I know, I know. I’m ridiculously late with this post but that doesn’t mean I was going to skip it! With all my books in boxes, my computer being wrapped up in plastic and.. everything else going on, I simply hadn’t had the time or tools to create this post sooner. Better late than never, is what I’m saying!

Contemporary and fantasy are my two most-read genres of 2018, no doubt about it. I didn’t want to compile a mixed list with favorites, so I’m splitting it up! Today you’re getting my top ten contemporary reads, while next week will bring the fantasy ones!

Are you ready for this?

All covers link back to Goodreads! There is no particular order to this list.

The Accidental Beauty Queen


The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
This was such a fun read! The relationship between the twins, the insight in beauty pageants, the geeky sides of both the main character and the love interest..


Sometime After Midnight


Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
I absolutely adore this contemporary, queer retelling of Cinderella. It was a combination I hadn’t seen before and I truly want more.




Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The thing that made me love this novel most is the combination of a main character with anxiety and the presence of fan-fiction. Loved it!


Cinderella Boy


Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister
Didn’t I just say how I need more contemporary, queer retellings? Because this is another one! There’s a lot happening in this novel, but the main focus stayed upon our cast of characters and their growth. Gorgeous story!


A Quiet Kind of Thunder


A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Anxiety, selective mute / deaf rep and.. gorgeous writing. What more do you need?




Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The thing that’ll always stick with me when it comes toย Starfish, is Kiko’s family. There were so many things I recognized from my own past and that made this book all the more special to me.


The Upside of Unrequited


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
So many queer characters, plus-sized rep… Not to mention it’s so geeky and fluffy and cute and everything I could want in a YA contemporary! Definitely going to read anything Albertalli writes – no doubt about it.


The Exact Opposite of Okay


The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
The sarcasm this main character spews around was what drew me in at first. Then? Her humor, the topics mentioned and tackled, the absolute feminism present in this book and the fleshed-out characters. Loved it all.


180 Seconds


180 Seconds by Jessica Park
This is easily one of my all-time favorites and I doubt that’ll change.ย 180 Seconds broke me in ways I didn’t deem possible. Not only the first time I read it, but again the second time!


One Day in December


One Day in December by Josie Silver
This was truly a unique read. Contemporary romance at its best – at least for me. I loved how this story spanned over years instead of only a short amount of time, as is usually the case. All the issues our characters have to deal with feel even more real because of that.


Are any ofย  these on your favorites as well?
Or maybe you’re still planning on reading some of the books I mentioned?
Any new books I put on your radar with this post?



49 thoughts on “10 FAVORITE CONTEMPORARIES OF 2018

  1. I really want to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder because I heard amazing mental health representation from the book and I love mental health contemporaries! I also loved The Upside of Unrequited! It was a very cute book and I kinda miss them!


  2. I have some of these on my radar, but I haven’t read any of them yet, I’m glad to see them on your list, though!. Have you read I’ll Give you the Sun?, because if you haven’t, it’s my duty to recommend it, I love that book with all my heart ๐Ÿ˜„

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  3. Fangirl and The Upside of Unrequited was amazing! Theyโ€™re too of my favourites too!
    A quite kind of thunder is on my TBR since last year and I am definitely reading it soon.
    One Day in December is a book I have only heard good things about and I canโ€™t wait to read it ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. Yay for mutual favorites! โค
      Oooh, I hope you'll end up loving A Quiet Kind of Thunder as much as I do! And if you want more deaf rep, someone recently recommended "You're Welcome, Universe" by Whitney Gardner to me. Haven't read it myself yet, but said person's review was GLOWING.
      One Day in December is so worth the read! If only because it spans years instead of the usual short period of time for a romance to unfold, haha.

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  4. What a great list! I loved A Quiet kind of Thunder, Starfish and 180 seconds so much. I kind of can’t believe I haven’t read Fangirl just yet, I really should hahaha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Yes yes yes! I loved A Quiet Kind of Thunder and Fangirl! The Upside of Unrequited is still on my tbr, and I think I’m going to add The Accidental Beauty Queen to my tbr ^_^

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    1. Awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love it when people add to their TBR’s because of me, haha.
      You should totally read The Upside soon! I cursed myself for not having read it sooner; loved it that much. ๐Ÿ˜›


  6. Welp, I haven’t read any of these, so looks like I need to up my contemporary game. I’ve been meaning to read Starfish, The Accidental Beauty Queen, and Cinderella Boy, so it’s great to see that they were your favorites! This is a great list, thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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