Saturday, December 18, 2010

2010 Favorites: Contemporary Edition

If you haven't noticed, I read a lot of contemporary books. I can't help it. I love the romance, the drama...I love it all. Since the year is coming to an end, I thought I'd share with you guys my 5 favorite contemporary reads of 2010. This is in no particular order. They're just my favorites.

For anyone who has ever been on a road trip or even dreams of it, this is the book for you. I cannot tell you how much fun this book is. From the hiking haiku's to the play lists and more, this book has loads to offer it's readers. But it isn't all fluff. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour also deals with several different types of loss and revelations. Plus, the romance? You really couldn't ask for more.

Boarding school? Boys? Paris?! Seriously, this is a formula for win. I absolutely loved the details Stephanie Perkins uses to not only describe the characters, but also the setting. I'm not kidding, this book made me crave pastries on several different occasions. And I swear, St. Clair is so swoon-worthy, he'll make your head spin.

The Cinderella Society takes good vs evil to a whole new level. I absolutely love Jess Parker's strength. She may not always do the right things, but she tries. And though this book is mainly about girl power, I can't help but love any scene involving a certain boy named Ryan. Deep down, the boy has heart, and I can't help but admire that.

Ever seen the movie Mean Girls? Well, take out the comedy, add 2 scoops full of cruelty, and you'll begin to understand what Some Girls Are is all about. At times, it's a little difficult to read. You feel like you're there experiencing all these things with Regina, and that's not exactly a good thing. But, like all great books, the author still leaves you with some hope, and even a swoon worthy boy to help you out.

Looking for a good cry, plus a book that makes you reflect on...well, life? Well, this is the book for you. From the first page to the very last, you'll constantly be asking yourself "what if". What if today was my last day? What if I could do things differently? What if even the smallest things could have a huge impact on the future? Would you do things differently? I can't tell you how many times this book had me on the edge of tears. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most importantly, you'll think about what's really important in life.

While I have other books I really, really enjoyed this year (The Duff, Tell Me A Secret, Forget You, etc), these 5, in my opinion, were the best of the best. If you haven't read any of these books, I highly recommend doing so. They're fantastic! I hope you enjoyed my edition of 2010 favorites. If you have posted something similar to this, feel free to comment below. I'd love to check out your 2010 faves!

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  1. I have Before I Fall but haven't gotten to it yet but you are the second person to say how great it is. I loved Roger & Amy, and Anna is sitting on my coffee table ready to be read next.

  2. I would definitely have to put Some Girls Are on my favorite list--I can hardly wait for Summers next novel! And I'm planning on reading Before I Fall during my holiday vacay. I'm all prepared for the tears. :)

  3. I haven't read any of them yet! I heard they were pretty good!

  4. So much agreement with Some Girls Are and Before I Fall. Two of my faves from this year!

  5. Seriously, Some Girls Are and Before I Fall are some fan-freakin'-tastic reads! Thanks for commenting! :)

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