Today, Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook is here to give us the what's what on contemporary novels, which is her favorite genre (just like me)!
Contemporary books is the section of books that are usually novels that takes place in modern times and usually focuses on a romance. In other words, contemporary books are just realistic fiction books (in lesser terms).
Many of the authors on the New York Bestselling lists are contemporary authors. Some of these contemporary authors in this great list include John Green, Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, Kasie West, and SO MUCH MORE.
There aren’t that many different types of contemporary; contemporary itself is a section of the YA genre so it’s hard to separate it even further. Usually, contemporary books focus on a romance with a hint of a more serious thing underneath.
There are also a couple of smaller differences between contemporary books. Some are lighter and fluffier, and others are more heart aching. Examples of the more intense books are the ones that have a deeper storyline, or deals with harsher topics, like diseases.
I’ve found that if you ask most kids in middle and high school today about what their favorite or current book is, most of the time, they are contemporary books, but they don’t even realize it. I feel like it’s important to know the differences in these books. Honestly, I didn’t even know the differences until I actually sat down to write this post and start to research it a little bit.
Along with this, I have some suggestions for other books within the genre that you may like:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins---One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
I really enjoyed reading Anna and the French Kiss and afterwards, I was desperately looking for a book that was similar to it. One Paris Summer was just released a couple months ago so when I saw the description, I knew I just had to read it.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green---Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell---If I Stay by Gayle Forman---The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider---Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This was a long list. The only book that I have read on this list is The Fault in our Stars but the rest of them are all on my I-need-to-read-these-but-haven’t-had-time-yet list.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han---What I thought was true by Huntley Fitzpatrick---
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill---Podium Finish by Beth Pond
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen---Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
I’ve only read Lock and Key and enjoyed it a lot so I’m looking forward to reading Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys as well.
If you’ve read any of the books listed above, or any books by those authors and want to find another great book to read, I highly recommend checking out some of these other authors listed here as well. Here’s a list from Goodreads that list almost every notable contemporary book there is: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/young-adult-contemporary
If you enjoyed this post, you should go over to my blog where you can probably find more posts like this one. Also this week, I’m featuring another blogger as well.
*Takes notes* Thanks for the great recs, Brooke. I'm definitely adding some of these to my TBR.
I'd love to know what your favorite contemporary books are, or if you agree with any of the recommendations Brooke gave us!
P.S. DON'T FORGET TO STOP BY BROOKE'S BLOG SO YOU CAN SEE MY POST IN WHICH I GIVE SOME TIPS FOR ESCAPING THE DREADED BLOGGING SLUMP.