TOP 5 TUESDAY time! This month is going by fast and I have been doing a whole lot of nothing. And it’s been great. If you don’t know, Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, so just head on over there to see the prompts and you can participate as well. This weeks topic is Top 5 Contemporary/Fiction (Adult and/or Young Adult). I decided I was going to try to pick 5 books that I don’t mention that much on my blog because I’ve noticed that I talk about the same books over and over. Of course, I don’t think anything is wrong with that but I just thought it would help to give you guys some recommendations and some more books to add to your tbr. Like we really need that but anyway, let’s get into it.
1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Okay, so I might talk about this one quite a bit, but it’s my favorite. It’s heartwarming and cute and very lovable.
Goodreads synopsis: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks). But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I can’t believe how much I loved this book when I read it. And I found a new author to love as well. Jojo Moyes has some great writing that I just devour.
Goodreads synopsis: Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
3. Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
I read this one two years ago and I vaguely remember the details of the story but I rated it on Goodreads with 5 stars and I do remember enjoying it a lot!
Goodreads synopsis: Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He’s drifting away from her, fast. When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties. Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends’ fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he’s boring. But even worse than that, he’s unimpressed by them. As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands’ influence—running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott—Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due. Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, his grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands’ housekeeper. With her young son’s future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything.
4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
When I read The Fault In Our Stars, I enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was great or that the writing was anything spectacular but I decided to give Turtles All the Way Down a chance because so many people were loving it. I’m so glad I did. This was the most relatable story I’ve ever read and while the main story line wasn’t that interesting, the story of Aza was remarkable.
Goodreads synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This should come as no surprise as well because so many others love this book. It has a great story and the writing is wonderful.
Goodreads synopsis: The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
What are some of your favorite adult or young adult contemporaries? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading, cya!