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Top 5 Tuesday – Contemporary YA/Adult Fiction

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. This week the topic if top 5 contemporary fiction, looking at both YA and adult fiction. I don’t read a huge amount of contemporary fiction but I have enjoyed some really great novels in this genre. So, just to make my life that little bit harder, I’ve decided to look at my top 5 adult contemporary fiction and my top 5 YA contemporary fiction!


Contemporary YA Fiction:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Somehow this book manages to make its way onto almost all of my lists. This is my all-time favourite contemporary fiction novel for so many reasons. It’s such a poignant novel that really captures teenage struggles. I owe a lot to this novel.

the perks of being a wallflower


The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Fault in Our Stars may also make its way onto lots of my lists but it deserves it, too. I still remember the emotional rollercoaster I was thrown on whilst reading this novel. John Green managed to write a powerful novel that could have you laughing one minute and crying the next.



One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Whilst this is clearly a murder mystery novel, I believe it fits into the YA contemporary genre, too. This is a good example of a contemporary novel that beat all of my expectations and showed me that I can love the genre.

one of us is lying


Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Whilst I might not remember many specifics from this book, I do remember really enjoying it as I read it. I probably liked this book because it’s the only book I’ve read about university (or should I say college). I love reading about young adults but it was refreshing to read a book that reflected my educational circumstances, and not just my emotions.



The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

I’ve decided to finish off my YA list with one of my favourite classic novels. Whilst this was technically written as an adult’s novel, YA wasn’t even a thing back in the 50s and I totally believe it is regarded as young adult fiction now! I fell in love with this novel, unreliable protagonist, controversy, and all.

the catcher in the rye


Contemporary Adult Fiction:

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult

I went through a huge Jodi Picoult stage as a teenager and really adored her books. This was probably my biggest dive into contemporary fiction and Nineteen Minutes was a particular favourite. It’s such a gripping book about a school shooting, and is clearly still important given today’s climate.

nineteen minutes


Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life of Pi is still one of my favourite contemporary novels I’ve ever read. This was such an exciting and unexpected read and is a truly groundbreaking novel. I wish I could forget all about it just so I could have the incredible reading experiences all over again.

life of pi


The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

This was a really beautiful novel that I truly enjoyed reading. It was warming, sad, funny, and everything in between. I wasn’t sure whether to include it on my list at first, given the huge sci-fi aspects, but it appeared on lots of contemporary fiction lists online so I couldn’t resist!

the time traveller's wife


The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is an incredible novel, and the first I read of its kind. I loved the raw and painful story that gave you insight into another life. Houseeini’s confronts you with things you might not want to think about, which I believe is one of the great uses of good contemporary fiction.

the kite runner


Keeping Faith – Jodi Picoult

I couldn’t help but finish my list with another Jodi Picoult book (I really wasn’t lying when I said I had a Picoult binge!). Keeping Faith is my favourite Picoult book I’ve read so far and tells the story of a child who believes she is seeing God. It’s such an interesting concept and truly brilliant book.

keeping faith


And that’s a wrap! I’ve really enjoyed highlighting my favourite contemporary fiction novels, both adult and YA. I don’t read contemporary fiction a lot, favouring fantasy almost all the time, but thinking about these outstanding books has made me want to read a lot more. I certainly can’t wait to check out your T5T posts to find some brilliant contemporary fiction recommendations!

Happy reading!

16 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday – Contemporary YA/Adult Fiction

  1. I love all of your YA picks except Catcher in the Rye I’ve still not read that, haven’t read any of the Adult ones although The Kite Runner has been on my TBR pile for as long as I can remember!

    Jess //

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      1. I do want to read them both I just never seem to get round to them they’re always ones I put off for another day x

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  2. I’ve only read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars and loved them both. I’m curious about One of Us Is Lying and Fangirl and I actually have them on my TBR 🙂

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  3. I’ve read almost everything you have in your YA section, apart from Catcher in the Rye and Perks, and I have to say I loved all of them! I’m glad to see we have so many books in common! Plus, I want to read Perks of Being a Wallflower so much… it’s so short and I’ve only heard good stuff about it! Man, I’m excited!!
    Great choice 😀

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  4. I’m regretting not having added Perks to my list! It’s such an amazing book!! And The Kite Runner – ahhhh soon good!! You’re making me question my own choices but….. I forgot about The Kite Runner…. lol
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂


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