Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Reads I Liked in a Genre I Don't Usually Read

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I read a little bit of  everything but of course I have a favorite genre (fantasy) and genres that I read often (historical fiction). For this prompt it was easy to pick a genre. Contemporaries aren't usually my thing. But if you saw my discussion post few weeks ago then you know that I am breaking out of that comfort zone a little bit and reading some more contemporaries, even a few romances. So here are ten I read last year and loved. They are unintentionally in a particular order.

1.) Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson 
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You knew this one was coming. It's the contemporary romance that made me realize that I don't hate contemporary romances. I talk all the time about how much I liked it and that this surprised me.

2.) Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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I'm not sure what exactly inspired me to read this one but all the great reviews probably. It was my favorite debut of 2016 and super cute and adorable and funny.

3.) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
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I mean you could say that this is historical fiction because I'm pretty sure it's set in the 90's. But it has the feel of a contemporary romance and it's wonderful.

4.) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
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I know a lot of people really liked this book but I was still nervous. But it was insanely relateable with great characters and a romance that I definitely shipped.

5.) Dumplin by Julie Murphy
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I was surprised at the tone of this book. It's not all girl power, big girls are beautiful. It has those elements but there's a lot of insecurity too which made it all the more amazing and enjoyable.

6.) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
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This was a really complex story that dealt with mental health in a way that was fantastic and honest. I thought it was a great coming of age story and a great romance and friendship.

7.) Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
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This is another one with a mystery, which is why I read it, so it may not belong on this book but it's also a really cute book about friendship and a sweet romance.

8.) Everything, Everything by Nicole Yoon
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I had heard really good things about this book and I ended up reading it because I heard there was a good plot twist. It was actually a pretty good story of family and I liked the romance too.

9.) My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
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This is such a complex contemporary. I mean it's about moonshine you guys. But it's a great romance and coming of age story about a good girl exploring the real world for the first time.

10.) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
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I really should not have liked this book. It's contemporary, a romance, and it's sad on purpose and has some of my triggers. But it was a really beautifully written book.

What Contemporary Romances do you like? Any recommendations for me based on the books that I listed? What genre do you not read very often? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I seriously need to read I'll Meet You There finally. I keep hearing how great it is. Everything Everything was great! Nice list. :)

  2. Great list! Most of these I've read or are on my TBR. But I added the other 3. Thanks. :)

  3. Just recently read Dumplin, and like you I was surprised by the tone, but really enjoyed the book. Lovely list of books, will have to explore it further as I am always looking for new to me contemporaries. My TTT this week

  4. Ahh most of these are books I want to read! I love YA contemporary books so much - it's my favorite genre!

    Glad you enjoyed these!

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  5. I don't ever read contemporaries, with the exception of anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Crusie. But I have been eyeing I'll Meet You There!

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  6. Nice! Those are all way outside my comfort zone. Not a contemp reader myself. But glad you enjoyed all these!

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  7. I haven't read any of these, but a few are on my TBR: Everything, Everything and Simon. Can't wait to read them!

  8. Great list! I've only read Since You've Been Gone from your list, but agree with how great it was. YA contemporary is likely my favourite genre so I've now added alot of these to my TBR, especially I'll meet you there.
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  9. Simon made my list, too! I don't read many contemporaries but I really enjoyed that one. I've got most of the others here on my tbr. :)

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