CONTEMPORARY AT HEART: 2018 Favorite Contemporary Books

Oh the weather outside is frightful, so at least we can stay inside with ALL the contemporary books that I read in 2018.

Every year brings a new round of books for this fangirl, but nothing will ever change contemporary as my favorite genre. While some of my favorite books below may fall into multiple categories, I organized them by what element fit them best in my opinion.

I will be doing a 2018 Favorite Books wrap-up, including my absolute favorite contemporaries of the year. However,today’s list will incorporate both those books and some that may have not landed on my all-time favorite list, but I still really loved. While the majority are YA, there are a few adult contemporaries interwoven, and not all the books below were published in 2018.


Books With Focuses on Friendship & Family

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

Books with Sweet Romances (and plenty of fictional BFs)

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Books With Travel

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Love & Gelato and Love & Luck  by Jenna Evans Welch

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Love à la Mode  by Stephanie Kate Strohm 

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Books with Empowering Messages

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

‘Can’t Put This Down’ Books

All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

College YA

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade


What were some of your favorite 2018 contemporary reads? Any of the above? Share in the comments!

7 thoughts on “CONTEMPORARY AT HEART: 2018 Favorite Contemporary Books

  1. I loved Save The Date this year! Also, glad to see some college contemporaries! I’m always interested in reading more of those, but the only book that ever gets recommended to me in that genre is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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    • Morgan Matson is the best! I admit that Fangirl is definitely my go-to (and favorite), but I’m so happy to see the genre grow!


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