Is it that time already? I can’t even believe it! I feel like 2017 just started and here we are, diving right into 2018! (But that also means my birthday is soon. I’ll be 29! That doesn’t seem old to me and yet…it does, haha.)
I know this topic was a Top Ten Tuesday post a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to wait to do it because it wasn’t quite the end of the year… But here I am, writing it just as 2018 started. Typical me. I wait until the last minute because who knows if a late December read will be included in this list?!
Anyway, here’s how I chose my top reads. I went to Goodreads and chose the books I rated 4.5 and 5 stars. That doesn’t mean they were all released in 2017–just that I read them this year. 🙂 There was actually quite a lot, so I thought I’d focus this post on the genre: today’s is contemporary.
Also, my goal was to read 90 books this year, and I surpassed it by a handful of books! Yay! I only DNFed 3 books this year, too.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★★
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – ★★★★ 1/2
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – ★★★★★
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – ★★★★★
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy – ★★★★★
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ★★★★★
A List of Cages by Robin Roe – ★★★★ 1/2
A book not included in this picture is You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. I borrowed it from the library and haven’t bought it for my personal library yet.
I used to say that I didn’t really like contemporary reads, but each year, I pick up a contemporary and they blow me out of the water. I am pleased to say, even more, that I see half of myself in at two of these contemporary books: The Sun Is Also a Star and I Believe in a Thing Called Love both have Korean MCs. I never saw that growing up as a teenager, and while they’re still a lot of work to do in terms of representation, I’m glad to have read these books and see myself in them.
The same goes for The Names They Gave Us. I wished I had this book 10-11 years ago. I doubt I would have felt so lost, confused, or in the dark. Despite that, I’m glad to have read it now because I absolutely love it. I’ll forever recommend this book to anyone. But oh, is it not without its hurts.
Of all these, I think Holding Up the Universe surprised me the most. I read Niven’s All the Bright Places and while I enjoyed it, something simply felt off about it. And yet I found a bit of myself in HUtU, mainly in one of its main characters, Jack. Truthfully, more in how he felt about his parents’ (especially his father’s) decision in terms of their marriage. It always strikes me how…comfortable yet uncomfortable I am when it comes to parents splitting up. I have a split family myself, so maybe that’s why.
I seriously cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring in terms of books. My TBR pile will grow by at least 100 books, and I’m debating about making my Goodreads goal 100 books as well, haha. As I’m writing this, I can feel all the unread books on my shelves giving a collective sigh while the shelf itself is groaning in pain from the weight of all the books. LOLOL
What were some of your top contemporary reads? Do we share any similar ones? Feel free to leave your blog link below! And don’t forget to check out this past Monday’s post where you can enter to win a copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking!