BOOKENTINE RECOMMENDATIONS: Our Favourite Contemporaries

Posted January 8, 2017 by Ely in Recommendations / 6 Comments

Our third annual read-a-thon, Bookentine, is coming up next month. In the lead up to posting our TBRs, we’ve organised a couple of posts to help you pick what you want to read! Today is the first of those, and we’re starting off nice and simple with our favourite contemporaries.


Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Some of you might know that I gave this book the highest honour in labelling it my favourite book of 2016 in our end of year survey. I recommend it to absolutely everyone. It’s got a bit of everything in there—feminism, a bit of romance, family, OCD, and positive female friendships. It’s basically the holy grail of contemporaries.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is one of my absolute favourite authors. Her books are so much fun to read, so I actually recommend all of them. I picked this one in particular because it was the first books of hers I read. Plus, it’s about a trip around Europe—who doesn’t love that?

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I read this one very recently, and I adored it. Again, it deals with OCD, but also agoraphobia, depression and anxiety. It’s a really, really beautiful book. I’ll leave my review here, in case you haven’t seen it, but I’m also going to link Inge’s because she was the one who convinced me to read it.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman is my queen incase you didn’t already know that already. She has two books published at the moment and they have both been 5 star contemporary reads for me. This book is so great because it doesn’t follow a romance it follows an awesome friendship and the struggles of school/trying to get into a good college. This book means so much to me, I really want more contemporaries without romance in my life!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjaman Alire Seanz

I just had to include this book because the writing is so exceptionally beautiful. This book is LGBTQI+ and deals with two boys trying to understand their feelings for eachother and their friendship ( and more). It has been a while since I read this one and really need to get onto a re-read of it ( let me know if you are down for that) so I have forgotten a lot of the details but just trust me when I say it’s beautiful.

The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

This has been my favourite of Kasie West’s contemporaries and I’ve read most of them. This book follows a girl who gets dumped on prom night and then asks a stranger to pretend to be her boyfriend which now that I am thinking about it was really unsafe of her. As you can imagine these two people form a friendship and later romance blossoms but I am really over simplifying this. Go pick it up yourself and enjoy, it’s not too heavy and not too cutesy, just the right contemporary mix.



So those are 6 of out top contemporary recommendations, have you read any of these and if so what did you think? We hope you will be joining us for Bookentine in Feb!

Thanks everyone 🙂

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6 responses to “BOOKENTINE RECOMMENDATIONS: Our Favourite Contemporaries

  1. This reminds me: I need to buy some Holly Bourne books. I’m definitely saving Radio Silence for this readathon now, I’m so excited about it! I love Ari and Dante too… Maybe I should re-read that one.

  2. Great choices, ladies! 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Aristotle and Dante, and The Fill-In Boyfriend (really, ALL of Kasie West’s books!) are all some of my forever favorites. I cannot wait to read Radio Silence! I’m also interested in Under Rose Tainted Skies.