TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: CONTEMPORARY

Hey Guys! So this week I have something exciting and new planned out! Everyday this week, a new post will be going up, recommending between five and ten books from whatever particular genre I decide to venture into that’s day. I’m most definitely no expert, but out of the books I have read, I’m going to be sharing some of my top picks that I think anyone would enjoy. So, without further ado, let’s jump into my top contemporaries!

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1. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins
So I just recently read this book for the first time last week, and lemme just tell ya, it was wonderful! It was so adorable, and the way Stephanie Perkins ties Parisian landmarks into the story was excellent! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis if you want to learn some more about the plot!

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han
This book was hilarious, and very unique. The characters were extremely lovable, and this one kept me laughing not only with the witty comments, but also with the general plot and “consequences” the main character faces throughout.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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3. Wish You Were Italian, Kristin Rae
I don’t know what it is about a character adventuring into a foreign country, but I love that kind of plot line so much! This one is set in Italy, and now I want to go so bad I can hardly stand it. The love triangle was really well done, creating a really entertaining storyline. I also got to meet Kristin, and she was one of the sweetest people I have ever met!

Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

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4. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
I think my favorite part about Fangirl was how relatable the main character is. She just has so many traits that any book reader can relate to, which was something I really loved having in a contemporary!

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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5. Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson
This one is a book more focused on adventure and friendship versus romance, although there still is an undertone of romance through out. I really loved this book, and I think it would have made my Top 14 Books of 2014 if I would have made an official list.

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

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6. I Want it That Way, Ann Aguirre
I actually was lucky enough to receive this one for review, and I’m so grateful I did! I loved the general storyline in this book, and Ann Aguirre is really gifted in the steamy romance department. Just a side note, this book is classified as new adult, so some scenes may be a little much for young readers!

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

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7. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jennifer E. Smithlastly, I have yet another book set in a European county. This one is so cute and really unrealistic, but it’s so adorable and fun, I didn’t mind at all!

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

Okay Lovelies, that’s all I have for you today, come back tomorrow for more recommendations. It’s going to be tons of fun! 🙂

Taylor

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Author: taylor

i really love ice cream, coffee + tea, and really good books. self proclaimed bibliophile who loves everything to do with reading, here's a little peek into my bookish adventures. ((favorite genres: young adult, new adult, fantasy, and basically anything with a touch of romance))

2 thoughts on “TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: CONTEMPORARY”

  1. I love this idea! So many great books are on this list. I have not yet read most of them (hopefully that’ll change shortly). But I definitely agree with Since You’ve Been Gone and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I will look into some of your other recommendations and give them a try. I look forward to seeing your next post! 🙂

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