an amazing coming-of-age story that I would recommend to anyone.
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Back when I first started my blog on WordPress I saw a fair few reviews praising My Life Next Door, so of course I had to pick it up myself and see what all the fuss was about. I really enjoyed it and when I saw there was a companion novel I knew I had to check out The Boy Most Likely To as well. In the end I thought Tim and Alice’s story was even better, so if you’ve read My Life Next Door and have yet to pick up The Boy Most Likely To then what are you waiting for.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
All of Kasie West’s books have been on my to-read list for a while, and knowing me they would have likely stayed on there even longer had I not read Jill’s review for P.S. I Like You (if any of you are on the fence still about picking up this book read Jill’s review as well because it will likely convince you to drop everything and pick it up. That’s definitely what it did for me.) P.S. I Like You was a cute, quick read with a light romance that was perfect for passing away a sunny afternoon with.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This was another book I discovered through WordPress and honestly there aren’t enough words for me to describe how much I loved this. Jandy Nelson is now definitely one of my all-time favourite YA contemporary authors, and anything she releases will immediately go to the top of my to-read list.
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
I’m not sure if I can class this as a solely YA contemporary book as there are elements of fantasy and magical realism as well but The Love That Split the World is going to be one of my favourite books no matter what genre it falls under. The story is just beautiful, there are no other words, and the romance between Natalie and Beau, though heartbreaking, was wonderful to read.
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
I haven’t read many books that deal with mental illness but Highly Illogical Behaviour is one of the best, and based on the reviews I’m not the only one who feels this way. Solomon has agoraphobia and hasn’t left his house in years and Lisa feels like she can fix him. In the end this story becomes about so much more than Solomon’s illness and his recovery, mainly thanks to the friendships the characters formed.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
After finishing I’ll Give You the Sun I immediately started on The Sky is Everywhere and, I feel I may be in the minority here, but I loved this book even more. Reading about Lennie’s grief and the way it affects her live and all of her family was heartbreaking at times, but the story was a wonderful one about overcoming that grief and moving on with your life.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is a book that I loved not because of the story but because of the character development. We see both Ari and Dante and their friendship throughout the years, watching the way the two boys grew up both apart and together. There is a sequel in the works and I cannot wait to get my hands on it; I need more of Ari and Dante.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
When I did a YA contemporary month on my blog back in April Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the very first book on my list. There was a lot about it on WordPress back then and everyone seemed to love it. Simon Vs. was a cute read with a light and fluffy romance, part of the fun was trying to guess who Blue was as he and Simon spoke through the book.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what some of your favourite YA contemporary books are.