The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to contemporary!

Looking for a good YA romance? One of my favorite things about writing reviews for my blog is the very end where I scour my previous reviews and carefully (VERY carefully) select two books to recommend based on how the book read and of course, what genre it is. It’s something that I really have a lot of fun with sooooo I was thinking (and who are we kidding, I was on Pinterest too) and I stumbled upon some infographics, which for some reason I totally love in the nerdiest way possible. I wanted to create something like that about books but let’s face it… I don’t wouldn’t really know where to start as far as info goes but I CAN make graphics.

Start here! I decided to make a neat little graphic as sort of a suggestion guide to my favorite books! I decided to start with contemporary and hope to tackle other genres in the future. Hope you guys like it and are able to find a good contemporary based on your current reading mood! So, without further ado, welcome to the very first Book Addict’s GUIDE! (Get it?!)

Contemporary Book Recommendations YA Guide Infographic



Here’s a list of the books mentioned! All links will take you to my reviews (books without links are reviews that have not been posted yet).

4. HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
5. ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway
6. TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone
7. BEORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
8. MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill
9. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
11. JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
12. JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman
13. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
15. LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins
16. GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby
17. TORCHED by Andrea Lynn Colt
18. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
19. IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
22. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
23. THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA by M. Molly Backes
24. PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry
26. CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
27. GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt
28. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
29. THE REECE MALCOLM LIST by Amy Spalding
30. SUCH A RUSH by Jennifer Echols

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54 thoughts on “The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to contemporary!

  1. Nicole

    These guides are officially the best thing ever. hahah can I keep fangirling? Ok good. Well, I love how you’ve categorized them. Sometimes I just lump all contemporary together but that’s silly because like you point out here there are so many different themes, some light, some serious, some about friendship, some about romance, etc. and just because i’m in the mood for “contemporary” doesn’t mean I want to read about issues or cry my eyes out. Anyway, I will definitely be using to these to guide my selections! THANKS FOR SHARING!!! 😀

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks so much!!! They’re a blast to make and I’m so glad there’s been a really positive response to them 🙂 🙂

  2. Alexa Y.

    This has got to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! I’m definitely going to have to keep this post around for reference, as you’ve included some pretty darn awesome contemporary books. Lovely graphic too! I like the descriptions and the way you arranged everything 🙂

  3. Cayce

    This is so COOL!!! I loved The Sea of Tranquility, so I think I’m going to give a try to Angry Girl next. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Kay @ It's a Book Life

    Since I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance this is a great guide! Thanks for sharing! It is really cute too! 🙂

    Oh and you should totally do this for other genres in the future.

  5. Amy @ Tripping Over Books

    AMAZING. Your photoshop skills astound me! But your book selections are really what makes me so super-happy. I’ve read lots of these, but not all. I’m a huge fan of the Such a Rush and The Sky Is Everywhere shout-outs! Yay!!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you, Amy!!! I had so much fun doing it (it also totally took several days/weeks haha)

  6. The Polished Page-Turner

    I am definitely going to utilize this list in the near future because contemporary is my go to genre for summer reading lists! This is such a great layout. You should totally do this with more genres!

  7. Ginger @ GReads!

    This is so cool! I love love LOVE contemporary, so I can totally see why you chose each book for that certain theme. I’ve read the majority of these, but there’s still a few on my TBR list. Thanks for the break down & I hope this nifty post will attract more readers to a particular book 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Ginger!! I’ve had so much great feedback from this so I’m just glad to know people are enjoying it and actually finding some good new reads in there too! 🙂

  8. Tara

    Brittany, this post is awesome!! I’ve read many of the books you recommended but I need to read quite a few more. I can’t wait to see more guides in the future 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Tara!! It was a lot of fun to make. Hope you found a good read in there 🙂

  9. Rachel

    Um, YOU ARE AMAZING. I’ve obviously read most of the books on this list but girl I give you so much credit for putting this together and I think it’s an amazing resource for those looking for a new contemporary read.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you so much! It was so much fun to do. Definitely looking forward to make more for more genres and new contemps (when I read more, that is)!

  10. Vyki @ On The Shelf

    Wow! I absolutely love this chart! There are definitely a bunch on here I want to read and some really great choices for the ones you put up that I have read. Awesome, awesome image!

  11. elena

    I LOVE CONTEMPORARY! It’s one of my fav genres and I love this list! I love the way you organised it. Perhaps I will find a new gem fro this list. 😀

  12. Judith

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Most of these are either favorites of mine, or very high on my TBR list. I love your recommendations and the way you formatted is just too pretty! Gah. *stares at the pretty*

  13. Elisa

    Super fun! I am also impressed that you have read and reviewed all of those! Dang girl, you are on fire 🙂
    Love it, looking forward to your next Guide

  14. Kelley (Another Novel Read)

    Oh my gosh, that is so incredibly awesome! If I were more into contemporary romance, I would be ALL OVER this. I can’t WAIT to see what you do with other genres. Too cool!

    (Also, hi! I feel as if I have been missing out on your blog for a long time and I don’t know what the heck happened. I’m a new follower, and so far I’m very much enjoying your blog!)

  15. Tara

    This. Is. AWESOME. I don’t have nearly the free time or patience to create such a thing, so kudos to you for your creativity and passion. I’m thoroughly impressed…and will be sharing!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you so much!! I did it over several days/weeks because it really did take a long time haha. It was a lot of fun though! Thanks for sharing!!! I really appreciate it! Glad you liked it 🙂

  16. Stormy

    Ah, I love this! I’ve read quite a few of these and you picked almost all books that I really liked to really loved, so I will definitely be using this flowchart the next time I’m in the mood for a good contemporary YA.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you so much! Hope you find a good one in there! I’ll definitely make other ones for different genres too 🙂

  17. Amy @ bookgoonie

    Holy WOWsers! Very cool & Very impressed. 😉

    What did you use to do that? I’m constantly doing a verbal version of this with kiddos at school. I’d like to give it a stab too PLUS share yours.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Amy!! I had so much fun making it. I just used photoshop (although it did take me several days haha).

  18. DannyBookworm

    OMG This post is made of AWESOME”!!! Totally need to pin this to pinterest:)
    This year is my Contemporary year and while I read most of them already, there are some books I still need to read 🙂

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