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Popular Contemporary Books I Haven't Read


It's no secret that, in general, contemporary is my go-to genre. Because of this, I'm going the easy route and living in "safety" with this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic. Most of the books I am using are of the YA persuasion because, well, have several unread on my shelf and I really do want to read more of them because sometimes it's nice to read nothing more than a lighthearted, sweet book. Most of the time, this genre provides that. Here's what the Broke and Bookish ladies asked us:

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Haven't/Want To Read From [Contemporary] Genre
(for example I feel like I'm pretty well read in contemporary YA but there are some STAPLES I can't believe I haven't read. Or if you just want to books you WANT to read in a particular genre, not necessarily long overdue)


1.) Lonestar Angel, by Colleen Coble

Read all of the other books in this series and then this fourth book came along a bit later on. Guess someday it should be a priority since I did enjoy the rest.

2.) Better off Friends, by Elizabeth Eulberg

This one looks straight up darling. Who could resist that!?

3.) To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han

Heard nothing but good things about Jenny's' books.

Plus have you seen the cover for the sequel!?

4.) Open Road Summer, by Emery Lord

Love, love (LOVED) Emery's upcoming March 2015 novel. Makes me ask the question: Why haven't I read her debut novel?!

5.) My Last Kiss, by Bethany Neal

Beautiful cover, intriguing storyline. Sounds like my kind of book.

6.) Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

Books by Stephanie seem to be firmly in the "fangirl camp." Figure that's reason enough to place them on my shelf and TBR.

7.) The Secret Diary of Lizzie Benent, by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

I am actually reading this (when I can get a few pages in) right now and let me tell you... I'm IN LOVE with the awesome-ness. Could we have 100 more of these, please!?

8.) Paper Hearts, by Courtney Walsh

Had this on my list for Christmas and my aunt just gifted it to me this past weekend. It's just as pretty in person and someone tweeted that it reminded them of Letters to Juliet. Um, yes please!

9.) Nothing but Trouble, by Susan May Warren

Given how much I enjoy Susan's stories, I haven't a clue why these are sitting on my shelf unread.

10.) On the Fence, by Kasie West

Kasie's books sound darling. 'Nuff said.

Your turn! Which popular books (or not) haven't you read that were once upon a time a high priority? Share any bookish thoughts you have below.

Top Ten Tuesday participants, as always, leave your link. I'd love to visit.

*P.S. Excuse the poor font that "numbers" the books.
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  1. I would like to read Open Road Summer, but my library doesn't have it. :( I read On the Fence and it is ADORABLE, so I really want to read Kasie's other book, The Distance Between Us.

    1. Bummer. Hope you can find a copy of Open Road Summer soon, Emma. Emery's new novel is darling, so of course, I'm going to *have* to read her debut. Soon-ish. ;) Glad to know Kasie's book is good. It looks short, which is a plus for me. Maybe I'll actually get it read sooner rather than later. :)

      Glad you stopped by.

  2. I love your list. I didn't get a chance to figure out mine this week. So I have a book review that went live this morning.

    1. Nothing wrong with that, Dawn. Sometimes I skip the meme too. Makes the next week or the next (whenever we get back into it) all the more fun. :)

      Thanks for reading this!

  3. Glad you're enjoying The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet! :) I think you will enjoy To All the Boys I Loved Before, it was quite sweet. Thanks for the link to the book cover for the sequel, I love that it pairs up with the first book cover. Will have to keep an eye out for it ;)

    My TTT

    1. I am indeed, Lianne. It's brilliant - the voice, the story, the adaptation, everything. I can "see" all of the characters so well because of the web series. :)

      Thanks! I hope to enjoy Jenny's books. They sound fabulous and of course, yes, I am all about the sweet stories. :) Definitely. I couldn't resist adding that one to my cover post. It's darling.

  4. I need to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Her other works, The Legend Series, is one of my favorites. The cover of On The Fence is enough to make me want to check it out too.

