Contemporary Books This Fantasy Lover Wants to Read

If you have followed this blog for a while you will know that I read fantasy and sci-fi about 99% of the time. I don’t think that is an exageration. I eat fantasy books for breakfast and lunch.

But on the rare occasion I do pick up contemporary reads. When I do I tend to pick these up with a certainty that I will like them. I am very picky with which contemporaries I pick up. My go to contemporary author is Becky Albertalli. So far she has not let me down. I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (after taking forever to read it) and The Upside of Unrequited resonated with me in a different way. So I am very much looking forward to her new release that I have pre-ordered. I know.

I do have to say that the contemporaries I do pick up are almost exclusively young adult. There are very little contemporaries that I have found interesting in the adult section so I’ve just been staying away from them.

Those That I Own and I Feel Like I Have To

Untitled First & Then by Emma Mills
I won this from the author on twitter a few years ago and I was initially drawn to the cover. I thought this would make a great Summer read but during the last few Summers I’ve not felt compelled to pick it up. Which sucks. I’ve heard mostly good things about this author so I feel like I should give it a chance.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This was a gift in 2016 from a friend. I want to give this a try as the author is Dutch but after having glanced in it I can’t say I am charmed by the way it is written. I’m going to try and push through it though. Some day.

Onder Mijn Huid by Marlies Slegers
I won this a few years ago as well from the publisher but again, I haven’t been inclined to pick it up just yet. I think this will be an emotional read and so I’ve not been ready for that.

Excited on My Shelves

Up (Paaz 2) by Myrthe van der Meer
I read Paaz a few years ago and if you remember my review for it you will remember that I quite loved it but that it also hit a nerve with me as I recognized my own depressive thoughts in it at times. This is probably what has been keeping me back from picking it up yet.


Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
I heard about this book last year and I knew that this was one I wanted to read. I actually got it for Valentine from my husband so it is ready to be read.

Those I Do Not Own Yet

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappio
I’ve heard nothing but reat things about this one. There is something about the synopsis that draws my attention. Also, that there are little comics in this makes me happy.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Of course Leah is on here. I am so excited to see how this book will go, what is in store for Leah and how Simon is doing.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
Of course, it is Cait so it is here. You better not make me cry.

20 thoughts on “Contemporary Books This Fantasy Lover Wants to Read

  1. Eliza and Her Monsters was so, so good! There was one moment in the book that seemed out of character but I loved how adorkable and awkward these two were and the ART! I love stories with art and creativity. ❤️ I want to read Love, Hate and Other Filters too…

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  2. I’ve heard really great things about First & Then as well (and the cover is gorgeous!) but I haven’t read it yet. So many books, so little time! 🙂

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  3. Yess im so eager to read Eliza & her monsters aswell!! I have so much high expectations; however id like to get my hands on a paperback :/ Ive only seen my local stores carrying the hardcover … merh …

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  4. I want to read Cait’s debut so badly!! Have to wait for a lot of days before that can happen, haha 😀 And of course, you can never go wrong with Becky Albertalli’s books! great list ❤

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  5. I have a copy of First & Then I’ve been meaning to read too! I’d say 50% of what I read is contemp. I do love reading a lot of fantasy as well. I hope you enjoy these reads!

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  6. I’d love to read First and Then by Emma Mills. I really enjoyed Foolish Hearts by her, so I definitely need to try out her other books!
    And I can’t wait for Cait’s debut! pretty sure she’s going to break ALL our hearts.

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  7. For someone who likes contemporaries, I sure don’t read them often either. But, dude, I have First and Then, and I also have the author’s second book This Adventure Ends. I need to catch up. I did hear good things about Love, Hate, and Other Filters but I have not gotten a copy yet. Same thing with Eliza and Her Monsters. Have you read any Nina LaCour or Adam Silvera? Nina LaCour is alright. Not amazing. But, Adam Silvera gives me all the feelings in the world. Anna Marie McLemore is another one that I really love. She writes magical realism, so maybe it’ll be interesting to you because it is kind of like fantasy.

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    1. I read a short story by Adam Silvera and have glimpsed into his full novel books in the store but I am fairly certain his writing style is not for me.
      I’ve heard a lot about Anna Marie McLemore lately so I am for sure going to check her out in the future.


  8. I know a lot of people love Eliza & Her Monsters, but I’m absolutely disgusted by the book (and the fact that very few other people seem to be??) and definitely don’t recommend it. The great parts don’t outweigh the terrible message the book ultimately sends.

    But A Thousand Perfect Notes is great, and I hope you love it!

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    1. Ah your comment and that of La La’s down below do make me reconsider buying this book. I think it is being translated so I might wait until it hits the library then.


  9. I do read issue related YA Contemporary, and some Adult Fiction. Becky’s book is on my tbr, of course, but Eliza’s Little Monsters is definitely not; Zappio is the author who wrote that gross misrepresentation of a schizophrenic in Made You Up. 😛

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  10. De boeken van Becky Albertalli wil ik zelf ook nog lezen. Eliza and her monsters trouwens ook. Daar ben ik dankzij Annabel wel benieuwd naar geworden. Ik merk echter dat ik niet zo snel contemporary koop. Jeugdboeken (klassiekers van Roald Dahl bijvoorbeeld) en fantasy (urban, paranormal romance, …) koop ik dan weer veel vaker. Eigenlijk ben ik heel benieuwd naar welke boeken ik ga adopteren in Londen.

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