My Top 5 Contemporary Book Recommendations | Books

Hey, beautiful! Today, I’m back with another post! And guess what… It’s about books… Shocker!

A lot of my friends have been getting into reading and have been asking me for recommendations. They don’t really like sci-fi/thriller/mysteries, so I decided I should just write a post with my top 5 contemporary book recommendations for them!

This will also be for anyone who likes contemporary in general. It’s not really my favourite genre, but I do read a good amount of it.

Let’s get into this!!

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1. Looking For Alaska by John Green

If you’ve been here long enough, then you know that Looking for Alaska is like my all time favourite book. Period. So of course, it will be on this list!

I devoured this book when I first read it, and plan on reading it again one day (really soon, hopefully)

I haven’t written a review on it yet, but when I do re-read it soon, I’ll make sure to review it for you!

I don’t know why people don’t pick this book up! UGH! I think that they look at the author’s name, and just think ‘oh this is just another overhyped John Green book…’ but NO!

It’s the best, most beautiful book, that deals with teenage struggles, death, life, and everything in between!

Here’s the little synopsis, but I recommend you go into this book blind!

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

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2. The Distance Between Us Kasie West

This is a recent read, but it was just so cute that I couldn’t help but put it on this list!

I finished reading this on my trip to Italy, and wow! 

I finished it all in one shot while I was on the plane, and couldn’t help but awe at all of the cute moments!

It dealt with a lot of issues that I think aren’t really that common in books, like poverty and good family relations, and realistic love stories! (this one wasn’t that realistic, but you know…)

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about


3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Oh, the good ol’ days when I used to rave about Before I Fall… Oh wait, I still do!

This is one of the most beautifully written books you can think of reading, trust me!

I feel that every time you read this, the meaning changes, and I find that so mesmerising!

I find the underlined meaning so beautiful! It shows us that the smallest things in our life matter, and how life is so short, and could just end any moment, so we should take advantage of every little detail.

It’s just a book that doesn’t only entertain you, but also opens up your eyes to many subjects.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

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4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

This is also a recent read, just like The Distance Between Us. I read this a month or so ago, so it’s still pretty fresh in my mind. I also wrote a review on this if you want to go and read that. I have my thoughts organized, and better portrayed there.

It’s just such a cute book, but with a twist. I guess you’ll have to go check out my review on it😉

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This one is on everyone’s lists, but I couldn’t not put it on the list! It’s one of the most classic romance stories!

I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother’s read this book, but I guess there are people who have been living under rocks for the past 3 years!

This book has the cutest plot ever, and I would literally die for a sequel, but guess what…

…Rainbow Rowell isn’t writing one… Yup…

I cried… A lot…

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Much love, Rawan <3…