This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I chose contemporary for this topic because, well for most other genres, the books I’ve read are in series and then it’s just repetitive and everything. Since most contemporaries are stand alone, I have a LOT more to choose from. These are all my absolute favorites, and all of them have 5 star ratings. Let the gushing begin.
One reason I love contemporaries is that they can carry so much emotion. They can reach my heart in a way that other genres will not. The Perks of Being a Wallflower remains the single book I’ve cried to most in the world. I cried for the last quarter of that book. Nonstop. And I cry again any time I reread it or watch the movie. The Fault in Our Stars is an obvious one. The lovely writing and wonderful characters make the plot hit you ten times as hard in the feels.
Another reason for my love for contemporaries is an obvious one. I mean, they don’t call it realistic fiction for nothing. But yeah, in contemporaries I can find those characters whose lives and circumstances so closely resemble my own that I end up reflecting on my own life. They can inspire me to change and do better. All of these books have done that: Adorkable, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Just One Day (in spite of its disappointing sequel), The DUFF, and This Song Will Save Your Life.
And finally, contemporary can grant us some of the most beautiful (fluffy) romances. Good times and feels ALL around. I need that in my life every so often. I am a hopeless romantic at heart. My favorite fluffy pure-romance books are On the Fence (review coming soon!), Meant to Be, and The Distance Between Us. Basically, all hail Queen Kasie West.
Honorable Mentions: Smart Girls Get What They Want, Ask Again Later, Golden, Fangirl, and Shut Out.