Top 5 Contemporary/Fiction

Happy Top 5 Tuesday everyone! I’m going to be honest and say that this weeks topic is a little out of my own comfort zone. Contemporary/Fiction aren’t typically my go to genre. I am more of a fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction lover. But, over the last 12 months or so, I’ve  been quite impressed with the genre! I’ve read some that really made me think and really kept me interested. That and I know that there are many of my participants who love this genre so – this one is for you! LOL!

I’ve read a fair mix of contemporary in both the YA and Adult age ranges so I decided to do a top 3 in each age range. So this is a top 6….. weird, I know, but go with it!

Also, I have yet another appointment this morning so the update to the participants list will come as soon as I get back. I don’t know why all of my appointments seem to happen on Tuesday’s but it’s getting a little annoying! And as a heads up, the topics for April will be posted on Monday next week 🙂

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in March – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

TOP 3 ADULT CONTEMPORARY/FICTION

 

I feel a little bad that the same author appears twice in this, but at the same time, I don’t! These books were just so wonderful and for very different reasons. I don’t really feel like they were the similar in any way. In fact, they had completely different messages and emotional climates and intensities.

First we have THE SEVEN HUSBANDS AND EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I never wanted to read this because I HATE the cover! And after reading it I hate it even more because I feel that it didn’t fit what’s inside. But it’s what’s inside that counts and this one is stunning!!! I assumed this would be a book about a shallow Hollywood starlet but she was so much more. This is one of the most fleshed out characters I’ve read. She changed so much throughout her life and being able to get her insight as to why she changed was what made this so great. It was a wonderful story of desire, determination, sacrifice, love, acceptance, and so much more.

Next is LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell. I read this at a time when I needed it the most. If you’re in a long lasting relationship, or ever have been, then you know things seem to go in spurts. One month you’re the best of friends and totally in love, and the next month you seem to be at each others throats for no good reason. My husband and I had been generally grumpy with each other and in a bit of a funk. This book gave me a totally different outlook on our relationship. But, and most importantly, it gave me a new look at what I was thinking or doing that could change. This book hit me SO hard!

And lastly, we have ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell. This is one of the absolute most adorable books I’ve ever read! We have a main character who’s job is to essentially read emails and make sure that they’re work related and he ends up falling for a girl who’s sending personal emails back and forth with her friend/co-worker. It was a little weird to get used to the format in the beginning, and they weren’t always likeable or made great choices, but in the end, the cuteness was overpowering!

TOP 3 YA CONTEMPORARY/FICTION

 

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson will probably forever go down in history as my favourite YA contemporary ever! I was blown away by the ability of the author to create a layered story that gave you so many different angles of understanding. We get the perspective of two siblings (twins actually) who go from being the best of friends to no longer talking. We see their past and their present merge, bringing with it the changes in their personalities and how they handle the difficult things that have happened to them throughout. They think they knew in the past what was happening but, once all was said and done, and as they got more pieces of the puzzle, that they couldn’t be more wrong. It is a story of teenagers but brings in the adult problems of their parents that there was no way that they could understand. I’m not doing this book justice! It’s too amazing to justify!

Next is WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon. This was such a beautiful story! We have a strong young girl who is trying to make her own decisions that make her happy while at the same time battling a set of rules dictated by her families Indian traditions. She is finally allowed to attend a summer program for the field that she wants to go into, but under the false pretences that she will meet the boy her family is arranging for her to marry. Obviously, chaos ensues, and she fights the battle of heritage vs. her own personal goals. The characters made some bad choices – it was messy and confusing at times. But I loved that these two characters found their own way and made up their own minds.

And, lastly, we have WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson. I thought this book was going to be so weird. I mean, it’s literally about a boy who is abducted by aliens and is given the choice to press a button to save the world, but he’s wondering if the world is worth saving…….. see – WEIRD! But it wasn’t weird at all. It was raw, deep, heart breaking, uplifting, and so much more. There were a lot of triggers in this book though so I wouldn’t really recommend it to everyone, but it was well worth the read!!

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A bit of a weird way for me to split things up this week, but I felt it was important to include both YA and adult. And for those of you who are looking to get into more adult novels, the 3 that I mentioned would be a really good stepping stone!

Like I said at the beginning, I’ve been really surprised with contemporary/fiction lately. Maybe my reading tastes are changing? Either way, I’m really looking forward to the participants lists as I could really use the recommendations! I have a feeling my TBR will be crying after this one! What are your top contemporary/fiction reads?

