TOP TEN TUESDAY: Contemporary Recs to Light Up Your Summer (Or Winter!)

Posted May 23, 2017 by Ella in Features, Tea Party // Random Thoughts / 5 Comments

Hello Wonderlings! Today I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday which is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is: SUMMER READS FREEBIE. Which of course means that today I’m going to be throwing sharingย some AMAZEBALL sunny contemporary recommendations that you peeps going into summer can enjoy!! And hey, if you’re going into Winter like me, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these recs just as much. ๐Ÿ˜› On with the list!


1.) The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

I CANNOT think of summer and YA contemporary reads in the same sentence without TIAOCG immediately popping up in my mind! This is set in AU and is by an Aussie author and it is PERFECTION.It has of the slowest burning romances I’ve ever read and I loved every moment of it! Oh, and the main character lives behind a bakery and could not handle the cuteness and deliciousness of it!




2.) Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

I adored the portrayal of anxiety in this book and also the portrayal of BOY DOES NOT ~SAVE~ GIRL FROM HER ANXIETY BUT PROVIDES SWEET SUPPORT AND ALSO STANDS BACK WHEN NEEDED AND IS ALSO NOT A DICK. The the bookish gods! I am soooo sick of that trope, haha.



3.) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I would’ve LOVED to read this book by the beach!!! Instead I read it in my bed with my electric blanket on high. But regardless of where you read this book, I think it’s highly important and I read it at a time I really needed it. It was sweet, funny, heart-wrenching and thoughtful. I also loved that Ramona was bisexual and that the book explored and discussed bisexuality as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I realized after I’d finished this RAMONA BLUE that I don’t read enough books with bisexual protagonists in them and I wish so much there was more of them! If you have any recs, I would love them!!



4.) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

As I’m typing this, I have such a bad yearning to reread THE HATING GAME like right now! I read it in August last year and it absolutely lit up the rainy and soggy grey month that August was with all it’s goodness! I laughed on practically every page and it left me with the biggest smile on my face when I finished it (though I was crying inside)! It became one of my favourite books of 2016 and I must’ve reread it at least 4 times since then!


5.) Chocolate Cake For Breakfast by Danielle Hawkins

Had to have an New Zealand author in the list somewhere! ๐Ÿ˜› I love this book so much and is such a classic example of great kiwi writing <3 Full of laughs, kindness and love AND CHOCOLATE CAKE (!!), it’s probably my favourite NZ contemporary ever. LOVE IT.



6.) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Ahh, I love this book! It’s filled with so much goodness, it makes my heart full! <3 I know alot of people either seem to either love or hate this series, but I connect so much with Lara-Jean and I LOVE everything about her, especially her non-confidence around driving and how much she likes baking ๐Ÿ˜›




7.) The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I am still not over the gorgeousness that was SIMON VS. and TUOU is almost as good! Becky Albertalli is not only an angel but a genius and I love her books sooooo much! I really enjoyed in this book how it had the lightness of a summery contemporary but dealt with so manyย  topics that need to be talked about at the same time. Highly recommend!

Yes, I cheated and only have 7 recs instead of 10, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰ But tell me in the comments some sunny contemporaries you love! I would love to hear them ๐Ÿ™‚


5 responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Contemporary Recs to Light Up Your Summer (Or Winter!)

  1. ahitsdina

    Ooo. So many nice books! I have read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year and loved it. Now, I have a copy of TUOU and I will read that one this summer! Have you read anything by Emma Mills? I picked up her books for this summer. I used to watch her YouTube videos and she is hilarious. And, then, there’s always Morgan Matson who is the queen of summery reads.

  2. So many books you listed are on my “maybe” list – The Upside of Unrequited, The Hating Game, To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before…..I tend not to be a contemporary lover, especially when the contemporaries are fluffy and light. However, there are a few that have really made a mark on me – one is Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox (which, like TUOU, is a light and cheerful romance that also deals well with several serious issues). Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell are a few other excellent ones ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  3. What a lovely list of summer reads! I’m going to add in one more I adore — Open Road Summer by Emery Lord has music & friendships & road trips & romance & it’s such a warm/fluffy/all around gorgeous read. I read it sitting by the pool last summer when the stress of the aftermath of final exams was bearing down on me fast, & it was wonderful to distract myself from that a little bit. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough — it has just the right mixture of escapism & relatability that makes the contemporary genre so special. <3

    Topaz (Six Impossible Things)

  4. I’m not really a contemporary person, I don’t read this genre often at all. But every now and then I like to pick up a contemporary to mix it up from the fantasy & sci fi’s I read. I’ve heard so many good things about Girl Against the Universe!

    I’ve been seeing Jenny Han’s series around the blogosphere a lot recently. A lot of people say a lot of good things about it.

    Also, Ella you’re a kiwi!? Woooo yay for more kiwis! I’m from NZ too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m about to follow you on everything hahaha. I’ll have to check out Chocolate Cake for Breakfast for sure ๐Ÿ˜€

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

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