I don’t know about you guys, but to me spring basically screams contemporary novels. And so far, I’ve pretty much just read young adult contemporary novels but that might change this year as I’ve got some adult ones on my radar that I want to check out too.
For today’s post, I figured it would be fun to recommend some of my favorite contemporary novels to you guys as well as share some books I hope to read this spring season. We all know I don’t do actual TBRs so this is a very, very loose idea of what I might read (for the most part).
So, let’s dive in. This post might get long.
Actually, give me a second. My recommended books can actually be split into two categories: fluffy & fun (mostly) and more hard hitting topics. As I was looking up books I wanted to include here I quickly realized that I tend to gravitate towards the more hard hitting contemporaries and they’re usually the ones leaving lasting impressions. We’ll start off with the more light hearted ones though.
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Would it even be a recommendations post by me if I didn’t include Simon VS? It’s definitely been a little bit since I actually talked about this book on my blog but if there’s one thing you should know it’s how much I love this book. I read it four times within 12 months.
This book has a super sweet m/m romance. Side characters that you will like (for now…) and parents who love their children a shit ton.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This, right here, was my introduction to Sandhya and I’m so glad I picked this book up years ago. People have described Sandhya’s characters as ‘unapologetically desi’ and I love that. Her characters always feel so real and I love how connected they are to their culture. I couldn’t help but being reminded of movie Bend It Like Beckham when reading this and I absolutely loved it. Plus, Dimple’s reaction to first meeting Rishi is hilarious and awesome and well deserved on Rishi’s part.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
It actually took me a second try to really get into this trilogy and to whole heartedly love these characters but I am so glad I did. This trilogy is so, so good. I love both love interests. I adore the sister dynamic in this. The dad is pretty cool. Stormy (who we meet in book 2) was such a welcome addition and in a way (thinking back on it) gives me Lydia from One Day At A Time vibes which makes me love her even more. Plus, there’s a Netflix adaptation for this with the sequel being filmed right now.
The Hating Game Sally Thorne
This is the only adult contemporary novel I have to recommend (so far) but I absolutely loved it and flew through this book in no time! I love, love, love me a good hate to love dynamic and this was exactly that and it was done so well. That elevator scene. My god.
The writing was really easy and quick to follow which makes this a perfect beach/pool read too, if you ask me.
Now, we’re getting into the more hard hitting contemporary novels that I’ve read and loved and think you guys would enjoy too. These deal with mental health struggles, abuse and suicide so please be careful going into them!
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
This one, this is hands down my favorite Alice Oseman novel to date. I love whenever books explore fandom and online friendships which is exactly what Oseman did here. I kept finding myself in Angel and what she was thinking/feeling as a former boyband fan myself. And if you’ve read Alice’s books before, you know they deal with heavy topics – especially towards the end.
Trigger and content warnings for talk of suicide and not wanting to be alive, depression, anxiety depiction, panic attacks, talk of past forced coming out/outing, talk of past loss of a loved one, alcohol abuse, abandonment, parental abandonment, and assault.
Eliza And Her Mosters by Francesca Zappia
Speaking of loving whenever fandom/online friendships are dealt with in books, here’s one more recommendation fory you! Our main character is the creator of a super popular online comic and ends up meeting her most popular fanfic writer. I actually randomly picked this book up when I was still pretty new to loving contemporary and I’m so, so glad I did! This book was great from start to finish.
Trigger and content warnings for suicidal thoughts, talk of past suicide, panic attacks, abandonment, minor bullying, talk of past loss of loved ones, grief depictions, and depression depictions.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Lastly I want to talk about Starfish. I had heard some good things about the author’s work and had requested an eARC of this and I’m so, so glad I did. This was such a fantastic book with important discussions on beauty from the view point of a half-Japanese teenager. But the messages are easily applyable to anyone else who doesn’t look like what society considers the ‘norm’.
Trigger and content warnings for racism, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental abuse, suicide attempt with this particular book!
And lastly, let’s talk about some of the books I want to read in the upcoming months – there aren’t as many in this post because I want to keep my options open and see what people are hyping.
I feel like Marie will for sure have more recommendations (on top of all the books she’s already recommendated on her blog!) in the future and we do tend to enjoy similar books!
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Thanks to Sandhya consistently releasing new books in the spring I get another book I can look forward too! This one actually follows Sweetie and Rishi’s brother (yes, Rishi as in the love interest from her first book!) Ashish who we did meet in Sandhya’s first book too! Sweetie sounds like such an awesome character already plus there’s fat rep here and I am here for it!
This book also features characters being set up by their parents (Ashish’s parents think they can find the perfect match for him) and them going on fun date and I already know where this is going and I am so excited for every single second of this book.
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
I’ve basically been following the process of Christine writing this book from the very beginning and I knew early on that I would want to read this. There are other books by YouTubers I won’t touch but this one, I’m super curious about! I actually got approved for an eARC of this and will be reading it with Caro soon! I can’t wait to see how I feel about this book. I do like that this is set in college though – we don’t get too much YA set in college, I think.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
This book has been sitting on my TBR for a little while and I can’t wait for the release! Whenever a synopsis tells me that it has a character who is cursed in any kind of way (especially in contemporary stories) I’m almost immediately hooked. There’s also a grandmother in this who won’t talk about Cuba which reminds me of Lydia from One Day At A Time and I basically expect pain to come my way. Also, a tattooed boy. We all know I’m weak for that. xD Overall, a book that ticks so many of my boxes and hopefully something I’ll end up loving!
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
Everyone, a book featuring one of my all time favorite tropes. fake dating. I haven’t read too many books featuring this particular trope but you can bet a ton of money on the fact that I’ve read about a million fanfictions with this trope. Actually, my all-time favorite fanfic has exactly that as it’s starting point (and I’ve read it more often than Six Of Crows). So, as soon as I heard about this book I had to add it to my TBR and I cannot wait to read it and get all excited about everything this book is gonna throw at me. I am ready.
How about you guys? Do you get into specific reading moods depending on the seasons? Are you someone who reads more of a certain genre during the spring time? What is it? Also, do you have any recommendations for me and my readers – they don’t have to be contemporary. Whatever it is that you love to read in the spring time is very welcome!