It occurs to me that I absolutely do not highlight my favourite contemporaries enough.
Because mostly everyone saw me announce me debut, A Thousand Perfect Notes, and was like, “BUT CAIT. DRAGONS???” There are no dragons. None as far as the eye can see. But look. I will aim for dragons someday. Currently I enjoy both writing and reading contemporaries too! So obviously I’m about to pile half a hundred recommendations in your arms so you leave with your TBR weeping.
You’re WELCOME. Seriously come to my blog to suffer, but thankfully.
Also 48% of my reads in 2018 have been contemporaries! I also actually find contemporaries are way more diverse and I absolutely love that. It’s a huge reason I’m drawn to reading them so much now. Also: I like the ones that WRECK YOUR HEART or else leave you feeling soft and squishy like you ate cookie dough.
Is there an in-between of these emotions, you ask????
No. No, there is not. We are nothing if not full of violently extreme emotions on this blog ok.
Today I’m going to list my
Not necessarily published in 2018???? But this is when I discovered them!
Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (I’m doing my top contemporaries since I did a recap of all my favourites in the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag!)
I CAN’T EVEN WITH MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK OK. I’ve already read it twice. Twice. In the last 6 months, yes. I can’t be stopped. It’s about mental illness and neglected tragic boys, it’s soft and queer and uses the most INCREDIBLE mixed media combinations!! The pages get darker as the story does!! I MEAN. It made me feel things, at least…like 3 things. Maybe four. I swear, if I could only pick 5 favourite books of all time — THIS WOULD MAKE THE LIST.
(heavy breathing of intense emotion)
Another HEART SMASHER. I told you I only go for the soft or the ruinous. Although this one is sweet and soft™ too. It’s about an abused boy (from a traditional religious/Greek family) who’s an artist and has the sweetest little romance and afjdsakld I hurt.
OKAY HERE WE BRING OUT THE FLUFF. I adore the Lara Jean books. (THE NEFLIX MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!) These are actual genuine marshmallows and Lara Jean is the homey baking loveable soft Hufflepuff. Coincidentally it was so nice that it stressed me out. Is someone going to be hit by a truck??? Shot by the mafia?? Get cancer???? I was waiting THE WHOLE TIME for death so like…I was stressed ok. No mafia appeared, but I was still stressed. 10/10 Favourite series.
Soooo I will always love Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda the most I think!?? It caught me like the other of Becky Albertalli’s books haven’t — but Leah’s book was still good! Leah is really messy and brash and unforgiving and she’s funny. And the Blue/Simon moments killed me with cuteness. Also f/f romance and Leah is fat and there are 45939 drama kids being DRAMA KIDS. That describes everything.
Also can we get another spin-off but for Nora, Simon’s little sister?! She’s epic. AND MARTIN CAN GO FALL OFF A CLIFF.
This is one where I recommend: DON’T READ THE BLURB. I didn’t and it made it much more powerful. But ajfdklsd you know how it feels to get your heart ripped out of your chest and put in a blender??? No?? If you haven’t tired it: read this book and eXPERIENCE IT. It‘s about twin brothers, #BlackLivesMatter and cinnamon boys.
Another #BlackLivesMatter one AND THIS IS SO FREAKING INTENSE. The way American schools are run!??? I can’t even. Are you guys even ok??? It was gobsmacking and eye opening reading about the police violence, how kids have to survive and go through it. Plus Moss is the actual sweetest of ever. Again with the adorable cinnamon boys (also queer romance and so many diverse secondary characters). This one hurts tho. Ohhhhhh it’s important.
So I’ve literally just listed a ton of important and powerful books so — hI HERE IS THE ENTIRELY ADDICTIVE AND READS LIKE FANFIC SERIES. AND I FREAKING LOVE IT. I don’t blanket recommend it though? Many problematic themes (but I think it handles them tolerably) and it’s edging into NA? But like it made me read sports. (Wut wizardry.) It’s about #SquadGoals basically, horrifically messed up boys, super super slowburn romance, the kind of book you can make 9389 memes out of and just laugh and then cry. And then THE MAFIA COMES. Obviously.
This was one of my favourite “sURPRISE YOU’RE OBSESSED” books of this year! I got it on a whim from Netgalley and it’s so cute?! It’s about a boy who ran away from home but now he’s BACK. (And everyone thought he was kidnapped.) He’s also trying to get money to rescue his best friend (whom he looooves ok) from an abusive situation. It’s just…it’s absolutely full of heart and afjdkslad I love it. Sean is also bi and there are trees and it is 1000% NOT Australian. I think the Boomerang represents it hitting you in the heart, you reading it again, it hitting you in the heart, you reading it again– etc etc. Or that’s my life plan i’m fine how are you.
Aww I so love this one!! It’s about Tourette’s Syndrome, which is not something I find a lot of books on! It’s super cute and has a friendship-turned-lovers-turned-omg-no-turned-enemies-turned-wait-and-see thing going on. Spencer is so freaking ADORKABLE and it follows him from like 14 to 18. Again, it has a lot of sport in it?! Wrestling?!? I would rather fling myself into a slimy pond than willingly like a wrestling book — BUT HERE I AM. WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME.
OH COME ON. YOU KNEW I WOULD. So technically this is called “pride” listing my own book or something but ya know. Whatever. It’s a GOOD BOOK, BRENT. I’ve heard so, anyway. And it’s freaking pretty which I had 0% to do with, but I will take credit anyway. One thing I explored in this one is two characters being mentally ill: but how they choose to deal with it. Beck’s mum is driven by rage and violence but Beck finds friendship and a support system. Also there’s CAKE. And you can picture me crying on almost every page because edits are hell and I did so many (crying) so so many. But I love you and this book is for you ok I’m good I’m going to go be emotional somewhere else.