Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

As I said last week, Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish) is one of my favorite memes to see on the blogs I read, so I thought I would join in on the fun and switch back in forth between this meme and Waiting on Wednesday every once in a while. So without a further ado..

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, which means any list about literature is game, so I thought I would do my list about my top ten favorite YA contemporary reads, because the contemporary genre always needs seem love, in my opinion.

Top Ten YA Contemporaries 
(in no particular order) 

1) Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers: I'm HUGE fan of Courtney Summers' due to not only how amazingly realistic her books are but the wide variety of topics they cover. However, while I did love Some Girls and her most recent release, Fall For Anything, Cracked Up to Be remains my favorite. It's an engrossing, honest, and bittersweet look at high school. 
2) Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales: This book is funny, and when I say funny, I mean FUNNY. Plus it doesn't hurt that the main characters in this are pretty awesome and relatable as well. 
3) Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: The word epic has every reason to be included in the title, because this book is EPIC to say the least. The road trip aspect is barrels of fun and the characters are pretty great as well. Oh, and who doesn't love a book that includes extras like playlists and pictures? 
4) The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker: This book is the definition of awesome. It's funny, lively, and includes an intriguing mystery as well. The Roecker sisters are definitely authors to be on the look out for! 
5) Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham: This one is another favorite of mine. Not only because of the fact that it's set in the UK, but also because just like the rest of the book listed, it's realistic and somewhat sweet at the same time.
6) Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft: I'm always amazed that this book isn't more popular than it is. It's just an all around excellent book though, one I highly suggest you pick up, especially if you enjoy books told from a male POV.
7) Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman: Jessica has such a way of creating such compelling and interesting plots based really on characters only, and this one is no exception. It's an incredibly bittersweet book but well worth a read.
8) Before I Die by Jenny Downham: I read this book way back in '07 and yet I still remember it clearly, even though whenever I think about it I start to get a little teary eyed. It's just an amazing book, probably one of my absolute favorites to tell the truth. Oh, and did you know it's being made into a movie starting Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, and Kayla Scodelario? The title has been changed to Now Is Good and it will be released in 2012.
9) Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz: This book is amazing as well, and while it probably won't be everyone's type of book (what book really is though?), it's still one I highly suggest you pick up!
10) Chasing AllieCat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis: This is another underrated book that should be way more popular than it is. It's an interesting book to say the least, one that involves mountain biking actually.

What are some of your favorite YA contemporary reads? Any of the ones I listed above? Or something different? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to join in on the fun at The Broke and the Bookish with your own Top Ten Tuesday freebie!


  1. I have to say that I haven't heard of any of these! This is actually a really good thing-- I tend to get very stuck in my little corner of the YA world (fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal), so I don't often get to hear about a lot of general YA fiction.

    I'll definitely be checking out a few of the books on your list here. thanks a lot! :)

  2. You are my absolute favorite person now, for telling me about the Before I Fall movie!! So freakin excited now =)

  3. Before I Die is one of my favorite books! And I cannot wait for the movie, hope they do it justice :)

  4. Before I die sounds good! I will check that one out :)

  5. I love contemporary YA! My list would probably include books by E. Lockhart, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Dessen, and Melissa Kantor. Great list. :-)

  6. I am a huge fan of YA contemporary! So thanks for all the wonderful recommendations. :) The only book I've read on this list is Amy & Roger, and I loved it. Great list!

  7. I don't read much contemporary but I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. :)

  8. Oh, and anything by Simone Elkeles. Her books are amazing.

  9. E. Lockhart! LOVE Frankie Landau-Banks & Ruby Oliver! ...and Lola and the Boy Next Door! Insta-fave for life!

  10. Great choices, I've read #3 and #4 but the others sounds good too!

  11. Hey :) I have not heard of one of these books before (i dont typically read YA contemp.)but that is a great list and I plan on checking out a few titles as I am trying to incorporate more YA contemporary books into my life.

    You can find my Top TenHERE

    and don't forget to check out my FAB giveaway
    New follower, have a great day, Lauren!

  12. Completely agree with MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS being on this list. I found it completely refreshing! Loved it.

  13. Love The Liar Society, that book is definitely the definition of awesome :D

  14. I love Courtney Summers, too, but I hadn't heard of a lot of these, either. I've been wanting to read more YA contemporary, though, so thanks for the recommendations.


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