The Top 10 Books Contemporary YA Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday topic is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre. I don’t read a lot of Contemporary YA, but occasionally there’s one I hear about that I think I might enjoy… but it can take me a while to actually get around to them. Here’s 10 that I’m thinking I’ll check out one day, in no particular order…

1. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

gr-gallagher1I’ve been thinking of reading these for a while, but it’s always daunting to start series! But one day, I will, because they just sound fun!

2. Magnolia by Kristi Cook

gr-magnoliaSet in the South, Star Trek references, and the whole we-hate-each-other-oh-wait-never-mind trope? Yep, definitely interested.

3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

gr-faking-normalI feel like a broken record because I keep mentioning that Courtney is a local author who I have seen multiple times at local events and I feel I should read her book especially since Kayla talks about the boy in the book being like a contemporary Peeta but I have to admit I am terrified of the whole rape topic but ONE DAY I WILL READ THIS.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

GR-faultinourstarsYes, I still haven’t read this. Stop giving me that look.

5. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

gr-killerinstinctHey contemporary lovers, be proud! I read The Naturals and enjoyed it, so I would like to read its sequel!

6. The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod 

gr-lawoflovingI will have to read more reviews on this before I know if I actually want to read it, but anything dealing with schizophrenia initially piques my interest. Ever since writing a paper on it my senior year of high school it has fascinated me.

7. Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

gr-dont=touchSummer raved about this one and mentioned there’s a nice guy (always a win for me), PLUS it focuses on OCD, which is actually featured in my WIP and I really need to read a little more about it.

8. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

gr-ifyoufindmeThis one is highly regarded, plus it’s set in Tennessee.

9. Anything by Kasie West

gr-distancebetweenThe only Kasie West books I’ve read so far are Pivot Point and Split Second, which are contemporary with a paranormal/sci-fi sort of twist, and I think I need to read some of her straight-up contemporary I hear so much good about!

10. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick 

gr-sheisnotinvisbleThis one just sounds very intriguing!

Which of these contemporary books do you love or want to read? 

28 thoughts on “The Top 10 Books Contemporary YA Books I Want to Read

  1. Ooh! The Gallaghar Girls series is pretty great! You haven’t read TFIOS?! *shakes head solemnly* *shrugs* I didn’t give it 5 stars, anyway. I NEED to read some Kasie West!! NEED!! Everybody loves her and I have no idea why!! TELL ME WHY!! Magnolia seems quite interesting!
    Great post!
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    My TTT: Me LOVE Fantasy/Sci-Fi! So Why Haven’t I Read These Yet? Disgravceful! (TTT)

  2. Oh my word. Magnolia was just perfection❤ I gave it four stars at first, but it’s really more like five. I was swooning from page one!

    Was about to flail about Faking Normal then saw your paragraph – my work here is done😉 And don’t worry – the rape topic is handled VERY sensitively!

    I read Don’t Touch last week, and it really was amazing. I love the way OCD was presented! And yes, the love interest is 100% swoon-worthy😉

    • Oh that’s really good to know about the rape topic being handled sensitively and well. Just the thought of it makes me nervous! And swooning from page one?! Wow, if a book can make me swoon page 1 that is an accomplishment indeed!

  3. I haven’t read Kasie West’s Pivot Point series but she is QUEEN of contemporary. I liked On the Fence waaaayyyyy more than The Distance Between Us but even so, I read it in like a day and squealed about it for even longer. I definitely recommend picking it up! They’re such fun and easy reads!

    • Noted, just in case I don’t love The Distance Between Us as much as others do. I will admit that the premise of On The Fence does appeal to me more, but I think I want to read Distance first and then On The Fence, especially since I think I heard there was a cameo in the latter that was from the former?

  4. It’s ok, I haven’t read any of these either except for TFIOS. This just shows how much I like contemporary huh, hahah. I have Don’t Touch on my list though, I heard that it’s really good so far🙂

    • I thought about watching the movie, but my husband had made it clear he had no intention of seeing it and I very rarely watch movies alone (even at home) so yeah, I probably won’t, or at least not anytime soon. I still feel I ought to read the book though, just so I can say I have.

  5. Ooooh Ally Carter and Kasie West. The way to my heart. You know how I feel about the Gallagher Girl series, but I HIGHLY recommend Kasie West’s other books. I liked them even better than Pivot Point and Split Second! (I’ve actually been sitting at my desk at work for the last few hours wishing I were at home rereading On The Fence.)

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