Hi, hello, yes.
Is this thing working.
I’m currently just chilling under the crushing weight of exams, stress and books
(not the fun kind), surviving on caffeinated fuel because I haven’t slept in two days and trying my best not to snap at anyone who dares to breathe in my general direction.* But you know what? One just needs to pop up from their personal hell sometimes, say hi and bully everyone into reading their favorite books.
This is me fulfilling my selfless, humble duty.
*big mood tbh :)))) (i’m not sure if i’ve made this joke before but just in case it isn’t clear, those extra brackets are my double chins).
You know something that really gets me going even with all the stress and disaster that is my life? Books. Even better, contemporaries. There’s something comforting and soft about contemporaries that makes me feel right,,,, at home? I’m sorry for being such a sap monster but give me a good contemporary and you can very much leave me alone to exist by myself peacefully*, thank you.
*by crying my eyes out, of course
Without further ado, here is a list of my top 10 favorite contemporary books (as of now) which y’all are going to read because if you don’t then I’ll have no choice but to be really, really sad and I might also cry so tread carefully, you.
These are in no particular order because I can’t make a decision without having a crisis.
❁ The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims ❁
The Art of Feeling is one of my favorite books of all time and if there’s one book I’ll scream myself hoarse for, it’s this one.
Why You Should Read It:
i). the theme: the main theme of this book is the dynamic between a girl who’s constantly in pain vs a boy who has a condition wherein he can’t feel any physical pain.
ii). broken family who is sad and angry but also trying their very best to not fall apart and they’re messy and heartbroken but also they made me cry bc they love each other v. v. much.
iii). hilarious sibling drama & soft brother-sister interactions that I live for. I mean, big bro + lil sis banter? me= sold. we need more sibling duos like sam and rex.
iv). the characters: Eliot is a snarky, salty boy who comes across as edgy and aloof but he is the definition of soft and Sam is this fierce, crutch wielding cinnamon roll who takes it upon herself to protect Eliot at all costs (same) even tho she’s hurting so much all the time herself.
v). fierce friendship and soft love: Eliot and Sam’s relationship in 5 words.
vi). the dialogue: h i l a r i o u s. this book is as much funny and witty and sardonic as it is fluffy and heavy and heartbreaking.
vii). there is a doggo and you will fall in love with him.
❁ Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi ❁
I like knowing that you exist. It doesn’t make me feel any less lonely, because life is lonely, but it makes me feel a lot less alone.”
I read this book bc I love the texting trope and Emergency Contact was all about it. I thought it would be light and fluffy and I like light and fluffy, you know? And I was right. It is light and fluffy. What I didn’t expect is that it’s so much more than that, too. You wanna talk complex family relationships? Here. Depression and anxiety? Here. The art of writing and why writers are so powerful? Here. Cute interactions between the main characters through texting and irl? Here, here, here.
The easiest way I can describe this book is: nothing much happens in here. This isn’t a rollercoaster of a story with racing plot and edgy characters and breathtaking twists and turns. And that’s the best part bc somehow even without nothing happening, this book has everything. It talks about so many things from life to love and friendship and anxiety and depression and passion.
❁ The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic ❁
At this point, do I even need to speak about this? Doesn’t matter because I shall anyway.
I’ve talked about this book so much and I still can’t describe it in one sentence. Here’s my best attempt: fictitious sports, a team of broken strays forming a family together, soft and v.v. edgy gay romance (enemy to lovers), japanese mafia, runaways and knives and violence and love and friendship and home.
He was their family. They were his. They were worth every cut and bruise and scream.”
❁ Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas ❁
I remember the first time I read this book, I was so happy to find a character with whom I related to so much about the sentimental, documentation bullshit. If you read my post about why I’m so obsessed with documentation, you’d know what I mean. MARISKA (the mc) IS LIKE ME EXCEPT WITH TALENT.
Basically, her stepfather accidentally throws out all of her photographs just before she’s about to leave for college. That’s… my literal nightmare. Anyway, she embarks on a mission to recreate all the photographs that she remembers by redoing all the memorable occasions for the photos- prom, nightouts, journalism club pictures, everything.
