Thursday, 10 May 2012

Recommend to me! Contemporary YA

I haven't posted many reviews lately, and that's because my current reading looks like this:

There's nothing like a pile of books.
I am a huge, huge fan of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, as a lot of you are probably aware by now. Yet I confess I have been struggling a little with A Feast For Crows. There are a lot of things I like about it, but the swathes of new characters are giving me a little bit of trouble, and I'm struggling to read more than a chapter a day, especially as the chapters seem to be getting longer!

My other book on the go at the moment is Mark Yarm's Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge, which is a great book detailing the inner workings of the Seattle scene in the 1980s and 1990s. It's a huge book, however, and one that I've been dipping in and out of since Christmas.

(The academic books in between are the current source of most of my frustration. Unfortunately they are also the source of my current thesis chapter.)

My library reservations have dried up and the only other book on my TBR pile at the moment is Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, which I have no doubt will be excellent, but I'm looking for something a little lighter to balance out the epic politics of Westeros right now!

So I'm looking for some recommendations for some awesome contemporary YA fiction to brighten the "summer" (ha!) and lighten my reading a little. Let's all go and fall in love on a beach. :)

Leave me your recommendations in the comments! (Or tweet them at me here.)



  1. I saw on your good reads that you've read Anna and the French Kiss, but have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door yet? Soooo good! Also, Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (sobfest, but so good!), and Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt.

  2. My suggestions:
    All of Melina Marchetta's books
    All of Jennifer Echols' books
    All of Sarah Dessen's books
    All of Maureen Johnson's books
    E.Lockhart's books, she has at least 3-4 non-Ruby books I want to read

  3. Thanks for recommendations, guys!:D

  4. Hope you enjoy your nice pile of books! Sorry I can't help with the recommendations much though, don't read contemporary myself. I hope you find some good ones though! Haven't read it, but I know a lot of people are saying The Fault in Our Stars is really amazing.

  5. Hi Linny - I've heard a lot of good things about The Fault in Our Stars too, and I've enjoyed the two John Green books I've already read, so I'll definitely add it to the list. Thanks!

  6. Ah, I always love giving recommendations, so I'd be happy to give you a handful from my loooong list! x) Have you read Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard? It's aaamazing and I highly recommend it! Sarah Dessen's books are amazing too - especially Just Listen! Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell is a very fun read about ever-cheerful girl. :)

    I hope that the few recommendations help! <3


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