Top Ten All Time Favorite Books In The Contemporary Genre

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten All Time Favorite Books In The Contemporary Genre.

It should come as little to no surprise to my regular readers that the contemporary genre is by far my favourite and the one I’m most widely read it. So, when I saw the prompt for today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (‘Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in (Your Choice Of) Genre’), I knew immediately which I would choose. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked which contemporary novels are my all-time favourite and after a little reflection and a lot of nail-biting, these ten books, aimed at both the adult and young adult audiences, are what I would consider the best of the best. If I were to compile a list of what I believe are ten ‘must-read’ novels to act as an introduction for those unfamiliar with the contemporary genre, these would undoubtedly be the ones I would choose.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

2) Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

3) Golden by Jessi Kirby

4) Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

5) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

6) Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

7) In Honor by Jessi Kirby

8) The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

9) Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

10) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

16 responses to “Top Ten All Time Favorite Books In The Contemporary Genre”

  1. All the authors that I have read on this list also showed up on mine! The ones I haven’t read are all ones that are on my TBR, especially This Song Will Save Your Life, I have heard so many good things about it. Excellent taste, excellent list!
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  2. Jess says:

    I love your list – I’ve been thinking about reading the Rosie Project, and I think you’ve swayed me!

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  3. I think it’s interesting that Attachments is on your list since most people only talk about Fangirl and Elanor & Park. Have you read those? I only own Attachments and Fangirl and haven’t read either of them yet. Great TTT. πŸ™‚
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  4. Brilliant list. I have read many of these books and definitely want to read the ones I haven’t!
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  5. I love how you did your post. It’s so pretty! πŸ˜€
    My favorite genre is contemporary, but I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any of these yet. But, Sloppy First, This Song Will Save Your Life, Attachments, Amy & Roger’s are all on my TBR list. Great top ten! πŸ˜€
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  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful list! πŸ™‚ I’ve wanted to read This Song Will Save Your Life but it still isn’t available in our local bookstore and I want to have an actual book copy and not an eBook. I may have to order this one from the Book Depository.

    I love Rainbow Rowell and I still can’t believe I haven’t read Attachments yet. I got mixed reviews for this one, especially in comparison with her other works but if it’s written by her then I’ll definitely read it one way or another. πŸ™‚

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  7. Yay, I love Contemps although I have only read two on your list (Sloppy Firsts and Something Like Normal), guess I have some new books to check out. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. kimberlyfaye says:

    What a fantastic list! Golden, Sloppy Firsts, Attachments, Amy & Roger and Something Like Normal are all high on my list of favorite contemporaries too. I’ve not read the others yet, but they’re all on my radar… and probably my iPad, if I’m being honest.

    So many books, so little time.

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  9. I have fallen madly in love with your list, Jen. I’ve read them all except two (The Impossible Knife of Memory and The Rosie Project). TIKoM is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I’ve actually queued it up to be read this spring πŸ™‚ I have a feeling it’s going to be a very, very special book for me.
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  10. Sue says:

    Great list with beautiful covers! Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Sue says:

    Great list with stunning covers! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  12. Andi says:

    I love this list! I have read quite a few of them and I would 100% have to agree. Morgan Matson, Jessi Kirby and Trish Doller are queens of contemp in my book.
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  13. Diana says:

    Great list! I really liked This Song Will Save Your Life and Golden, but haven’t read the rest. Several are already on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. alice-jane says:

    I love this! Golden is on the top of my contemporary list and it’s just such a wonderful book that’s relatable and quotable. I haven’t read a lot of the books that are on this list, but I know I have to check them out soon!
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  15. Tiffany says:

    I have heard such great things about some of these novels! I just bought the newest one by Laurie Halse Anderson yesterday and cannot wait to read it. I love contemporaries!

    Tiffany
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  16. Golden. Attachments. Something Like Normal. Oh em gee, too legit to quit! Those books are some of my absolute favorites! Golden and Attachments stole my heart with the whole ‘everything happens for a reason’ and fate themes. *sigh* And SLN is just amazing. Plain and simple.
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