Top Ten Tuesday (1)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, a new topic is chosen and people are allowed to make their own lists

This week the topic is…

 Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting (ie: futuristic world, set mostly in schools, during World War II, books set in California  etc. etc. So many possibilities!) 

I’ve chosen to talk about my favourite books with contemporary settings, seeing as though my blog is called Queen of Contemporary!


1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is such a cute novel and, set in Paris, I absolutely adored it. I really want to visit Paris after reading this.

2. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

I love Hundred Oaks and all the characters have just stuck with me. I’m so attached to this book!

3. From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

This is such a fun book and has a crazy road trip in it. I must re-read it soon!

4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I really want to go to Amsterdam after reading this (and The Fault in Our Stars, and because I’ve just finished a big project on Anne Frank.). It flows so well and it’s such a sweet novel.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Probably my favourite novel of all time and has made me want to travel to America, particularly Omaha. I love everything about this novel. I can’t fault it at all!


6. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

I can’t fault Sarah Dessen’s ability to make me crave for the places she creates. A perfect summer read!

7. The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oramperf5.250x8.000.indd

I read this in July and didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It was only supposed to be a quick read but I haven’t forgotten about it since.

8. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

I read this the other week and really loved it.  The plot, the characterisation, everything else, was done just right and I’d highly recommend it.

9. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This is an emotional and captivating book that I really enjoyed, and it has a very beautiful cover design.

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A very obvious choice for very obvious reasons. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me tear my hair out in despair. An all time favourite!


What would your choices be? 

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    Stephanie (The Novlist)
    13 August, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love that you said you’d go to Omaha if you went to America! :p Great list, even though I haven’t read all the titles you included, the ones that I have read, I’ve loved too!

    P.S. I totally want to read The Avery Shaw Experiment now just because it has a periodic table on the cover. #chemistrynerd
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    13 August, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Great Top Ten Tuesday, and yet another new design…sort of. Oh well it looks great!
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    Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs
    13 August, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I love Contemporary novels as well and OMG Anna and the French Kiss tops my all time fave contemp then Just One Day! Greats picks!!

    Old follower 🙂

    My First TTT.

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    Daphne @ Winged Reviews
    13 August, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Aww great list Lucy! I really need to read Fangirl, I can’t wait for it to come out!
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    Chrissi Reads
    13 August, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I SO need to read Anna and The French Kiss. Everyone keeps talking about it. I really want to read Fangirl too after all your fangirling about it 🙂
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    Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)
    13 August, 2013 at 11:25 am

    OMG. Just One Day has a perfect setting. The Percy Jackson world would be very epic to be in in my thoughts. I have yet to read The Moon and More but I bet the setting is wonderful- it’s Sarah freaking Dessen!

    Great list, hon! <33
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    13 August, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Yes, yes to 1,4, 9, and 10! I LOVE contemp settings, too 🙂

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    Deb Nance
    13 August, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, contemporary settings. That’s a tricky one for me. I’m afraid I wouldn’t know contemporary if it met me in the street. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite contemp books!

    Here’s my Top Ten List of Books Set in Libraries.

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    Annette and Rachel
    13 August, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Great first Top Ten! I have read about half of these books and loved them, so I am assuming you have great taste in books and have added the rest to my TBR pile!
    – Annette

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    13 August, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I would also love to go to Amsterdam – we learnt about Anne Frank in school, and then I read The Fault in Our Stars. And now, It’s one of the places I want to visit most when I’m old enough. I don’t read too many contemporaries so, my usual favourite fictional settings are from Dystopia and Fantasy books. Some of my favourites are: Erilea(Throne of Glass), New World(The Knife of Never Letting Go), Panem(The Hunger Games, of course) and Sci-Lo(The Bone Season).
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    Heather @ The Flyleaf Review
    13 August, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Contemporary is my fave genre in YA, I’d never be able to choose just ten! But all your picks are wonderful:)
    my TTT

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    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    13 August, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I love contemporary YA as well, but I’ve only read TWO of the books on your list. I loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, loathed THE DUFF. I’m definitely going to check out the other titles on your list.

    Happy TTT!

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    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***
    13 August, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I LOVE your new blog design, Lucy! <33 I totally agree with Anna and the French Kiss, that one, I think, is one of the sweetest romances out there <3 Also, I really want to read Fangirl and The Moon and More, I've heard nothing but raving reviews omg.

    Fantastic post, Lucy! <33
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    13 August, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Great list! I have’t read many (if any!) on it, but the majority of them are on my TBR list – and this list makes me want to move all of them up to my “to read next” pile!

    My Top Ten List 🙂
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    Lauren @ Books, Tea & Me
    13 August, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Great list! While I’m not always the biggest fan of contemporaries (they tend to be very predictable), there are a couple on your list I loved: The Moon and More, and The Fault in Our Stars. Both are lovely 🙂
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    Caroline Taylor
    13 August, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve had Catching Jordan on my kindle for months and haven’t gotten around to reading it but seeing it so high on your list makes me realise I should read it soon! I have got The Moon & More in my TBR pile also. I really want to read Fangirl, it sounds so good! Sadly I didn’t love The Fault In Our Stars as much as everyone else seemed to.

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    Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
    13 August, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Great list Lucy! I’ve only read TFIOS and Fangirl, but I’m really loving contemporary at the moment so am definitely bookmarking your list 🙂
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    Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea
    13 August, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great list Lucy! I’ve only actually read three of these books, but the rest of your list are all books I want to get to, especially The DUFF and Fangirl. I definitely wanted to visit Paris after I read Anna and the French Kiss, it just sounded like an incredible place to visit and go to school in.
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    13 August, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Oh, I loved The Fault in Our Stars. And, I’m reading The DUFF right now. Great list.

    My TTT.
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    14 August, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I’ve only read 4 out of the 10, but they were ones that I really enjoyed! I think for contemporary, I really like it when the characters go to school (somewhere) because it makes it all the more relatable. So in my case, I really like Anna and the French Kiss and The Duff. I’ll have to check out the other 6 I haven’t read, but great list, Lucy!
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    Sam @ Realm of Fiction
    14 August, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Just One Day and Anna and the French Kiss are two of my favourite contemporary books. I definitely need to give The Duff a try one day. I’ve been meaning to forever now. Great list! 🙂
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