Until next time, happy reading!

42 Comments Add yours

  1. kyera says:

    Dimple almost made my list! Great choices though (but we didn’t have any that were the same)!

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  2. Honestly I don’t remember the last fiction/contemporary book I read, I have been big in the fantasy and scifi genres. These books look really great though, I have been seeing I’ll Give You the Sun a lot lately

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    1. I rarely read contemporary. Fantasy and Science fiction are my favourites as well! But if I was to recommend any, Ill Give You The Sun was among my absolute favourites!

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  3. Dreamy Reads says:

    I want to read I’ll Give you the Sun. And I guess I need to add We are the Ants to my TBR pile. Great list, Shanah!

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    1. I’ll Give You The Sun was soooo amazing! I read it the month it came out and haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

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  4. nice i am about to type up mine now.

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  5. Gotta reda 7 Husbands! Oh my.

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  6. Gahhhh – I’ve only read Evelyn Hugo (and loved it) but GEEZ I want to read like all of the other ones too!! Not enough time!! Haha.

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    1. There’s never enough time for all the books 😂

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  7. Liv says:

    I’ve heard a lot about We Are the Ants and yeah like you said, I thought it would be weird! I definitely have to make this priority on my TBR!

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    1. If you have any triggers just be careful. There’s a lot of triggers in that one. Mainly dealing with suicide, rape, and bullying

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  8. Naty says:

    Dimple and Evelyn Hugo are so gooood!! 😍

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  9. Marie says:

    Oh I love I’ll Give You The Sun so, so much, it’s my favorite as well ❤ ❤

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  10. Rebecca @mylifeasasportsfangirl says:

    I LOVE all your YA contemporary picks, some of my faves ❤ I haven't read any of your adult picks but I plan on getting to all of them eventually. I feel like everyone has been raving about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I'm really missing out haha!

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    1. They’re raving for good reason! Yes it’s adult but I think that people who like YA and are more mature would love it! I bet you would like it 🙂

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      1. Rebecca @mylifeasasportsfangirl says:

        I enjoyed her other book, After I Do so I’m excited to read more of her work 🙂

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  11. Andie says:

    I…. haven’t read any of these yet, but in my defence, I do have most of them on my TBR! I really hope I’ll get to them soon and love them ❤

    P.S. I was able to write the post!!! You can find it here https://andreasnirvana.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/top-5-ya-contemporaries-weekly-meme-or-the-time-there-were-six/

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    1. There are so many books on my TBR right too. I feel your pain!! I’m just about to do an update so I’ll have you added shortly 🙂

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      1. Andie says:

        Agh, I know right? And thank you! 💛

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  12. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Hahaha not so bad for someone reading few contemporary! You could have added “I Stop somewhere” as it landed today in my mailbox! As usual I am late. Here is my link http://bewareofthereader.com/top-5-contemporary-fiction-so-easy-peasy/ Happy Tuesday Shanah!

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    1. I almost mentioned I Stop Somewhere but ended up deciding books I haven’t talked about a lot
      Just getting ready to do an update so I’ll have you added soon!

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  13. Rose says:

    I’ve been wanting to read one of Rainbow Rowell’s adult books for a while now, but I never knew what book to start with because they all sound so good. When Dimple Met Rishi made my list as well, it’s such a great read!

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    1. I actually prefer her adult books. I find it a little hard to relate to her YA ones.

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  14. Sophie Li says:

    Glad to see that Rainbow Rowell made your list (twice!) She is one of my favourite contemporary writers 🙂 You’ve piqued my interest in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I think I will give this book a try 🙂

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    1. Seven Husbands was just amazing!!!! There’s a lot of adult type drama throughout but I think that younger readers will really enjoy it as well as it can be applied to their own experience

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  15. hannawsreads says:

    This was such a great topic this week! I’ve seen so many great looking contemporaries to add to my TBR!
    I’ve only read Landline from your list, but will add some of them to mu TBR.

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  16. Cindy says:

    I’ll Give You the Sun and We Are the Ants are both on my TBR!

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    1. Eek enjoy! They’re so wonderful!

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  17. Nia says:

    I reaally need to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and We Are the Ants!! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about both books 😊.

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    1. Evelyn Hugo was SO amazing! I thought she would be shallow and annoying but the look into her life and choices was captivating!
      We are the Ants was a little more difficult. There are some really triggering subject but it was a really great story!

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  18. When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my favorite contemporary books! 🙂

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