Top Ten Tuesday: Real World Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Freebie (Create Your Own Topic)! I’ve been really into contemporary lately, with spring in the air and all, so I decided to list my Top Ten Favorite Contemporary Reads. With so many favorites, it was really hard to narrow my list down!

1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I canNOT stop gushing about this one. Lara Jean is honestly the most relatable protagonist I have ever read! Peter and her story is so sweet and cute and swoon worthy too!

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2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowly: I expected this one to be a fluffier, lighter read. I didn’t expect to be moved almost to tears by the beautiful story! It was a story about second chances, second loves too, which is fairly uncommon in YA, but was so amazing.

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3. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: Ahh, how I love Cabot.  Mia is really relatable. And she’s also a princess, which isn’t relatable but really fun to read about! The books are so funny and fun too! And that romance though… where can I get a Michael? ❤

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4. If I Stay by Gail Forman: This one was so sad and moving and beautiful. I really felt Mia’s pain. And I love how important music is to her, how it brings her and Adam together, how it might rip them apart, but it’s always important.

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5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston: This was so much more than I expected it to be; absolutely LOVED it! There was the fandom aspect for my innner geek. AND the fairytale element for my inner five year old. AND the Hollywood romance for my inner hopeless romantic!

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6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: While the protagonist might not have been the most likable character in the beginning, that just made the book even better. The character growth was incredible, and the ending was just perfect.

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7. Paper Towns by John Green: This is actually my favorite Green book; I liked it more than TFIOS despite all the hype. I loved the road trip element, and seeing how much the teens cared for each other. And of course I was enticed by Margo’s mystery too.

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8. The DUFF by Jodi Keplinger: So of course part of the reason this book is here is because I just love Wesley. I love seeing the character growth too; Bianca and Wesley are both clearly very flawed characters, but that just makes them more real, and it shows that you shouldn’t judge someone without really knowing them.

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9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: This one was honestly such a great summer read! I related to Emily, the main character, SO MUCH! And then she grew so much by the end, and had such great friends and romance and it’s just ❤

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10. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Walsh: Food. Food in a book. That’s pretty much the key to my heart! Plus I loved the theme of family, and how family doesn’t necessarily have to be by blood. Also did I mention food?

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Any thoughts on these books? What did you choose for your TTT this week? Comment below and I’ll check yours out for sure! Happy reading :))

61 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Real World Reads

  1. I spy so many books on this list that I *really* want to read. Among them are Jenny Han’s (thinking I need to FINALLY read this one before the August movie premiere), Morgan Matson’s and Jenna’s. I did read Gayle’s “If I Stay” and liked it a great deal more than anticipated. Another I am curious to read (and do own) is “Words in Deep Blue.” It sounds like it has lots of perfect bookworm vibes. 🙂

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  2. I love contemporary! It has to be one of my favourite genres.The only one on your list that I haven’t read is The Princess Diaries! Great choices.

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  3. TATBILB is such a fun series yes! Words in Deep Blue sounds like such a good book and I’m excited to read it when I get to it. Okay and Geekerella is probably one of my favourite contemporaries!

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  4. Great idea! I really enjoyed The DUFF at the time – as you said, the flawed characters made the book!!

    This week I talked about audiobooks (I’m not used to listen to them at all, but my dog ruined my kindle, so)

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  5. Fantastic list! Contemporary is my favorite genre so I am quite happy to see this list. But unfortunately, I haven’t read any of these yet. Many of these are definitely on my TBR, like Geekerella, All the Buys series, Paper Towns and Love & Gelato. And I am so happy to see a John Green’s book on your list 😀 He is one of my favorite authors and I have read 3 of his books so far. I hope to read Paper Towns soon 🙂

    My TTT:

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  6. I love the Lara Jean books! I’m sad that the series ended last year, but I can always reread them over and over to get a good dose of sweetness. And I never finished the Princess Diaries series but hopefully I can start over again if I find the books in my library 🙂

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  7. since you’ve been gone is one of my absolute favorites!! i am constantly looking for contemporary recommendations so like. adding these to my tbr asap

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  8. Completely agree with Paper Towns being a better read than The Fault In Our Stars… but I do believe that TFIOS is one of the few books where the chemistry is completely believable and realistic… you actually see people like these two in quite a lot of couples, they’re basically the bookish version of Jim and Pam from The Office.

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