Top 10 Tuesday: 10 YA Contemporaries That I`ve Recently Added To My TBR List

*Top 10 Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

For whatever reason, I am in a contemporary mood since May. Maybe it`s because I`m back to work and I don`t have time to invest in long series. Maybe it`s because I have had a fulfilling reading period, but I`m really feeling YA contemporaries at the moment. With that in mind, I want to talk about some of the novels that I want to read this year. To make it easier, I have split this post in two. The first half talks about books that are out and that are on my summer TBR. The second half focuses on new releases. Since this post will be one kilometre long, let`s jump in:

"The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I have no idea why I haven`t read this book yet. For those of you that are not aware, Benjamin Alire Saenz wrote "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe", which is one of my favourite books. His writing style is lyrical and heartbreaking, creating unforgettable stories. This is set to be another beautiful novel about family, identity and friendship. From what I`ve gathered it has little to no romance and I cannot express how thankful I am for that.

"When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon
I had this book on my Most Anticipated Spring Releases list, but sadly, I did not get the chance to read it yet. You know how it goes: too many books, so little time. I will pick it up soon though, as it is a cute contemporary that also focuses a lot on Indian cultural aspects.

"Letters To The Lost" by Brigid Kemmerer
Another sad and impactful YA, because that`s how I roll. Juliet is heartbroken over her mum`s death and the only way she can cope is by leaving letters at her grave. Then one day, Declan find one of these letters and he starts communicating with Juliet. I am a bit worried about insta-love, but I do hope that the focus will be on family and loss.

"A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful" by Eric Lindstrom
The reason why I`m interested in this novel is that it features a bipolar main character. While more and more authors talk about mental health issues, the more prominent problems seem to focus on anxiety and depression. I`m extremely curious to see how this book will tackle bipolar disorder and whether or not we`ll see it romanticised. (a problem that many YA books apparently have)

"Wanderlost" by Jen Malone
A book where the protagonist is going on a trip around Europe, what more can you ask for? I know, we`ll definitely have a love interest and I`m OK with that. Why? Because I can deal with insta-love better when travelling is involved.

"Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
Adding this book on this list feels a bit like cheating because it`s been on my TBR for two years. But this summer I`ll do it, so please don`t send the hate mail. I won`t even make a synopsis of this book as I feel like I am the only person that has not read it. Soon my friend, soon.


New Releases:
YA new releases 2017

"They Both Die At The End" by Adam Silvera (expected publication date - September 5th)
I know it`s only June, but I have a feeling that Adam Silvera will end up being my favourite writer of 2017. His novels are profound and meaningful, the kind of books that stay with you long after you read them. "They Both Die At The End" tells the story of Mateo and Rufus whose last wish before they die is to make a new friend. I think that this will be another book that has a devastating plot, but a positive meaning. I felt the same with "History Is All You Left Me". Reading it broke my heart, but at the same time, it made me appreciate life more.

"Dear Martin" by Nic Stone (expected publication date - October 17th)
If you enjoyed "The Hate U Give", you NEED this book in your life. Justyce McAllister is a top student and his future plans include an Ivy League school. After he is wrongfully arrested, he can`t fully recover, so he starts a journal to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. "Dear Martin" promises to be an emotional read, addressing important issues like racism and police brutality. A MUST READ NOVEL! I`m sure it will become an instant YA classic.

"Dress Codes For Small Towns" by Courtney C.Stevens (expected publication date - August 29th)
Billie McCaffrey is part of the Hexagon, a group of friends that always like to start up trouble in their small town, Otters Holt. Billie is also struggling with her sexuality and she`s afraid that she won`t be accepted by her family and friends. It sounds like a great coming of age story, that deals with sexuality and friendship.

"Little Monsters" by Kara Thomas (expected publication date - July 25th)
I don`t know much about this book, other than it was recommended for PLL fans. And I am sad to admit that I live for "Pretty Little Liars". It`s like a bad relationship when you know it`s trash, but you`re addicted to it. (though I want it to end and finally know who A.D. is) Anyway, returning to our book, "Little Monsters" is a YA Thriller that focuses on the murder of a teen girl in a seemingly ideal small town.

Let me know in the comments if you`ve read any of these books. Also, what books do you hope to finish by the end of 2017?




22 comments :

  1. Let me know what you think about Letters to the Lost.
    Fangirl is also on my TBR.

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    1. I actually added it on my TBR after I saw your review. Hopefully, I will enjoy it just as much.

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  2. It’s been a long time since I read a YA contemporary. I need to change that! I loved Fangirl, so I hope you like it, too. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life and They Both Die at the End are on my TBR list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Adam Silvera and Benjamin Alire Saenz are masters of deep and meaningful YA contemporary.

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  3. Dear Martin is definitely an upcoming release that I'm really looking forward to. The Hate U Give was such an important read and I'm so glad that we're seeing more contemporary novels dealing with real-world issues. Great list!

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    1. I absolutely agree with you. It`s crucial that YA books address important topics that we face daily.

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  4. What a fantastic list! I really want to read When Dimple Met Rishi, I hope we'll both enjoy it :)
    I'm also eager to read the new Silvera book. I loved More Happy Than Not and can't wait to read more from this author, plus this synopsis intrigues me a lot. I don't know if I'll ever be ready, though all of his books seems like very emotional reads ahah. :)

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    1. Adam Silvera definitely has a unique style of writing and all of his books are devastating. But they`re so beautiful at the same time, the heartbreak is definitely worth it.

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  5. I just picked up When Dimple Met Rishi from the library and am ridiculously excited to start it. It's been one of my most highly anticipated releases. Letters to the Lost was simply wonderful. So emotional, so heartfelt (and no inst-love). I loved it.
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. Good to know that there`s no insta-love because I was really intrigued by the story.

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  6. Out of these, I really enjoyed The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life, Letters To The Lost, Wanderlost and Fangirl. I'm also really looking forward to reading both When Dimple Met Rishi and They Both Die at the End!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I really hope that When Dimple Met Rishi lives up to the hype, it`s such a cute YA contemporary.

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  7. I liked Fangirl, and have heard so many good things about When Dimple Met Rishi. And Wanderlost- road trip plus Europe. Yup. :)

    Little Monsters has me curious too, because murder and small towns and secrets. Another win. :)

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    1. Blame it on PLL, but I`m really digging the plot for Little Monsters. Hopefully, it will be good.

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  8. I've totally been in a contemporary mood lately too! Ahhh so many books here. The Inexplicable Logic was so good! I really need to read Ari and Dante now ahah, everyone loves it! When Dimple Met Rishi sounds so lovely, I can't wait to pick it up. Fingers crossed we both get to read it sometime soon!

    -Analee @ Book Snacks

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    1. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe was amazing, one of my favourite books of 2016.

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  9. I am so excited for all of these! Fangirl was amazing, hope you read it soon.
    I am 20% into Dimple & Rishi and really enjoy it so far.
    I have never read an Adam Silvera book so I hope I can read one before his new release.
    Great post!
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

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    1. Adam Silvera is an amazing YA writer. All of his books are so beautiful and have a unique storyline.

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  10. I loved both Fangirl and Wanderlost so I hope you'll enjoy! Currently reading When Dimple Met Rishi and so far I'm loving it :) And I'm SUPER excited for They Both Die At The End and Dear Martin!

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    1. Dear Martin will be amazing. I have a feeling it will be one of the best books of 2017

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  11. I really loved Fangirl when I read it so I hope you'll enjoy it too. Almost all the rest of these are on my TBR too so hopefully we'll both love those :)

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    1. Yes, hopefully we`ll both love them and be a part of their huge fandom.

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