Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TTT: Best Contemporary Books of 2016!

Hey everyone and welcome back to blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Top Ten Tuesday. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week our topic is " Top Ten Best Books Of 2016." 

Since I am going to be doing a later post about my all around favorites of 2016, I am going to be showing all of you my favorite contemporary books I read this year! Throughout 2016, I got a lot more into fantasy, but I still love some good old contemporary!

None of these are in particular order, and not all of these are young adult! The books with links to them are links to my reviews.

10) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson has not once disappointed me with her contemporary novels. I know that this book was most people's least favorite of hers, but this is actually my favorite! The relationships were so well done and I loved how raw everything felt. This book cemented Matson as one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. 

  9) The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
If I had two words to describe Hammerle's debut novel they would be quirky and fun. Kiki, the main character, was so hilarious. I really loved reading from her POV, which made up for the romance, which was just a tad lackluster. The ending was so well done, and I'm Hammerle is on my radar!

8) The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
I was completely taken aback by The Replacement Crush! It looked cute enough, but I never expected that I would love it. I connected a lot with the main character, and the romance was great. It gave me that anxious 'I can't wait till they get together' feeling. 

7) Too Late by Colleen Hoover
If I had one word to describe Too Late, it would be fun. This isn't run of the mill Hoover book. It's darker and sexier. The only thing that I didn't really like was the epilogue. The ending was really great and humorous, but then Hoover dragged out the story for another two epilogues. Besides that, Too Late was a blast to read. 

6) Come Back to Me by Mila Gray
This book has to be one of my biggest surprises this year. I read the e-book in a day, and I just couldn't stop reading. I loved the relationships, both family and romantic, in this! They weren't perfect, but they were realistic.  

5) The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This has to be one of my favorite books by J. Law! I saw a handful of bad reviews for this by people I regularly follow, and I was so happy that I loved this! In fact, I actually bought the hardcover of this, and that is saying something since I rarely buy books.

4) November  9 by Colleen Hoover
Even though Hoover is one of my favorite authors, I was a bit hesitant to read this. I heard mixed reviews for this, but I thankfully really enjoyed it. I did have a couple of issues here and there, but the pros outweighed the cons. 

3) Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
I had zero expectations for Keeping Her Secret, but I was pleasantly surprised! The book has a pretty simple plot and Nicolas executed it very well. I haven't read a lot of F/F romances, and this was a breath of fresh air. 
2) It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
I mean, Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. So far, she has done no wrong. This was definitely a hard novel to read. I think it was very well done and important to read, but I also don't know if I could ever read it again. It was so hard to read at times because it was so real. 

1) Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
With a title like this one it has, I didn't have high expectations at all. In fact, they were pretty low. However, DIMILY took me by surprise and completely sold me. I absolutely adored the sequel; I actually liked it more! I am eagerly anticipating reading the final book in 2017. 

Thanks guys for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!


  1. Great list Gennifer! And those covers are beauuuuutiful :)
    Here's my TTT

  2. The Unexpected Heroine has been sitting in my self for months (ohgosh, and it was actually one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. just what is wrong with me). I'm so glad Morgan Matson never disappoints you. I really should read this soon.

    Also, I'm hoping to get around Colleen Hoover's books!! I recently read part 1 of Never Never and really loved it! I'll definitely check out her books you listed here :)

    1. Ahh I understand! I've done that tons of times. If you look at my TBRs, you can see that I always say that for at least one book that I've been wanting to read it forever and just haven't gotten around to it. And then I don't stick to my TBR and it goes unread for another month! :D

      I haven't read Never Never yet but I really want to. I think it is just because I'm cheap and don't want to spend the money. :)

      Thanks for visiting czai! :D

  3. I see that you liked It Ends With Us! A lot of issues have been circling around Twitter lately but I'm happy you like her writing! I didn't like November 9 though. The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle SOUNDS AMAZING!

    Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs!

    1. Really? I must have avoided all the controversy. I'm interested to what people are saying. I can see why someone wouldn't like November 9. I saw the twist coming, and when I think about it now I'm a bit unsettled by it. It is! The book was SO much fun!

  4. Contemporary isn't my go-to genre, but the two best ones I've read this year have hands down been The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani. :)

    1. I've heard great things about both!! I would have to mentally prepare myself for The Female of the Species though. I've heard it is really hard-hitting.

    2. Yes, that's a bit of an understatement, but it's excellent.

    3. Okay, that's really good to know! I'll come into it prepared! 😂

  5. I love Colleen Hoover!! Great list!

  6. I like a good contemporary and have discovered several good ones since I started blogging. The Unexpected Everything seems to be on a lot of lists, and I love that summery feel- good cover. The Replacement Crush also looks cute.

    1. "Summery feel-good" is exactly how I would describe both the cover and the book. :) The Replacement Crush was cute! I was getting so impatient with the two main characters though; I just wanted them to get together already! They had so much angst.