Top Five Wednesday: Romance Books I Should Read 

Today’s Top Five Wednesday topic is called “Reader Canon,” where we are prompted to talked about books that everyone in our bookish community has read. We can take this topic in any direction we’d like, whether that’’s by talking about five books we consider to be must reads, books we want to read, or books we just haven’t read. I’m going to take the second direction and talk about some contemporary romances I want to pick up.. eventually! I always tend to have books in the back of my mind or on my TBR that I know I should read. When I’m in the mood for that said genre or book, I usually just go to the library and pick it up that day! 


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I feel guilty calling myself a contemporary romance reader when I haven’t read one of the most popular contemporary romance reads, The Kiss Quotient. This is a case of the hype keeping me away, but I know I’ll likely pick it up one day at the library. 

The Happily Ever After (The Friend Zone #2) by Abby Jimenez – The Happily Ever After completely took over my Instagram and blog feeds this spring. I know The Happily Ever After is the companion novel/second book to The Friend Zone, and while I believe there’s spoilers for the first book, so many people have said that you don’t need to read the first book to absolutely fall in love with this one. 

The Boyfriend Project (The Boyfriend Project #1) by Farrah Rochon – The Boyfriend Project was a Book of the Month pick in May or June, which I feel like has definitely elevated its popularity. It’s gotten mixed reviews on Goodreads, but the synopsis (a catfishing scheme leads the three girls involved to swear off dating for a while) still has me intrigued. 

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein – I LOVE Hannah Orenstein’s books, but I’m doing that thing where I know I’m going to love this book and want to save it for when I’m truly in the mood to read it and/or have the time off from school and work to dedicate my full attention to it – I’m thinking over a long weekend this fall! 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver – I loved Josie Silver’s One Day in December, and I think I’m again saving The Two Lives of Lyda Bird for when I’m in the right mood to pick up her latest release. I just love her story-telling, and it’s been a while since I read a book with a what-if/alternate storyline. 

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any I need to pick up immediately? Do you have any contemporary romance recommendations for me? Share in the comments! 



10 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Romance Books I Should Read 

  1. I read the first three on your list and enjoyed them all! I think I liked Boyfriend Project and Happy Ever After Playlist slightly more than Kiss Quotient if that helps you prioritize 🙂

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