    1. Haven't read any of Marie Lu's books though have heard they're all quite good. Hope you enjoy the books and I'm glad to know The Legend Series are worth reading. I think those are the books I see hyped. On the Fence's cover makes me want to read it, too. It's just so happy. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Kaylee! Always glad to chat with you.

  5. I really want to read Paper Hearts and Kasie West's books, too!

    1. *high five* I do too, Tammy! Paper Hearts sounds darling as do all of Kasie's books. They sound and look like lighthearted, easy-to-read fun. Oh and I've been told they're lovely. :)

  6. I haven't read any of these either... Paper Hearts looks like a JUST YES though. I think I need to get my hands on a copy of it...

  7. Oh and I know I've told you this before, but ugh. I love your header <3 <3 <3

    1. Paper Hearts does look and sound fabulous! Hopefully I'll get to it soon. Hope you can find it too. :)

      Thanks! I "tweaked" it a bit and recycled it for now. Guess I'm not feeling particularly creative right now... but hey, we Olicity fans never mind seeing them time and again, right!? ;)

  8. To All the Boy's I've Loved Before looks cute!
    I wish the library had The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, since it looks adorable!!
    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Paper Hearts. It is one of the best books I have read in a while.;)

    1. I agree, Amanda! I'm hoping to sneak that one in soon - before book two releases, because we all need a bit of lighthearted reads now and again.

      Lizzie Bennet IS darling! I'm loving it.

      Thanks! Paper Hearts is another one I hope to read in the near future. I'm glad you liked it so well. :)

  9. Great books as always, I have loved many of them and put a few on hold. Paper Hearts was good, I wrote a review on my blog and for the Christian Manifesto. I didn't really get the Letters To Juliet comparison when I read it. I LOVE that movie!!! :) Might have to reread it next year and see if I see the similarity.


    1. How awesome! I'll have to visit Christian Manifesto. I've not been over there in a long time. Oh, that's okay! The Letters to Juliet twist may not be very big or not everyone may "see it." I think I saw it on someone's Twitter feed. Either way, as you say, that movie is awesome. :)

      Thanks for visiting. :)

  10. I think Isla was the only one on your list I have read - but the others are on my TBR too!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Yay for 'Isla.' I keep hearing more and more awesome things about this series. Enjoy your TBR, Missie. :)

  11. I love Elizabeth Eulbergs books and can't wait to read her newest release.

    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Leslie! Hope you enjoy her latest release - I saw it at the bookstore this past week and almost got it, but I held back. Figured it'd be best to actually read the books I own by her first. :)

  12. I really, really, really want to read Paper Hearts

    1. I've heard all great things about Paper Hearts, Sharon! Enjoy. :)

  13. Love Paper Hearts as a Valentine Week read <3 EnJOY!

  14. I have many... But if I had to make a Top Ten, these would be on it ;)

    #1 - The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
    #2 - The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
    #3 - Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer
    #4 - The Color of Justice by Ace Collins
    #5 - Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund
    #6 - A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
    #7 - For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
    #8 - This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof
    #9 - A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
    #10 - Safe by the Marshal's Side by Shirlee McCoy

    They are still all on my TBR list and I have every intention of reading them :)

    1. Ooh, that looks like a great list, Samantha! I have heard many of these are wonderful reads and have read This Quiet Sky. It's beautiful. Hope you can read them soon! I know all about that long TBR pile. I have plenty of my own. :)

  15. I would like to read "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, I wanted to read it before the movie came out. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

    1. That does seem to be a popular novel. I've not read it or seen the movie, but my aunt gave me the book as a gift. Looking forward to reading it at some point. :)

  16. I can highly recommend the PJ Sugar novel! Those are my favorite of all of Susan May Warren's books!

    1. I'm so glad! Susan's books are always favorites so I'm eager to someday read this series too. :)


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