Saturday, January 26, 2013

On the Topic Of...Contemporary Books

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I've always been a big reader. In first grade I was that kid that kept asking the teacher for more books until she didn't have any more to give me. But that's not really the point of this post. What I really want to talk about is contemporary books and my love for them. 

What really started me reading YA way back in middle school was Meg Cabot. After having seen the movie countless times, I decided one day that I wanted to read the Princess Diaries books. And once I read the first book, I just couldn't get through the rest fast enough...until I got to the point where I had to wait for the next one to come out. And that's when a friend turned me in the direction of Sarah Dessen. The first Sarah Dessen book I read was The Truth About Forever, and to this day it's still one of my favorite books. And, of course, after reading that first one I just kept going back to my library until I had read all the Sarah Dessen books in existence.

For a long time, pretty much all I read were contemporary books, and for the most part, I loved them. But then for whatever reason I started picking up more and more books that weren't contemporary and those contemporaries were sort of left behind. But when I starte blogging, I sort of rediscovered contemporary books, and I am more than happy to have done so. It's those books by Jennifer Echols and Simone Elkeles that reminded me of my love for contemporary books. And from there it wasn't long before I realized that I still love contemporary as much as I did in middle and high school. Yet for whatever reason, I still sometimes forget about those books.

But every so often I just get this urge to pick up a contemporary books and, for whatever reason, am always amazed by how much I end up loving the story. Because despite the fact that all are no supernatural elements to those stories, they are still stories that have so much to them. The realistic quality they have just gets to me in a way that other books can't. This most recently happened with Miranda Kenneally's next book, Things I Can't Forget. While I was reading I just got so wrapped up in the story, in a way that I can't seem to get with those other books. And that's not to say those other books aren't fantastic, because they really are--give some Cassandra Clare any day of the week and I will be perfectly happy. What I'm saying is that I just don't seem to find myself falling completely in love with the genre all over again like I do whenever I read contemporary books--I mean who can really resist the adorableness that are Stephanie Perkins' books (St. Clair & Cricket anyone?). So yeah, I love contemporary stories. 

When it comes to books and readings, I think contemporary is always going to be my first love and the genre I just will never get tired of reading. So what about you: Do you read a lot of contemporary? Do you have a genre that you just seem to always go back to and never get tired of? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I definitely read a lot of contemporary! For the longest time I was a mysteries/historical fiction/fantasy/adventure only kind of girl (strange, I know) and I stayed away from contemps like the plague. I thought they were all wishy washy romances and I am not really into romances all that much. Then my sister read The Truth About Forever and she loved it and so I gave it a chance too. After that I became a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan. Then I discovered other contemporary authors like John Green and Justina Chen. Now I really love contemporaries! I still stay away from ones that are mostly romance, but I love issue books and slightly fluffy summery novels. :)

  2. I mostly read contemporary and one thing I like is that most contemporaries are standalones or companions, because when I read another genre I find most of the time the book is part of a series... then I have trouble remembering what's happened by the time I get to reading the next book. Although I do enjoy other genres sometimes, I find those books don't really become my favourites like contemporaries do!

  3. I have to admit that after high school, I found myself straying away from the YA contemporary genre just because I preferred magical/paranormal/sci-fi stories... but then I read Anna and the French Kiss and I wanted more books like that which leads me to check out other author (Morgan Matson, Jennifer E. Smith, Sarah Dessen) and now it's a genre that I REALLY like. Just like you, as much as I do love my fantastical reads, there's just something about contemporary...

    This is a great post :) And ahh, I can't wait to read Things I Can't Forget Now.

    1. (I did not meant to capitalize that last "now" as though it was part of the title. Just had to clarify that, hahah!)

  4. My goal this year is to read more contemporary, because I can never get tired of reading Sci-Fi and Dystopian novels. Even though some are quite similar, I always love them. Maybe I should read some Sarah Dessen. I've actually only read Just Listen, though I remember greatly enjoying it.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  5. I love contemporary! Hence my blog name! Miranda Kenneally is a genius! I love her novels so much! And please don't mention Cricket or St. Clair because I may have to scream! Contemporaries put my in a really good mood as well. I have a few on my TBR pile and I must get around to them soon.

  6. For some reason, contemporary doesn't always get the love that I think it deserves! It's my go-to genre, especially if I'm feeling a little let down by the rest of the books I've been reading. Great post! :D


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