Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is all about some of the books that I enjoyed in the last yearish that aren’t my typical kind of book/genre that I gravitate toward. So I looked back on my Goodreads reading challenge from last year and discovered that a) I read A LOT of fantasy/sci-fi, and 2) I barely read any contemporary – and ones that I enjoyed, no less.
So, for this week’s TTT, I’ll be talking about contemporary that I enjoyed in the last yearish, plus one from this year!
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I loved this book when I read it back in 2014. Rainbow’s reading style is a little difficult to get into, but once I’m into it, I’m hooked. I love the stories she tells and how raw and real they can be, and I just love the dynamic between the two main characters of the book and the romance and everything about it.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s probably my favorite contemporary book ever because I could just relate to it so much that it wasn’t even funny. I loved the fangirl aspect, the romance, the school crises, and just everything about it. So good.
- To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. I thought that this was a cute romance with a nice family dynamic because you don’t often see good family dynamics in YA, which I just don’t get, but whatever. I enjoyed reading this book and the drama in it.
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio. This was my first book reading about an intersex individual and I thought that it was well done. It was a good book to read about the kinds of realities people can face and deal with not only on the outside, but the inside as well.
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. SO MUCH CUTE I CAN’T EVEN DEAL. GO READ IT. NOW.
- My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. A sensitive topic of suicide in this book, but I still enjoyed it. I felt there were a lot of beautiful lines in the book that spoke to me because of my own personal experiences with the topic.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. And with the longest title ever award (again), I thought this was a cute romance story about a girl and a guy who meet at an airport and grow to really like each other in such a short amount of time.
- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. The sequel to To All the Boys, I enjoyed this book even though I found the love triangle to be more plot device than anything. But it was still cute and stuff.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. A girl allergic to everything, a new next door neighbor with a broken family, a secret, and love? Sign me up.
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. I loved this book and thought that it did a good job portraying a certain type of OCD without being over the top with it. Plus, the romance was nice, too.
So there you have it! I just realized that I’ve only read ten contemporaries over the last year and a half. The other 60ish books? Fantasy/sci-fi. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
What is the genre you typically don’t gravitate towards that you read in the last year or so? Did you find you enjoyed most of the books in that genre, or did you not like them much? Let me know!