Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Craving Some Contemporary

Does anyone have any good contemporary books that they've recently read and really liked? 

Ever since I've read Anna and the French Kiss, I've just been craving some really good contemporary novels!!  My sister loves them, and I was looking at my shelf trying to find something for her, when I realized that I only have like 4 contemporary novels... out of like 60 or 70 books.  4!!!  And yeah... I've been craving contemporary novels too :D


Also, isn't it sad that I've never read a Sarah Dessen book?  I did the 100 Most Popular YA Books, and I haven't read any of them.  Sad sad sad :(  What's even sadder is that my sister has two of them, Just Listen and Lock & Key.  And I've never bothered to borrow them.  What is wrong with me??

Recommend me some good contemporaries and I'll check them out!

Cleo :)


  1. I don't read a lot of contemporary fiction, and what I do tend to read is pretty edgy. If you're up for edgy, dark, and sensitive issues - SPLIT by Swati Avasthi is seriously the most amazing book in the whole world.

  2. All the books by Susane Colasanti and Deb Caletti. Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt!


  3. Thanks for the recommendations!

    @Jessi- I've actually already read Split and I thought that it was pretty good :)

    @Sky- I've read one book from each of those authors! I just read Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti and Wild Roses by Deb Caletti. Sometimes It Happens is on my wishlist too!

  4. Oh, my poor heart! It's broken! No Sarah Dessen? More contemporary? We need to fix that now. This is my thing.

    Sarah Dessen:

    Read Just Listen first. It's one of the most popular ones. The Truth About Forever being I guess, the most popular. Also, in the top three, This Lullaby. After those three, read Lock and Key. Again, just suggestions.

    Other contemps recommendations:

    1. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
    2. Perfect Chemistry series and Leaving Paradise series by Simone Elkeles
    3. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

    1. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    2. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
    3. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
    4. Hold Still by Nina LaCour

    1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
    2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    2. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (NetGalley)

    - Mary [Anxirium]

  5. Looks like you're reading a great one now ..Clarity. You might enjoy Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan. --I haven't gotten to Dressen books either! :)

  6. @mfay2- THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE SUGGESTIONS! I know that I've been watnting to read most of these since I've heard good things about them, and I've actually read 3 of them :]

    @Jinky- Thanks for the recommendation! I've been wanting to read that sooo badly too actually :D

  7. Sarah Ockler and Sarah Dessen are my two favorite contemporary authors so anything by them is AMAZING. Some other great contemporaries: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (I find it ironic all these authors have the name Sarah..... >.<), Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

  8. I highly recommend Shout Down The Moon by Lisa Tucker. AMAZING book. Even wrote a post on my blog just so people can read it. its AMAZING.

    other contemporaries are if i stay by gayle forman, anna and the french kiss, 20 boy summer, she's so dead to us, he's so not worth it.

    Im a huge contemporary fan!


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