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Reading Contemporary

Leila Sales - This Song Will Save Your Life

Whilst reading This Song Will Save Your Life the other day (which is an amazing book by the way), it hit me that I hadn’t really read many contemporary books at all. Honestly, I don’t think I ever considered picking up a contemporary book when I was younger. I just couldn’t care less about them. I’d always been a huge fan of fantasy because of the new worlds that you could delve into, and it felt like a total escape from the real world. A total escape from the problems in my life at that point in time. I never saw contemporaries like that. They seemed as if they were just a continuation of everyday life where any problems you had could easily appear on the page before you. I was completely wrong. I had no idea how amazing contemporary books could be.

John Green - The Fault in Our Stars

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine told me to join goodreads and that was when I first started branching out in what I read. Through goodreads I discovered numerous book blogs and started to see a lot of good reviews for a lot of contemporary books. The same names kept popping up on tumblr and in book reviews, and I kind of felt like I should read one of these books to see what the fuss was about. So, at the beginning of 2013, I read The Fault in Our Stars. And I cried. A lot. That was when I began to realize that I liked contemporary books.

Rainbow Rowell - Eleanor & Park

Still, I didn’t exactly decide to read all of the books that I’d missed out on over the past few years straight away. I slowly added a couple of books to my reading list, like Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, just to see if I’d like those too. And I loved them. After reading those, that was probably the moment that I realized why so many people are huge fans of contemporary. They’re still a way of escaping personal problems in our lives and getting to live in another world for just a short amount of time. Yes, there are still problems to be faced in the world inside the book, but we get see how other people deal with those problems. And even though there isn’t always a happy ending, there’s still always hope that there could be one.

So, having realized that I do really need to read more contemporary books, does anyone have any recommendations of their favourites? And has anyone else felt like this about this genre of books or maybe another genre?

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