The thing that especially stuck out for me in this book was how… refreshing this was. The characters are cool and funny, there is none of the petty high school drama and the narrative is funny and witty. Plis read this gem.
❁ Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch ❁
You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it’s for the same two things.”
“Love and gelato.”
Objectively, this is just another really cute, fluffy contemporary but personally, Love & Gelato is very special to me. It’s been a while since I read this book but when I first read it, I didn’t just read it, I frickin ate it up.
I was there with Lena as she explored Florence. I googled each and every landmark as soon as she mentioned it and looked at the pictures and read the history and then went back to the book to read about how Lena described it. It might not sound like much but I… I don’t know, by the end, Florence became my Number One city to visit.
I just really, really adore Love & Gelato. I hope you might, too. ❤
❁ Saving June by Hannah Harrington ❁
This book is spontaneous road trips and grief and soft friendship and snarky boys and music- music everywhere. This book is conversations about religion and God and lyrics and depression and laughter. It’s campfires on beaches and old, rustic cars and shouting out in the wind.
It’s like Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour except done right (please don’t come @ me, I’m v small but opiniated soz).
❁ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz ❁
I always describe this book as a thunderstorm with quiet acoustics. Ari and Dante is just one of those books that make you fall in love with reading even more. It’s one of those books which make you sit back in awe and think about how weird it is that the rollercoaster of clusterfuck emotions in your chest is because of a bunch of words and fictional characters.
❁ This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills ❁
I don’t… Know what to say about This Adventure Ends. Other than the fact that I’m very upset that it ended because I want more.
Why you should eat this book up:
1. Sloane is one of my favorite MCs straight up, she’s funny and weird and can’t express love for her best friends verbally so she does that by hunting down their dead mother’s lost painting.
2. There is SO MUCH OF WHOLESOME FRIENDSHIP IN THIS BOOK, I CANNOT EVEN.
3. It’s laugh out loud hilarious. I was literally highlighting every thing that Sloane was saying bc humor = on point. 👌
4. Sloane’s dad thinks fanfic is the hottest shit and let me tell you, I adore that man.
5. Slow burn, cute romance that had me drooling because I love Gabe and I ship him and Sloane so very much. The scene where she tucked him in? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
“Tell me again how fucked it is,” he says.
His voice is somehow soft and rough at the same time: “Tell me again I’m not alone.”
“You’re not alone.” He nods.
6. I want to read this book for the first time again.
It’s a great book but here is the reason why it’s on my favorites list:
Loneliness was a kind of wanting, but it was also this incredible freedom. Not having to rely on anyone or have anyone rely on her. No one to disappoint or be disappointed by. Alone was good and comforting and dependable. Maybe Sam was a little bit broken, but maybe it was everyone else who needed fixing. “
I started crying when I read this because I have never, ever read anything I related to so damn much. When you crave being alone even when it’s unhealthy. I couldn’t believe someone actually put this in words. (im going to stop before i start crying again).
❁ Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eurberg ❁
Better Off Friends is one of the first contemporaries that I remember reading; and to this day, it remains one of the cutest, fluffiest books. If you’re looking for a best friends to lovers book, this should be your number one pick.
I literally cannot express how cute and heartwarming this book is. Levi and Mac’s friendship is traced right from when they first met as kids to them being teenagers and young adults, confused about their feelings.
It’s funny and cute and heartwarming and I know for a fact that you’re going to love it.
❁ The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ❁
It’s only fair that I counter the previous best friends to lovers with a good enemies to lovers’ book. And this is it.
The first time I read The Hating Game, I had a shit ton of fun. It’s funny and there’s lots of witty banter but it’s also really cute and the romance was so good. There are so many priceless scenes that I wish I can read again for the first time.
The thing is, with a few exceptions, most of the Adult Contemporaries I’ve read are pretty shit. They’re very one dimensional and just care about the romance which is, to be eloquent, ugh. However, The Hating Game was very, very different. It had drama and fun and humor and amazing chemistry.
I cannot wait for Sally Thorne’s next book. Cannot. Wait.
I want to know all about your fave contemporaries and if you’ve read any from my list. ❤
im so tired, im going to sleep bye